Daily Archives: July 8, 2010

Standing Ovations For Ntozake Shange’s award winning play “for colored girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf

Sherman Oaks, CA – Summer is a great time for Gary Levingston to present his ‘All New’ Ntozake Shange’s explosive and critically acclaimed chorepoem, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” for the second time around! This critically acclaimed stage play originally conceived in 1975, “colored girls” transcends race and gender and inspires the human spirit. Love, hope, faith, and determination are the powerful messages that audiences around the world have come to know about this play. Each actor is nameless and only described by their color, corresponding to colors of the rainbow. If you saw this play last year, you’ll discover that this year holds a New and even more Powerful experience.


Black Milk Partners With Decon/Fat Beats For Album Of The Year

Black Milk, Detroit’s latest heir to a long musical legacy, has partnered with indie hip-hop purveyors Fat Beats and New York creative agency/record label Decon to release Album Of The Year. Expounding on his sample-based approach, the title serves as a double entendre; Album of The Year is his greatest professional achievement and is the immediate product of his experiences during the last 12 months. Taking into consideration the loss of several loved ones, it is easy to assume his music would reflect a certain emotional state. Though he addresses these personal difficulties, Milk interprets them as an opportunity to reflect on life’s virtues; Album Of The Year is celebratory and vibrant.

Black Milk’s last effort, 2008’s Tronic, was amongst the most celebrated of the late aughts, and he has only refined his approach since. The sonic nuances of Milk’s previous, sample-heavy albums are still in tact but Album Of The Year doesn’t stop there. Black Milk has employed bassist Tim Shellaberger, the versatile horn player and string arranger Sam Beaubien and drummer Daru Jones to help flesh out an album that is simultaneously classic and forward thinking.

Not satisfied with simply providing auditory landscapes for others, Milk laces each and every track with his own introspective lyrics. The only guest verses come from fellow Detroit heavy hitters Royce Da 5′ 9″, Danny Brown, and Elzhi of Slum Village. Vocalists such as Mr. Porter, AB, Melanie Rutherford, and Monica Blaire contribute harmoniously,but the spotlight is firmly affixed on Black Milk. Album Of The Year is his opus and we’re fortunate to watch a master at work.


“He combines clubby textures and warm EQing in a way that begs for headphone listening even at its hardest knock.” – PITCHFORK

“Album of The Year promises to push the envelope” – SPINNER

“How dare you not like anything about this record. Black Milk’s Album Of The Year drops September 14th. Bold title.” – RAP RADAR



1. 365
2. Welcome (Gotta Go)
3. Keep Going
4. Oh Girl feat. AB
5. Deadly Medley feat. Royce Da 5′ 9″ and Elzhi
6. Distortion feat. Melanie Rutherford
7. Over Again feat. Monica Blaire
8. Black and Brown feat. Danny Brown
9. Round of Applause
10. Warning (Keep Bouncing)
11. Gospel Psychedelic Rock
12. Closed Chapter feat. Mr. Porter


Bilal Album Artwork and Tracklist Released

Bilal’s album Airtight’s Revenge is coming out September 14th on Plug Research

1. Cake & Eat It Too – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
2. Restart – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
3. All Matter – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
4. Flying – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Nottz
5. Levels – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Shafiq Husayn
6. Little One – Produced by Conley “Tone” Whitfield
7. Move On – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
8. Robots – Produced by Bilal Oliver
9. The Dollar – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
10. Who Are You – Produced by Bilal Oliver & Steve Mckie
11. Think It Over – Produced by 88 Keys

Q-Tip Talks About Bilal:

Q-Tip talks about Bilal from bilal oliver on Vimeo.

Phonte Talks About Bilal:

Phonte talks about Bilal from bilal oliver on Vimeo.


Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant Registration Now Open

Los Angeles -Calling all girls, calling all girls! The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant is now excepting nationwide submissions as it readies for its 17th year as one of the longest running competitions for intelligent young women aged 6-12. The original creation of actress/ choreographer Lisa Ruffin, The Little Miss African American Scholarship pageant has consistently emphasized brains over beauty, positively impacting the lives of hundreds of impressionable young girls over the years.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, August 21, 2010 at the Universal Sheraton Hotel at 4:00 p.m. with Red Carpet to take place at 3:00 p.m. The Universal Sheraton Hotel is located at 333 Universal Hollywood Drive in Universal City, CA. The deadline for applications is July 16. For further information email [email protected] Please include a picture of the contestant with her name, brief information and any available links.

Past celebrity participants have included Emmy nominated actress, Chandra Wilson (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy), World Boxing Champion Laila Ali and James Pickens Jr. (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy). Rapper LL Cool J made a surprise appearance at the 2008 celebration. For more information go to www.littlemissafricanamerican.com.


Big Boi On The Jay Leno Show

Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty is out right now.