Roots Noir Album Review

Today we present you the new album by Roots Noir. The multi-instrumentalist and producer Brian Battaile calls the Pacific Northwest, SoCal to Anchorage Alaska and Vancouver BC Canada his home and describes his music as most similar to California/North American grown reggae acts such as Rebelution, Stick Figure, etc, but heavily influenced by Jamaican roots …

Reggae Sax Riddim Album Review

Reggae compilation album Reggae Sax Riddim continues to be one of the hottest albums in the genre following its 2017 release. The reggae compilation showcases tracks from an eclectic list of artists. Each puts their own signature on the album’s track list, giving reggae fans a truly unique album experience. Reggae Sax Riddim features a …

Jean D’eau The Lyrical Talent Behind “By The Code” and “Don’t Ask D’eau”

“Who is Jean D’eau” is a collection of tracks featuring fellow label mate Ralo, Swift, Louieyski, and Daytona. The production was done courtesy of The Colleagues, 808 Mafia, Ace Taylor, Track Makaz Beatz, YB, & Whiteboy. Yet the stories within the beats are unique. Maybe it’s because he was influenced at an early age by …

Black Entrepreneurs Lead the Charge in Baltimore’s Economic Renewal

Rasheed Aziz remembers visiting Baltimore in 2006. The empty, hollow buildings sprawled the entire block, he says. Buildings lacked roofs, doorways were boarded up, and tree limbs grew into missing windows. Aziz is the founder of CityWide Youth Development, which he began in central Florida to bring economic development to impoverished neighborhoods using manufacturing and …

After Centuries of Housing Racism, a Southern City Gets Innovative

Denise Fitzgerald’s property abuts the string of quiet, empty lots that line Ewing Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Recently she was leaf-blowing detritus shed by the enormous sycamore tree dominating the yard of her tidy Habitat for Humanity home. She says she’d cut the tree down herself but knows it’s big enough to take out both …

Marines Open Investigation into Active-Duty White Supremacist

The inquiry begins after a ProPublica and Frontline investigation and as a congressman calls on Department of Defense to better police its ranks. The U.S. Marine Corps said it has opened a criminal investigation into the activities of Lance Corporal Vasillios Pistolis, 19, identified as a violent white supremacist in a recent report by ProPublica …

US judge orders release of ‘first Black Identity Extremist’

Critics say African American activist Christopher Daniels has been held since December because FBI policed his views. A US judge has ordered that Christopher Daniels, considered by many to be the first person arrested under the FBI’s Black Identity Extremist (BIE) designation, be released from pre-trial detention and dismissed the indictment against him. Daniels, a …