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What is Black rock?

I’ll start by saying that it’s more than simply rock played by black people, though that’s part of it.  Referencing Living Colour gets people in the zone, but doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story. As it was used when I was involved with the Black Rock Coalition (BRC)—and I’m sure is still used by the [...]

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Can Black Rock Save Black Culture?


I originally posted the following on 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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NY Times notes the "Blipster's" rise


In case any of you missed the New York Times’ piece on Black rock (which ran on Sunday, January 28, 2007), I wrote a post about it at here.

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The first question is, as ever, the most important: What am I doing here? I’m here because I have a long history in what can be called “alternative Black music.”  Since my days as PR guy for Kelvyn Bell and his band Kelvynator, my stint as PR director for the Black Rock Coalition, to my [...]

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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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