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Oakland's Unique "Tech and Soul Food 2016 Black History Month Speaker Series"

Posted by Billyjam, February 2, 2016 06:12pm | Post a Comment


Bay Area Black History Month events in this leap year include the Tech and Soul Food 2016 Black History Month Speaker Series at Impact Hub Oakland. The unique tech-talk-meets-soul-food series takes place over lunch and dinner on Wednesdays catered by Oakland's La Christa's Cafe with a choice of vegan, vegetarian, and meat soul food. The noon to 2pm and 6-8pm programs feature speakers addressing cultural and educational aspects of the modern tech age, all from an African American perspective. Brief talks are followed by a Q&A session. But the main portion of the program is an hour and a half workshop designed to further educate attendees on varied technology topics.

Blacks Online will be the topic discussed by Dawn Elissa Fischer who is a noted professor from San Francisco State University's trailblazing Africana Studies department. Kumi Rauf of I Love Being Black will speak on Online Stores (2/10). Brian Drayton of Oakland Spokes will giving an indepth talk on the innovative ways to utilize crowd sourcing for businesses (2/10). Meanwhile, both Melonie Green (KPOO, Omni Gallery) and "The Uber Rapper" Ashel Seasunz will speak on the topic of Arts and Technology (2/24). Green Technology will be the topic discussed by Ujamaa Villages (2/17).  Kicking off the new series tomorrow (2/3) will be Dream Nefra who will speak during both lunch and dinner sessions on the topic of  Blacks in Technology History.  As well as being a speaker, Dream Nefra is also the organizer of the series that comes under the recently formed Oakland-Berkeley Soul Food Tech meet-up group that is described as a group for people who are "in alliance with the African American community of Oakland, have web development skills to share or be helped on issues in technology" as well as providing soul food.

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Hip-Hop Rap Up: New Releases, Reissues, Top 5, The Pharcyde, Too $hort, The People's Tree, Sketch McGuiney feat Sean Price & Ras Kass

Posted by Billyjam, February 1, 2016 05:55pm | Post a Comment
 

Now that February has arrived, 2016 hip-hop will officially kick into full gear with lots of new releases dropping. January is traditionally a slow month for new releases. This year was a little different since there were additional January releases that were reissues of older classic material, mostly on vinyl but some on CD too. These included latest (and there's been a few!) reissue of KMD's storied second album Black Bastards. The new 2LP pressing comes with gatefold pop-up album cover design and booklet included. Released by MF DOOM's record label Metal Face Records, it was recently profiled here on the Amoeblog.  Another 2016 vinyl reissue is Lil Ugly Mane's Mista Thug Isolation LP c/o Hundebiss, which is among the entries on the latest Amoeba Berkeley Top Five hip-hop chart (see below). That chart, courtesy of E-Lit, also includes the must-get 2LP reissue of the classic 1995 album from The Pharcyde, Labcabincalifornia, c/o Bicycle Music Company

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Andre Nickatina, Slick Rick, DJ Abilities, Mac Lethal, Who Cares, and Bukue One Prepare for "White Wizards of Hip Hop" Tour

Posted by Billyjam, January 29, 2016 06:21pm | Post a Comment


Tickets went on sale today for the diverse Andre Nickatina-curated hip-hop concert at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on March 10th. Joining the Fillmore SF rap legend in the line-up, the kick-off show of a 56 date cross-country  tour, will be Slick Rick, DJ Abilities, Mac Lethal, Who Cares, and Bukue One. Although not on the official flyer issued above, there are some other acts supposedly on the bill too. As per the Regency Ballroom website, Murs will be joining the line-up. In video clip below with Andre Nickatina announcing the tour lineup late last month, he said that Redman was also a strong possibility to be on the tour or at this premiere concert. Andre Nickatina also says in the video clip that there will be a "Fillmoe feel" to the tour, which has the odd name of "White Wizards of Hip Hop." The meaning behind that name is described by the tour producers Go See Em Touring as "White Wizards of Hip Hop are those wizards whose careers have been twisted and turned with difficulty, loss, and extreme circumstance, and yet, they have overcome to become some of the most iconic names in Rap and Hip Hop history." 

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Anticipation Builds for Release of New Sia album "This Is Acting"

Posted by Billyjam, January 28, 2016 11:45am | Post a Comment
 

In the lead up to tomorrow's anticipated new Sia album, This Is Acting (Monkey Puzzle/RCA), avid fans of the enigmatic Australian singer-songwriter born Sia Furler have been anxiously following any activity by the artist and seeking further preview tastes of tomorrow's release that can be pre-ordered here now. 

Sia fans are already familiar with half of This Is Acting's dozen tracks. "Alive," "Cheap Thrills," "Unstoppable," "Bird Set Free," "One Million Bullets," and “Reaper" have all been pre-released in some format already. Then yesterday, January 27th, the artist shared the new album track "Broken Glass" on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. She then stopped by the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night where, for the first ever public performance of the song,  she delivered a rousing rendition of the This Is Acting album track "Cheap Thrills." See video clip below of that performance from last night. Also below is the clip Sia recorded earlier at the Tonight Show studios. It's the (already viral) video of "Iko Iko" being performed along with the talk show host, house band The Roots, and Natalie Portman who are  all decked out in matching trademark Sia wigs.

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The Big Bong Theory, Two and a Half Grams? Untitled New Chuck Lorre Comedy To Lead Network TV's Next Wave: The Potcom

Posted by Billyjam, January 27, 2016 07:19pm | Post a Comment

Should we need further proof that weed's gone mainstream, as per The Hollywood Reporter, TV comedy super-producer Chuck Lorre is currently shopping his new Warner Bros. Television-backed weed comedy script to network television executives.  This latest from the creator of such successful TV comedies as The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, Two and a Half Men, and his latest creation Mom on CBS, is a continuation in style of his previous shows. Co-written with David Javerbaum (The Daily Show), it is described as a situation comedy about a group of potheads in a legal marijuana dispensary in Colorado.  The as yet unnamed show inspires such potential potcom titles as The Big Bong Theory or Two and a Half Grams.  But not Buds. That stoner show title has already been snagged by NBC who, via a joint venture with Naomi Scott and husband Adam Scott (NBC's Parks and Recreation) are in development stages of their pot comedy Buds that's reportedly also set in a Colorado pot dispensary.  Another husband and wife pot comedy creative team are Ben Sinclair (Sisters) and Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock), who in 2012 unveiled the popular Vimeo web series High Maintenance about Brooklyn, New York marijuana deliveryman "The Guy" and all the characters he meets. HBO commissioned six episodes of High Maintenance to air in 2016.  Meanwhile Amazon Prime's streaming outlet will be producing the  "marijuana-themed family dramedy" starring Margaret Cho. Variety described it as about Cho, "who after court-ordered rehab gets a chance to start over, but has to move in with her dysfunctional family who now runs a pot dispensary."

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