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VIDEO: Martin Luther King — "I Have A Dream" (full speech)

I took the MLK holiday off today, as I do every year.  Not just a day off from the day job, but a day spent remembering and honoring Dr. King.  As we've done for the last several years, we went to the memorial at Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Danny Glover was the keynote this year.  […]

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'Miracle For A Maggot": Fundraiser for Funkadelic graphic artist Pedro Bell

The Black Rock Coalition, launching its 25th year of being nation’s premier support 501c3 nonprofit for alternative music artists of color, will present a fundraising concert on the behalf of pioneering Parliament-Funkadelic graphic designer Pedro Bell on Saturday, January 2. The concert, “Miracle for a Maggot: Funkraiser for P-Funk Graphic Artist Pedro Bell” will feature […]

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Have you taken the black rock audience survey yet?

If you've already taken the survey, thank you.  Thanks to you, we've crossed an important threshold in terms of responses.  If not, I'd appreciate it.  It'll take 5-7 minutes to complete and you'll get some great FREE music at the end.  You can take the survey here. As of this post, the survey has been […]

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Introducing: Tendaberry

Atlanta Afro-Punk quartet Tendaberry stops by the studio to talk about their experience as a group forming and beginning to come into their own in the Atlanta music scene. In this pod we talk at length about the Atlanta Indie Rock scene, the AUC (Morehouse, Clark-Atlanta & Spelman) music and arts scene and about what […]

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Introducing new contributors to

One of the things coming out of the audience survey (thanks to all who’ve completed it so far!) is that many of you want to see for more regional coverage here on  Based on that feedback, I put out a call for contributors and a great group of people responded.  I’m happy to announce […]

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My open call for contributors to

That's right: I'm looking to add more regional coverage.  Someone's already raised their hand to cover the East Bay, but I'm definitely interested in bringing regular coverage of what's happening in the black rock/Afro-Punk/black alternative scenes in some other cities such as: Atlanta The DMV (that's DC, Maryland, Virginia, for those who don't know) Chicago […]

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Give me 5 minutes! Take the black rock audience survey

Thanks.  I'm looking forward to sharing the results of this with everyone.  Remember the more people who respond, the more detailed the results.  And did I mention that you'll get something for free after you finish? Yes, take me to the survey!

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Join the Felabration! Celebrate the life and music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti!

From our friends at Giant Step: In support of the Knitting Factory Records re-launch of Fela Kuti’s music catalogue, as well as the debut of the FELA! show on Broadway, Giant Step has organized official Felabration events in more than 15 cities across North America throughout the month of October; this outstanding schedule of Felabrations […]

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Vernon Reid honored with Mayor's Award for Arts & Culture

  (l to r) Actor John Stamos, Vernon Reid, Mayor Michael Bloomberg Black Rock Coalition and Living Colour co-founder Vernon Reid received The Mayor's Award For Arts & Culture at a lavish awards presentation at The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, NY.  Big shout to Vernon for singling out The Black Rock Coalition […]

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DC TONIGHT: All Killer! No Filler!

While not technically a "black rock" event, it is something that's being produced by two cats who are part of the extended fam, Stone of The Couch Sessions and Marcus of True Genius Requires Insanity.  If you're around the DMV, then definitely flow through and check out the scene.  It comes down to taste […]

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