The Butterfly Effect: Politics and Realism in Black Music

by Courttia Newland  Has the Hip Hop Generation found its voice? It’s possible it has. For those who care, this does seem like a vintage year for R&B and Rap music. Late in 2014, D’Angelo released Black Messiah, his third studio album, after a 14 year hiatus. It received rave reviews and commercial success, selling… Read More

Strange Stains in Ferguson

by Maurice Mcleod Everyone knew it was coming. Politicians called for calm, police officers polished their armour, some black people held vigils and some white people bought guns. Yesterday a grand jury in Ferguson decided that Officer Darren Wilson had no case to answer after shooting dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on a Missouri… Read More