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Photos: Asa at Rockwood Music Hall–June 8, 2011

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The Nigerian-French singer/songwriter gave NYC a taste of her forthcoming album “Beautiful Imperfection”

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Divided, we fail.

West Fest always drew the masses.

p5rn7vb Sounding the claxon for a more united black alt scene in Texas.

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UPCOMING: Maya Azucena's CD Release show–June 24

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The singer/songwriter’s new album, Cry Love, is on the way and this is the kickoff event

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Gil Scott-Heron: April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011

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Half-mast: Another tortured genius passes on.

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Meet MTV Iggy's Artist of the Week: Leila Adu!

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We are absolutely thrilled for Leila!

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SUPPORT IT: Karma Johnson's "Miracle 63" campaign

Another talent on her fundraising grind.

Another talent on her fundraising grind.

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SUPPORT IT: Ajo in Battle of the Bands competition

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We’ve got fam in a band competition, so vote early and vote often!

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California King plays Best Buy — April 21

Brooklyn's own makes their Best Buy debut, right before a hit in Harlem.

Brooklyn’s own makes their Best Buy debut, right before a hit in Harlem.

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SUPPORT IT: Shelley Nicole is making a record!

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Don’t be intimidated: Help a girl catch a break.

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WATCH: TV On The Radio's "Nine Types of Light: The Movie"

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Check out the re-imagining of the band’s new album as an hour-long film.

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Fear Of A Black President

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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

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p5rn7vb 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!”

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

GOOD READ: Jeff Chang On The Legacy of Chuck Brown

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A worthwhile read on the go-go legend

GOOD READS: #TrayvonMartin Around The Web

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

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