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Björk: Volta

The metric system. The difference between Shi’a and Sunni. Björk. All things that your average American citizen has a general awareness of but would be hard pressed to explain if asked. Volta (Atlantic) won’t help anyone remember how many kilometers are in a mile, but it is in some ways a “Björk Conversion Chart.” In… Read more »

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Movie Review: The Hip-Hop Project

Right when critics thought they were making great strides in tightening the lips of the Hip-Hop community, a great film takes a stand.  Executive produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah, The Hip-Hop Project (ThinkFilm) tells the story of how Kazi, an abandoned child, pushed through life’s trials to become a leader and great inspiration… Read more »

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Game Review: The Warriors

Publisher: Rockstar GamesThe Warriors, the quintessential Hip-Hop flick with no actual Hip-Hop in it, save for a graffiti tagging character named Rembrandt. When word of its getting the video game treatment initially spread, a mixture of excitement and dread hit most aficionados of the classic B-movie. Thankfully, Rockstar Games spared no detail in bringing the… Read more »

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Ne-Yo: Because Of You

While Def Jam MCs are complaining left and right about slow release schedules and lackluster marketing, the label’s R&B artists don’t seem to be having any problems. Like labelmate Rihanna, singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is quickly following up his successful debut with Because of You (Def Jam), a focused and mature look at the artist that puts… Read more »

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Movie Review: Grindhouse

By the mid 1990s, Mayor Giuliani had already begun his mission to clean up Times Square. A few porn theaters and peep shows remained (Show World Center hadn’t yet been turned into a comedy club), but the remnants of the world depicted in Martin Scorcese’s Taxi Driver were swept away. Grindhouse (Dimension Films), the new… Read more »

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Marques Houston: Veteran

  If ever it were possible to use the words “underrated” and “overexposed” to describe the same person, Marques “MH” Houston would be the strongest example. MH has been entertaining us since he was 12, and still his level of skill as a singer and songwriter remains in question. Veteran (Universal Motown) is his attempt… Read more »

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Keith Robinson: Dream A Little Dream

  Many may assume that Keith Robinson’s first taste of stardom came from his role as C.C. White in the Oscar winning film Dreamgirls. However, Mr. White aka Black Keith’s resume is far more extensive than that. The Kentucky-born singer-turned-actor made his way to L.A. from his hometown in Augusta, Georgia. Despite his success in… Read more »

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Cle Sloan: Color Codes

  In 1986, Dennis Hopper’s Colors depicted gang violence in gripping terms that made people far removed from south and eastern Los Angeles see the microcosm of the ghetto. Although it introduced the world to today’s stars Don Cheadle and Damon Wayans, the film bent to fit the heartstrings of a Hollywood audience. Cle Sloan… Read more »

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