The My-Stery: Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Bitch Bad’ and the Chaotic Nature of Minstrelsy


Last week Lupe Fiasco premiered his video for “Bitch Bad.”  With its use of minstrelsy and blackface, the video as well the song brings to the forefront once again the complicated position of the black entertainer in popular culture. What is the role and responsibility of a black entertainer to themselves and their audiences? What […]

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Modern Griots: United Vibrations


The name of their album “Galaxies not Ghettoes,” is the rallying cry from the London-based group, United Vibrations. The phrase implies creating spaces of inclusion and not exclusion. Inspired by the likes of Fela Kuti, Bob Marley Sun Ra and the spiritual beliefs and mythologies of the world, the four members, Ahmad Dayes (Trombone & […]

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