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If you missed Femi Kuti’s show at Irving Plaza in New York City last week (like I did), these photographs by Jen Mazer gives a sense of the energy of his performance. Anyway, he’s back in New York City later this month (June 25th), playing at the Bandshell at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

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CNN International’s weekly magazine program on Africa, “Inside Africa,” recently did a short feature on The New York African Film Festival. Clips and interviews with film directors Michael Raeburn, Xoliswa Sithole, Lupito Nyong’o and festival director Mahen Bonetti. (Mahen, by the way, remains a tireless champion for African film in New York City, something she does not always get the necessary credit for).

But the festival is not over. The CNN feature only focused on the Lincoln Center leg of the festival which runs at the end of April (for 16 years in a row now).

Every year the festival moves onto the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a number of outdoor summer screenings around the five boroughs and a national “traveling series.”

The BAM screenings run from tonight through Monday and is worth checking out. (It coincides with the annual Dance Africa Festival which transforms the area next to BAM every Memorial Day weekend to a large flea market).

Here’s the BAM film schedule.

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The 4th annual Brooklyn Blogfest happening at PowerHouse Books in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

I’ll be leading one of the “Blogs-of-a-Feather” sessions.

Lots of stuff for the borough’s bloggers and potential bloggers.

Come out.

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Like the fact that the borough’s official motto is that of Apartheid South Africa. Serious: “Een Draght Mackt Maght.” That’s because they both have Dutch origins.

More here.

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With few exceptions, I don’t buy or listen to new hip hop. There’s only so much of Kanye West’s posing or Jay-Z guest verses you can take. Ringtones, Youtube stunts, I can go on. And there’s only so much hipster rap recycling the 1980s and Cyndi Lauper. There’s nothing new. Its done. I live off memories now. I must be getting old.

I am not mourning hip hop yet. Just having nostalgia. I wonder if this is how hardcore jazz afficionadoes felt about the period after the end of the 1960s. So taking my cue from Common I want to reminiscence on the love we have (since I am on a roll may as well as bite Mary J Blige’s lyrics too).

First up then: Blackstar. Talib Kweli and Mos Def.

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Chubb Rock had to use Brooklyn and Somalia in the same sentence on his guest verse of K’Naan’s ‘ABC.’ The album is out this week. With samples from the Ethiopiques era and guests that include Mos Def (on “America”), Adam Levine (“Bang Bang”), Talib Kweli and Damian Marley (“I Come Prepared”) and Chubb Rock, of course.

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