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EDITORIAL: Our N-Word Conundrum

As the Rihanna-Jackie Magazine incident shows, we can’t have it both ways with the N-word.

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REVIEW: Kanye West — "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (Roc-A-Fella)

Every super hero needs a theme song. And a super villain to fight against.

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REVIEW: Tricky — "Mixed Race" (Domino)

Tricky’s eighth album is a dark, tense romp, and at times cinematic.

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Now on "Black Rock Rolls On"


Really thrilled to have helped 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 [...]

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Now on "Window Seat" or Much Badu About Nothing


  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 [...]

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Now on SXSW shows it's good to be black and alternative


Lisa Kekaula of The Bellrays My first piece for 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.  [...]

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Blogging black rock for Converse


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 [...]

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"Medicine For Melancholy": Down, but caught out, in San Francisco


  Originally, I wrote this for 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 [...]

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Now on The Huffington Dash's Blakroc disses black rock


  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 [...]

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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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