FLOW takes you deep in to the life and mind of Hasan Salaam as he balances his struggles with life and music. Follow him on his journey as an independent artist fighting against the wrongs of both the music industry and society in general. This is the making of his 3rd album "Life in Black and White", but also the making of Hasan Salaam.
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The New York Times reports that model Naomi Sims died on Saturday at age 61. The cause of death was cancer. Sims was considered the "first black supermodel" for appearing on the cover of Ladies Home Journal in November 1968, a time when African-American models were few and far between. She subsequently modeled for designers like Halston, Fernando Sánchez, Teal Traina, and Giorgio di Sant'Angelo. She also appeared on many other magazine covers, and two images-- a 1969 cover of LIFE and a 1967 New York Times fashion magazine over--are on display in the Metropolitan Museum's "The Model As Muse" exhibit.
Read more HERE
When Chris Rocks daughter, Lola, came up to him crying and asked, Daddy, how come I dont have good hair? the bewildered comic committed himself to search the ends of the earth and the depths of black culture to find out who had put that question into his little girl's head! Director Jeff Stilsons camera followed the funnyman, and the result is Good Hair, a wonderfully insightful and entertaining, yet remarkably serious, documentary about African American hair culture.An exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, Good Hair visits hair salons and styling battles, scientific laboratories, and Indian temples to explore the way black hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of black people. Celebrities such as Ice-T, Kerry Washington, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Maya Angelou, and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughters question.
Last year I had the honor to interview former radio host and DJ, Bobbito Garcia, about his career and impact in hip hop, basketball and multimedia. We spoke about the 10th anniversary of the final broadcast of The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito radio show and his role in breaking many legendary hip hop artists through the 90's. Snippets of the audio portion of this interview is featured on the current promo CD "THE ZRO HOUR: Respect The Architects Vol.1". The video tape was misplaced and thought to be missing or destroyed but recently turned up! Enjoy this special interview with one of my personal influences in hip hop..
DUBELYOO, the artist behind the cover of our promo CD release "THE ZRO HOUR: Respect The Architects Vol. 1", presents his latest Art, Beats+ Lyrics exhibition in Atlanta this Friday @ The W Hotel in midtown. For more info click HERE
Central Park's Summerstage presents a FREE concert featuring Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele & Jon B. on Sunday August 9th 2009. For more info, click HERE.
The International Soul Music Summit takes place September 24th-27th in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the largest music conference in the world dedicated to the Soul Music genre. The cultural, lifestyle and networking event of the year features: Daytime Music Industry Workshops & Seminars, Networking, Social Mixers and Parties, Evening Public Artist Showcases.
For more info: http://www.soulmusicsummit.net
Who is Johnny Polygon? The up and coming rapper/singer/songwriter was hand selected by DJ Green Lantern for his Invasion Music Group record label and already has a boast worthy resume. He contributed a track to Green Lantern’s Liberty City Invasion soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto IV (alongside the likes of Busta Rhymes, Wyclef, Jim Jones, Clipse and more), was featured on Nas’ “Black President” which put him the road with the legendary rapper, and has his own show on Karmaloop TV with new episodes running every Wednesday.
Johnny Polygon “Riot Song”
Johnny Polygon “That’s You”
Johnny Polygon “Daydreamin”
Johnny Polygon “Price On Your Head” produced by Green Lantern
The Rock The Block Fest Starring Styles P & Freeway this Thursday & Friday @ Southpaw (Brooklyn, NY)
Forever Fresh 7: The Rock The Block Fest Starring Styles P & Freeway
August 7th & 8th at SOUTHPAW
Doors open @ 9pm
$15 advance, $20 at the door/$30 for both nights w/free goodie bag
Hosted by Jason "Che Guerilla" Negron
Day One: Styles P, The Metermaids, NSR and Soulico
Day Two: Freeway, Hezekiah and Kimberly Nichole
Live painting both nights by Marthalicia Maarrita
Titus (Baatin) Glover, founding member of the influential Detroit hip hop group, Slum Village, was found dead on a Detroit street this past Saturday. There was no indication f a homicide but police are still investigating. Baatin was currently on tour for the Rock The Bells concert series. Mr. Glover, who turned 35 in March, left Slum Village in 2002, later telling explaining that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He continued to record and play occasional solo dates before returning for the group's upcoming album, "Villa Manifesto," due Sept. 22.
Read more at The Detroit Free Press and Pitchfork.com