An Okayplayer Night At Summerstage

An Okayplayer Night At Summerstage

(This was a review I did for Okayplayer’s The Revivalist, but due to falling ill I was unable to submit it in time. Here in its entirety is what I wrote about the Groove Theory reunion at Summerstage back in June. I shot all of the photos of the concert.) The Summerstage series at Central Park has … Continue reading

Unchaining Django: Breaking Down The Commentary

Unchaining Django: Breaking Down The Commentary

Django Unchained is a blockbuster that is already proving to be controversial simply for the subject matter it chooses to integrate into the story. You have undoubtedly seen it, or chosen to avoid it for this exact reason. Because of the director and the genre it pays homage to, it is what you think it is: a violent and adventurous Tarantino … Continue reading

Jazzy: One Birthday, Two Visions

Jazzy: One Birthday, Two Visions

As I am writing this it is October 18th. The day was the birthday of two people who in their relatively young ages have shown different perspectives on how music should be evolving. In this case it is specifically jazz I am referring to. The highly regarded Esperanza Spalding has been breaking boundaries in her short career, seeing to reestablish the … Continue reading

Fela: Third Time’s A Charm

Fela: Third Time’s A Charm

August 2nd was the fifteenth anniversary of the passing of Fela Anikulapo Kuti. My dad told me about seeing him perform once at the African Street Festival (now known as the International African Arts Festival) in 1996, which would come to be his last performance in the U.S. before he died in 1997. Since checking out … Continue reading

Reunited: The Leaders Of The New School Are Back

Reunited: The Leaders Of The New School Are Back

I have witnessed quite a few reunions in Hip-Hop. The Fugees getting back together at Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, The Hit Squad (EPMD, Redman, Das EFX, K-Solo) joining forces again at BB Kings, Organized Konfusion teaming up at the same spot, The Artifacts agreeing to perform at The Rocksteady Anniversary when at one point they … Continue reading

What Serena’s Win At Wimbledon Meant

What Serena’s Win At Wimbledon Meant

“I believe we’re watching the greatest female player that’s ever played this game.” – John McEnroe on Serena Williams’ 5th Wimbledon Championship. This is what one of the greatest players of his time had to say about Serena on Saturday when she won the Women’s Singles Championship at Wimbledon. It was an important day in … Continue reading

Haiti In Bed-Stuy: The Latest On The Local

Haiti In Bed-Stuy: The Latest On The Local

  It’s been a while but I’ve been working on the next few pieces and getting settled into what may be the rest of my life. For my latest contribution to The Local, a professor from my college told me about a musician in my neighborhood that was doing something different by fusing a variety of … Continue reading