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Community Affairs Calendar 10/9- 10/15

Greetings! October is GBE “Black Arts Month” 2014 and “Domestic Violence Month.” We have also moved into “Mental Health Awareness Week” (see “Community”).

Nas: The time is still ‘Illmatic’

It was the summer of 1982 that the world was exposed to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s song “The Message,” which proved that hip-hop music was more than just meaningless rhymes strung together.

Dionne Farris wows Boston

The incomparable Dionne Farris wowed the crowd at the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston this past weekend.

Tupac Amaru Shakur: Native Harlemite

After getting shot up in Las Vegas on the night of Sept. 7, 1996, hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur joined the ancestors six days later, Sept. 13, at 4:03 p.m. On the 18th anniversary of his transition, local activists reflected on ...

Very Threadgill, Bebo Valdes exhibit, Haynes and McBride reviews

Saxophonist-composer Henry Threadgill has been a significant member of the avant-garde movement.

Source360 setting new hip-hop standard

Over the weekend, a myriad of hip-hop 2.0 events had Source magazine Publisher L. Londell McMillan feeling that there is a brand-new outlook for the much-maligned genre.

The Legends Promoters of New York Hold Rooftop Party

The Legends Promoters of New York held an appreciation rooftop party at Brooklyn Terrace, overlooking the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines.

Hip-hop, Source360 take over Brooklyn

The reclamation of hip-hop from the grips of ratchetness, money-focused debauchery and sexually exploitive divisiveness is one of the many motivations behind McMillan’s Source360 event. In the heady Downtown Brooklyn, which encompasses the Barclays Center, Habana Outpost, Milk River Lounge, ...

Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler speaks out

Ishmael Butler, of the transcendent hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces and a Grammy-winning artist (as one-third of Digable Planets), speaks in a quiet and milky tone when asked questions about the process and creation of his unique music.

Toshi Reagon curates powerful activism, music fest

“Word*Rock*&Sword: A Musical Celebration of Women’s Lives” will feature a number of beautiful and talented performers,

Celebrating Charlie Parker

Celebrating Charlie Parker

Music mogul Suge Knight shot at VMAs

Marion “Suge” Knight, the founder and president of the controversial and now defunct record label Death Row Records, whose roster supported artists such as Tupac (2Pac) Shakur, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, was shot in a West Hollywood nightclub in ...

Prince announces two new releases for fall

The epitome of pop music, Prince, plans to release two new full-length albums in September.

AfroPunk Fest: Seen and heard

The 10th annual AfroPunk Festival at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park brings sights and sound.

KEM shines at private concert at SOB's

R&B singer KEM performs at a private concert at SOBs hosted by 107.5 FM WBLS.