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12 Years a Slave – A Personal Reflection

By Kelley Raleigh There is so much to say about Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave”. Powerful, beautiful, gut-wrenching, shocking. I did not know that free men in the North were taken and sold into slavery in the South. H...
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Indivisible Man

By Cheo Tyehimba Taylor In 2010, when I set out to launch a national storytelling project that would employ the talents of our best and brightest Black male media makers, I envisioned a program that would extol the lesse...
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Enter Wu-Tang’s 20th Birthday

Reminiscing on the 20th anniversary of the Wu-Tang Clan’s debut, Michael A. Gonzales wonders if it was all so simple then The recent 20th anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan’s groundbreaking Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)...

K-K-K-anye West Has Gone South

(Photo credit by Complexmag.com) By Zoe Spencer I am compelled to create this blog in response to an email sent by a dear friend illustrating Kanye West’s latest antic. I am sitting in my bed all the way in Chengdu, &hel...
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You Know What? Kanye West is a Genius.

(Photo credit by Complexmag.com) by Mia Legg I met Kanye West when I was ten years old. He didn’t smile or look me in the eyes and he spoke with someone else as he signed an autograph for me. In …
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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Why He Mattered

By Michael Gonzales As the premiere Black painter of the late 20th century, Jean-Michel Basquiat came to prominence in the art world during the early 1980s. A Brooklyn native whose mama used to take him to museums when h...
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Able Ferrara: My King of New York

By Michael Gonzales Recently I was working on an essay for the upcoming One More Robot number 12 (http://issuu.com/onemorerobot/docs/issue11) about one of my favorite filmmakers, the always gruff Abel Ferrara. While The ...