EMPIRE SKATING RING

EMPIRE SKATING RING
AN ORAL HISTORY
Empire Roller Skating Center first opened its doors on Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, way back in 1941. Across the street was Ebbets Field, when it was still the Dodgers’ ballpark. Over the following six decades, Empire saw as many changes as the neighborhood around it, including a series [...]

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The History of the Fade

The History of the Fade
Detailing Black Roots
Ebony.com series detailing the origins of black roots - If there was ever a haircut that exemplified coolness, it has to be none other than the fade. The hairstyle originated in the U.S. military around the ‘40s and ‘50s. Since the military is known for having strict grooming standards, it’s no [...]

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No HalfSteppin, the NYTimes Review !

No HalfSteppin, the NYTimes Review !
by jon caramanica
The most valuable and also vexing thing about nightclubs is that you can’t get in. Not to the good ones, at least. Not unless you are in the know, or in good standing with people who are, or are diligent and passionate and perhaps willing to part with a bit [...]

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No Halfsteppin

No Halfsteppin
Here you can read some Reviews
My first ever book in english it's out: No HalfSteppin. Published by Wax Poetics and co-authored with Paradise Gray aka the Architek from the mighty X Clan, the book an oral and pictorial history on the legendary NY city club The Latin Quarter and the birth of the Golden Age. [...]

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Anti-apocalypse Mixtape

Anti-apocalypse Mixtape
Music for the Activists
Here’s a quick, 30-song mixtape for the organisers, writers, thinkers, movers and dreamers who are in the constant struggle against the white supremacist, anti-queer, anti-Muslim, ableist, nativist, populist hot mess that we’re in right now — which predated this particular election cycle. If you’re like me and you need music to function, [...]

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No Sleep

No Sleep
NYC Nightlife Flyers 1988 to 1999
A glorious era of hip-hop, house, and avant-garde cardboard artwork reflecting the energy of the downtown music scene. No Sleep is a visual history of the halcyon days of New York City club life as told through flyer art—gathered in a new volume by myself and Evan Auerbach. Spanning the late 1980s through the [...]

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Freed Panther Sekou Odinga speaks

Freed Panther Sekou Odinga speaks
on Joining the Panthers, COINTELPRO & Assata Shakur's Escape
We spend the hour focusing on the Black Panther Party’s legacy of political prisoners in the United States. Perhaps the most famous is Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has regularly been interviewed on Democracy Now! as an award-winning journalist. But there are many others. In fact, two former Black Panthers have already [...]

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25 Years Ago, Organized Konfusion 1st album

25 Years Ago, Organized Konfusion 1st album
Opened our eyes on what really was going on.
During the final week of October in 1991, two MCs and producers bubbling with analytical perspectives and bursting with Hip-Hop creativity emerged as Organized Konfusion on their eponymous debut LP. Pharoahe Monch and Prince Po delivered one of the most distinctive debuts in Rap history, proving that lyrical dexterity and [...]

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
How This album separated them from the pack
Twenty-five years ago, a duo whose sound was decidedly different from what was popular at the time stepped to Hip-Hop with A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. Black Sheep’s debut LP was the result of two minds, Dres and Mista Lawnge, merged into a unit who existed within the parameters of the [...]

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Inside Hip-Hop’s New Activist Era

Inside Hip-Hop’s New Activist Era
On July 7th, Jay Z did something out of character: He released a protest song. The rapper had reportedly wired tens of thousands of dollars to bail protesters out of jail in Baltimore in 2015, and Tidal donated $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter-related causes earlier this year. But it was only after [...]

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