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Tamar-kali: The Interview


An excerpt from a longer conversation between Tamar-kali and contributor Jen Williams.

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REVIEW: Erykah Badu — “New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh”

I can’t get “Window Seat” out of my head. Nor can I separate the song from the image of Erykah Badu walking through Dallas’ Dealey Plaza while disrobing. The song’s appeal, like the video’s, is raw desire: desire for freedom, to love, and to be. That element of desire sums up New Amerykah Part Two, […]

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REVIEW: Corinne Bailey Rae’s "The Sea": Mourning Becomes Beauty

Corinne Bailey Rae’s much anticipated sophomore album The Sea premieres today in the U.S. four years after her self-titled debut captured fans on both sides of the pond with “Like a Star” and almost two years since the much publicized death of her husband, Jason Rae. Though loss permeates the album, which Bailey Rae describes […]

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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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The Smyrk: Free tomorrow night in NYC

The Smyrk will be doing a set at Santos Party House around midnight as part of The Freak Cabaret. Come get your freak on. Wednesday, Dec. 23. Doors at 11 Location:  96 Lafayette Avenue, New York, NY Cover: Free

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A Trace of Grace

Saturday, fans of Grace Jones gathered at the Brooklyn Museum on a crisp sunny afternoon to listen to two up-and-coming bands pay tribute to the legendary diva. The Black Rock Coalition presented “A Strange Case of Grace” in conjunction with the BMA’s ongoing exhibition Who Shot Rock and Roll. The exhibition sets a small room […]

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