Digital Rhythm: The loopy originz of dembow and the knotty dancehall rootz of reggaeton

How one song created a genre by Wayne Marshall  Ever wonder why Bobby Digital hasn’t sued the pants off Puerto Rico? If, as the story goes, the dembow rhythm that underpins the lion’s share of reggaeton tracks directly derives from Shabba Ranks’s “Dem Bow,” an early 1990s song produced by Digital using a riddim built by […]

NYC, Sat., April 22: Rest in Power Lynne Stewart!

PLEASE NOTE NEW START TIME- 2:30 PM   LYNNE STEWART MEMORIAL EVENT  On Saturday, April 22,  2017 join us & Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, Hon. Charles Barron, Jeff Mackler, Pam Africa, Father Lawrence Lucas, Ralph Schoenman, Rev. Allison, Lamis Deek,  Janine Otis Ensemble, Nat Turner-Poet, Attiba Wilson- Drummer, Dr. Patrice Turner, At 615 Lexington Av. & 54th Street in Manhattan NOTE […]

For 4/20, Peter Tosh’z ‘Legalize It’ Rides Again

The most classic marijuana legalization anthem ever is getting a makeover. By Phillip Smith Peter Tosh Photo Credit: YouTube screen grab Back in 1976, Jamaican reggae superstar Peter Tosh released the hit song “Legalize It” from his sizzling album of the same name, setting ganja-lovers the world over ablaze with its insistent rhythms and forthright […]

“A Message to My Black People: Stop Being the Nigga in Amerika” – Jamez Whitaker’z New Book

Author James Whitaker’s New Book “A Message to My Black People” is Passionate Address to the African-American Community. Recent release “A Message to My Black People: Stop Being the Nigga in America” from Page Publishing author James Whitaker is a spirited appeal to African-American communities to improve quality of life and gain respect by being […]

Torture hoodz used in U.S. prisonz

By Sehu Kessa Saa Tabansi Asphyxia: (1) stopping of the pulse (2) lack of oxygen, (3) excess carbon dioxide in the body that results in unconsciousness and death, (4) caused by interruption of breathing or inadequate oxygen supply. Revolutionary greetings to all the workers worldwide! The above definitions describe a condition that too often occurs […]

Seventy Detained Women Join Protest az Hunger Strike Enterz Fifth Day

Rally at 6 PM Tonight to Feature Video of Hunger Striker Singing Protest Song   Tacoma, WA – Immigrant women caged at the Northwest Detention Center confirmed that they have joined the hunger strike that has grown at the facility since this past Monday in protest of conditions inside the immigration prison. Supporters continued an […]

Mumia Abu-Jamal: The illusion of correctional medicine

by Mumia Abu-Jamal In the netherworld of American prisons, one must jettison any medical assumptions one brings in from the so-called “free” world. We have been conditioned to see nurses as sweet sources of solace and doctors as people dedicated to healing the sick and easing our pains. In prison, new rules govern medicine and […]