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Recap: Indiana University’s black rock conference

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(l to r) Reebee Garofalo, Tamar-Kali, Moe Mitchell, Linda Tillery, Dr. Portia Maultsby, Greg Tate Frankly, it’s easy to think that wherever you are is the center of the Universe.  In my case, that would be Brooklyn and New York City.  But, in fact, there’s a lot going on—particularly in the world of black rock [...]

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Black rock conference @ Indiana University–November 13-14

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The other event I'll be speaking at within the next few weeks takes place at Indiana University, home of the Archives of African American Music & Culture (AAAMC).  Not familiar with the AAAMC?  It houses one of the significant collections of African American musical idioms starting with the Post World War II era. Last year [...]

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Upcoming Speaking Engagement: 2009 CMJ Music Marathon

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As you can imagine, I love being asked to talk about black rock and am always honored when I get the chance in a more formal setting to do so.  Here's info on the first of two upcoming speaking engagements I have. The panel I'm on is: Journalism As A&R Friday, October 23 from 3:30–4:45 [...]

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

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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

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  (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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SCREENING: Creatively Speaking at BAMcinematek — September 7

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It's not always music that point you in the direction of the new Black imagination.  In fact, there's a lot of good Black indie film being made.  As was the case a with last week's screening of 6 Things I Never Told You, Creatively Speaking returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Now in its [...]

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Saturday: Spike Lee's Birthday Bash for Michael

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One major update: The event will take place in Prospect Park, according to the NY Times: It is official: Spike Lee’s party in honor of Michael Jackson’s birthday will be held in Brooklyn, but in Prospect Park, not in Fort Greene Park. The party will take place at the Nethermead, a meadow in the center [...]

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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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