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The Black Candle Soundtrack

Published on 26 Dec 2011 at 11:54 pm. No Comments.
Filed under art,black culture,music.

I wrote the title track to MK Asante Jr’s award-winning documentary narrated by Maya Angelou, The Black Candle. Produced by Derrick Hodge with Robert Glasper on piano and Chris Dave on drums. HAPPY KWANZAA YALL!

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When Anti-Homophobic Rhetoric Turns Reactionary:Another Look at The Boondocks & Tyler Perry

Published on 4 Jul 2010 at 3:05 pm. 8 Comments.
Filed under art,black culture,black image,entertainment,LGBT,mainstream culture,men's issues,popular culture,sexuality,television.

Aaron McGruder’s notorious animated series, “The Boondocks”, has been engaged in radical critiques of black culture, black political formations and black identity politics since its 1996 inception in The Diamondback, the student newspaper at the University of Maryland. “The Boondocks” has grown from a student newspaper comic strip to a nationally syndicated television series that […]

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Forever Gone: A review of Blueprint 3

Published on 8 Sep 2009 at 9:57 am. 22 Comments.
Filed under art,Hip-Hip,music,popular culture.

Thank God for bootlegs! During a recession when every penny counts, no one wants to waste money. So I was happy when I got my hands on an early copy of Jay-Z’s highly-anticipated, eleventh studio release, Blueprint 3. After I listened to it, I instantly knew where fifteen of my dollars wouldn’t be going this […]

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Coming of Age With Hip Hop (Part 4.2)

Published on 19 Jul 2009 at 2:08 pm. 21 Comments.
Filed under art,black culture,black image,entertainment,Hip-Hip,mainstream culture,music,popular culture.

Welcome back for the second segment of 1996 as we focus on two titans, Jay-Z and Nas, and their landmark albums, Reasonable Doubt and It Was Written. These two classics were released within one week of each other, instantly causing the summer of 1996 to become “history in the making.” In an era where most […]

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Coming of Age With Hip Hop (part 4.1)

Published on 1 Jul 2009 at 8:05 am. 15 Comments.
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Welcome back for the fourth installment of Coming of Age with Hip Hop. This week, I have the pleasure of tackling one of the biggest years in Hip Hop: 1996. Due to the six heavyweight releases that I have selected as the premier albums of 1996, I will break this installment up into three segments. […]

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Coming of Age With Hip Hop (part 3)

Published on 20 Jun 2009 at 6:11 am. 21 Comments.
Filed under art,black culture,entertainment,Hip-Hip,music,popular culture,Uncategorized.

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 […]

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Coming of Age With Hip Hop (part 2)

Published on 11 Jun 2009 at 3:44 pm. 17 Comments.
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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 […]

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Coming of Age with Hip Hop (Part 1)

Published on 1 Jun 2009 at 11:39 pm. 25 Comments.
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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 […]

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Independent Black Gay and Lesbian Publisher, Redbone Press presents: Gospel by Samiya Bashir

Published on 18 May 2009 at 10:21 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under art,LGBT,poetry.

A riveting review by guest Blackademics guest contributor Alexis Pauline Gumbs In the beginning there was the word. And before that there was the darkness. Gospel, Samiya Bashir’s new collection of poems, published by independent black gay and lesbian publisher Redbone Press, is an extended meditation on the relationship between that darkness and the word. […]

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The Little Professor & His Friends: Edu-tainment For All Ages

Published on 2 Jan 2009 at 4:32 pm. 2 Comments.
Filed under academia,art,positivity.

Greetings Blackademics and Happy New Year. One of my New Years Resolutions this year is to contribute more positive stories to the blogsphere. I feel like we become so overwhelmed by the negative issues that we face as a community, that we sometimes forget to stop and celebrate our brilliance. That being said, I’m going […]

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