Have you heard the news? The Maya Rudolph Show is coming soon with Raphael Saadiq as band leader and Janelle Monae as the first musical guest! NBC announced that the show will air on May 19th at 10pm (it's a one-off for now). Other guests include Fred Armisen, Kristen Bell, Sean Hayes, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg.
The punk rock reincarnation of 'Josie and the Pussycats', 'pOny' (people of NY) is a 90s based animation centered around four female bandmates. Odette Cruz (lead vocals), Pauline Tharpe (lead guitarist), Nina Lee (bass), and Yoshiko Yomano (drums) are coming together to steal a spaceship called T.W.A.T (Trans-dimensional, Wormhole, Amplifying, Transport) from their future selves. With their fans, affectionately called the Ponytails, their trusty robot companion K.E.V.I.N and…Continue
'The Black Panthers Speak' is back in print! This book features writings by Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, David Hilliard, and Fred Hampton, Kathleen Cleaver and other Panther women. You can get it from publisher Haymarket Books here.
Info: "From its founding by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966 to contemporary…
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Indie rock pop band Phox revealed their new single 'Slow Motion'! Check it out below. Their self-titled upcoming album is available for pre-order at phoxband.com.
Always great to see talent in the community! Photographer Ravi Balineni shared some eye-grabbing images from his portfolio. Check them out!
With the critical successes of Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave, stories of African American redemption seem to be en vogue. This marks a new direction in the tradition of film and hopefully forecasts the arrival of "new" stories of African American triumph. The trouble with telling our stories, however, is the trauma. How many times can we view the "same" narrative of victimhood and subjugation? This of course is the common query of those who wish we…Continue
Do you guys know about Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock and Roll? We're very excited to partner with Thirteen to bring you an interactive online screening of 'Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll' (American Masters series), on April 9th 2014 at 7pm EST (i.e. New York time).
Join us at https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/px0bk to watch and chat with us!
Mali-born artist Malick Sidibe has become a icon within the firmament of the West African country’s art world and history, as a photographer documenting his country’s shift from being a French colony to gaining independence on September 22, 1960. Sidibe’s photos are all honest imagery mirroring the Malians' stress, beauty, perseverance, and freedom from the days of bondage, and its current state of the union.
By Tip Jordan,…
Anita - Speaking The Truth To Power is an independent film directed by Freida Mock. The movie confronts multiple layers of the sexism Anita Hill experienced in the workplace. In 1991, when she accused then U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, what made it difficult for Hill to tell her story was the belittlement of her legitimate place as a woman in society. However, she…Continue
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When given a taste of the world Jimi Hendrix visited when performing, Brazilian artist Gian Paolo La Barbera created a kaleidoscopic piece representing the legend. As Hendrix's melodies jump from his tongue, and his hair flow amidst the soothing frequency of his guitar strings, we fall victim to creativity’s seduction once more!
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Her story is one of great joy and great pain, struggles, self-acceptance, identity, abuse, trauma. Haitian activist and model Tico Armand exposes her truth. From being a baby born into poverty in Haiti, to her move to Brooklyn as a young girl and the adversities she’s had to endure, her experiences filled her with the strength and the motivation to succeed. She is now an accomplished model who has graced the pages of various magazines, and runways across the…Continue
Watch Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) in the trailer for 'Begin Again', the latest film from writer-director John Carney.
The movie will be released on July 4 and also features Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Mark Ruffalo, Cee-Lo Green, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and James Corden.
PR: "Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine)…
Look what we stumbled upon! Kenyan sci-fi short film 'Pumzi' brings you Afrofuturism at its best. It was written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu and was brought to our attention via For Harriet. Check out the full movie below!
Guyana-based illustrator Barrington Braithwaite is feature on Design Week. Writer Jon Daniel interviewed the artist.
"Many artists and entertainers have roots in Guyana, such as the distinguished playwright, poet and author John Agard; British-based actors Norman Beaton, Carmen Munroe, Ram John Holder and Cy Grant; and musicians such as Phil Lynott,, global superstar Rihanna and Eddy Grant, the platinum-selling musician and entrepreneur. It was Eddy who first mentioned the…
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The legacy of TV show 'Soul Train' and Nelson George's new book The Hippest Trip in America, Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style were spotlighted on CBS this week.
The Hippest Trip in America is out now and can be purchased here.…
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Flirtatious glimpses of a galaxy, Notorious B.I.G., Black women, and Marcus Garvey placed in colorful collages instantly grabbed my interest as I analyzed the vibrant, afro-futuristic images I admired. There’s something about fluorescent tones, brown skin, and imagination that drives me to the brink of insanity. The work of visual artist Carla Aaron-Lopez is beyond fantastic, to say the least.
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Photographer Mario Epanya recognizes the authentic exquisiteness that stems deep from beauty’s own mystical abyss. Dark skin, bright colors and eyes that hold the keys to truth easily consume their viewer; how can you not be in awe of heaven’s allure. His images are evident of the world's appreciation for Afro people and our concrete impact in the world of fashion. What makes his artistry even more supreme is that, the images of nudity not only magnify the nature of woman and…Continue
Author Nelson George's latest book The Hippest Trip in America, Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style will be released tomorrow and you can get it right here! Publisher Harper Collins shared the following information: "When it debuted in October 1971, seven years after the Civil Rights Act, Soul Train boldly went where no variety show had gone…Continue
Anticipated to premiere internationally by summer 2014 (April 11 in the UK), Half of a Yellow Sun has been creating quite a buzz. It was adapted from critically acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel. Renowned UK playwright Biyi Bandele has made his directorial debut with transferring Adichie’s literature onto the silver screen. Set in the 1960s republic of Nigeria during the Nigerian-Biafran civil war, Half of a Yellow Sun seems extremely…Continue
“Dear White People” is an independent film written and directed by Justin Simien. The movie uses comedy to address many dimensions of the African-American experience, including present-day race relations and the intersection of gender and ethnicity. The story unfolds on a fictitious Ivy League campus, becoming the playground for identity politics. The films hallowed-halls address the all-black Mission College in Spike Lee’s “School Daze.”
We attended a screening followed by…