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BNSF Challenges Lawsuit From Engineer Who Ran For His Life From Exploding Oil "Bomb Train"

Steve Horn | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) has responded defensively to the oil-by-rail lawsuit filed by former BNSF locomotive engineer Bryan Thompson, a case recently reported on by DeSmogBlog.

Thought and Vision: A Conversation with Roots Vocalist Tariq Trotter

Karen J. Francis | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
Karen J. Francis

While it isn't surprising that such an inventive and innovative lyricist would so multi-faceted, up until now Tariq Trotter has always been very private. With his recent foray into the fashion world, however, he is opening up and allowing us a rare glimpse inside.

In and Out of Africa

George Heymont | Posted 04.11.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Ironically, two films recently screened in San Francisco offer such radically different perspectives on Africa that their juxtaposition is worth noting. One was decidedly old school; the other a fascinating documentary about one of Africa's most controversial musicians.

Fela's Son: 'I Didn't Want To Be The Replica Of My Father'

Associated Press | JOHN CARUCCI | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- Femi Kuti is, like his father, a recording artist and an activist. Now he's a storyteller as well, advising Academy Award-winning ...

New Film Pays Homage To Groundbreaking African Musician And Political Activist

Posted 08.08.2014 | Black Voices

After landing success as a Tony award-winning Broadway musical, the story chronicling the life and times of groundbreaking African composer, performer...

The Lost Audience: Adventures in Ethnomusicology

Hank Bordowitz | Posted 09.24.2014 | Fifty
Hank Bordowitz

I have always had somewhat Catholic tastes that encompassed Pete Seeger to Pete Townshend, the Sex Pistols to Sunny Ade. I used to have to explain this, but now it seems expected of me. Then and now, all of this is bound together.

Peter Tosh Remembered: A Conversation With Niambe McIntosh, a Chat With The Bongos' Richard Barone, Rafael Vigilantics and FSC Exclusives and More

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.26.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"To me, that sort of bravery, and harmony with oneself and with the World, is the true legacy of Peter Tosh."

Fela is Back On Broadway...and it is Fabulous

Atim Oton | Posted 09.15.2012 | Black Voices
Atim Oton

I was born in Nigeria in 1969 and lived through Fela's revolutionary years. I remember 1977 like it was yesterday. There were 3 major events that year...

Fela! A Musical Legend Occupies the Stage -- and Our Ears

Steve Heilig | Posted 02.13.2012 | Home
Steve Heilig

Any stage show that attempts to conjure the spirit and spectacle of Fela Anikilapo Kuti had better be good, and the award-winning play Fela! certainly lives up to the legend.

Dance Will Save the World

Jeffrey Page | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home
Jeffrey Page

What if we could dance with the rebels in the mountains of Libya, or with al Qaeda in the deserts of Afghanistan, or with soldiers on the borders of Israel and Syria?

FELA! 19% Off Premium Tickets & Dinner At Serafina

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York


Fela!: A Strong Narrator Takes You Far

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danny Groner

Fela! relies on its narrator to become our leader, our beacon of hope, and our hero for the night.

I Dream: Lowery & Young Join King Family at World Premiere of New MLK opera

Cedric Perrier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Cedric Perrier

The illustrious audience received I Dream in the spirit in which it was presented: as a fresh twist on an old story.

OkayAfrica Heats Up Prospect Park (VIDEOS, SLIDESHOW)

Alex Thornton | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alex Thornton

Last night over 12,000 eager listeners packed every inch of the Prospect Park Bandhell while thousands more waited outside of the gates when they were...

Tony Time Is Here Again

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

This is Tony nominations week. To get you all in the mood to celebrate the golden disk, I am answering another set of questions about the Tony rules.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Tony Time

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

After my last Tony column, I received emails asking follow-up questions. This is my attempt to answer two of them.

Tonys Come Soon

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

I could offer my predictions on who will win a Tony, but the writing of that might bore me to sleep. That right there expresses my problem with the majority of the season's offerings -- even most of the good wasn't that exciting.

HuffPost Video Debut: Angelique Kidjo with Fela!, Plus Los Lobos, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and A Conversation With Darrell Scott

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Fela: Music Is Still the Weapon

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
John Feffer

The Broadway show, which is a powerful cocktail of music and dance and politics, doesn't provide much detail about the rotten state of Nigeria. It is, after all, a musical.

African Disneyland? A Response to the New York Times Review of "Fela!" on Broadway

Modiba | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

I took a special interest in Charles Isherwood's critical review of "Fela!" in light of my incredible and unforgettable experience of traveling to Lagos, Nigeria with my band.

Fela!: One Step Forward, a Few Missteps Back

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Cara Joy David

It remains to be seen whether Fela! can survive its producers' blunders and triumph on Broadway. Hopefully it will--it's something different.