Tech Cypher: Highlights from #Tech808 Oakland

This past Saturday I attended Tech808, a one-day Hip Hop inspired tech conference for minority and millennial entrepreneurs hosted by The Phat Startup. For those less familiar, The Phat Startup is an integrated media company that produces premium content for all levels of entrepreneurs with a mission to bridge the gap between Hip Hop culture, tech, … More Tech Cypher: Highlights from #Tech808 Oakland

Archive Matters: Piecing Together J Dilla’s ‘The Diary’ — NewBlackMan (in Exile)

‘The late hip-hop producer J Dilla (James Yancey) left behind troves of unfinished music. How do you dig into the vault of an artist like Dilla and assemble an album that remains true to their creative vision?’ — +NPR Music via Archive Matters: Piecing Together J Dilla’s ‘The Diary’ — NewBlackMan (in Exile)

Digital Blackness: Googling Black History Just Got Better

Take me into the museum and show me myself, show me my people, show me soul America. – June Jordan, 1969 It’s that time again. You know, February, the month when Black churches, libraries, museums and other cultural institutions across the country host a variety of events and public programs to commemorate Black History Month. Well this year, Google … More Digital Blackness: Googling Black History Just Got Better

Animating the Archive: John Coltrane On Giant Steps and Being A Force For Good

I think music is an instrument. It can create the initial thought pattern that can create a change, you see, in the thinking of the people. – John Coltrane I don’t know what rock I’ve been under, but this morning I was introduced to what the present and future looks like for transmedia storytelling, digital historiography and digital archives–at … More Animating the Archive: John Coltrane On Giant Steps and Being A Force For Good

Josephine Superstar: Phylicia Rashad Before Clair Huxtable

Phylicia (Ayers-Allen) Rashad, best known for her role as THE Clair Hanks Huxtable on the hit sitcom The Cosby Show (1984-1992), has had a successful performance career acting and singing for film, television as well Broadway. However, NOTHING says “check my resume boo!” like happening upon a vinyl cover of Rashad donning an artificial banana skirt like the great Josephine Baker while perusing … More Josephine Superstar: Phylicia Rashad Before Clair Huxtable

Why Eric Edwards and #BlackMuseumsMatter

A few weeks ago I shared an incredible story, first published by Gothamist, about Eric Edwards, an African American art collector in Brooklyn, NY. For more than 44 years, Edwards has single-handedly amassed a distinctive collection of African art–estimated to be worth more than $10 million. The Eric Edwards Collection is considered to be one of the largest … More Why Eric Edwards and #BlackMuseumsMatter