J.Cole’s “Be Free” is a dedication to Mike Brown and other men like him including Eric Garner, John Crawford,Dante Parker, Ezell Ford and Oscar Grant III who were shot down under suspicious circumstances by law enforcement. “Be Free” is also a dedication to the senseless violence committed by colonized Black men who kill other Black men.
Category Archives: HipHop
Spike Lee and his cast from Do The Right Thing walk through Bed Stuy Brooklyn and recount the making of the film some 25 years ago. This short filmed overview of Lee’s second feature is timely considering the recent deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown by the police. The film ends with a block party and performance by Public Enemy whose “Fight The Power” became famous because of the movie.
Alex Wiley’s video for “Splash Game” takes place in Toronto and he rides a go-kart, hangs with an animated mini-me and spends money. There are even captions beneath the visuals like the one assuring the viewers that “he’s really black, guy” as Wiley raps about extinguishing self-doubt. Village Party is making him one of the most-watched new rappers to come out of Chicago.
Did the pilot of Black Jesus live up the expectations associated with Aaron McGruder’s past work?
Is Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings racist because the main characters from the Bible are portrayed by a white cast and the “bad” characters are being played by African-Americans? Is the petition to ask Scott to use people who look like Ham (Egyptians and Ethiopians) from the Bible warranted?
Noisey’s Made In America series goes to Detroit and interviews Danny Brown about his hometown and its influence on him. They also dig into the origins of techno with Kevin Saunderson and Carl Craig.