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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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My current reading list: Albert Murray, Marcus Reeves and Tricia Rose

Not so sure I recommend the read-more-than-one-book-at-a-time strategy.  Problem is, I've come across some really interesting titles lately.  So, it's not that I'm exactly reading all of them at the same time, but that these are the books that are most likely to be read in the near-term.  Here goes: The Omni-Americans: Black Experience & […]

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"Ain't your mama's and daddy's super heroes"

I’m really glad Christopher Chambers pinged me about the release today of a new collection of stories he co-edited with Gary Phillips.  Those of you who know me know that I’ve been a longtime lover and reader of comics.  I’m currently really feeling Marvel’s X-Force limited series, although Todd Kelley tells me I’m missing the […]

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