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Check it out: Vernon Reid's "Artificial Afrika"

Exploring Africa in our popular consciousness

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David Mills, 1961-2010

  Many of you have heard about the sudden passing of Emmy award-winning TV writer David Mills, who wrote for shows such as NYPD Blue, The Corner, The Wire and the upcoming Treme.  Funny thing is, that’s not how I knew David. In fact, I didn’t even know he was a TV writer, let alone […]

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Erykah's inspiration: Matt and Kim — "Lessons Learned"

Notice the nod to Matt and Kim at the beginning of Erkyah's video?  This is the video that kicked her idea off.  Times Square and it's cold outside. Check it.

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VIDEO: Vernon Reid talks writing "Cult of Personality" and the riffs behind it

zv7qrnb All you guitar players out there will dig this.  It’s both the ideas behind the lyrics and a look at the main riffs. Hat tip to Mark Anthony Neal for the heads up. Have you taken the Boldaslove.us black rock audience survey? It only takes 5 minutes!  Click here to start.

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The Pleasures & Perils of Race in the Post-Race Era

Just came across this.  Stanford University English professor Michele Elam offers a compelling talk that begins that explores the question, “What is the future of blackness?”  Where does blackness stand in this post-racial, post-soul, multiracial era?  She’s particularly concerned with the role of black studies departments, but I think her remarks have relevance beyond the […]

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TONIGHT: Fire + Fire, the Gypsy & Black experience

See below for discount ticket information. From the press release: Hungarian Gypsy and Black American musicians will share the stage for Fire + Fire, an innovative production exploring the synergies between the Black diaspora and Hungarian Gypsies. Part of the yearlong Extremely Hungary festival, Fire + Fire is a collaborative performance that delves into the […]

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Two ways to look at white privilege

Comedy works best when it’s based on truth, and there’s a lot of truth in the Elon’s work. As you’ll see, Elon mentions Tim Wise in the This Week In Blackness episode above, which was shot last year. So I looked Tim up, and here’s a clip of what I found: Powerful stuff, indeed.  Great […]

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Talking Black rock at the National Black Arts Festival

Today, folks from all over the country are converging on Atlanta to kick off the National Black Arts Festival, a celebration of the culture of the African Diaspora, which has been in effect since 1988. There’s lots to see and do: Music, theater, literary events, film, dance, the visual arts and much more, including a […]

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In Conversation with Maya Azucena

Maya Azucena is a woman of many talents: Singer, songwriter, producer, and now video host! You may recall from an earlier interview I did with her that she is fiercely committed to the creativity on her own terms.  And she's been successful at it.  So, it's no surprise that she teamed with ThisIsRealMusic.com to produce […]

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The Michael Jackson Sample Map

I'm not sure if this is the entire universe of Michael Jackson samples, but this map is pretty cool nonetheless.  A quick explanation: Michael, of course, is at the center The next ring out are all of his songs Third ring are the songs that were created from samples in the second ring Outermost ring […]

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