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VIDEO: 2010 Afro-punk Festival

Hear directly from everyday people on what black rock and Afro-punk mean to them.

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Jay-Z on indie rock. Yeah, really.

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You've probably seen the current issue of Rolling Stone with Jay-Z on the cover.  Here's an interesting pull from his interview: It seems the man who made his name rhyming about hustling and hos in Brooklyn's Marcy Projects is actually more comfortable around an unlikely new crowd: indie rockers. "I love the energy coming out [...]

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Is America's "Race Music" Past Hurting Janelle Monae?

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That's the question posed by Latoya Peterson of race and pop culture blog Racialicious on TheRoot.com.  I'm honored that she thought to get my opinion on the subject.  Here's where she quoted me: But is radio the only path to success for musicians like Monae? Former music industry PR professional Rob Fields says no. Currently [...]

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Interview with "Post Black" author Ytasha Womack

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@ytashawomack About a month ago, I did a long-overdue interview with Ytasha, who's book Post Black: How A New Generation of African Americans is Redefining Identity, came out in January.  You may recall that she interviewed me for her blog back then. The interview is less than 20 minutes long.  In it, among the topics [...]

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I have no right to be mad at the Grammys and neither do you.

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  I realized that I really have no right to be mad at The Grammys. Yeah, I was one of those salty folks on Twitter who took potshots at the awards ceremony this past Sunday.  And yes, the Michael Jackson tribute seemed a little half-hearted; the Jamie Foxx/T-Pain performance was just shy of embarrassing; and [...]

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My "Post Black" interview

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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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Rock in the black consciousness: Chris Brown's "Grafitti"

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No, I’m not going to make this post about Chris Brown.  Except to say that it’s interesting to note when R&B singers start clutching guitars on album covers, it’s a sign that rock–that bad four-letter word to black folks–is seeping into our consciousness. Nah, Chris Brown is just actin’ white, right? Have you taken the [...]

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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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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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VIDEO: Nick Cannon and Nas in a PSA on the State of Hip Hop

Maybe mainstream hip hop will stand for something.  This is a good start.  It's very Bamboozled.

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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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