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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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NEWS: Director’s cut of “Electric Purgatory” available now

Happy to share that the director’s cut of Raymond Gayle’s doc Electric Purgatory: The Fate of the Black Rocker is available today.  While Electric Purgatory was released originally on DVD in 2008 and is enjoying a broadcast run this month on Ovation, this version contains an extended interview with Bad Brains front man HR, as […]

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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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Curtis Mayfield and the Black Rock Connection

With only a few days to go before the BRC Orchestra spends two nights performing the Civil Rights songbook of Curtis Mayfield, Michael Gonzales reflects on the quiet musical giant. While Curtis Mayfield was always been considered one of the greatest soul voices to come out of Chicago, his guitar playing was often so understated […]

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PhocusED: Images by Ed Marshall

I'm thrilled to share this with you all.  For those of you who don't know Ed Marshall, he's a talented photographer with a sharp eye.  He's usually the guy with the camera at a lot of black rock, Afro-Punk and URB Alt shows.  He's also done a lot of publicity photos for our family of […]

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Fela! The Musical now on Broadway

And I'm very excited to be checking this out.  Even more excited to be able to take my son to see this, which will be his first Broadway musical. Of course, I was familiar with Fela Anikulapo Kuti.  However, it's easy to forget (as someone who's involved with music here in NYC) that Fela, though […]

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TOMORROW: Michael Jackson's Video Art @ Lincoln Center

Already got my tickets for this event, which takes place tomorrow.  Here's the description via the Film At Lincoln Center site: Armond White joins us on stage for a one-of-a-kind tribute to the King of Pop. White will also be signing his new book Keep Moving: The Michael Jackson Chronicles. Michael Jackson’s pioneering work in […]

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

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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PHOTOS & Set List from BRC's 4 Women Tribute — August 23

  (l to r: Karma Johnson, Lisette Santiago, Lynne Procope, Abena Koomson, Aklebulan, Tamar-Kali, Latasha Diggs, Onel Mulet) 4 pm on a sunny August Sunday afternoon in Damrosch Park–and no shade–is not a good look.  It was hotter 'n a mugh.  But the music made it all worth it. My hat's off to Latasha Diggs […]

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PHOTOS: Living Colour, Angelo Moore @ The Roots Jam — August 10

Living Colour's Corey Glover Monday was a night of great music as Living Colour and Fishbone's Angelo Moore joined The Roots at their regular jam session at NYC's Highline Ballroom. Living Colour got things rolling with a short, three-song set–"Cult of Personality" (natch!) and two songs from the upcoming album, "Behind the Sun" and "Bless […]

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