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WATCH: Janelle Monae ft. Erykah Badu — “Q.U.E.E.N.”

  On the song “Warrior Bones,” Tamar-Kali closes with the telling lines: “These warrior bones ache for revolution, but the people ain’t ready.” So it seems that Janelle Monae’s solution is to be a time-traveling rebel from the future so that she can impact and change the present.  Smart, right?  After all, history is filled with artists who weren’t fully understood or appreciated in their own time…

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UPCOMING: Laina Dawes’s NYC Book Launch — April 15

That’s right: Come out to St. Vitus’s in Brooklyn to support Laina Dawes’s official launch of here book on black women in the hardcore and metal scenes,  What Are You Doing Here?.  Really thrilled for Laina, who seems to have gotten a lot of good coverage on the book: Here she is on NPR . . .and VICE . . . as well as the AV Club Cool, too, that the event features special performances by Tamar-Kali and Militia.  Definitely so…

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Recap: Indiana University’s black rock conference


(l to r) Reebee Garofalo, Tamar-Kali, Moe Mitchell, Linda Tillery, Dr. Portia Maultsby, Greg Tate Frankly, it’s easy to think that wherever you are is the center of the Universe.  In my case, that would be Brooklyn and New York City.  But, in fact, there’s a lot going on—particularly in the world of black rock [...]

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REVIEW: Dee Rees’ “Pariah”

…story about outsiders with a lot of left-of-center music.  Great to see longtime fam like Honeychild Coleman and Tamar-Kali have their music placed in a feature film.  And this is no spoiler: There’s a houseparty scene where Tamar-Kali and her band perform “Pearl,” and it’s great to see her 20-feet tall on the screen, putting her foot in it with all of her geechee goddess glory. One thing that’s pissing me off has nothing to do with the fil…

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Upcoming: 2009 Afro-punk Festival


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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TONIGHT: Black Rock Coalition Orchestra's Nina Simone tribute–SOLD OUT!

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  Tonight, the BRC Orchestra takes over the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  For those of you who have tix, it'll be a great experience: 18 performers, all female, under the musical direction of Tamar-Kali.  It's part of the Schomburg's Annual Women's Jazz Festival. In addition to Tamar-kali, some of the other performers [...]

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Restoration Rocks 2010 Preview: Q&A with Invincible

We’re just a few days away from Restoration Rocks, and I thought I’d give you all a chance to get to know some of the artists.  Now, you’ve already gotten a chance to hear Tamar-kali.  This time, you’ve got an opportunity to get a know Detroit MC Invincible a little better. How has Detroit shaped you as both an MC and as an activist? Detroit has an incredibly rich music legacy, side by side with one of the most revolutio…

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Ten Sistas Who Rocked The Decade


One of the decade’s best: Imani Uzuri While the crew is rolling out our “Best of” Lists, Jen Williams compiles a Top Ten of Sistas who Rocked the Decade (in no particular order): Res – Res started off the oh-ohs with her 2001 release “How I Do” and made a comeback last year with [...]

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Free Music! presents The Getaway (2010) Here’s something to start your weekend off right! Shout out to Qool DJ Marv and The Mighty G-man for handling the mix. These two brothas make mighty cool mixes. Philly meets NYC in Harlem and timeless mixtapes featuring enduring music emerges. Marv’s been spinning around the globe for at least a decade, and you can hear G-Man on Saturday nights with Jay Smooth on WBAI’s Underground Rai…

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Best of 2009: Noisettes, Burnt Sugar, Spearhead, Allen Toussaint + more!

Earl Douglas, Queens, NY, contributor and  executive director of the Black Rock Coalition: Honeychild Coleman – Halo InsideShe's already the hardest working woman in show business, but then she turned around and made this pop-rock gem.  Living Colour – The Chair In The DoorwayDon't call it a comeback, but the BRC's once and forever [...]

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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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