On Saturday, July 10th, Brooklyn Bodega presented the 6th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival and history was made on the main stage. De La Soul headlined with the same exuberance they’ve been bringing since they first started MCing as teens. CL Smooth and Keith Murray performed together for the first time in years, and Money ...
Last summer we brought them into our classroom at the Refugee Summer Academy to work with our students and teach them the new dance the “Jacky Jacky”. Our students ended up taking the song and remixing the lyrics, adding their own rhymes, which became an exercise in cross-cultural exploration as they combined all of their ...
The recently formed production team, Music Without Borders, has caught our attention with their fresh and complex fusion projects. Comprised of Kunal Merchant, Seif Al-Din, and Von Swayne (of Indian, Egyptian, and Jamaican descents, respectively), the crew dropped “Hindustani Gangster” in October to much international hype, including a recent feature in Indian GQ, and on ...
This is the third blog entry in ‘Til the White Day is Done, a project by author and activist JLove Calderon. JLove can be considered an authority on the presence of racism, white privilege and persistent white supremacy in our society, and we think sharing her expertise in this space will create a great dialogue ...
what we are listening to: Take Feist-like vocals and add a dash of soul, and you’ve got the Denmark-based R&B duo Quadron, who are busy touring the United States. With an indie-electronic sound full of brassy and bassy tones, their calming, jazz feel distinguishes them from run-of-the-mill contemporary R&B. With Robin Hannibal manning the instruments ...
This is the second blog entry in ‘Til the White Day is Done, a project by author and activist JLove Calderon. JLove can be considered an authority on the presence of racism, white privilege and persistent white supremacy in our society, and we think sharing her expertise in this space will create a great dialogue ...
Like Whitney Houston sang back in the day, “the children are our future.” And that future is being forged by amazing kids every day. Adults can help build a better future, too, by giving kids the tools and confidence to grow up and become the people that will change the world. Of course the world-changing ...
Recently DUB INC. rolled through NYC and we were blown away by them. DUB INC has been labeled a French Reggae Group, but explore their albums and other musical influences become very apparent. With a fusion of North African music, Hip-Hop and nearly every genre in between, DUB INC. has developed a unique sound that ...
As many of our readers know (and if you don’t, now you do) World Up has had an ongoing relationship with the amazingly talented Trust Your Struggle Collective. Trust Your Struggle (TYS) is a collective of visual artists, educators, and cultural workers dedicated to social justice and community activism through art. Their work includes, but ...
White supremacy was a part of U.S. law, even before there was a U.S. The cruel beginning of this behavior can be traced to the anti-miscegenation laws, which were designed to prevent interracial relationships and marriage through legal punishment like fines, imprisonment, and worse. When we think about those laws, most Americans jump straight to ...
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