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15 Jan

20 Dope Black Comics Set to Takeover in 2018

by Terrence Sage* | AfroPunk The following is a list of comics either ongoing or releasing this year. It is focused on either Black creative teams penning the adventures of superheroes, or comics that star Black superheroes in a prominent light!   1. Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands (DC Comics) = Writer: Tony Isabella, Artist: Clayton Henry, Colorist: Pete Pantazis, Letterer: Josh Reed   Black Lightning aka Jefferson Pierce returns to the spotlight in a six-issue miniseries that gives Cleveland a hero to cheer for. During the day, Jefferson is...
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11 Jan

Our Love Affair With Digital Is Over

Credit: Jackie Ferrentino (On my shortlist.) by David Sax | The NY Times A decade ago I bought my first smartphone, a clunky little BlackBerry 8830 that came in a sleek black leather sheath. I loved that phone. I loved the way it effortlessly slid in and out of its case, loved the soft purr it emitted when an email came in, loved the silent whoosh of its trackball as I played Brick Breaker on the subway and the feel of its baby keys...
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1 Nov

“Club 57: Film, Performance & Art in the East Village, ’78–’83” @Museum of Modern Art

“We were all about being very silly at Club 57,” Min Sanchez, one of the regulars, said recently.  ALDEN PROJECTS (One of my favorite haunts. And yes, rents were under $200 a month in those days.) by Brett Sokol | NY Times Club 57, Late-Night Home of Basquiat and Haring Gets a Museum-Worthy Revival.   Kenny Scharf is one of the artists whose early work is being featured in “Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983,” at the Museum of Modern...
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1 Nov

NYC Votes to Repeal 91-Year-Old Cabaret Law

This April 24, 1953 file photo shows people dancing at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom, in New York. (AP Photo/Hans von Nolde, File) Associated Press/NY Daily News   10/31/17 | NEW YORK (AP) — Cut loose! New York City lawmakers voted Tuesday to legalize dancing in bars, repealing a 91-year-old law that banned boogieing at most city nightspots. The anti-dancing law was first enacted in 1926 and prohibited dancing in bars and restaurants that don't have a cabaret license. Critics said the so-called cabaret law originated as...
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5 Oct

The Hi-Fi DIY of Colombia’s Bass Lords

Alex Alema, DJ and owner of the Timbalero Picó, with a coveted 45. Image: author by Taliesin Gilkes-Bower | Motherboard Late nights street dances have gone down on Colombia's Caribbean coast since at least the early 1950s, when picó sound system culture was born. It's 2 AM on a Sunday on the outskirts of Barranquilla, Colombia, and hundreds of revelers are dancing in the streets to the rhythms of three competing picó style sound systems. Up close, each picó is loud enough to drown...
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3 Sep

‘Rampage Sound’ Doc on Notting Hill Carnival Sound System Culture

Performers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in 2016 (Picture: Getty Images) by Rebecca Lewis | Metro Notting Hill Carnival is preparing for its 51st year of banging the steel drums, dancing your heart out, and celebrating the multitude of cultures and experiences available in Britain. But the carnival also has another history, that of the UK sound system culture, and a new short documentary featuring the likes of Trevor Nelson, Rodney P and Boy Better Know member Jammer, and pulled together by...
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12 Aug

Google Marks 44th Anniversary of Hip Hop w/ Interactive Doodle

by Google   On August 11, 1973, an 18-year-old, Jamaican-American DJ who went by the name of Kool Herc threw a back-to-school jam at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York. During his set, he decided to do something different. Instead of playing the songs in full, he played only their instrumental sections, or “breaks” - sections where he noticed the crowd went wild. During these “breaks” his friend Coke La Rock hyped up the crowd with a microphone. And with...
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2 Aug

My Buddy: Patti Smith Remembers Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard and Patti Smith at the Hotel Chelsea in 1971. Photo David Gahr/Getty by Patti Smith | The New Yorker He would call me late in the night from somewhere on the road, a ghost town in Texas, a rest stop near Pittsburgh, or from Santa Fe, where he was parked in the desert, listening to the coyotes howling. But most often he would call from his place in Kentucky, on a cold, still night, when one could hear the stars breathing. Just...
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18 Jul

“Abu’s Homestyle” in B’klyn, Where the Bean Pie Is King

For customers, the pie is as much about history as it is about flavor. In the 1930s, the Nation of Islam founder, Elijah Muhammad, urged his followers to eat the navy bean. Credit: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times (I've been going here since they opened! Their pecan pie is also sick.) by Sam Kestenbaum | NY Times Toobaa Hinson, right, and her twin brother, Mueahhid, surveying the goods at Abu’s Homestyle Bakery in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Credit: Chang W. Lee/The New York...
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12 Jul

The B-52s’ Lost Recipe For Sweet Potato Cornbread

by Dangerous Minds Some principles are non-negotiable. I like talking to people whose views on religion, politics, food, the environment, hairdos and footwear differ from my own. But I stand firmly behind Dangerous Minds’ “zero tolerance” policy for anyone who doesn’t like the B-52s. Those jerks can wash down a plate of boiled shoe leather with a cold glass of splinters. The rest of us will be borne aloft on the angelic sounds of Ricky Wilson’s guitar and the subtle flavors...
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8 Jul

‘Punk London’ Festival: 40 Years of Art, Design, Fashion & Music

by Neil Bennett Digital Arts In 2016, the year-long punk festival saw events across London's museums. 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of when punk reached the British public consciousness – prompting a year-long series of events across the capital in celebration of the many forms of punk culture. Punk London sees exhibitions and events at the Barbican, BFI Southbank, British Library, Design Museum and Museum of London – and there's as much a focus on the visual culture of punk as the music that's best remembered by your...
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6 Jul

SKA, SKA, SKA! 2-Tone Bands & Their Fans 1979-80

THE SPECIALS, SELECTER & BAD MANNERS by Paul Gallagher | Dangerous Minds Jerry Dammers basically ran 2 Tone Records out of his bedroom. It was a do-it-yourself label started in 1979 to record his band The Specials and promote a bunch of other ska groups—mainly friends and colleagues in and around Coventry, England. 2 Tone was the start of a ska revival. At one point nearly every new British ska band was on Dammers’ label—The Specials, Madness, Selecter, The (English) Beat, Bad Manners,...
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10 May

How Punk & Reggae Fought Back Against Racism in the 70s

RAR carnival against the nazis, leeds, 1981 I was just reminiscing about this movement; there's no real equivalent today, and it's needed more than ever here in the US and around the world. I'd like to help change that.   by Stuart Brumfitt | i-D Vice Syd Shelton’s photographs capture the Rock Against Racism movement that confronted racism in 70's and 80's Britain. When Syd Shelton returned to London in 1977 after fours years living in Australia, he was shocked at how much things had changed. "The recession...
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24 Aug

…and While We’re Obsessing, Here’s an Ice Cream Radar for NYC!

 by Jenny Ye | The WNYC Data News Team New York City is packed with ice cream — and the East Village is the most packed, with 77 shops per square mile. But where's the nearest cone when you need one? The Ice Cream Radar is here to help. With a click of a button, we'll detect your location, scan the vicinity and find your nearest scoop. (Sorry, our data is for New York City only.) New Yorkers without a smartphone (we know you're out there) can text 9292-COOL-ME with...
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24 Aug

10 Black-Owned Ice Cream Shops

If you know anything about me, it's that ice cream is my drug of choice. I give emphatic recommendations to wary strangers in the supermarket. If I had to choose one food to live off of, it would be ice cream. I'd mainline that sh*t if I could.  by Black Wall Street August 19th was National Soft Ice Cream Day, so it’s only right that we share some of our favorite black-owned ice cream shops around the country. The following businesses serve the best in...
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12 Feb

London’s Pirate Radio Pioneers

by amfmLondon Tracing the history of London's original dance music stations through clips, music and contemporary news reports and interviews. The beginning It seems crazy now, but in 1980 there were just three stations playing popular music in London: Capital Radio, Radio One and BBC Radio London. Even worse, the music licensing agencies restricted them to playing records for 12 hours a day or less. On Sunday evenings Radio One closed down at 7pm and Capital Radio had classical music followed by...
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10 Feb

‘Dust & Grooves’ Book: The Secret Lives of Vinyl Hoarders

(Someone understands :: sob ::) by April Greene | Cuepoint Magazine Questlove and other obsessive record collectors are chronicled in Eilon Paz’s "Dust & Grooves", a photography and interview project Although I’ve known Dust & Grooves founder Eilon Paz since he moved to New York from Israel in 2008, and have been a follower, fan, and contributor to his documentary project about vinyl record collecting since nearly its beginning, I don’t know everything. I hadn’t known that he only got one of his choice interviews because the 2010...
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