Posts made in May, 2013

All-female Wu-Tang Clan cover group sells out Walnut Room

All-female Wu-Tang Clan cover group sells out Walnut Room

All-female Wu-Tang Clan cover group sells out Walnut Room The first edition of Hip-Hop Covers, an all-female Wu-Tang tribute, was way beyond sold out. By the time the nine local MCs, poets and singers took the stage, the Walnut Room was at capacity, and there was a crowd of people waiting outside the door. It didn’t matter if you were on the list or had been in before — this was it was one-out, one-in.   Stephanie Auld The night started with three solo sets from soon-to-be Wu-Tang women. Billie Jean (U-God) performed with her brother a couple songs off their upcoming Sweet Sixteen mixtape. Bianca Mikahn (Raekwon), beaming at the enraptured crowd, rapped a few tracks off her upcoming debut album. And Venus Cruz (Mastah Killah)...

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Speak up! Freedom of Speech at Gypsy House

Speak up! Freedom of Speech at Gypsy House

Speak up! Freedom of Speech at Gypsy House Freedom of Speech, an open microphone poetry night hosted by LadySpeech on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Gypsy House, has become one of the city’s most dynamic and intimate evenings of poetry and song. The crowd starts trickling into the basement of Gypsy around 7:30 p.m. to sign up for the open mic and before the evening is over, a diverse audience has assembled for a night of radical words and honest sounds. LadySpeech encourages everyone to “speak your mind, sing your peace, uplift your spirit,” and on any given night, the list of those who want to perform is well over thirty people long. LadySpeech facilitates the magic through the evening, asking each audience member to introduce...

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What’s In a Name?

What’s In a Name?

What’s In a Name? They say you only get one chance at a first impression. For rappers, that can be as fleeting as their name being seen on a flier or heard in a passing conversation. An emcee’s name (whether earned or self-proclaimed) can garner attention or render them forgettable, and it typically speaks volumes about their persona as an artist. The stories behind the titles are often alluded to in their raps, but rarely do we get the full explanation. We made note of some of CO’s most intriguing rap names, and asked the emcees to explain them in their own words. What we got were stories of hilarity, graff, resilience, power, and more. Check out our favorite 10 below, in no particular order: 1. Catch Lungs – Catch Lungs comes from a name I made up for...

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The Love Below: One Black Woman’s View on Anal Sex

The Love Below: One Black Woman’s View on Anal Sex

The Love Below: One Black Woman’s View on Anal Sex If you walk into any packed Black hair salon or Black barbershop on a Saturday and ask “What are your thoughts and feelings about anal sex?,” expect an eclectic bouquet of varied responses. You’ll probably find a few sistas whose ambivalence about the subject may bloom from a lack of interest and/or education. You might encounter a couple who enjoy it, are well studied about it, and are vocal in regards to the pleasure principle of it. You could run into the exceedingly religious man who continually waters the sexual philosophy that anything outside of the missionary position is a sin, and anal is definitely and will always be a non-negotiable. I’d bet my next nail appointment money that somebody...

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Manhood and Molestation: A Sister Weighs In

Manhood and Molestation: A Sister Weighs In

Manhood and Molestation: A Sister Weighs In Too often, male victims of sexual assault and incest keep quiet. Ladyspeech Sankofa wants to break the silence. On July 21, I had the honor of speaking at SlutWalk Denver (an annual march started last year to protest the widely held belief that a woman’s appearance invites rape). When the rally was over, a young Black man who looked about in his early 20s approached me to say he was really struck by what I had to say. As we conversed, he was moved to share his story of being molested by an older woman as a child. He said that as an adult, he often lashes out at women for seemingly no reason. He told me how he’s lived with intense, overwhelming anger since his molestation. He expressed the desire to be a better man...

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