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PHOTOS: Afro-Punk 2009 Block Party


Author Nelson George and Afro-Punk producer Matthew Morgan One of the many mohawks in effect! Greg Tate (l) at the Primordial Punk table w/Luqman Brown & LaRonda Davis A few more pics from the afternoon can be seen here.

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Great writing on Michael Jackson: Greg Tate in The Village Voice

Greg Tate

The other great piece on Michael was Greg Tate's tour de force in The Village Voice on Michael's legacy.  Tate, as you may know, is an author of three books, numerous essays, a founding member of the Black Rock Coalition, and now bandleader and music director of Burnt Sugar, a band that fuses rock, jazz, [...]

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Great writing on Michael Jackson: Armond White in the NY Press


I've always been a huge fan of Armond White's (above in the photo by Nigel Perry).  Even when he was writing for the long-defunct City Sun, he brought an expansive knowledge of popular culture to bear in his critiques of music and film.  For him, there continues to be one standard of excellence.  So when [...]

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Michael Jackson and the collective imagination


Icons pass and we’re left speechless.  Their passing hits home particularly hard when they’re not much older than we are.  Things become existential real quick. Perhaps it is because I came of age in the 80s that I’ll always feel like Michael Jackson was my age.  I was aware of Off the Wall, but it [...]

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So much Michael


Lots being written about the Michael Jackson in these days following his untimely death.  Here's just the tip of the iceberg that I've seen: VIbe Magazine's Danyel Smith: "He gave himself to the world. And Michael Jackson left nothing but blood on the dance floor." The Nation's John Nichols: "He projected into the world (the [...]

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Photos: Bazaar Royale, Game Rebellion, Raye6 @ S.O.B's — 4/30


Netic of Game Rebellion If it were only about an MC or a guitarist, Game Rebellion wouldn't be special.  They'd be good, no doubt.  But thankfully, they are much more than the sum of their parts.  I've said this before, but they are clearly one of the best hip hop/rock bands out there.  With their [...]

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SXSW09 Roundup: Quincy Jones keynote–3/19/09


I've been telling folks: I hear the word "keynote"–especially when attached to an icon like Quincy Jones–and I expect 20-30 minutes max from them.  But, Quincy, being the dean that he is, held forth for TWO AND A HALF HOURS!  I'm not going to try to recap the whole thing, but I will share my [...]

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Images of Obama's first day in office


photo by Pete Souza/The White House photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times Additional link: More photos from Day One

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The 21st Century starts now


Gotta love this for so many reasons.

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Broad shoulders, indeed


My wife sent me this photo yesterday.  A friend had forwarded it to her with a caption that said–and I’m paraphrasing–What must it feel like to have the expectations and hopes of an entire community on your shoulders? It’s kinda like this: On one hand, he’s been buoyed by the historical moment at which this [...]

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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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