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Cindy Blackman on Bloomberg TV–Tuesday, January 8


Cindy with Lenny K Cindy Blackman, who captured international attention as Lenny Kravitz’s drummer for the last 15 years, will be appearing on the Bloomberg Networks Nite Talk with Mike Schneider tomorrow at 8PM with re-airings at 10 PM and Midnight. Spend a half hour with Cindy as she discusses her early years, working with […]

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p5rn7vb What a great way to start the new year!  The ongoing "Best of Black rock releases" series has been chosen by as one of The Most Important Blog Posts of 2007.  As I wrote in the comments to that post, it’s really humbling and I’m very appreciative of this honor.  Here’s what they […]

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Project Runway's Black rock designer


Okay, I admit it: I watch Project Runway. My wife and I have followed the show for all of its four seasons.  What’s cool about the show is that its one of the few places where you can observe the creative process in action.  Of course, Bravo has figured out the formula and replicated the […]

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Vote for The Smyrk on MTV2

You may recall that Doron Flake mentioned that The Smyrk is in the thick of MTV2′s Dew Circuit Breakout Competition.  Here’s the latest:  This round of voting has been extended until Sunday, November 4.  At that point, the current field of 12 will be narrowed to six (6).  It’s a big deal, since the winners […]

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Rob talks Black rock on NPR

Kinda, sorta. What I mean is that I had a wonderful opportunity to participate in a new segment on NPR’s "News and Notes with Farai Chideya," where she invited a few black bloggers to comment on hot topics in the news.  I used the topic of BET’s new show "Hot Ghetto Mess" to talk about […]

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BoldAsLIVE: Passing Strange, or the Coming of Age of a Black Rocker


Since this past October when I started writing about Black rock, I continue to get indications that we’re in the midst of an exciting cultural shift that’s been building for many years.  By that, I mean that this idea of Black rock is manifesting itself in the culture in different forms.  Granted, there are a […]

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Why We Fight

Just came across Kandia Crazy Horse’s weigh-in on the now infamous New York Times "blipster" article.  Check this: The appropriation of the song "Dixie," likely based on the childhood reminiscences of Mother Ellen Snowden, and now the saddling of the Afropunk milieu with the spurious slang term "blipster," meant to cheapen the very real impact […]

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Save Internet Radio

Those of you who know me are aware that I’m a huge fan of Internet radio.  Sites like Somafm, Pandora, WPS1, and Soul Patrol are not only some of my favorites because of the great 24-hour music they offer, but because it’s a great way to escape the mind-numbing crap that’s on terrestrial, commercial radio. […]

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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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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


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!”


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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