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10 May

How Punk & Reggae Fought Back Against Racism in the 70’s

RAR carnival against the nazis, leeds, 1981   I was just reminiscing about this movement; there's no real equivalent today, and it's needed more than ever here in the US and around the world. I'd like to help change that.   Stuart Brumfitt i-D Vice Syd Shelton’s photographs capture the Rock Against Racism movement that confronted racism in 70's and 80's Britain. When Syd Shelton returned to London in 1977 after fours years living in Australia, he was shocked at how much things had changed. "The recession had...
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13 Jan

Brother From Another Planet: Bowie and Black Music

by Greg Tate mtv news David Bowie ranks as high in our electric church’s Afrofuturist pantheon of demiurges as Jimi Hendrix, George Clinton, and Miles Davis. That’s for his outrageous aristocratic style, not-just-skin-deep soul, badass brinksmanship, and all-around Alter-Negrocity. Not to mention the Starman’s own sui generis take on The Funk. Bowie remains that rarity — a white rock artist whose appropriations of black kulcha never felt like a rip-off but more like a sharing of radical and bumptious ideations between like-minded...
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27 Dec

A New Squad of Superheroes

by Paola Mathe Finding Paola THIS. In the dark shadows of the night where women’s screams were unheard, and evil crept silently through back alleyways and hidden streets, four super heroes emerge to fight injustice and crime against women.  I love long hot, steamy showers. That’s the place most of my ideas come from. A lot of the time, my ideas are very silly. I think of magic, being back in Haiti as a little girl, and creating random things either for work...
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26 Nov

The Prophecy: Senegal’s Pollution Turned Into Afrofuturist Haute Couture

by Carey Dunne Hyperallergenic In The Prophecy, a striking series by Dakar-based photographer Fabrice Monteiro, majestic alien creatures wear hoop skirts and headdresses made from soda cans, garbage bags, fishing nets, tortoise shells, and the odd baby doll. It isn’t just fashion photography at its most theatrical and cinematic: There’s a vivid environmentalist message here, though it doesn’t look like any anti-pollution campaign you’ve ever seen. To visualize the pollution problem that plagues Senegal, Monteiro collaborated with fashion designer Doulsy and the Ecofund Organization to create otherworldly costumes from trash they found around the country. Posing in...
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18 Nov

AKOUNAK: A Nigerian Remake of “Purple Rain”

The Nigerian remake of "Purple Rain is cinematic magic! by Dangerous Minds “A revolutionary story of guitars, motorcycles, cell phones – and the music of a new generation” is how director Christopher Kirkley describes his West African re-imagining of Purple Rain. Set in the Saharan city of Agadez in Niger, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Akounak for short) is a visually sumptuous and musically thrilling movie that works splendidly with or without the Purple Rain mythos. But riffing on Prince’s tale locates Purple Rain’s universal heartbeat. Like the lone, nameless gunslinger in...
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7 Sep

5 African hard rock bands

Rock music from Africa is nothing new, but this is a good piece on some of the latest bands. (I've been a fan of The Brother Moves On for a couple of years, thanks to my South African inside music source, Palesa.)   by Lateef | teefonline True Africa I may not be versed in every language and dialect in Africa… but I know bad-ass rock music when I hear it.  So, here’s a list of five hard rock bands performing on the continent in a range...
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25 Aug

A Brief History of Black Animation Pt 1: Jazz Nights in Black & White

by VMartinWrites Spectrum Council for Diversity in Media You can’t talk about the contributions and milestones of African-Americans in American animation without talking about the history. However, the history is long and evolves a lot of discussion and revolutions in both art and technology. To save time, we’re going to jump begin our story in 1930, during the Golden Age of American Animation. During this time, the industry is still in its infancy. Cartoons are black and white and synchronized sound has only...
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24 Aug

10 Black-Owned Ice Cream Shops You Should Know

If you know anything about me, it's that ice cream is my drug of choice. I give emphatic recommendations to wary strangers in the supermarket. If I had to choose one food to live off of, it would be ice cream. I'd mainline that sh*t if I could.  by Black Wall Street   August 19th was National Soft Ice Cream Day, so it’s only right that we share some of our favorite black-owned ice cream shops around the country. The following businesses serve the best in...
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2 Jul

You know how it ends but you have to see ‘Amy’.

I sobbed when I heard Amy Winehouse died--sobbed. I mean WTF, I didn't even know her. No one was surprised of course; she was the proverbial train wreck waiting to happen. But that didn't mean we didn't hope against hope. Come on girl, don't let your Saturn Return put you in the 27 Club, please. I know you're hurting, but not like this. Don't take your gift away just yet, we need you. Don't go. Like Sia, Janis Joplin, Lisa Stansfield, Annie Lennox, Lulu, Alison Moyet,...
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24 Mar

Lithofayne Pridgon: Jimi Hendrix’s Original ‘Foxy Lady’

Jimi and Lithofayne outside the Apollo, 1969. Photograph: Courtesy of Lithofayne Pridgon   Sam Cooke, Sly Stone and Little Willie fought for her attention. Jimi Hendrix loved her so much he wrote songs about her. In a rare interview Lithofayne Pridgon tells Chris Campion the unvarnished story of Harlem’s wildest music scene – and how she came to be Hendrix’s greatest muse by Chris Champion The Observer‘ They were bold and daring, yet endearing at the same time, and they allowed me to just be...
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10 Feb

BLACK LIKE BASQUIAT: JEAN-MICHEL & THE BLACK KIDS DOWNTOWN

This is a brilliant piece written by one of my many prolific and famously unknown friends, Jennifer Jazz, about some of our soon-to-be-very-famous friends. She really captures the spirit of that magic time. by Jennifer Jazz, AFROPUNK Jean-Michel Basquiat in his studio on Great Jones Street in NoHo, NY, 1985 In front of Flexible, 1984, Acrylic and oilstick on wood, 259 x 190.5 cm © 2010, The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, New York Photo: © Lizzie Himmel @ 2010, ProLitteris, Zurich People are always...
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9 Feb

Hear Fela Kuti’s Long-Lost Debut Recording From 1960

Fela Kuti with British jazz great Johnny Dankworth in 1962. Photograph: PR   by The Guardian   'Fela's Special', his debut from from 1960 will be included in the forthcoming compilation 'Highlife on the Move'; you can hear it premiered here. (You can really hear how Calypso came directly from Nigerian highlife music). Long before he became the king of Afrobeat, and one of the most inspirational figures in African culture, Fela Ransome-Kuti was already a recording musician. His early recordings were in the highlife style, the first modern...
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24 Jun

Drummer Profile: Jola of Adam Ant

Photo | Greg Ramar Photo | Michael Sanderson by Lisa Vinciguerra Tom Tom Magazine The background music begins and the crowd cheers as New Wave icon Adam Ant emerges from the mist and takes the stage. Best known for his theatrical style and innovative work in the 80’s that bridged punk and post-punk, Adam Ant’s resurgence is booming. A captivating front man, he is backed by an exceptionally talented and tight band that elevate his songs. Infused with pounding Burundian beats, classics such as...
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19 Jun

Brian Eno meets Yanis Varoufakis

by Brian Eno and Yanis Varoufakis for the Guardian The British musician and producer Brian Eno meets Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister for Greece’s Syriza government, at Eno’s recording studio in west London. Both are stylish, shaven-headed men famous for their radical ideas. Eno, 67, started out playing synth and wearing leopardskin shirts in the 1970s with Roxy Music and went on to produce, among others, David Bowie and Talking Heads. Varoufakis, 54, who turns up in his trademark leather jacket, describes himself as a libertarian Marxist and has...
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26 Mar

Artists Wanted for Film About Van Gogh Painted Entirely By Hand

 Photo, Oli Scarff/Getty Images SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A unique crew call has been posted for oil painters to work on film about the life of Vincent Van Gogh. Loving Vincent will be the first feature film completely painted by hand. The biopic about the Dutch impressionist painter will be told through some 800 personal letters and 120 of his paintings. Timelapse of Loving Vincent painting process. Directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman told Voice of America the 80-minute feature film will require 57,000 painted frames....
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23 Mar

THIS…is what you call a tribute

This is so f$#king awesome! Can he kick it? Yes he can. And THAT'S what we call a tribute! Mark Arum from WSB-TV dropped A Tribe Called Quest lyrics in his traffic reports to honor Phife Dawg, who passed away this morning. He's definitely invited to the cookout! // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ (function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); // ]]>       ...
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7 Mar

At M.I.T., Science Embraces a New Chaos Theory: Art

Hilarie M. Sheets The NY Times | Arts & Science “Sandcastle No. 3,” drawn on a single grain of sand, part of a Vik Muniz series from 2013.CreditVik Muniz, via Sikkema, Jenkins & Co.  As a graduate student at the respected M.I.T. Media Lab, Marcelo Coelho collaborated with the artist Vik Muniz to help him achieve a poetic and technical feat that teases the imagination: drawing a picture of a castle on a single grain of sand. After two years of failed experiments with various lasers,...
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5 Mar

“Sound & Color” by The Alabama Shakes

I slept hard on this gorgeous, wistful 3:03 minute slip of a song--in fact on this band in general. Sure I'd heard of Brittany Howard, loving how she broke all boxes that defined a rock star, Black music, Black woman. But for some reason they were on my shortlist that I never manifested. I don't watch TV so I didn't see the iPad Pro commercial, but after they won a couple of Grammies it was time I woke the f#$k up. Future People and...
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5 Feb

Where do I begin…yet another chapter of my childhood has died.

I've been trying to figure out how to address my feelings on the passing of Maurice White since he left this earth on February 3rd, 2016. I think I have to go back to 1976, around the time my then 13-year-old brother discovered That's The Way of the World and Spirit. See, my French horn-playing baby bro Deryck was absolutely OBSESSED with EWF. I mean as in carrying-a-boombox-into-the-bathroom-so he-wouldn't-miss-a-single-note-type obsessed. Over and over and over again. Don't get me wrong, I loved them too--but unfortunately hearing...
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21 Jan

You mourned David Bowie, but you mock Glenn Frey. Why?

Star men … David Bowie in 1974 and Glenn Frey of the Eagles in 1973. Photograph, Terry O'Neill | Hulton Archive | Getty Images | Rex Features Last night, walking up 7th Ave around 40th Street I hear the last strains of "Witchy Woman" bouncing off the buildings. I follow the sound and trace it to a lone Asian man on the corner, wrapped in a blanket, rocking a Tibetan sort of hat and blaring the Eagles' classic out from a...
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