Daily Archives: June 6, 2018

ONE Musicfest Announces 2018 Lineup

ONE Musicfest announces its 2018 lineup for the two-day urban music and arts festival that happens at Central Park in Atlanta. Brandy, Rapsody, August Greene, Big Sean, Nas, George Clinton and Parliament and more will perform. The festival returns for its ninth year and founder Jason “J” Carter says,

“We are all super excited about OMF 2018. Growing into a two-day festival allows us to expand our roster, highlight more of the music that we love and give our audience an experience unlike any!” 

Tickets are on sale now for the festival that happens September 8th and 9th. 

The full list of performers: 

  • August Greene featuring Common, Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins
  • Big KRIT
  • Big Sean
  • Brandy
  • Cardi B
  • Davido
  • DJ Nabs’ ATL Crunk Set featuring YoungBloodz, Ying Yang Twins, Eastside Boyz, Trillville, Kilo Ali and DJ Taz
  • DVSN
  • George Clinton & Parliament
  • Goldlink
  • Jeezy
  • Jessie Reyez
  • Kelis
  • Miguel
  • Nas
  • Rapsody 
  • St Beauty
  • T.I.
  • Teedra Moses

White Boy Rick Trailer

White Boy Rick is a crime drama starring Matthew McConaughey as Rick Wershe Sr. the father of former Detroit drug dealer Rick Wershe Jr. Richie Merritt portrays Wershe Jr. who was the youngest FBI informant ever at age 14 in the ’80s. He was known as White Boy Rick and even though he was common dealer the rumors around him suggested that he was a top-level seller. He made an attempt to ruin the careers of Detroit officials like the late Mayor Coleman Young as part of his work as an informant. When he failed to bring down the targeted individuals he was betrayed by his handlers. His criminal activity got him convicted of drug trafficking and a life sentence in prison. The public never understood his lengthy sentence because there were so many other dealers in the city with much more clout and spilled blood in their past who received less time. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry and Danny Brown have roles in the film directed by Yann Demange. White Boy Rick will open in theaters on September 14, 2018. 


The Internet Releases Official Video For Come Over

 The Syd-directed video for The Internet’s “Come Over” shows them having fun with communal living. Each band member hangs out with a partner in between the band playing in the garage. Hive Mind comes out July 20th. 


Pam Grier To Host Brown Sugar Week on Bounce June 11-15

Pam Grier will return to Bounce to host a week-long series of blaxploitation films from the Brown Sugar streaming platform. Read the schedule below:

Mon. June 11 – Bucktown starring Grier and her frequent co-star Fred Williamson, who finds himself battling the racism and police corruption that ended his brother’s life.

Tues. June 12 – The Mack headlined by Richard Pryor and Max Julien as “Goldie” – the most notorious pimp in Oakland.

Weds. June 13 – Black Belt Jones – Jim Kelly plays a martial artist who must battle the Mafia to protect a karate school.

Thurs. June 14 – Super Fly directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. and starring Ron O’Neal as New York City drug kingpin “Priest”

Fri. June 15 – Three The Hard Way featuring Williamson, Kelly and Jim Brown banding together to foil a racist plot.

Brown Sugar, Bounce TV’s video-on-demand service has many films including Bounce originals Saint & Sinners, Family Time and In The Cut. Brown Sugar is available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Channels, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets and web browsers via BrownSugar.com. Brown Sugar also has Google Chromecast capabilities which allow video to play on televisions directly from mobile devices and tablets for consumers with Android and iOS devices. There is a free initial trial period for subscribers with a retail price of $3.99/month thereafter. Visit www.BrownSugar.com for more information.


R.I.P. Jalal Mansur Nuriddin

Credit: David Corlo Getty

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, one of the founding members of The Last Poets passed at age 74 on Monday after struggling with cancer. Nuriddin was originally credited as Alafia Pudim when he, Umar Bin Hassan and Abiodun Oyowele emerged with their self-titled debut album in 1969 and This Is Madness in 1970. Alan Douglas, who was Jimi Hendrix’s producer, had signed them to his Douglas Records. The Harlem based group brought fiery poetry about Blackness in America with rhythm and no restraint. Miles Davis and Quincy Jones always remembered them and Gil Scott-Heron as their first time hearing rap.

Nuriddin served time in prison after running with a gang from his Fort Greene, Brooklyn neighborhood and took an offer to leave early if he joined the military. He did not stay in the army long before he was dismissed with an honorable medical discharge and returned to New York. A job working as a stenographer on Wall Street-inspired his 1973 Hustler’s Convention solo album. The 2015 documentary named after the album explored its influence on rap with commentary from Chuck D, MC Lyte, Nelson George and Ice-T.

Nuriddin’s music with The Last Poets and his Hustler’s Convention album is why he is called The Grandfather of Rap. Several artists from the world of hip-hop have given them credit for innovations. They have appeared on albums from Common, Nas and Public Enemy. John Singleton gave The Last Poets a cameo appearance in his 1993 film Poetic Justice. Nuriddin broke away from the group in ’93 after recording six albums with them. He reunited with them in 2008 and they all appeared in the documentary Made In Amerikkka. After living in Europe for many years he returned and was living in Atlanta and working on his autobiography written in rhyme at the time of his death. Abiodun Oyowele, Umar Bin Hassan and Baba Donn Babatunde just released The Last Poets’ 2018 Understand What Black Is