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Source360 in Brooklyn is gonna be large

Mainstream hip-hop has become over-saturated with venereal, vulgar and violent lyrics. One-sidedly portrayed by the media, rap has gained a bad rep for glorifying the negative and excessive aspects of popular culture—money, gun violence, drugs and even “twerking.”

Imhotep's Guide to Black Events: August 21-27, 2014

Greetings! We took a moment to celebrate Marcus Mosiah Garvey’s birthday and the 100th anniversary of Universal Negro Improvement Association, as noted in our Radio GBE. Several of our radio guests helped us remember, including Garvey performance artiste Ron Bobb ...

Tyrik ‘Keyz’ Washington has an Emmy, a mission and a vision

The founder of the entertainment and media company New Day Music Group, Tyrik “Keyz” Washington, won gold at the 57th annual New York Emmy Awards gala Sunday, March 30. The Brooklyn native was the first producer to be nominated for ...

Newport at 60 celebrates sassy Sarah and Brownie

When you are successful, it is easy to rest on your laurels, but a lackadaisical attitude was never a part of George Wein’s mentality, which is why his Newport Jazz Festival just celebrated its 60th year.

DTH holds annual Street Fest Aug. 9

On Saturday, Aug. 9, the Dance Theatre of Harlem will hold its annual Street Festival, just outside of its doors on West 152nd Street between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas avenues. The festival, running from noon to 7 p.m., offers hours ...

Shabazz Palaces’ new album challenges the postmodern hip-hop norm

You may remember experimental hip-hop artist extraordinaire Ishmael Butler from the New York-based, jazz-infused hip-hop trio Digable Planets from the early 1990s. He rapped under the moniker Butterfly, and almost two decades later, he has re-emerged triumphantly as a part ...

Thursdays, Seleno celebrates, Poncho Burns, Newport at 60

In the midst of this Harlem gentrification, more venues are opening their doors to live jazz. Every Thursday, the Lenox Saphire (341 Lenox Avenue at 127th Street) brightens with The Phil Young Experience and Friends.

Jay Electronica invokes Farrakhan after controversial performance

Provocative hip-hop star Jay Electronica has attracted a bit of negative attention after his performance at the 2014 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. One would think pulling larger-than-life rapper Jay Z onto the stage to perform with him would be a very ...

Seun Kuti speaks

Seun Kuti, 31, is the youngest son of musician/activist and founder of the Afrobeat rhythm, Fela Kuti. The new film about his father’s life and the making of the successful and Tony Award-winning musical, “Fela!,” is directed by Alex Gibney ...

‘Get on Up’ gets it right

“Get on Up” is an excellent peek inside the fascinating life of the undeniably brilliant funk-soul legend, James Brown, a complex man who displayed as many quirky personalities and personas as he did colorful nicknames and honorary titles.

Abysinnian panel, Blackbyrd at Zinc, Vinx eclectic

The history and culture of jazz will be given a platform July 24 (tonight) at 7 p.m., when the Abyssinian Jazz Vespers, in association with the 2014 Harlem Music Fest, presents “Post ’50s Jazz, the Artists, the Culture, the Cool.” ...

Full arsenal of funk from James Carter at Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival

Although James Carter played the soprano, alto and tenor saxophones in succession during his sizzling performance as the opening act at the Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival Thursday evening at the Waterfront Plaza in the Financial District, there were times when ...

Young teen metal band plans memoir after record deal

Brooklyn-based metal band Unlocking the Truth has just experienced an achievement that every band dreams of, a two-album record deal with Sony, with an option for three more albums. The deal is worth $1.78 million, a massive deal in an ...

Performance as protest: ‘Finding Fela’ opens August 1

“Finding Fela,” a look inside the mesmerizing life of steadfast activist/musician Fela Kuti under award-winning director Alex Gibney’s keen cinematic eye, is a joyful adventure that’s creatively supported by hypnotic music and skillfully coupled with heart-wrenching politics and personal insight ...

Harlem Week celebrates 40 years

Sunday July 27, the 40th annual Harlem Week festival begins. Crowds will be drawn uptown for events that showcase Harlem’s rich history and the achievements of African-American people.