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Raine’s Nature Part 2: The Lake

Raine’s Nature Part 2: The Lake

Last Sunday we returned to the lake. It was our annual Fall Nature Stroll where the earthSistas and earthBrothas host a group of photographers and cultivators on an excursion through nature. The Cultivators are the purveyors of the “culture that cultivates an Afrosensual Aesthetic.” It was such an inspired morning that it led to reflections of moments on another Nature Stroll… Zeus DaShaman is Cul...

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WGO? The passing of a Prince…

WGO? The passing of a Prince…

“There wasn’t an instrument he couldn’t play, a style he couldn’t write in, or a song he couldn’t make funkier… He made waves in a daunting number of areas, from race to commerce to sexuality to sound… Prince drew from rock, funk, pop, fusion, big band jazz, bossa nova, opera and more, combining them to create songs that sounded like no one else’s… he was a pop exception, a man of transcendence in...

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pgp389: a Punk Black Fest

pgp389: a Punk Black Fest

The rhythms are discordant, raw and angry. The base is either on par or behind the roar of the guitar, screaming fire to patrons who lose themselves into the rage of music that others would say is not their own – ugly words that they all stopped listening to a long time ago… PUNK BLACK is an independent rock music showcase featuring musicians of color. Started less than a year ago, the event...

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Soundcheck: Moko

Soundcheck: Moko

Diane Nadia Adu-Gyamfi, better known by her stage name Moko, is a 23 year old soul singer from New Cross in London. Her childhood was built upon a foundation of soul, gospel and house records and she would spend her Sunday’s singing in church. A couple of years later she went to Goldsmiths University and moved on to bands. She rose to fame after featuring on the Chase & Status single “Co...

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Soundcheck: Kendrick Lamar debuts new Untitled song on “The Colbert Report”

Soundcheck: Kendrick Lamar debuts new Untitled song on “The Colbert Report”

“Tell him we don’t die! We multiply!” excerpt from Pitchfork.com… As Stephen Colbert prepares to say goodbye to “The Colbert Report”, he welcomed Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick debuted an untitled new track alongside a band featuring Thundercat, Bilal, Anna Wise, and Terrace Martin. During the Colbert’s interview Lamar also discussed why he’d rather be vie...

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Nujabes – my homage to the Japanese Hip Hop mogul

Nujabes – my homage to the Japanese Hip Hop mogul

Before I compare the hip hop of today versus the beginning in the 90s, let me just throw out one thing: Hip Hop is not my favorite genre. What I will talk about is a foreigner who has brought hip hop to life through an anime called Samurai Champloo. The show is about three travelers wandering the land of Japan to get to a father who smells of sunflowers. Beautiful story, with an even beautiful sou...

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Andre3000, Hendrix… All is by My Side

Andre3000, Hendrix… All is by My Side

The Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is by My Side, starring Andre Benjamin, made its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, and will make its USA premiere at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival this month. Thus far the film has been mired in controversy. The feature film is written and directed by John Ridley, and it’s centered around the early, pre-fame days of the legendary roc...

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EmJae… a fetish simply beautiful

EmJae… a fetish simply beautiful

At the end of a day of shooting EmJae wandered to the dark side of the Garden. It was a tentative step into a world of fishnet and fetish. Shadows and color danced around a stormy backdrop as EmJae’s dark eyes seduced the lens. She had a coy swagger as she stepped outside of her comfort zone to experiment with the creation of these images and the emotions they invoked in her. She was temptin...

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TALK FAME – Alvin Ailey Dancer Paige Fraser

TALK FAME – Alvin Ailey Dancer Paige Fraser

TALK FAME Alvin Ailey Dancer Paige Fraser Interview and Dance Talking about ballet. This is our first of many interviews and discussions to come on the lives of the Artist. We have started the discussion and want to continue it on video throughout this coming year. Collaboration is such a huge asset to TALKFAME and so of course we had to team up with one of Brooklyn’s finest Kwesi Abbensetts on a ...

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Sunset’s Soundcheck: Durand Bernarr – THE Voice

Sunset’s Soundcheck: Durand Bernarr – THE Voice

Durand Bernarr. Etch the name into your memory. I first wrote about him here (shoutout to eclectic alexandria – I discovered him through her tumblr), and since then I’ve fallen deeper in love with his work, his growth and that voice. I’m not alone. Just ask his 11,000 + Twitter followers. His talent’s even led him to being mentored by Erykah Badu, who he’s been tourin...

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