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Tough week for local hip hop collectives. J Arch, affiliated with several movements including End of the Weak and Team HOMI, lost his life while Brooklyn's Pro Era-based crew suffered another untimely death, as Joey Badass cousin and tour manager Junior B died in an accident.
Several members of J Arch's crew were in attendance and performing at the album release event for Hasan Salaam's "Live in Black and White" at Webster Hall. The combination album release, concert event, toy and coat drive was punctuated by recent events surrounding the non-aquittal for New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Much of Salaam's material, and those of others on the bill, circulate around social injustice issues, and it was a powerful event in that regard, one that included support by and for organizations such as the Center for Domestic Violence, CopWatch and others.
This particular event points out a problem with some of those who criticize hip hop for not being vocal enough in response to social issues, recently expounded on by Questlove. While Questlove was calling out bigger stars, the problem is that such criticism fails to take into account those who ARE doing great work in the field.
We'll talk about all these things tonight, as well as preview some upcoming events, and as always, take your calls.
Tonight's episode of The NY Hip Hop Report is brought to you by SuperFly: My Untold Story of Hip-Hop, Gloria Goldwater's fascinating look back at the history of her SuperFly magazine, which documented the early explosion of hip hop music. The book is available now!
Seasons Greetings, people! Check out the latest episode of Afronerd Radio's Grindhouse show-airing this Saturday at 6pm EST. For the first Comic Shoppe segment, your hosts-Dburt, Capt. Kirk and the "Uncanny" Daryll B. will empty out the following topics from Santa's stockings: the new Terminator: Genisys trailer hits the cyberwebs; just how will Marvel market the upcoming African themed Black Panther film? What are we to expect regarding the merchandising end of this project? (Think: emblazoned "Black Panther" shirts being worn multiracially...hmm); is the WB encroaching on Marvel's gravitas with the upcoming Suicide Squad movie? Oprah, Will Smith, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy in the same film?; discussing the #savestorm campaign-with Greg Pak's Storm series being threatened with cancellation, how can female and minority centered books be saved going forward? And speaking of another graphic novel that must be supported, the crew waxes about the release of Book #2 of the multi part series, March by Civil Rights icon, Congressman John Lewis.
And then the Afronerd Radio machine continues at 7pm! Join Dburt and Capt. Kirk as they unfurl the following issues: picking up from the last show-we attempt to broaden the discussion on Hollywood's continued antagonism toward Black actors portraying historical/biblical figures (or even fantasy characters like Stormtroopers); Roots drummer, Questlove critiques the silence of hip hop artists on the Ferguson and Eric Garner controversies and lastly, Dburt picks up on what can only be called Victimization Media (fallout on Charles Barkley comments, Ferguson, Garner, etc). YOU WILL BE AMAZED. Call live at 646-915-9620.
Meet Chelsey Green!
Having shared the stage with international artists including Maysa, MC Lyte, Denyce Graves, Ruben Studdard, J.Cole and Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots, emerging artist Chelsey Green brings the unmatched tone, richness and vibrancy of violin and viola playing to audiences in a whole new way.
A student of classical technique and repertoire for over 20 years, Chelsey Green incorporates principles of standard classical music performance into the performance of enticing original tunes and re-identified popular favorites in genres across the board including Soul, Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Rock, and more!
Named an Artists-in-Residence at The Music Center at Strathmore in 2010, Ms. Green is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland College Park.
Ms. Green’s varied performance resume includes performances at the Late Show with David Letterman, Theater at Madison Square Garden, Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, BET Honors Dinner, Essence Music Festival, The Howard Theatre, The Music Center at Strathmore, Blues Alley, Bobby Jones Gospel, The John F. Kennedy Center and more!
Chelsey Green and her ensemble, The Green Project will soon release their highly anticipated second CD and first full length album, "The Green Room" on September 23rd! It is already making waves on the contemporary jazz scene as it already appeared on the iTunes Top 100 Jazz albums on the first 3 days of pre-sale! Log on to iTunes or Amazon to reserve your digital copy today!
For more information on Chelsey Green and The Green Project, visit www.chelseygreen.com today!
Talking Smooth Jazz welcomes vioinist Chelsey Green. Having shared the stage with artists including Roberta Flack, MC Lyte, Denyce Graves, Ruben Studdard, J.Cole, Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots, emerging artist Chelsey Green brings the unmatched tone, richness and vibrancy of acoustic violin and viola playing to audiences in a whole new way. We will talk to Chelsey about her current cd, Still Green: The EP and her upcoming project, The Green Room.
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Who: The Roots
What: ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
When: May 19, 2014
Where: Def Jam
Theme From The Middle Of The Night (performed by Nina Simone)
Never (featuring Patty Crash)
When The People Cheer (featuring Greg )
The Devil (performed Mary Lou Williams)
Black Rock (featuring Dice Raw)
Understand (featuring Dice Raw & Greg )
Dies Irae (performed by Michel Chion)
The Coming (featuring Mercedes Martinez)
The Dark (Trinity) (featuring Dice Raw and Greg )
The Unraveling (featuring Raheem DeVaughn)
Tomorrow (featuring Raheem DeVaughn)
Konbanwa to our learned and metaphysically fit listening audience! Welcome to another fiery fact finding mission, courtesy of Afronerd Radio's Mid Week in Review airing this Wednesday at 7:30pm. Join your hosts, Dburt and Captain Kirk as they discuss the following current event laden issues: Dburt finally checked out Godzilla and they became great friends; Chirlane McCray, the First Lady of New York causes a stir when she disclosed that her foray into motherhood was not a natural fit (and did NY media report her story fairly?) ; and in yet another local NY/Long Island political dust up, a liberal Nassau County legislator is being called to resign for stating that an adjacent neighborhood was bad "because African-Americans live there”; a Black Voices piece reports that the job market discriminates against recent AA college grads; hopefully (and finally) we'll get a chance to discuss a NY Times article that highlighted a proposal to add PC coding to the elementary school curriculum; Ahmir Thompson aka Questlove has written a rather provocative six part essay, courtesy of Vulture.com on the failures of current Hip Hop culture and lastly, is "Hood Disease" a real phenomenon? Call the show live at 646-915-9620!
Questlove is an drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. He is best known as the drummer for hip hop band The Roots and has produced for artists such as Common, D'Angelo, and more recently, Al Green and Nikka Costa. He is a member of the production teams the Soulquarians, the Grand Negaz, and The Grand Wizzards. He is known in the music industry for his timing and additions on common drum patterns, as well as his technical ability.
The Roots are the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which airs weeknights on NBC.
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