Daily Archives: April 22, 2015

Revolutions On Air: The Golden Era Of New York Radio 1980-1988

Red Bull Music Academy presents Revolutions On Air: The Golden Era Of New York Radio 1980-1988. This 17-minute documentary is about the way underground music took over New York Radio in the ’80’s and influenced pop music around the world. MC Lyte narrates and there are appearances from DJ Spinna, Boyd Jarvis, DJ Red Alert, Marley Marl, Stretch Armstrong, Tony Humphries and Merlin Bobb and they talk about how they and other key figures like Frankie Crocker made New York City radio a reflection of the city’s street and club life.


Chaka Khan-It’s Raining Men Live On Letterman

Chaka Khan sings the Paul Shaffer and Paul Jabara written “It’s Raining Men” on Letterman last night. The original which was recorded by The Weather Girls should be getting new views on Youtube.


Oshun Release Their Debut Mixtape Asase Yaa

New York City Oshun duo Thandiwe & Niambi Sala have released their debut mixtape Asase Yaa today for download. The Black Millennial bohos musicially exist somewhere in the universes of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Georgia Anne Muldrow although hey describe themselves as “Floetry meets Lauryn Hill meets Chief Keef.” Asase Yaa is a fertility goddess in Ghana and the mother of Anansi, the storytelling trickster god but here it means hip-hop and poetry within a soul continuum. Download here.


Black Girls Tech! Computer Wiz Erica Austin Revolutionizes the Way Comics Are Read with New “Against the Grain” App


Chicago – When Erica Austin was a child traveling around the globe with her family, comic books were her refuge; and like most wildly imaginative children, her mind’s eye saw the characters leap from the pages and come alive. Now an adult, Austin, a former IBM employee and computer tech, has created her own comic book series, “Against the Grain,” and the heroine, Leslie, makes her childhood dreams a reality by leaping from the screen and coming alive via brilliant animations. Austin’s innovation, one of the first of its kind, comes in the form of an app she has created from her company Slightly Off Productions. Her “Against the Grain” app, named for her comic series, is destined to revolutionize the way comics and graphic novels are read.