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@Pharrell’s “New Black” Ain’t The New Black Imagination

Contrasting the artist’s “new black” with the New Black Imagination.

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Creole Cowboys: Horses, Zydeco & Trail-Riding Culture

@nowness highlights, Louisiana’s modern-day Zydeco #TrailRiding culture

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 1918-2013

There’s so much being said in the wake of this great man’s passing. Here’s one curated list.

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TOMORROW: The Rise of Urban Alternative @ CMJ

What does “urban alternative” mean these days? We”ll be discussing at @cmj tomorrow>

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Why I’m Rethinking Kanye West

Reexamining @kanyewest & the idea of 21st century black genius

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Now on @Slideshare: The Rise of Black Alternative Culture

Charting the development of 21st century black creativity and expression

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The Younger Generation Is Impressive

The @dreamdefenders’ @philunchained. Add your voice to #OurMarch

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How to “Do a Poem”: Proto-Writing with Abbey Lincoln & August Wilson

On becoming the poem and evoking the sublime

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The Zimmerman Verdict Around The Web

A sample of the great writing that came out in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin.

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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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