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Check out "The Audacity of Humanity" ebook

The Audacity of Humanity Ebook A couple of honors this week. The first: I was asked to contribute to the above project, which was put together by ethnomusicologist and TED fellow Kyra Gaunt. Here’s what she wrote about the project: The Audacity of Humanity features over 35 authors, 
ages 10 to 63, from 5 continents, […]

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Detroit's Black Women Rock Weekend

p5rn7vb Dopeness in the D this weekend, spearheaded by @jessicacaremoor.  First, a tribute to funk diva Betty Davis featuring Tamar-Kali, Imani Uzuri, Steffanie Christi'an and Marcia Jones:   On Sunday, there's a master class with many of these artists that focuses on inspiring young women to define their own terms of participation in the music […]

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Belated new year's wishes

This piece originally ran on the Converse.com blog back in January. When I think about what will help black rock become an even bigger part of the cultural conversation, there are four things that come to mind: More music
 This is obvious, but I’m looking forward to new releases from black artists all over the […]

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Understanding Sade

photo credit: Sophie Muller In case you missed it, New York Times music critic Jon Pareles profiled Sade (above) in Sunday's paper.  Here's what one of the singer's close friends told him about her: “With most artists they’re more of a big person in their public persona than they are in their private persona, and […]

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Q&A with The Bots

The Bots: Anaiah (l) and Mikaiah LeiPhoto credit: Walter Einenkel, courtesy of Vital Records An edited version of this ran on Converse.com on January 15.  Here’s the full version of my conversation with Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei, better known as The Bots. Have you heard of The Bots?  If not, then meet Mikaiah and Anaiah […]

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I have no right to be mad at the Grammys and neither do you.

  I realized that I really have no right to be mad at The Grammys. Yeah, I was one of those salty folks on Twitter who took potshots at the awards ceremony this past Sunday.  And yes, the Michael Jackson tribute seemed a little half-hearted; the Jamie Foxx/T-Pain performance was just shy of embarrassing; and […]

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Christmas Wishes

Another Christmas and holiday season is here.  I hope you and your families are having an enjoyable time together.  Also, I want to thank you all for your continued readership, feedback and support of this blog. Christmas is many things to many people.  But, after the gifts, the food, the parties, an seeing friends, family […]

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Recap: Indiana University’s black rock conference

(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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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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Another example of the new gangsta

This is the kind of thing that we all need to encourage: Young people being about excellence.  No, he's not doing rock, but he's definitely rockin' this.  I think you'll agree that it's just great to see stuff like this, as well as the efforts by The Bots. Definitely the new gangsta. Bravo, young man!

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