As the Rihanna-Jackie Magazine incident shows, we can’t have it both ways with the N-word.
The beautifully done film is an assured and compelling meditation on love, death, loss and, ultimately, life.
Every super hero needs a theme song. And a super villain to fight against.
Tricky’s eighth album is a dark, tense romp, and at times cinematic.
Really thrilled to have helped TheRoot.com round out its Black Music Month coverage with an article on the state of black rock. Thanks again to all who contributed responses and provided quotes. Also, shout out to senior editor Teresa Wiltz who tapped me for the assignment and who also asked me to help them pull [...]
Around the internet, folks have been buzzing about Erykah Badu's latest video "Window Seat," in which the singer strips naked as she strolls through downtown Dallas. And the reviews, from what I've seen, have been mostly positive, with many people praising Badu for her bravery. It was riveting to see this black woman's progress [...]
Lisa Kekaula of The Bellrays My first piece for TheGrio.com ran on Monday. Here's an excerpt: When asked about The Bellrays’ show he’d just seen, musician Sharif Iman of Nashville, Tennessee, who describes his own sound as “Seal meets The Foo Fighters,” said excitedly, “This just goes to show that black people can do anything. [...]
I've recently had the opportunity to contribute some blog posts to the Converse site. The first post ran yesterday. Typically, if I'm doing a series for a site, I'll do some level-setting. That is, I want to provide some context for folks to understand my POV and why I think black rock is important and [...]
Originally, I wrote this for Vibe.com but the piece fell through the cracks of the regime change. I've written about Barry's film before. This was just posted to The Huffington Post and timed to the yesterday's DVD release of the film. Here's an excerpt: In his assured feature debut Medicine for Melancholy, which was [...]
Mos Def (l) and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Yes, it took me a few weeks, but I finally collected my thoughts on project. The result is my first piece on The Huffington Post. For me, it comes down to this question: How can you call something “BlakRoc” when the black folks on the [...]