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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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My upcoming interview on Afronerd Radio–Sunday, 11/1

Thanks to Dburt over at Afronerd for reaching out and inviting me to join him on Sunday for a discussion about the state of black rock.  From the looks of his write-up, I guess I'll have a chance to expand on my comments on The BlakRoc Project. So, the show will be airing live this […]

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Black rock conference @ Indiana University–November 13-14

The other event I'll be speaking at within the next few weeks takes place at Indiana University, home of the Archives of African American Music & Culture (AAAMC).  Not familiar with the AAAMC?  It houses one of the significant collections of African American musical idioms starting with the Post World War II era. Last year […]

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Upcoming Speaking Engagement: 2009 CMJ Music Marathon

As you can imagine, I love being asked to talk about black rock and am always honored when I get the chance in a more formal setting to do so.  Here's info on the first of two upcoming speaking engagements I have. The panel I'm on is: Journalism As A&R Friday, October 23 from 3:30–4:45 […]

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Talking Black rock at the National Black Arts Festival

Today, folks from all over the country are converging on Atlanta to kick off the National Black Arts Festival, a celebration of the culture of the African Diaspora, which has been in effect since 1988. There’s lots to see and do: Music, theater, literary events, film, dance, the visual arts and much more, including a […]

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In Conversation with Maya Azucena

Maya Azucena is a woman of many talents: Singer, songwriter, producer, and now video host! You may recall from an earlier interview I did with her that she is fiercely committed to the creativity on her own terms.  And she's been successful at it.  So, it's no surprise that she teamed with to produce […]

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My SXSW Panel: "A Dream Deferred: Black rock"

All of my arrangements are now set for my first foray to SXSW.  Here's the description of my session, which was organized by fellow traveler Kandia Crazy Horse: From the transatlantic success of bands like TV On the Radio and Bloc Party to the New York Times' infamous recognition of "blipsters" or "black people who […]

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SXSW bound

Last week, I got my official invitation to be on a panel at this year's South by Southwest Music conference.  I'm excited because this will be my first time at the festival.  The panel is being organized by my friend and music journalist par excellence Kandia Crazy Horse.  Originally, it was supposed to take place […]

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What's been up

I know it’s been quiet here this week.  Lots going on at work (my company’s getting ready to move next week).  And I’ve started a book project.  Part of the kick off, in addition to a lot of notes and organizing stuff I’ve already done, is the development of a survey that I’d like to […]

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Life Changes

So, I finally make a tentative step back to blogging.  As I wrote to some friends a few days ago, I’m just now feeling like I’m getting some equilibrium back in my life.  Yeah, life happens and even when you make preparations, sometimes you’re still not ready for the way change sweeps through and disrupts […]

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