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REVIEW: Janelle Monae — "The ArchAndroid"

...en battering at these gates for years, and finally there are some serious cracks in them.  If Janelle does well, then maybe other artists who also carry the flag of the new black imagination–Tamar-Kali, MuthaWit, Game Rebellion, Leila Adu, Shelley Nicole, the list goes on– will have a better chance to succeed.  So we can hope. In the meantime, we have The ArchAndroid, an album that sends a great message to black kids...
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Best of 2007: Killswitch Engage, Sharon Jones, Lightspeed Champion, The Mighty Paradocs, Vernon Reid + even more!

...st preachers Beverly Bond, NYC/DJ and Founder, Black Girls Rock! "BAZAAR ROYALE IS THE TRUTH!" Chuck Lightning, ATL/Deep Cotton LightSpeed Champion- "Midnight Surprise" & "Galaxy of the Lost"Game Rebellion- Searching for Rick RubinJanelle Monáe- Metropolis, Suite I of IV: The ChaseKenna- Make Sure They See My FaceProton- Girls Ghetto Sh!tMiles Davis- Complete On the Corner SessionsBetty Davis- RemastersDJ Kiss-...
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Best of 2007: Reese, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Common, Soma Mestizo, Brig Feltus, Krystle Warren, + still more!

...New Fire: Pain B4 PleasureTarrah Reynolds M Maya Azucena, Junkyard Jewel Nhojj, Soul Comfort (’08)Digg Deep, InDIGGnant (me & my band!) Kandia Crazy Horse, NYC/rock critic & Bluegum blogger) Tinariwen, Aman ImanGame Rebellion, Searching for Rick RubinNoisettes, What’s the Time Mr. WolfKenna, Make Sure They See My FaceJanelle Monae, Metropolis Suite I: The ChaseThe Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dona Got A Ramblin’ Mind...
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Burnt Sugar @ Sputnik, July 9

Yeah, I’d missed the Game Rebellion/Voodoo Fe/Bazaar Royale show at the Afropunk Skate Park last Wednesday, but decided to make that late night trek over the Sputnik to see Greg Tate and his "fully improvisational acid-funk band" Burnt Sugar.  Now, I hadn’t seen Burnt Sugar in a while and I have to admit to being captivated not only by the quality of the musicianship, but also by watching Greg conduct the ensemble...
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Thanks, Dr. Laura, for that N-word rant

...Now that we’re a decade into the 21st century, it’s time for all of us–especially black folks–to retire the N-word. And I have to admit: I don’t mind hearing it used by Mos Def or even Netic of Game Rebellion, whereas I do mind hearing it used by Kanye or Jay-Z. The only difference is that, in the case of the first two, I trust that they’re using it to make a point, not just as a crutch. Keli wrote an...
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Best of 2007: Chaka Khan, Somi, Afrofraktal, Brazz Tree, Cornel West, Graham Haynes + the list goes on. . . !

...i Uzuri – Her Holy Water: A Black Girl’s Rock Opera Graham Haynes – Full Circle Maya Azucena – Junkyard Jewel Alice Smith – For Dreamers, Lovers and Me Nina Simone – Remixed and Reimagined Game Rebellion – Searching for Rick Rubin Somi – Red Soil In My Eyes Across the Universe Soundtrack (Martin Luther makes me weep!) (i got soooo many other albums to go out and listen to now! what a great...
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Best Black rock releases of 2007. . .?

...nts section in the following format: Name, where you are in the world, and how you’d like to be identified (if at all) Artist, release title For example, my list might look like this: Rob Fields, Brooklyn, NY (blogger) Game Rebellion, Searching for Rick RubinJanelle Monae, Metropolis Suite I: The ChaseThe Smyrk, New Fiction EPImani Uzuri, Her Holy Water The Family Stand, Super Sol Nova Your answers don’t have to be full...
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Rebel Soul Salon Series @ Weeksville Historical Society

Shawn Peters, who manages soul rocker Martin Luther, hipped me to a series he’s producing over at the Weeksville Historical Society in Brooklyn.  It kicked off last week with Game Rebellion and follows up this weekend with Sparlha Swa, who I’ve heard great things about but, unfortunately, have had several near misses when it came time to see her perform.  Family commitments will probably preclude me from making this one,...