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How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise (if they won’t hear their own?)

>This week’s Village Voice runs a cover story on how "Black-conscious hip-hop deals with an overwhelmingly white live audience," an important subject worthy of serious discussion. Unfortunately, Bakari Kitwana’s piece...
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Corgan Gives Good Quotes

I had a laugh at Billy Corgan’s expense a few days ago about his full-page Chicago Tribune ad begging to get his Smashing Pumpkins back together. But in this week’s...
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(TRANSPORTATION) TALES OF (MY) TWO CITIES

1) LONDON "If you live anywhere near Crystal Palace, you’ll know that getting a black taxi home from the centre of London is not easy. The only time you’re likely...
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STEP DOWN

A big up to everyone who came to the Step On One Off Friday night at The Royale; history will recall that it was a roaring success. We had people...
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WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR SOLO ALBUM, DUDE

Billy Corgan celebrates the release of his debut solo album The Future Embrace by taking out a full page ad in home-town paper the Chicago Tribune, announcing that he’d sooner...
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THIS IS WHY WE HATE THE VOICE

As any long-suffering reader knows, Village Voice music critics are paid NOT to offer their actual opinions on an album, only to pontificate in ever-longer roundabout sentences that rarely reach...
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FOG OVER THE CHANNEL: CONTINENT CUT OFF

Talking of The Nation’s Favourite (that’s with an ‘ou’ for once), the same day I stick Radio 1 on my computer desktop, it’s announced that the BBC’s flagship station will...
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SAL’S THE MAN

I was on Daddy Duty last night and took Campbell to see Madagascar. (Totally harmless fun. Though Chris Rock is about as subtle a voice-over actor as he is a...
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