Rock is Black Music, Too

Hip-hop has run out of ideas. And if you need proof, consider that Lil Wayne’s doing a rock album.

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Just as Stevie Wonder counted Joni Mitchell and her experimental chord structures as one of his big music influences, Beyoncé now credits Etta James and the roots of rock 'n roll for helping her to find more expansive ways to be herself.

The Black Rock Coalition's manifesto says, "Rock is black music, and we are its heirs." These times call for substance, not swagger. Rock, America's subversive, anarchic, rebellious gift to the world, is ours, and we need to stop treating it like some bad four-letter word.

Rob Fields writes about black rock and the evolving black imagination on his blog, boldaslove.us. 

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Terence Samuel tells WHY THE DEMS CAN'T COUNT ON SPECTER. Kai Wright looks for the BULLY IN THE PULPIT.

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