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Theater Review (NYC): Lemon Andersen’s County of Kings

County of Kings sets a standard for the one-man show and for urban spoken word as a whole. Read More »

Dead and Alive: Why Biggie Deserves to Still Be In Your Top Five

I proffer five reasons why Biggie should be in everyone's top five greatest MCs, dead or alive. Read More »

DVD Review: Classic Albums – Reasonable Doubt

This documentary gives Jay-Z's greatest album its proper due. Read More »

Music Review: Common – thisisme then: The Best of Common

Common's raw rhymes mixed with that earthy backpacker aura still emanate from this pristine set, and yes I do mean pristine as uncorrupted. Read More »

Music Review: Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds – Playlist

Babyface's latest album is really two of them - a compilation of covers and a self-contained album. Read More »

Music Review: J. Holiday – Back of My ‘Lac

J. Holiday's album shows an artist with much promise, but can he surpass his thug image? Read More »

It’s About Black History, Not the Month

Everyone has had a stake in this country, and that stake is not fully recognized except in back pats and head nods. Read More »

Music Review: Talib Kweli – Eardrum

Yes, it's really that good. Read More »

Common Isn’t So Common

As far as Common's concerned, he's definitely not Common. Read More »

Rock the Bells Tour: Fight the Power? Really?

Rock the Bells: not just a concert, but a space to reflect on the socioeconomic conditions in this country. Read More »