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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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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,...
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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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3 Day Countdown to Afropunk 2008

...s to do and see.  For example, a smart thing for me to do would be to focus on checking out the bands that I haven’t seen before, which would mean blowing off killer acts like Janelle Monae, The Smyrk, Tamar-kali, Game Rebellion and Bazaar Royale and instead finally get to see others I’ve heard a lot about like J*Davey, Whole Wheat Bread, No Surrender, The Dirtbombs, and McRad.  Yeah, gotta make some decisions here....
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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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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...