1. BOOK: ‘The Black Panthers Speak’ is back in print! – @AFROPUNK
    http://www.afropunk.com/m/blogpost?id=2059274%3ABlogPost%3A1124020

     
  2. Stand Up Detroit! We want to see Jeans + Justice at DENIM DAY DETROIT, a sexual assault awareness event. #saam2014 We’re out to #endvictimblaming + #endthebacklog of 11,000 neglected rape kits. Survivors need our support and our streets needs to be safe. Put your Jeans on! It’s time to go to work!
    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 | 6pm - 9pm
    5e Gallery | 4605 Cass Ave.
    Midtown Detroit
    Info & resources available at:
    www.APUREMovement.com
    https://denimdaydetroit.eventbrite.com (any size donation welcome)

     
  3. 'Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll' Online Screening With Thirtheen, April 9 at 7pm EST – @AFROPUNK
    http://www.afropunk.com/m/blogpost?id=2059274%3ABlogPost%3A1121651

     
  4. Today: Book Release for Jamaal May 7:30pm @5eGallery 4605 Cass Ave, #Detroit

    Please join us in celebrating the release of Jamaal May’s amazing first book, Hum, winner of the prestigious Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books.

    Jamaal will be reading poems from Hum, and also will debut a short video he created based on his poem “There Are Birds Here.”

    Other surprises are in store…

    The event is free and open to the public. Copies of Hum will be available for sale. Don’t miss what is sure to be a one-of-a-kind reading and celebration!

    Here are some of Jamaal’s poems, to give you a sense of the work he will be reading:

    There Are Birds Here
    Hum for the Bolt
    Per Fumum

    Jamaal May was born in 1982 in Detroit, MI where he has taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His first book, Hum, received the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Other honors include the Spirit of Detroit Award, an Indiana Review Poetry Prize and fellowships from Cave Canem, Frost Place, Bucknell University, and Kenyon College. Recent poetry can be found in The Believer, The New Republic, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Best American Poetry 2014, and the anthology Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking/Penguin, 2015). Recent prose appears online from Poets and Writers Magazine as well as Poetry. From Detroit he serves as Co-Poetry Editor for Solstice, teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program, and co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series with poet Tarfia Faizullah.

     
  5. FEATURE: Joey Le Soldat hits hard on his hip hop album tinted with electro and ragga. Standing at the front line of a war on poverty, armed with revolutionary rhymes. Album mastered by Dave Cooley, engineer behind the Stones Throw sound - Madlib, Mf Doom, JDilla. @afropunk
    http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/feature-joey-le-soldat-hits-hard-on-latest-album-burkin-ba

     
  6. FEATURE: Black Like Basquiat - Jean-Michel Basquiat & The Black Kids in Downtown NYC. We have a first-person account by then Downtown kid Jennifer Jazz! The Downtown NYC scene “was heavily informed, even legitimized by its connections to the Black and Latin street. So much of Jean’s notoriety was a clever engineering of this dynamic”. @AFROPUNK
    http://www.afropunk.com/m/blogpost?id=2059274%3ABlogPost%3A1112454

     
  7. Kanye West Confirms adidas Yeezy Release Date Set for June 2014
    @FRESHNESSmag -
    Elaborately staged like one of his concerts, Kanye West rallied hundreds of adidas employees earlier today as the Trefoil brand kicked of its 2014 Global Brand Conference. Dressed in all-black with the exception of a pair of pristine adidas Originals Stan Smith, the hip-hop powerhouse not just entertained the awe-struck crowd but also stated “So in June we’ll see the new Yeezys” in a matter-of-fact fashion to a chorus of cheers. Originally thought to take place in September 2014, today’s announcement coincides with the rumor that West will be releasing his seventh studio album middle of this year. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.

     
  8. Saul Williams to Star as Tupac Shakur in ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’
    @Highsnobiety

    The new musical Holler If Ya Hear Me which is inspired by the works of Tupac Shakur will see versatile performer Saul Williams playing the lead role of the slain rapper who was killed in 1996. The musical — described by producers as “a non-biographical story about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope” — was written by Todd Kreidler and is directed by Kenny Leon, with choreography by Wayne Cilento. It is scheduled to begin previews May 29 and open June 19 at the Palace Theater. Best known for the award-winning 1998 feature, Slam, which he co-wrote and starred in and which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera d’Or Award for best first feature at Cannes, Williams heads a cast of Broadway regulars and newcomers in the non-biographical show.

     
  9. The international inspiration for this season’s collection has travelled from the US to the Far East in its first offering and, most recently, to the Near East in this second delivery of product. Today we give you a closer look at some of the items from the recent drop.

    The lookbook for Delivery Two of the Spring 2014 collection dropped the other week and the product is now available at the webshop and is arriving at your local 10.DEEP® retailer.

     
  10. NEW MUSIC: A previously unreleased Miles Davis track surfaces! Check out ‘Footprints’, performed by Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Grossman and Airto Moreira. @afropunk
    http://www.afropunk.com/m/blogpost?id=2059274%3ABlogPost%3A1111792