Tag: Black Syrup Media


Dead Prez 2016 and Beyond!
26 Jan 2016

Dead Prez 2016 and Beyond!

  I attended a Dead Prez show at the Echoplex last week in Los Angeles, California and I was so moved to see that Dead Prez still carries the banner of nonstop Hip Hop consciousness as they continue to progress in ways that marvel me. When Stic Man announced to the crowd that Dead Prez has started their own label RBG Fit Records and that...

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Mustang Film Review
26 Nov 2015

Mustang Film Review

I could not have imagined a better shero! Lale, played by Günes Sensoy, the youngest of five sisters in Mustang, leads the pack in defying the new restraints set on the five girls by their grandmother and uncle who is determined to rule with an iron fist. After a harmless co-ed game at the beach with a few male classmates, the threat of a scandal...

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India’s Daughter
10 Oct 2015

India’s Daughter

India’s Daughter. Wow! I sat in the audience at the screening of India’s Daughter at the San Diego Film Festival, trying not to cry, trying not to cringe. I was only somewhat successful. I knew of the incident because I am a diehard fan of Amy Goodman and DemocracyNow.org. Amy Goodman covered the brutal gang rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey, the 23-year-old medical student by...

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Variety Presents NIGHT OF THE STARS
08 Oct 2015

SDFF Variety Night of the Stars

  October 1, 2015 was the night that the Museum of Contemporary art in San Diego became the gathering place for likeminded fans to pay homage to people in the film industry that are making progressive change.   Adrien Brody was this year’s recipient of the Cinema Vanguard Award. Celebrated for his work in The Pianist, Houdini, The Grand Budapest Hotel and a slew of...

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Review Mother of George
07 Oct 2015

Review Mother of George

Yes, I know I am very very late to the party. Mother of George premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, January 2013 and I am just writing this review nearly 3 years later. However, no matter how much time has passed, Mother of George still deserves many marvelous reviews. Director Andrew Dosunmu has given us a treasure that raises the bar for African films in...

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2015 Leimert Park Village African Art and Music Festival in Los Angeles
23 Sep 2015

2015 Leimert Park Village African Art and Music Festival in Los Angeles

2015 Labor Day weekend marked the 7th annual Leimert Park Village African Art and Music Festival in Los Angeles, California. From the opening day African drum procession to the African drum circle that closed the weekend’s cultural events, jazz, blues, reggae, R & B, Afro beat, hip hop, rock, and neo soul music was the soulful soundtrack of the festival. The stage was also filled...

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Survivors Remorse
26 Aug 2015

Survivors Remorse

  After venting about the portrayal of dark-skinned black women in Straight Outta Compton, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that all of the female characters in Survivor’s Remorse are played by coffee-colored sisters. I discovered Survivor’s Remorse at the beginning of the second season via a billboard on Sunset and La Brea. I binged-watched all the episodes in Season 1 and then began season...

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LA Uncubed Job Fair/Block Party in Santa Monica
28 Jul 2015

LA Uncubed Job Fair/Block Party in Santa Monica

Uncubed returned to Los Angeles, California for another insanely fabulous summer block party in Downtown Santa Monica. The mission: link job seekers in the tech industry with hiring startups. However, Uncubed is not your average boring job fair. LA Uncubed’s day of food trucks, open bar, freebies from every company present, upbeat music, sidewalk art, Pacific Ocean breeze and California sunshine was complemented with presentations...

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Hollywood Carnival Ready for Bacchanal
20 Jul 2015

Hollywood Carnival Ready for Bacchanal

Every year, Caribbeans from Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago and many other islands flock to cities like Miami, Boston, Toronto and Big Bad Brooklyn for the carnivals that welcome all expatriates with the colors of paradise and the music that forces your heart to beat in the same rhythm. Here comes Los Angeles, California! June 27th saw Hollywood Boulevard transform into Di...

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The Last Jimmy: A Hip Hop Musical
20 Jul 2015

The Last Jimmy: A Hip Hop Musical

I think a number of the leaders are, whether you like it or not, in the hip-hop generation. And when they understand enough, they’ll do wonders. I count on them. ~ Maya Angelou How do we spread Michelle Alexander’s message about the prison industrial complex which she detailed inhere bestselling book, The New Jim Crow? How do we proliferate discussions and debates that engage our...

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