Upcoming Events


In conversation with Jerome Benton—formerly of The Time, The Family, and Prince’s Revolution—live onstage at his 55th birthday. Katra Lounge, 217 Bowery St., New York, NY, 6:00.

Past Events


Brooklyn Love Tasters Tour reading, also featuring poet Sabine Blaizin and artist Micah BlackLight. Nicholas Brooklyn, 1396 Fulton St., Brooklyn, 12:00.


Panel discussion on the cultural impact, music and legacy of the Sign o’ the Times album and concert film on its 30th anniversary, with Prince scholars Anil Dash, Zaheer Ali and Elliott Powell, moderated by De Angela Duff. New York University, 5 MetroTech Center, Pfizer Auditorium, Brooklyn, 6:00.


Hosted the Black Rock Coalition tribute concert to Sly & the Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On. BAMcafé, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, 9:00.


Brooklyn Love Tasters Tour reading, also featuring poet Sabine Blaizin and artist Micah BlackLight. Nicholas Brooklyn, 1396 Fulton St., Brooklyn, 12:00.


In conversation with poet Saul Williams at the book launch party for US(a.). Live-streamed at Ebony.com. The Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main St., Brooklyn, 7:00.


Panel discussion in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain, with Prince scholar Zaheer Ali and Soulhead founder Ron Worthy. Proceeded by a screening of Purple Rain and live performance of the album by Burnt Sugar. Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X. Blvd., New York, NY, 6:30.


Recognizing enslaved Africans lost during the Middle Passage to the French West Indies, Rhythms of Our Memory celebrates the annual Journée Nationale du Souvenir des Victimes de l’Esclavage Colonial. Also featuring Beat Assailant, Ferrica Fatia, Yann Kesz, Allonymous and the Massak Afroelectric Orkestra. Le Divan du Monde, 75 rue des Martyrs, Paris, 8:00.


Appeared as the final 33 1/3 Multimedia Reading Series author of 2008, reading from There’s a Riot Goin’ On with 1960s-70s clips of Sly and the Family Stone from the Showtime doc The Skin I’m In, Woodstock and more. Barbès, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn, 7:00.


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Spoke on Hiphop As Resistance in French Society at the 2008 EMP Pop Conference, part of a panel including Joshua Clover, Charles Mudede, and Edwin Hill. 4:00, 325 5th Avenue North, Seattle.
03.26.2008 / Appeared at Médias & Nouvelles Générations Urbaines: Exclusion ou Intégration?, a day-long conference concerning the lack of urban representation in the French media, sponsored by TraceTV and the American Embassy. 9:00 AM, France-Amériques, 9 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, Paris.










Hosted a reading for Bronx Biannual, featuring contributors Greg Tate, Carol Taylor, Sun Singleton, Reginald Lewis and SékouWrites. Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St., New York, NY, 7:00. Free drinks.

Martyrs of Pop event, also featuring authors Kim Cooper (In the Aeroplane Under the Sea), Jean-Emmanuele Deluxe (Lost in the Grooves) and Pierre Mikaïloff (Some Clichés). Galerie En Marge, 92 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, Paris, 5:00.

Panel discussion on the cinematic legacy of Tupac Shakur at the National Film Theatre of the British Film Institute, with NME editor Anthony Thornton and former 2Pac manager Leila Steinberg, moderated by cultural critic Jacqueline Springer. BFI, 21 Stephen Street, London. 8:00.

Discussion about black rock pioneers Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix with author Greg Tate in Harlem. Hue-Man Bookstore & Café, 2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY, 6:00.

Book release for There’s a Riot Goin’ On. Morningside Bookstore, 2915 Broadway, New York, NY, 7:00. Free drinks.