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Blood Orange

A$AP Rocky Joins Blood Orange for “Chewing Gum” Premiere on Kimmel

With about a week left in the countdown to the arrival of his forthcoming Negro Swan album, Blood Orange appeared on Kimmel to premiere the project’s third single. “Chewing Gum” is an eccentric blend of whimsical synths and punchy Trap rhythms to which A$AP Rocky lends a verse of bars that perfectly complement Blood Orange’s…

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The Camp Flog Gnaw 2018 Lineup Includes Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tyler, The Creator, The Internet, SZA and More

This year’s Camp Flog Gnaw lineup has officially been announced and it’s better than ever. This year’s headliners include Ms. Lauryn Hill, SZA and the festival’s founder himself,  Tyler, The Creator, among others. You can also expect to see performances from Tierra Whack, Raphael Saadiq, Little Dragon, Jorja Smith, Virgil Abloh, Jaden Smith, Ama Lou,…

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Moses Sumney

Moses Sumney Shares ‘Black in Deep Red, 2014’ EP

Moses Sumney returns today with a three-track EP that is as emotionally stirring as his gorgeous debut album, Aromanticism. Black in Deep Red, 2014 tackles the topic of hate and the racist ideologies that keep racism fermenting in society. The opening track “Power?” hears a rally’s chant boasting community power before Moses joins the chant…

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The Internet

The Internet Announce Hive Mind Tour Dates

We’re all still happily spinning The Internet‘s fourth studio album Hive Mind and in about two months, we’ll be screaming the lyrics at one of their live shows. The Internet have announced the “Hive Mind Tour” which appears to begin immediately following their supporting run on tour with the Gorillaz. A first leg will begin October…

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Mick Jenkins

Audio: Mick Jenkins, “Bruce Banner”

Gearing up for the release of his forthcoming album, Mick Jenkins follows his or more; the frustration with a new single. “Bruce Banner” is a gritty, menacing cut that clings very closely to Hip Hop’s origins. The Chicago-hailing artist sets the record straight naming himself a writer, “not a rapper,” before the lyrics to follow…

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Random Acts of Flyness

HBO Strikes Gold with Terence Nance’s Inventive ‘Random Acts of Flyness’

Last night on HBO was the series premiere of Terence Nance‘s Random Acts of Flyness and it’s definitely a statement piece for the premium network. While Hollywood continues to diversify roles, the content is still lacking and it appears Nance has the skill to change that. The inventive and still effective sketch-style series (originally described as…

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H.E.R. Shares Album Prelude EP ‘I Used to Know Her: The Prelude’

H.E.R. is on fire these days and if you’ve been down since the original Vol. 1 EP, you saw this coming. The multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter completed a U.S. and overseas run of her headlining ‘Lights On’ tour and is now supporting Chris Brown on his tour. Keeping up with her Instagram, it’s obvious she’s also…

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Barry Jenkins Celebrates James Baldwin’s Birthday with Trailer-teaser for ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

We’ve been anxious for new developments on Barry Jenkins‘ progress with his film adaption of James Baldwin‘s ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ and we’ve finally got something. On what would have been the unparalleled author and activist’s 94th birthday, the first official trailer-teaser was unveiled and it’s gloriously gorgeous. In a tweet reverencing this day…

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The Revisit: Stevie Wonder’s ‘Innervisions’ 45 Years Later

At the age of 23 with 16 albums under his belt already, Stevie Wonder boldly created a nine-track album besottedly conscious of Nixon era concerns. The brooding Innversions – a major departure from the singer’s loving, desire-dominated prior albums – is a deep dive into the willful yielding to his overt social and political consciousness.…

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ICYMI: Lena Waithe Will Executive Produce HBO Comedy Series Written by Kid Fury

As Black people continue kicking down Hollywood’s doors, I get a little extra excited to see LGBTQ-centered content getting some steam. The latest of these is a Lena Waithe and Kid Fury production for HBO. In case you’ve been under a rock, Kid Fury is a comedian and co-host of the esteemed The Read podcast…

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Petite Noir

Audio: Petite Noir, “Blame Fire”

The third installment of Petite Noir‘s ‘noirwave’ series is on its way this year. La Maison Noir/The Black House, the follow up to 2015’s La vie est belle / Life is Beautiful, is slated for release on October 5th and is available for preorder now. The “mini-album’s” first single “Blame Fire” arrived today, and it’s…

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Blood Orange Jewelry Video

Janet Mock, Ian Isiah and More Appear in Blood Orange’s “Jewelry” Visual

The second visual from Blood Orange‘s next album, Negro Swan, was unveiled just hours after its predecessor “Charcoal Baby.” Just as symbolic and empowering, the visual finds Blood Orange and a group of friends (including fellow musician Ian Isiah) freely shirtless and with celebratory energy in a tree-lined park. The group of friends, unapologetically embodying…

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