Archives for June 2009
The King of Pop joined the ancestors today at age 50. One of the most groundbreaking artists to ever grace the stage, Michael Jackson was more than a musician he was a popular culture icon. I’m disgusted with the way the media has been denigrating his legacy by focusing their reports on his secluded and […]
1995 Who remembers the rawness of 1995? This year was dedicated to the grime and dirt of the B side as rappers moved impervious to mainstream tastes. During this year, it was almost a guarantee that you wouldn’t hear “your shit” on the radio unless you were prepared to stay up all night on weekends […]
What Would You Tell Your Former “Master” If He Asked You To Return to the Peace and Serenity of His Ohio Plantation?
Emancipation day, or Juneteenth, celebrates the announcement of the “abolition” of enslavement in the state of Texas. I use the term abolition loosely because the Emancipation Proclamation did little to improve the lives of enslaved (or formerly enslaved) Africans and African Americans. Issued in September of 1862, the Proclamation was not legally effective until January […]
Blackademics is celebrating Black Music month by publishing a groundbreaking interview with Ghanaian Hiplife and Hip Hop artist, Samini. Strait from his studio in Accra we discuss Hip-Hop, language and Black identity from an international perspective. You don’t want to miss this interview! Check out a youtube video of the interview below, or click this […]
Welcome back for the second installment of “Coming of Age with Hip Hop.” As promised from last week, we will be critically reviewing Hip Hop circa 1994. However, before I begin, allow me to recap the best albums and honorable mentions from 1993. You all will see an extra album placed in 1993’s Honorable Mention […]
While I was waiting to be interviewed on sister Janice Graham’s program, Our Common Ground this past Thursday, I became aware of an important speech that was being delivered half-way around the world. On June 4th, 2009 President Obama addressed Cairo University, in a self-proclaimed attempt to: Seek a new beginning between the United States […]
Hip Hop: Black Political and Cultural Crossroads – Free & D. Noble on Urban Progressive Radio Tonight!
Tonight – June 4th @ 9pm, Pierce Freelon and Olokun Shangol Olugbala aka. D. Noble will be guests on Urban Progressive Talk Radio’s broadcast of Our Common Ground with host Janice Graham. You can listen live at: www.ustalknetwork.com and call in: 954-530-2068. Our Common Ground is alternative, interactive, activist talk radio programming exploring global and […]
I am a Hip Hop lifer and have been subscribing to the cultural praxis of Hip Hop since the early days of my youth. I have witnessed the dynamic culture evolve, mature, stand still and contradict itself. Despite the various paradigm shifts within the culture and the myriad artistic aesthetics affected consequently, one thing that […]