Monthly Archives: June 2007

3rd Annual Afro Punk Festival


The 3rd Annual Afro Punk Music and Film Festival kicks off June 28th – July 7th with a very eye opening and stirring in person discussion with legendary Black Panther Co-Founder Bobby Seale. A discussion about the movement and the history- where it’s been and where it’s going. Throughout these 10 days of programming will be everything from workshops, to film screenings, live performances, a block party, and huge outdoor concert which will take place at the Brooklyn Museum. The 3 main venues that are housing this spectacular curation are BAMCafe, The Brooklyn Museum and Southpaw.

The Afro-Punk Music and Film Festival is co-founded by Matthew Morgan and James Spooner. Matthew Morgan is executive producer. James Spooner is the director of Afro-Punk the documentary and also his new film ‘White Lies, Black Sheep’ which will be test screened during the festival. The purpose for this festival is to nurture and celebrate the diversity of the “Other Black Experience”. The change and growth of this movement and to bring music and films that inspire and educate to a much larger and more excited audience than ever.

There’s a full listing of the entire schedule of films, music and other activities on the Afro Punk website at www.afropunk.com

Beats, Rhymes and Life



Hip hop culture is now the driving force within the currents of mainstream music, a multi-disciplined representation of the urban experience not only in America but in countless nations worldwide. Its terminology rests on the tongues of the masses. Its beats are the background for movements both social and superficial. And we can’t forget that it has generated billions for those who control it.

But such power personified is never without its drawbacks. As art reflects life, hip-hop’s drives toward, hope, survival, understanding, love, sex, excess, materialism, sexism and communal apathy have all made their way into the psyche of the current generation. Beats, Rhymes and Life, a collection of critical writings on hip hop culture aims to examine the effects of hip hop culture on America and the world, to be published in the Spring of 2007 by Random House.
Featuring the essays of 15 different authors and various photographic interpretations, Beats, Rhymes and Life will give commentary on the symbols and imagery that have made hip hop culture what it is, from the shell casings of gangster rap to the turntable which served as a catalyst to a cultural phenomena. The book will be a journey into what is, was and could be for the music, garnering rave reviews from The Daily News, Publishers Weekly & Allhiphop.com.

Edited by music journalists Kenji Jasper and Ytasha Womack, and photos by Robert Johnson III, the essays will be supplemented by 15 as told to interviews with individuals who have either contributed to, been influenced by, or have the deepest understanding of hip hop past, present and future. Add in more than 20 photographic interpretations of the subject matter and you have a book unlike any other, a book that we would like for you to take part in.

For more info and to buy the book, click here

Comerica CityFest 2007



Voted by the MetroTimes Annual Readers’ Poll in 2006 as “Detroit’s Best Music Festival,” the Comerica CityFest, formerly the Detroit TasteFest, is rapidly gaining speed as the hippest thing going on in Motown all year. CityFest is a free outdoor street festival during July 4th set in the urban canyon of Detroit’s New Center area, and flanked on either side by the renowned Motown Museum & Studio A, and the Submerge Records & MetroPlex Studio. Just up the street is the original United Artists Studio, and around the corner begins the neighborhood where most of the Motown greats lived and/or recorded. *Proceeds from the vendor sales directly benefit public neighborhood works such as parks, street clean-up, economic development, and youth media centers and programs.

Yet, for 19 years this festival has been keeping new music and culture alive downtown, witness last year’s amazing performances from artists such as Common, Amp Fiddler, J*DaVeY, Waajeed, Suai, Ray Davies, Havana, Amadou&Miriam, and Mike Huckaby, as well as previous years with The Brazilian Girls and Platinum Pied Pipers. With 4 great stages full of free music, over 40 restaurants to samples from, and dozens of local artists and indy retailers peddling choice finds, CityFest is a no-to-be-mised situation. This year, Fusicology is proud to join CityFest as a media sponsor and talent presenter! Book your ticket now to experience acts like Femi Kuti & Positive Force, DJ Ron Trent, The Wailers, Lupe Fiasco, Carl Craig’s Demon Days / Planet e Showcase feat. Recloose & Detroit Live, Tanya Morgan, RenSoul.com Detroit Hip-Hop-SoulJam, Ayro & Arnold, Exchange Bureau, and more…. plus the 2nd volume of the Official J Dilla Tribute Series for Ma Dukes!

Written by Jocelyne Ninneman for Fusicology

Donnie’s New Album



June is Black Music Month and we continue to celebrate great talent with the release of Donnie’s new album ‘The Daily News’ on SoulThought. Coming out This Tuesday, this is the Atlanta-native’s first studio album in 4 years. Official Website | Myspace

9th Wonder & True School



This past weekend, 9th Wonder and his crew of 7 brought their TRUE SCHOOL party to Los Angeles. The event put on RK Entertainement and was sponsored by Puma, Fusicology & KOOL. TRUE SCHOOL: We ain’t old school….We ain’t new school….

Click here to view photos from last week’s gig @ Cinespace, Hollywood.

The TRUE SCHOOL CORPORATION, LLC was founded March 25, 2006 by 7 young men who felt the need to create a much needed space for their age group in the media marketplace, by celebrating 15 years of music, culture, and film (1980-1995).

Thus, TRUE SCHOOL CORPORATION was born. Every aspect of that era is being ignored by mass media, as if it does not exist. For many of us, those were the best years of our lives; our first loves, our high school experiences, our college years, etc. In addition, the music, movies, and culture that came with those memories has also been pushed to the side.

Every aspect of mass media is for the “Tom Joyner” generation (ages 40+) or the 106 and Park Generation (ages 21 and under). It is time for the “spike lee/house party/different world/new jack city” generation to stake our claim in the marketplace, by observing the accomplishments and the culture impact our OUR generation.

It’s OUR time…