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The Rage Genome in Zombie Films (Spoiler Alerts!)

The Rage Genome in Zombie Films A Cinematic Etymology of Rage from “Jacob’s Ladder” to “The Girl with All the Gifts” […]

Literary

I’ve been published in several journals and I authored a book in 2003 called “WORD: Rap, Politics & Feminism.” I […]

My Film Festival Gets Some Props!

Click Here to Find Out More About My Film Festival! [imagebrowser id=2] On Tuesday, July 7, 2009, Peter Hartlaub from […]

Generational Mobility

Much has been said about the gaps between the Boomers, Generation X, andGeneration Y. The longer I live, the more […]

What is Oakland like…? Whoo-whooo!

I love me some Oakland. This is the other city by the Bay, with San Francisco about 13 miles across […]

Barack “B-Rocka” Obama …You heard the name here first

Gothamist: Obama in Brooklyn…Right Now! Street/Graffiti artist Jus One is doing Brooklyn proud by creating one of the best examples […]

What’s Going on with L-Boogie?

What’s going on with Lauryn “L-Boogie” Hill? She first jumped on the scene as “L-Boogie” in the Fugees, when sisters […]

Pulling Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps…with an Ivy League Degree

A good label for Dagoberto Gilb? Try good. Richard Howard, then poetry editor of the Paris Review, was claiming that […]

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

If you know anything about Black music in America, then you’re already familiar with the traditions of the New Orleans […]

SFGate: Culture Blog : Great moments in zombie survival literature

Great article: SFGate: Culture Blog : Great moments in zombie survival literature I don’t normally write about zombies, but this […]

More Examples of My Writing! Television Reviews

As the founder and curator for the International Black Women’s Film Festival, I maintain a membership-based entertainment news list that’s […]

Writing for Entertainment News Outlets

As the founder and curator for the International Black Women’s Film Festival, I maintain a membership-based entertainment news list that’s […]

FILM REVIEW: FELLINI SATYRICON (1969) – dir. Federico Fellini

The first time I watched Fellini’s SATYRICON, I had the same reaction I had after watching the horror film JACOB’S […]

FILM REVIEW: Nothing But a Man (1964) – dir. Michael Roemer

NOTHING BUT A MAN is an intense, narrative film from the early-1960’s. It documents the struggles of an African American […]

(Excerpt)The Soul of San Francisco

Rap is something you do Hip-hop is something you live —KRS-ONE, “Get Yourself Up”, Hot 12” Rap and hip-hop is […]

The Purely Oiled Machine – Putting the Soul Back into Hip-Hop

There’s a growing backlash against rap and hip-hop music. I’ve been waiting for it to get to this point. I’m […]

Rite-Aid…the Great Equalizer

Rite-Aid and Why I Love My City… I work right across the street from the Rite-Aid drugstore on Market Street […]

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Fela’s music lured African Americans in with funky extended tracks and by singing in English. He “de-exoticized” African music by using traditional Nigerian syncopation that funked and thumped with James Brown infused beats. Fela was the originator of Afro beat music

(Excerpt) The Political Evolution of KRS-ONE

Changing the vision and image of one of hip-hop’s most prolific voices was like changing the voice of urban America.

(Excerpt) Women in Rap

It seemed as if the regular slights, sexism and overt discrimination in rap music gave women rappers the collective strength to push the truly brave female rap artists to the forefront.

(Excerpt) Arrested Development

They didn’t fit into the hip-hop or R&B categories. They weren’t “hoodied” up with a hard assed scowl or conked up in a purple Chess King suit and a pair of EK glasses.