Nov 22, 2014
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Posts tagged: Sherman Escoffery

Brownsville Rock: BRNGTN’s “Rise Of The Machine” Video

Words by Sherman Escoffery__

BRNGTN’s “Rise The Machine” video is not set in the fictional Brownsville like Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest, where the cops take 10 minutes to respond to a shooting. In the real Brownsville, the constant and ambivalent presence of cops from the 73rd precinct, and the elevated tracks of the #3 train along Livonia Avenue, never lets you forget that this is the place with the highest crime rate in the New York City, and it still lives up to its hood motto “Shoot To kill Brownsville.”

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Modern Lovers: Two New Singles From Beres Hammond

Words by Sherman Escoffery, Cover Photo by Martei Korley—

There is no need to wonder why Beres Hammond is the King of Jamaican Lover Rock. It is because Beres’s music deals with reality: the reality of love, life, joy, pain, heartbreak and acceptance, all sung in a voice that speaks directly to you like your conscience. Last month, we gave you a slice of Beres Hammond’s soon to be released double CD, One Life One Love, due out on November 13. But we can’t get enough of Beres Hammond over at LargeUp, so we have another treat for you, in the form of two more songs.

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LargeUp Interview: Cocoa Tea on ‘In A Di Red,’ Payola + Being a ‘Slow Leak’ Artist

Words by Sherman Escoffery, Photos by Niketa Thomas—

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An Exorcism In Dub: Scientist, Roots Radics + Johnny Osbourne Purify BB Kings

Words by Sherman Escoffery, Photos by Richard Rose—

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LargeUp Interview: Talking ‘Tomahawk Technique’ with Sean Paul

Words by Sherman Escoffery—

LargeUp Sean Paul

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Carnival Business: West Indian American Labor Day Parade Grind

Words and Photo by Sherman Escoffery, via Billboard.Biz

Celebrating its 45th year in existence, the annual West Indian American Day Carnival is one of the biggest festivals in North America, bringing out over three million spectators and revelers onto Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. This is no small feat for any organization to pull off annually, even with 45 years of experience. Billboard magazine published this interesting article about the parade, that goes behind the scene of the West Indian American Day Carnival, (WIADC) the organization responsible for putting the huge festival together. Its newly appointed president Thomas Bailey talks about securing corporate sponsorship from companies like Bacardi Rum to Western Union, the carnival’s economic impact on the city, and all the other events that culminate with today’s Labor Day parade. Check out the excerpt below and get the full story at Billboard.Biz:

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