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Company releases collectible figurine of H.R. of Bad Brains

Japanese toy/collectibles company PressPop is releasing a pretty cool “statuette” figurine of Bad Brains frontman, H.R. The miniature is constructed from PVC and ABS while his clothes are made from real…


Added by Eye Candy on March 24, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Black and Native solidarity is paramount and has to go both ways

Solidarity between historically oppressed groups is an important component of a powerful and successful movement. And the black liberation movements have aligned themselves with other people of color around the world. Activist/educator Angela Y. Davis called attention to the need for solidarity in last year’s ‘Freedom Is a…


Added by The Race Card on March 24, 2017 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Botswana's death metal scene is celebrated in docu series

Death metal is alive and well in Africa. Winter Metal Mania Festival is quickly becoming one of the biggest heavy metal fests on the continent and will celebrate it's 8th anniversary this year in Ghanzi, Botswana.

ṢOJU, my ongoing docu-series about youth culture in Africa, caught up with cousins and bandmates Tshomarelo Mosaka /Vulture Thrust and Shalton…


Added by Sound Check on March 2, 2017 at 11:45am — No Comments

As a Black Kid, Anime Music Taught Me To Appreciate Rock & Roll

You probably don’t know the first person who took highlights from an anime and put music on the track to create the first Anime Music Video (or AMV, for the initiated). And I don’t know either. But God bless them. I mean that sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, may God bless them with riches and happiness, because they unexpectedly changed my life. And while they live in anonymity without the accolades and Grammy category deserved to them, the least the rest of us can do… Continue

Added by Eye Candy on February 16, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Konvalescent's First Tour

The Konvalescent is a self-described metalcore band from Atlanta, Ga featuring a lineup entirely of young black musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds. Their sound is heavily metal-core influenced, with the signature trading of clean/screamed vocals and dual guitar…


Added by Essick Ent. on February 13, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The hottest guitarist on the block is stealing hearts and ripping crowds to shreds with her solos

Ever hear a guitar solo and proceed to lose your mind at its brilliance? Well prepare to do just that because Ariel O’Neal has skills for days and she’s just getting started! The recent graduate of University of Maryland College Park and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated teaches music by day and rips crowds to pieces by night with her weapon of choice. In school, she studied theatre performance and aspires to also make her mark in the acting world, and…


Added by Sound Check on January 6, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

These portraits of African Americans at Standing Rock celebrate solidarity

Solidarity is one of the most powerful tools that people of color and marginalized communities have to fight the oppression we face. In solidarity, all struggles are worth fighting for, all progress is shared, and all resources are made towards the attainment of freedom. The #NoDAPL movement has seen its share of struggles, but recently, a major step forward has been made, as the US Army Engineer Corps and President Barack Obama have halted the construction of the pipeline.…


Added by Eye Candy on December 14, 2016 at 11:58am — 2 Comments

Upcoming Sly Stone documentary features Bobby Womack, Cornel West and many more

A new documentary on legendary funk and soul trailblazer Sly Stone is coming to Slamdance Festival in January! Best known as the lead singer and producer for Sly and the Family Stone, Sly is often credited for helping to usher in the creative and sonic content that would come to characterize funk, rock, R&B, soul, and psychedelia. On Sly’s impact, Cornel West says that he wouldn’t be who he is without the song ‘Everyday People,’ originally released in 1968 on the album… Continue

Added by Sound Check on December 1, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Attention racist rednecks: Country music is Black

First and foremost, like all forms of American pop music, country music was started for and by Black people. Although country music is now viewed fundamentally as white people shit, without Black folks, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood and whoever the hell else ya’ll listen to would be insignificant. But this wouldn’t be the first time you co-opted our creations, now would it?

The book Blues People by LeRoi Jones, also known as Amiri Baraka, artfully explains the…


Added by The Race Card on November 7, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: London alternative pop singer Iris Gold is starting her own freedom movement in new video for “Revolution Riders”

Freedom is evasive, but once you get it, it’s gold. Or at least that’s what Iris Gold has us believing in the new visual for her single “Revolution Riders” from her forthcoming "The Marsha Hunt Mixtape" set to be released December 2nd. The Londontown songstress says, “It's about feeling free. Free to be who you are. Expressing yourself for real.” One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is to be your full self, because in doing so, you give others the inspiration… Continue

Added by Sound Check on November 3, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominates Bad Brains for the Class of 2017

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has long been a source of divisiveness in the music community for reasons much like the Grammys, the Oscars, and all awards shows controlled by the industry--often the most deserving artists go overlooked. But this year, in a very surprising, but exciting turn of events, the legendary DC punk band Bad Brains has been nominated for the hall. The Cleveland based museum included Bad Brains in the list of candidates along with names like Janet…


Added by Sound Check on October 19, 2016 at 10:57am — 3 Comments

Happy 90th Birthday, Chuck Berry!

Icon and father of rock and roll Chuck Berry turns 90 today! From his first single Maybellene in 1955 to now, Chuck has been on the forefront of pushing music’s boundaries. To celebrate his 90th year, he’s releasing an album in 2017 dedicated to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry, entitled, "Chuck"—his first album since 1979. Berry recorded "Chuck" with his longtime backing band that includes his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (harmonica), as well as…


Added by Sound Check on October 18, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

VIDEO PREMIERE: London fusion rock group Mangoseed pays homage to their reggae roots in “Jah Jah” video

Creating a medley of sounds from influences is a hallmark of fusion music, but none do it quite like Mangoseed. Hailing from the cultural and creative melting pot that London is, Mangoseed’s members are of Trinidadian, Jamaican, Australian and Irish descent. Meshing ska and soca, jungle and funk, rock and punk, all of it high-energy and unfailingly danceable, Mangoseed has been releasing their unique brand of fusion since 2014. In newest video for the Sam Dyson produced…


Added by Sound Check on October 12, 2016 at 10:18am — No Comments

Explore London’s dreadlock subculture and the creatives rocking them in new short documentary “London Locks”. Watch:

The relationship between a Black person and their hair is a special one. Trends, in hair or otherwise, are cyclical in nature and at present, a revitalization of the natural hair movement is being seen on an international scale. “London Locks” is a short documentary directed by Aaron Christian about the rising subculture of locks throughout the city of London. Christian says, The film follows six individuals whom are pioneering a change in the way young black men and women…


Added by Eye Candy on October 11, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

BOOK: Black author & activist Dr. Tamara Pizzoli combats negative imagery of Blackness with spunky new illustrated book 'Tallulah the Tooth Fairy, CEO'

As a child, every time my tooth started to wiggle, I couldn’t wait for the tooth fairy to pay me a visit. The story of the tooth fairy was such a lovely accompaniment to the frightening prospect of losing a tooth. Dr. Tamara Pizzoli, the author of new book ‘Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO’ is bringing our favorite fairytale into the 21st century in a partnership with Rome-based Italian publishing house The English Schoolhouse. The book's main character is Tallulah, the founder…


Added by Eye Candy on September 29, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Young Rockers From Johannesburg Form Punk Band, TCIYF

Johannesburg is brewing with the types of protest and energy that makes for a hotbed for alternative Black expression. TCIYF is a product of Soweto, the storied township in Joburg, and their music is chock-full of passion and grit of their surroundings. The band came together out of the Skate Society Soweto fam, a common accompaniment to the sounds and style of the punk aesthetic. Primarily inspired by metal bands like Black Sabbath and Slayer, the sounds are youthful and… Continue

Added by Sound Check on September 21, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Rock & Roll Band The Tulips Are #BlackGirlMagic

Atlanta-based fusion indie rock band The Tulips is bring all the #BlackGirlMagic in their tunes. When they're not back rapper Diamond, they're making waves in Atlanta's vibrant indie music scene. In the video below, they open up a Paperboy Studios set with an edgy, intensified cover of Beyonce’s “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” Their own biography states, “The Tulips is an all girl fusion rock band that came together to represent for chocolate women. The Tulips bring energy and…


Added by Sound Check on September 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Danny Brown Drops Monster Track "Really Doe" With Kendrick Lamar, Ab Soul & Earl Sweatshirt

After Danny Brown’s hiatus of almost 3 years, he’s back with some undeniable heat. Joined by his peers Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Earl Sweatshirt, “Really Doe” is the perfect comeback track. If this song is any indication as to how the rest of the upcoming album, then it’s sure to be a strong return for every rocker’s favorite rapper. “Really Doe” is available for streaming below and Atrocity Exhibition will be available for purchase and streaming on September…


Added by Sound Check on September 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: LA-Based Blues Duo Music Bones Releases Groovy Single “Do It Anyway”

Music Bones is back with their powerful new single “Do It Anyway,” a song about pushing past your limits, looking fears in the face and doing what you have to do anyway. “Work yourself up, count yourself down. Breathe quiet in, spit fire out,” sings Sara Haile-Mariam over the grooves of the bluesy, dense guitar of Mike Sutjipto. This uptempo groove is a perfect end to a long week and a great start to the weekend. Enjoy streaming below.…


Added by Sound Check on September 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

BOOK: "Why did rock & roll become 'white'?" - Rock & Roll and the Racial Imaginary

How exactly did Rock & Roll, the creative offspring of a black man named Chuck Berry, become whitewashed in the span of a decade? That is the equation that drove Jack Hamilton, a professor at the University of Virginia and Slate music critic, to write his new book Just Around Midnight. In an interview with Pitchfork, Hamilton asks, “Why do we ensconce this band in the genre of rock music? You hear them on classic rock stations all the time in the 21st…


Added by Sound Check on September 14, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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