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Now on The Huffington Post.com: 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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Now on TheRoot.com: Loud and In Living Colour

The profile I wrote on Living Colour ran this morning on TheRoot.com.  Here's a taste: “When they play together, I’ll put them onstage with anybody, in any genre of music,” says cultural critic and longtime friend Greg Tate who, along with Reid and artist manager Konda Mason, co-founded the Black Rock Coalition. “It’s literally like […]

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Now on TheRoot.com: Rock is Black Music, Too!

Here's an excerpt from my first piece on TheRoot.com: Know what the problem is with black folks? No imagination. Sounds crazy, I know, but consider black music.Every significant moment in America’s history has been accompanied by its own soundtrack. And black musicians have often written the music and the lyrics. But what’s our soundtrack now? […]

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Black rock: The Soundtrack for the Age of Obama

The full text of my first column for Blackpower.com, just 'cause I think it relevant as we head into the new year. The 21st century in America will officially begin on January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama takes the oath of office as the 44th president of the United States.  And, as we usher in […]

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Alternative, compared to what?

The following is also my column this week at Blackpower.com. The Grammy nominations for the 2009 urban/alternative category were announced recently and, while I'm happy that both Janelle Monae (who should win) and Kenna were nominated, overall the category is a disappointment. I see a missed opportunity to highlight Black artists who are truly pushing […]

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Blackpower.com: My life in Black rock

This week's column on Blackpower.com, in which the author tries to connect (some of) the dots and steps that led to his spending an inordinate amount of time thinking, writing and generally being about Black rock. “Cleveland, Ohio. Carnegie Mellon University.  No, I'm not a musician.” This was how I answered a question from a […]

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Black rock: The Soundtrack for the Age of Obama

Following is the full post of my column on Blackpower.com. The 21st century in America will officially begin on January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama takes the oath of office as the 44th president of the United States.  And, as we usher in a new age, I suggest that African Americans consider a new soundtrack […]

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My column at Blackpower.com

Last week, new Web site Blackpower ran my first column.  I'll be contributing weekly, offering a Black rockist POV on things.  I was excited to get involved with the site after reading what they hope to be about: Blackpower.com is designed to promote intelligent, out-the-box, thought-provoking discussion of issues from a variety of black perspectives, […]

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Danielia Cotton album review on EbonyJet.com

Last Friday, EbonyJet.com ran my expanded review of Danielia’s album, Rare Child.  I say expanded because I worked hard to make it different from the one that I originally wrote for Bold As Love.  Let me know what you think. Anyway, thanks to editor Eric Easter for the opportunity.  I’m looking forward to doing more […]

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