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Alternative, compared to what?

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The following is also my column this week at Blackpower.com. The Grammy nominations for the 2009 urban/alternative category were announced recently and, while I'm happy that both Janelle Monae (who should win) and Kenna were nominated, overall the category is a disappointment. I see a missed opportunity to highlight Black artists who are truly pushing [...]

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Best of 2008: Subtle, J*Davey, Q-Tip, Black Kids, Swear On Your Life, The Mars Volta + still more!

Some good stuff that's come in.  Damn, I think I need an iTunes gift card. . . Sketch, Maryland, composer, cartoonist, renegade Gnarls Barkley-The Odd CoupleKanye West-808 & Heart BreakSantogold-SantogoldN.E.R.D.-Seeing Sounds Howard Duffy, Brooklyn, architect & design guru, HTD Studio Santogold – Santogold Michael Mills (leadsinger/guitarist for California King, Production Designer/Decorator) BROOKLYN, NY TV on [...]

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Upcoming: 2009 Afro-punk Festival

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It's that time of year again.  Lots of great music, film and skating to be had.  So get out and enjoy. From what I understand, Living Colour is no longer part of the lineup.  But the bands that are playing are pretty amazing: Pure Hell (the first all-Black punk band); Saul Williams; Game Rebellion; Earl [...]

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Best of 2008: Tricky, Kameron Korvet, Ben Kenney, Stew, M.I.A + many more!

More really good responses coming in for the Best of 2008 lists.  Yes, there's still time to submit yours. Let's continue: Rose Huang, NYC, culinary aficionado Rose sez: "A Band Called Pain.  We need to bring them out here!!" Elise Chance-Mussen, Planet Brooklyn, NY, Rock star in my head SANTOGOLD!!!!tv on the radio m.i.a. (i [...]

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Weekend Preview: Dragons of Zynth @ Siren Festival–July 19

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Dragons of Zynth opens tomorrow’s  8th Annual Village Voice Siren Festival.  They also get some well-deserved ink in the Voice.  Check out some of what Rob Harvilla had to say about them: . . .their blunt, almost free-jazz assaults on conventional songwriting convulse with moments of ethereal beauty and bursts of pulverizing thrash, which they [...]

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VIDEO: Nelson George/Diane Paragas — "A Walk Through Fort Greene" (trailer)

A Walk Through Fort Greene – TRAILER from Diane Paragas on Vimeo. For those of us who lived in Fort Greene, Brooklyn during the early 90s, this will take you back.  Nelson George and Diane Paragas co-direct.  From the Vimeo page: A feature length documentary of the black arts movement that exploded in Fort Greene [...]

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Can Black Rock Save Black Culture?

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I originally posted the following on MarketingPopCulture.com in October, 2006.  Comments have not been brought over. Vernon Reid, originally uploaded by fstop45. In order for the vast majority of black youth to envision better lives for themselves, we need to bring musicality back into their lives.  By this I mean, get them playing instruments.  Since [...]

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Best of 2007: Reese, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Common, Soma Mestizo, Brig Feltus, Krystle Warren, + still more!

Continuing the thread, here are more lists submitted by the following people: Dragons of Zynth, NYC DOZ sez: "Everyday all day Lil Weezy" Shyndigg, NYC/Digg Deep Reese, 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 [...]

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Lil Wayne's "Rebirth", black rock, and modern music

by Marcus Dowling If he could, Chuck Berry would slap DeWayne Carter in the face with his dingaling for this one. It "leaked." And it damn sure doesn't make me think of Lenny Kravitz. Or Jimi Hendrix. Or Rick James. Maybe it made me think of Eddie Murphy. But "Party All the Time" even laps [...]

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Weekend Preview: Pan-African James Brown tribute; Loud Lovin' + more!

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Choices, choices, choices this weekend, particularly the one you’re going to have to make tomorrow.  Sorry, that’s the way it goes in NYC. FRIDAY, AUGUST 21 Still Black, Still Proud: An African Tribute to James Brown (New York debut) Yes, this sounds like fire, right?  Musical direction by Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley, "cornerstones [...]

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Fear Of A Black President

Some excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s tour de force on Obama, race and the limits of integration.

GOOD READ: Hate Crimes Always Have A Logic: On The Oak Creek Gurudwara Shootings

A perspective on the Oak Creek, WI shootings from a member of the Sikh community

GOOD READ: Erykah Badu to Wayne Coyne: “Kiss my glittery ass!”

In case you missed it, Ms. Badu’s choice words to Mr. Coyne

GOOD READ: Jeff Chang On The Legacy of Chuck Brown

A worthwhile read on the go-go legend

GOOD READS: #TrayvonMartin Around The Web

So much conversation–and now maybe some justice–for this young man.

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