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Blaze Mob: Moving Over Barriers

On a recent Tuesday as the sun descended in Los Angeles, disappearing in an earthy, caramelly glow, the Melody Lounge in Chinatown was set ablaze by a mob – the dynamic reggae band “Blaze Mob” – with harmony, unity, and […]

Blaze Mob: Moving Over Barriers

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On a recent Tuesday as the sun descended in Los Angeles, disappearing in an earthy, caramelly glow, the Melody Lounge in Chinatown was set ablaze by a mob – the dynamic reggae band “Blaze Mob” – with harmony, unity, and […]

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Workshopping myself with writer Steve Hauk

Because I’m blessed, but also, because I’m a writer and therefore accursed with all the selfish, self-doubting sensibilities writers share, this past Memorial Day weekend I drove from Los

DJ Yaadcore discusses Righteous Reggae and Raging Fyah

Q: I’m [at the Ninth Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival] speaking with Yaadcore, DJ for [reggae artist] Protoje and a founder of the “Dubwise” movement. Thank you for

Raising Consciousness with Raging Fyah and Rastafari

The Raging Fyah and Rastafari Interview If Las Vegas were taking bets on which band will drop an album the world will soon be talking about – and singing, skanking,

Cali Roots Festival continued

Photos from the California Roots Festival, featuring: Chronixx, Steel Pulse, Fortunate Youth, and Stephen Marley. From Monterey, California; May 25-27, 2018 Here are some of the pictures I took; I hope

Cali Roots Festival: Nine years young and growing

A Photo-Essay of the 9th Annual “Cali Roots” (Monterey, California; May 25-27, 2018) At page 273 of renowned reggae historian Roger Steffens's highly acclaimed book "So Much Things To Say:

Reggae is the heartbeat of the festival

Last summer the New York Times reported that Grammy-nominated reggae star Chronixx told a crowd during one of his electric performances: “This is the beautiful sound of reggae music

Vengeful Alabama to kill 83-year-old man

Barring intervention by courts or its governor, Alabama will kill an 83-year-old man on April 19; long-incarcerated for the 1989 mail-bomb killings of United States Court of Appeals for

Reggae star Etana emphasizes equality

Lauded by the BBC as the “greatest music teacher who ever lived,” Nadia Boulanger once described the ecstasy that listeners of reggae star Etana’s new album, Reggae Forever, feel:

Battling the death penalty with James Baldwin

If you’re thirsting to understand our increasingly cold, jaundiced, at times carcinogenic society, James Baldwin’s singular insight about America and his dizzying, divine command of the English language are

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