QBC Film Fest Garden Party Benefit: A night of jazz, R&B, soul at the Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture on July 16th

Queer Black Cinema Institute (QBCI) will hold a Garden Party Benefit on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at the Brooklyn Society of Ethical Culture, to raise funds for its fourth Annual QBC Film Festival in Brooklyn.

Rapper Robert Crafton III aka “Chilly B” from 80s group Newcleus dies after stroke

March 3, 2010 (WENN) — Rapper ROBERT CRAFTON III has died after suffering a stroke at the age of 47. The musician, also known as Chilly B, died on 23 February (10) in Brooklyn, New York. He also suffered from diabetes and kidney problems.

Game Rebellion: Vote now for Brooklyn based punk band’s video “Blind” on MTVU “The Freshmen”

Beginning Monday, February 15, “Blind” is featured on MTVU’s “The Freshmen,” where fans can vote to get their favorite video automatically added to the channel’s rotation the following week! To cast your vote, simply go to freshmen.mtvu.com and select Game Rebellion’s “Blind” as your favorite! You can vote as many times as you like to make “Blind” a winner, from Monday, February 15 through 2:00pm Friday, February 19!

Throwback Friday- “Talkin all that Jazz” by Stetsasonic

Funny. This song is as relevant today as it was in 1988. People still get on rappers about sampling music, and “Talkin all that Jazz” was Stetsasonic’s defense of the hip hop explaining that they were using existing beats to create a new art form. One of my sisters brought up this Brooklyn native, self proclaimed hip hop band earlier this week, and I knew that they’d be my pick for this week’s Throwback Friday post. Looking back over their music repertoire, they were loaded with hits, and it made choosing a particular song to represent them even more challenging. “Sally,” “A.F.R.I.C.A.,” and “Freedom or Death” are just a few that come to mind.

VH1 pays homage to 25 years of Def Jam Records in its 6th year celebration of Hip Hop Honors

Back for its sixth year saluting the best in hip hop, VH1’s Hip Hop Honors 2009 will celebrate the achievements of one of hip hop’s greatest brands — Def Jam Records. The music event will tape from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York, and air on VH1 on Tuesday, October 12 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.