Sun Ra and George Clinton, Brothers From Another Planet

Don Letts‘, the well-known British music documentarian and DJ, 2005 BBC documentary on the “out-of-this-world” jazz musician, composer, and bandleader, Sun Ra. Born Herman Blount, in 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama, Sun Ra later claimed to be from Saturn and his music definitely sounded like it came from there. Using interviews from members of his “Arkestra” and […]

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Black Power Mixtape Vol. 2

Last Friday, I went to see the Black Power Mixtape and I must say it is a very powerful film. It gives a fresh perspective on the Black Power movement from 1967 to 1975, especially because it is through the eyes of Swedish journalists, who are somewhat removed from the events happening in the United States […]

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…An Album By Its Cover

This is another segment on my blog covering album artwork and their allusions and meanings. Today’s post is about the controversial rapper Lil B‘s latest album cover for “I’m Gay (I’m Happy).” The artist, Uncle Grumpy, based his artwork for the album off of Marvin Gaye’s 1970 album, “I Want You.” Called the “Sugar Shack” […]

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Congo Square

Amel Larrieux– Congo (this song is inspired by the New Orleans’ Congo Square) I started reading Leroi Jones’ (aka Amiri Baraka) “Blues People” a few days ago for my honors thesis and he mentioned the Congo Square in one of the first chapters. His reference reminded me of this post I read on Tumblr from […]

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Otis Redding’s birthday was on September 9th and he would have been 70 years old this year if he had lived. I bet he would have been a greater legend than he is now. Here is my small tribute to him. First, Kanye West and Jay-z’s song “Otis.” I like the Otis Redding “Try A […]

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Black Power Mixtape

Starting tomorrow, Lincoln Plaza Cinema and IFC Center in New York City will be premiering “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.” The film combines footage from a Swedish journalist (it was lying undiscovered in a basement of Swedish Television for 30 years) of activists, like Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael, with contemporary interviews from African-American artists, […]

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Black Gold

“Not One Drop” Written by A. Sayeeda Clarke, this episode, called “White,” on the online show, Futurestates, is an appropriate and frightening story for our times with discussions on climate change, global warming and our dependency on oil and coal. Will melanin become the new “black gold” in the future? Will brown people be exploited […]

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Robots of Brixton

In wake of the recent London riots, just 30 years after the 1981 Brixton riots, Kibwe Tavares released his animated afrofuturistic, sci-fi short film about the future of Brixton in which robots are disenfranchised and tensions between robots and police escalate into violence. The end quotation from Karl Marx reads: “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, […]

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