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Three gallant freedom fighters join the ancestors

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I was still reeling from the news that one of Detroit’s most remarkable freedom fighters, General Gordon Baker Jr., had joined the ancestors when in rapid succession, like a machine gun of sorrow, word came that the author Sam Greenlee had expired and that the uncompromising voice of Vincent Harding was stilled. Then, as if there was no end to the sadness, the phone was alive with messages that the beloved Elombe Brath was no longer a breathing icon of commitment—and all of them departed as we celebrated the birthday of Malcolm X.

The day before, I had written the obituary of William Worthy, whose name I had not heard in years but whose radical journalism is forever remembered. I hope there’s space in these pages for readers to gather some notion of his courage and audacity in defiance of the restrictions imposed on his freedom of expression. Continue reading

Harlem Portraits & Ballroom Queens, Captured.

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Chantal Regnault’s Ballroom Portraits

The French-Haitian photographer who captured the 1990s vogue scene in New York. Chantal Regnault is the photographer behind the images in Voguing and the Ballroom Scene of New York 1989-1992, a new publication by Soul Jazz Records. She talks about her days behind the lens alongside some of Harlem’s most vibrant performers. Her story was told to Rosie Swash.


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Making a ‘statement’. I THINK …!

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humans in nycN.Y. State of Mind” is a song by American hip hop recording artist Nas, taken from his debut studio album Illmatic (1994). The song’s production was handled by DJ Premier who sampled two jazz songs: “Mind Rain” by Joe Chambers and “Flight Time” by Donald Byrd. Premier additionally scratches vocals from Eric B. & Rakim‘s “Mahogany” for the song’s chorus. Nas raps two verses on the song in which he talks about his rapping talent and describes the dangerous environment that is the city of New York. Nas has attributed the song “Streets of New York” by Kool G Rap as one of the song’s primary influences (Kool G Rap would later sample this song, plus give Nas a guest spot on his album 4,5,6). A sequel to “N.Y. State of Mind” can be found on Nas’ 1999 album I Am…. An early version of the song can be found on Nas’ demo tape under the name “I’m a Villain.”[citation needed] It was rumored that a track entitled “N.Y. State Of Mind Pt. III” was scheueled to be released in an Nas’s upcoming album “The Lost Tapes 2”, but it is unknown if this is true. :: Borrowed from Wikipedia

Pinhead: Terry Richardson’s diary

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