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Upcoming: 2009 Afro-punk Festival


It's that time of year again.  Lots of great music, film and skating to be had.  So get out and enjoy. From what I understand, Living Colour is no longer part of the lineup.  But the bands that are playing are pretty amazing: Pure Hell (the first all-Black punk band); Saul Williams; Game Rebellion; Earl [...]

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Documentary on African music legend Youssou N'Dour — June 6


Film's NY Premiere set for June 6 @ Brooklyn Academy of Music This looks to be pretty powerful.  According to the press release: Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love is a music-infused cinematic journey about the power of one man’s voice to inspire change. Described by Rolling Stone as “a singer with a voice [...]

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Tonight: Wyatt Cenac ("Medicine for Melancholy") at BAM Cafe–5/2


Comedy night at BAM Cafe features several performers, not least of which is Wyatt Cenac, who played Micah in Barry Jenkins' "Medicine for Melancholy". May 2930pmFree More info on the show at the BAM Cafe site.

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"Medicine for Melancholy" now playing in Detroit


Detroit, stand up! "Medicine for Melancholy" is now playing in your area through Feburary 22.  It's at the Detroit Film Theater at Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward AvenueDetroit, MI313 833

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"Medicine for Melancholy" and the dynamism of Blackness


Another side of being black and indie. Barry Jenkins' award-winning debut film is exciting, accomplished and provocative. Ostensibly about two African-American twenty-somethings who get to know each other after a one-night stand, Medicine for Melancholy comes at race, class and gentrification from some refreshingly odd angles. The film takes place in San Francisco.  The city [...]

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Opening tonight: "Medicine for Melancholy"


IFC Films is starting the city-by-city rollout of Barry Jenkins' film tonight in NYC.  It's kind of a "Before Sunrise" with two black hipsters in San Francisco. You can read reviews in the  Village Voice or The NY Times, but here's what's got me excited to see this.  In his review of the film, Voice [...]

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Bad Brains documentary near completion

Bad Brains_teaser  I've already Twittered about this, but in case you haven't seen it, here goes. reported the following: BAD BRAINS has announced that it is in the final stages of production for its acclaimed documentary. No release date has been set yet. The yet-untitled film was directed by Mandy Stein and Ben Logan [...]

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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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