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REVIEW: Erykah Badu — “New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh”


I can’t get “Window Seat” out of my head. Nor can I separate the song from the image of Erykah Badu walking through Dallas’ Dealey Plaza while disrobing. The song’s appeal, like the video’s, is raw desire: desire for freedom, to love, and to be. That element of desire sums up New Amerykah Part Two, [...]

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REVIEW: Corinne Bailey Rae’s "The Sea": Mourning Becomes Beauty


Corinne Bailey Rae’s much anticipated sophomore album The Sea premieres today in the U.S. four years after her self-titled debut captured fans on both sides of the pond with “Like a Star” and almost two years since the much publicized death of her husband, Jason Rae. Though loss permeates the album, which Bailey Rae describes [...]

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Ten Sistas Who Rocked The Decade


One of the decade’s best: Imani Uzuri While the crew is rolling out our “Best of” Lists, Jen Williams compiles a Top Ten of Sistas who Rocked the Decade (in no particular order): Res – Res started off the oh-ohs with her 2001 release “How I Do” and made a comeback last year with [...]

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The Smyrk: Free tomorrow night in NYC

The Smyrk will be doing a set at Santos Party House around midnight as part of The Freak Cabaret. Come get your freak on. Wednesday, Dec. 23. Doors at 11 Location:  96 Lafayette Avenue, New York, NY Cover: Free

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A Trace of Grace


Saturday, fans of Grace Jones gathered at the Brooklyn Museum on a crisp sunny afternoon to listen to two up-and-coming bands pay tribute to the legendary diva. The Black Rock Coalition presented “A Strange Case of Grace” in conjunction with the BMA’s ongoing exhibition Who Shot Rock and Roll. The exhibition sets a small room [...]

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Introducing new contributors to


One of the things coming out of the audience survey (thanks to all who’ve completed it so far!) is that many of you want to see for more regional coverage here on  Based on that feedback, I put out a call for contributors and a great group of people responded.  I’m happy to announce [...]

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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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