Happy Black History Month! Please take a moment (or a bunch) to look back at the great achievements that Black folks have contributed to the country and around the world. Also, please support those with your time and dollars to those who are added and contributing to the culture right now!
I’ve been reading a lot about this year’s Vanity Fair Hollywood issue and its lack of Black talent on the cover (This year features Anthony Mackie and Rashida Jones – last year’s issue had none). I love Vanity Fair & have for many years, so I understand who they’re trying to reach and why. But if people of the darker hue are that upset about it, I have couple of suggestions:
1) Make your voice known to Graydon Carter and the editors of Vanity Fair via email or snail mail that you would like to see more people of color not just in the Hollywood issue but all year round. Be civil, but direct.
2) Support Black films of substance through word of mouth and more importantly, with your dollars. In other words, more Night Catches Us and less Big Momma’s House. Money’s the name of the game and if you support Black independent films, Hollywood will green light any film project that will pad their pockets regardless what the subject matter is. To make it plain, PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS.
3) Support publications that show Black folk in a positive, creative, and productive light. NV Magazine, founded and edited by my friend Kyle Donovan is just one example. Greg Tate and Latasha Diggs are thisclose to launching a new publication, affectionately titled Coon Bidness (named about the Jules Hemphill song). It features among others, Quincy Troupe, Michael Gonzales and other Afrocentric minded folk that need to be heard more than they already are. Major congrats to Latasha and Greg for the killer launch party/performance at The Kitchen this past Monday.
Finally, what better way to celebrate Black History Month by picking up ‘Black Rock Volume 1′!
‘Black Rock Volume 1′ is now available as an e-book through Amazon and Barnes & Noble for only $9.99!
Special thanks to Anthony Pizziatolla and Pat Aievoli at The Digital Age Group for making this happen!
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‘Black Rock Volume 1′ is a collection of photographs of the great men and women that make up just a small portion of the vast Black Rock scene!
Some of the artists featured include:
The seminal rock group Living Colour!
The Lady Killer Cee Lo Green!
Brooklyn noise rockers TV On The Radio!
Miss Mama Funk – Nona Hendryx!
South African art rockers BLK JKS!
Legendary keyboardist and producer Booker T. Jones!
The Wizard of Woo & keyboard genius Bernie Worrell!
Geechee Goddess Hardcore Warrior Tamar Kali!
Leader of the Krak Attack CX KidtroniK!
Rock’s primal force of nature Sophia Ramos!
And much more!
For those who still prefer a physical copy in hard or softcover , you can go to
The link to Fifo is still up and you use that link there to get the book for ONLY $9.95:
Make ‘Black Rock Volume 1‘ a part of your Black History Month experience! Thanks to everyone who have purchased the book and for the really encouraging words. It means a lot!