Overnight, a man whose fingerprints are all over pop hits from Beyoncé, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Britney Spears dropped a consciousness bomb. The timing of "Black" makes it an artistic pièce de résistance in the ongoing dialogue regarding L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling -- the latest figu ... More >>
Note: Brother Ali is a Minneapolis rapper signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. His latest album, Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, will be released in August. Here are portions of an interview following the One Million Hoodies March for Trayvon Martin held March 29 at the University of Minn ... More >>
Brother Ali wants you to crack the booksHow do you persuade kids who've dropped off the Minneapolis school district's radar to get back to class? Enlist the help of a Rhymesayers hip-hopper they're probably listening to on their iPods instead of answering the school bell. Brother Ali cut thi ... More >>
In preparation for their forthcoming box set (BRING THE NOISE, HITS, VIDS, and DOC BOX: GREATEST SITES AND SOUNDS), Public Enemy dropped a new video for "Say it Like it Really Is" this morning, and it includes snapshots of inspirational public figures, activists, and musicians ranging from Malcol ... More >>
Photos by Denis Jeong PlasterBassgasm 2July 23rd, 2010First AvenueYou could feel it before you walked through the door. The low end was turned up as far as it would go, reverberating through the black brick of First Ave, making the concrete tremble beneath the feet of all the boys and girls ... More >>
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New videos have surfaced in anticipation of a new single by Brother Ali.
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Chris Marker dissects the corpse of the Sixties revolutions
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Two years after topping polls as a live local favorite, Mason Jennings recasts his tunes in a political key
X-Men puts its superhero "muties" in charge of flattering the core audience
A one-man show captures the complications Huey P. Newton faced in trying to walk like a Panther
Baritone saxophonist Fred Ho makes music for the revolution.
At age 59 jazz singer Andy Bey is moving from the fringes to the mainstream and making the best music of his strange career
Six minor-party contenders for governor promise to bring back the primo dime-bag, turn the governor's mansion into a flophouse, tax water, get big brother out of your bedroom, ditch the nukes, and reveal the secrets of gravity-defying hair.
Todd Jones was tapped as only a temporary fill-in, but he's at the top of a very short list to replace U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug
Face/Off: Denzel Washington and Ray Allen in Spike Lee's He Got Game
Dancing in the Street: A rarely produced play by Lorraine Hansberry shows the small man behind the most principled activist in the world.
Etched in Memory: 4 Little Girls.
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Poet Paul Beatty makes polyglot Americana with his debut novel, The White Boy Shuffle.
In the wake of Najarian and Shabazz, the U.S. attorney and former DFL prodigy finds his once-bright political future in question.