3 // BFM 2014 // Nick Galbaldon x Oumar Seye

Black Future's highlight of Nick Gabaldon, the first documented African American surfer who broke the color line by integrating Santa Monica and Malibu beaches. BFM also spotlights the work of Senegalese surfer Oumar Seye, who started his Ngor Surfer's Paradise -- the first of its kind in Senegal. The Surf Club hosts classes, camp, an and annual trophy competition which has been folded into Rip Curl's West Africa Tour. As Seye's destination near Senegal's capital city of Dakar grows in popularity, so, too does the market for surf along the coast.

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2 // BFM 2014 // Kwabs x Otis Redding

Posted on February 2, 2014

The Ghanaian Brit, Kwabs, has released a number of Youtube videos, has a robust performance schedule in the UK, but has yet to make the rounds on a stateside tour. His carefully crafted lyrics, almost haunting baritone and penchant for no frills production draws me in. Every time I listen I find myself hovering over a system of questions: What is or must be experienced to create Blues and Gospel? How did Kwabs come by it?

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1 // BFM 2014 // Marcus Books x MoCADA

Posted on February 1, 2014

"A place where you know black people are represented well." Karen Johnson, Marcus Books #BFM

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Kill A Hipster

Posted on September 18, 2013

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23 // Black Future Month // Craig Sanders, Visual Artist — Not Entirely Hate Filled

Posted on February 23, 2012

A few months back, I wrote about a Pennsylvania raised naysayer living in BK who couldn't catch light spilling into his eyes, thus was his blinding hatred for all things and music Bay Area. This dude, remember? Okay. Maybe I put twos on tens. Doing too much. Craig Sanders is a hater. Let us be clear. But he's also ridiculously smart, and gave way on the Oakland music given some good, thoughtful, prodding. He's a captivating artist in his ...

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22 // Black Future Month // Jamilah King, Journalist

Posted on February 23, 2012

Jamilah King, you write meaningful, necessary things. I mean, no, seriously, Jamilah, you write when, how and about the things that most urgently need writing. In a time and space where a premium is put on textual lies, sensationalist journalism, and half-hearted "truthy" above the fold dreck. I like when I stumble upon an article where the headline is something I hadn't considered and the by line is yours. It's the best part of my internet ...

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21 // Black Future Month // Sunni Patterson, Realist Futurist

Posted on February 21, 2012

So, yeah. I took the weekend off. For lots of reasons. None of which I'm willing to share. I promise that I'll build in those missed days in the coming week or so. If you're a stickler for dates, come back and see what I slide in for the 17-20th. In the meanwhile. Black Future returns. My favorite emcee is named Nikki. You know her? She rocks that blue hair sometimes, or the sandy-blonde joint? She got a couple well known bars about her ego? ...

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18 // Black Future Month // NGAs in PRS (3/X)

Posted on February 18, 2012

So, I did those two posts on the subject above, back to back. And then a bunch of folks, in turn, put me on to other iterations of mashups, hostile takeovers and covers. It's not like we get tired of hearing the beat or anything, right? It's not like there could possibly be another way by which we could investigate our own proximity and relationship to The Atlantic Ocean, and what lies on the other side of it, right? We fully understand that ...

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16 // Black Future Month // Trouble Men

Posted on February 17, 2012

My blog ate my homework. And other excuses. I'm behind on this here site, and playing quick catch up. Since the last post was female-identified, and since I'm penning this one on its heels, I think it's only right for me to give the gentlemen a little something. And something lighter, too. Now, we play with the evolving ideas of trouble men. We start with a live performance of Marvin Gaye's Trouble Man, and attempt to track its influence on ...

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