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REVIEW: Steven Roby & Brad Schreiber – "Becoming Jimi Hendrix"

A recent book on the rock icon brings his humanity to the fore.

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New ringShout Reading Series Kicks Off 9/10

Black literary excellence has a home at the 2010 Brooklyn Book Festival.

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My "Post Black" interview


It’s exciting that more people are noticing the cultural shift that I’ve been talking about–and this community has, in some ways, been driving–for the last three years.  Case in point is author Ytasha Womack, whose new book, Post Black: How A New Generation Is Redefining African American Identity,  examines that broad cultural forces that are [...]

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VIDEO: Trailer for "Precious"

I have yet to read Sapphire's novel Push, on which this film is based.  But, if this trailer is any indication, the film looks to be a powerful piece.  With some bold casting choices (Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz), as well as what look to be riveting performances by Mo'Nique and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, it's [...]

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Wednesday events: Farai Chideya (and I) in Bed-Stuy, and me on WKCR

Two things tonight: First, I'm joining Farai Chideya at Brownstone Books in Bed-Stuy.  She'll read a bit from Kiss The Sky and then she and I will do a live interview.  I expect that it will be a good and engaging conversation about the book and Black rock, in general. Brownstone Books409 Lewis Avenue (bet [...]

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Photos: KRS-One's book launch @ powerHouseArena — May 29


Or, how I ended up covering the Blastmaster for MTV NewsI can hear y'all now: "But, Rob, doesn't your blog focus on Black rock, Afro-punk and other types of Black alt music and culture?"  Absolutely. "So what were you doing covering a KRS-One event for MTV News?" 'Cause I had a camera.  Seriously, the real [...]

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Video from Farai Chideya's "Kiss The Sky" book party

Some video shot by Baratunde Thurston of Jack & Jill Politics last night at Farai's party.  The affair was held in Harlem at the Harlem Arts Salon and was graciously hosted by Margaret and Quincy Troupe.  In addition to Bridgett and I, other folks in the house included friends such as George Alexander, Keli Goff, [...]

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Interview: Farai Chideya on "Kiss The Sky"–part 2


"Black rock is resurgent because hip hop has been so abused." The second part of my interview with Kiss The Sky author Farai Chideya clocks in a hair over 17 minutes.  In it, we discuss: The playlist mentality Cultural hybridity Two kinds of truth KTS's plot and the prognosis for Black rock Rock music as [...]

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Interview: Farai Chideya on "Kiss The Sky"–part 1


"Rock is problematized for Black people." Farai Chideya's novel Kiss The Sky hits bookstores today.  I spent close to 30 minutes talking with Farai about the book, and here is part one, which runs approximately 15 minutes. In it, we cover: Her motivations for doing the novel Her early influences The role of imagination in [...]

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Recommended: Farai Chideya’s Black rock novel “Kiss The Sky”


A black rocker plugs in and tunes up songs in the key of her life I’m really excited for my friend and former NPR host Farai Chideya, whose funny and poignant debut novel drops on Tuesday.  What’s not to love here?  A novel published by a major publisher that’s set in the world of a [...]

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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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