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Earl Douglas's Best of 2010

The contributor opines on the best of 2010.

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UPCOMING: "Black Rock Vol. 1" by Earl Douglas

On July 29, I join Dragons of Zynth to help BRC Executive Director Earl Douglas, Jr. celebrate the publication of his photo book, “Black Rock Volume 1″.

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REVIEW: Bettye LaVette @ The Highline Ballroom — 5/26/10


Contributor Earl Douglas writes: “To put it bluntly, when Bettye LaVette sings your song, it’s not yours anymore.”

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BRC Seeks Submissions for 25th Anniversary Compilation

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ATTENTION BLACK ROCKERS: We're about to do it again… Next week, we'll start accepting submissions for the Black Rock Coalition's 25th Anniversary release, 'Rock 'n' Roll Reparations, Vol. 2.' So pick out two of your most progressive, genre-bending, world-ain't-ready songs and keep your ear to the ground… Request more info at

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Best of 2009: Noisettes, Burnt Sugar, Spearhead, Allen Toussaint + more!

Earl Douglas, Queens, NY, contributor and  executive director of the Black Rock Coalition: Honeychild Coleman – Halo InsideShe's already the hardest working woman in show business, but then she turned around and made this pop-rock gem.  Living Colour – The Chair In The DoorwayDon't call it a comeback, but the BRC's once and forever [...]

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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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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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REVIEW: Analogue Transit — "Gearheart" (Worldsound)


Analogue Transit: Kwaku Aning (l) and Jeff Shreiner Can analog and digital techniques co-exist?  For Analogue Transit – vocalist-guitarist Kwaku Aning and keyboardist-production wiz Jeff Shreiner – the answer is not only a resounding yes, but it's a necessary pairing.  Gearheart is a nine song collection in which baby grand pianos clash with 21st Century [...]

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REVIEW: Stew and The Broadway Problem @ Lincoln Center — August 19


Stew always keeps 'em guessing.   Stew has made a career out of it – first with The Negro Problem, then later as solo artist.  He later confonted all expectations when his first stab at a musical, 'Passing Strange' had a strong run first at The Public Theater, then later on Broadway.  Spike Lee was [...]

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REVIEW: Kevin O'Neal/Tricky Dilemma @ The MMAC, Bloomfield, NJ 6/27/09


(l to r): Val Jeanty, Marvin Sewell, Bruce Mack, Kevin O'Neal Photo and review by Earl Douglas On a night that was described by Bruce Mack as 'Duke Ellington meets Frank Zappa', Kevin O'Neal (accompanied by Patrice Quinn) and tribal electro trio Tricky Dilemma, played the The Multi-Media Arts Center in Bloomfield, New Jersey.    [...]

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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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