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Celebrate 25 Years of the BRC: Drop The Bomb!

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Join the BRC on Friday, January 21 and celebrate the organization’s first 25 years!

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Thembisa Mshaka on Abbey Lincoln

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m4s0n501 Of Abbey’s performance in “Nothing But A Man,” Thembisa writes: “Abbey Lincoln delivers a tour-de-force performance. But then, those are the only kind she’s ever delivered.”

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Got any questions for Death?

The Hackneys (l to r): Dannis, Bobby Sr. (holding pic of original trio), & son Bobby Jr. of Rough Franciscredit: Burlington Free Press I'm in the process of prepping for my SXSW interview with Death on March 20.  I'm doing background research as well as pre-interviews with the band, Bobby Jr. (Rough Francis) and some […]

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VIDEO: Nelson George/Diane Paragas — "A Walk Through Fort Greene" (trailer)

A Walk Through Fort Greene – TRAILER from Diane Paragas on Vimeo. For those of us who lived in Fort Greene, Brooklyn during the early 90s, this will take you back.  Nelson George and Diane Paragas co-direct.  From the Vimeo page: A feature length documentary of the black arts movement that exploded in Fort Greene […]

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VIDEO: Big Mama Thornton feat. Buddy Guy — "Hound Dog"

And a big bow wow to you, too. Additional links: Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton on Wikipedia Buddy Guy official site Do you like what you've seen on this blog over the last three years? If so, consider making a small donation–$1, $5, $10–whatever you can. Here's why I'm asking and how you can donate.

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VIDEO: Martin Luther King — "I Have A Dream" (full speech)

I took the MLK holiday off today, as I do every year.  Not just a day off from the day job, but a day spent remembering and honoring Dr. King.  As we've done for the last several years, we went to the memorial at Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Danny Glover was the keynote this year.  […]

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UPCOMING: URB Alt's Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute — 11/27

Jimi would've been 67 next week.  Very cool that MuthaWit Orchestra and Leila Adu team up to celebrate his birthday in grand style: Avant, yet fresh-to-death! MuthaWit at Harlem Stage (photo: Ed Marshall) Leila Adu performing @ this year's URB Alt fest (photo: Ed Marshall) URB ALT: Jimi Hendrix Tribute Friday, November 27, 2009 – […]

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VIDEO: Death's "Where Do We Go From Here?" doc and tour promo

Detroit's own DEATH -Where Do We Go From Here? Documentary – Tour 2009 Promo from Howlermano on Vimeo. Good news for Death fans.  More info on the doc at wheredowegofromheredoc.com, where you can become a fan on Facebook and/or friend them on MySpace.  Also, note the Rough Francis tour dates. Hat tip to The Daily […]

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"Soul Power" opens today in NYC & LA

In 1974, the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time–James Brown, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, The Fania All-Stars (featuring Celia Cruz), Bill Withers, The Spinners, The Crusaders, Sister Sledge– came together with the most renowned musical groups of Southern African for a 12-hour, three night concert held in Kinshasha, Zaire.  The dream-child of Hugh […]

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New book claims Hendrix murdered by manager

How's this for some deep sh*t on Monday morning? According the Britain's The Independent: The rock legend Jimi Hendrix was murdered by his manager, who stood to collect millions of dollars on the star's life insurance policy, a former roadie has claimed in a new book. James "Tappy" Wright says that Hendrix's manager, Michael Jeffrey, […]

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