Chris Walker of Urbanime To Launch “Relic”, A Digital Graphic Novel

Chris Walker of Urbanime To Launch “Relic”, A Digital Graphic Novel

by Marc W. Polite Comic book films have been all the rage for the past decade. As part of that development, Black comic book characters have experienced a resurgence. Whether it is the Netflix series Luke Cage, or the CW’s Black Lightning, Black comic book related shows have captured the attention of many fans. As many of us anticipate the theater release of Black Panther, the scene is ripe for more interesting stories to come forward in the medium of Black comics. This week, we have the opportunity to converse with Chris Walker, a comic book creator. Chris in his...
Pandora Celebrates Black History Month

Pandora Celebrates Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Pandora is shining a light on four stations that capture revolutionary sounds of hip-hop, R&B, house and African-Caribbean music. Check out the insight from our curators on the history of each genre. Hip-Hop For nearly 45 years, hip-hop has helped amplify the next generation of African-American wordsmiths. Changing the game with the power of the voice, spoken word artists like the Last Poets, Gil Scott Heron and the Watts Prophets set the stage and tone. By combining their rhymes with the call-and-response rhythms of James Brown’s soul music, rap’s pioneers sparked a culture of awareness and transformation. Artists like N.W.A. and Public Enemy fought the...
Damon Dash’s Film, “Honor Up,” Gives a Violent, Soulful Rendition of Urban Life

Damon Dash’s Film, “Honor Up,” Gives a Violent, Soulful Rendition of Urban Life

By Allison Kugel The life of Damon Dash appears to be an epic triumph to some, a Shakespearean tragedy to others. It depends on where you’re standing when you look at him. After speaking with the hip hop mogul turned entrepreneur and filmmaker, I can tell you Dame Dash’s story is more nuanced and complex; and is still being written. Dash hopes his new film, Honor Up, a semi-autobiographical story about the code of street honor, executive produced by Kanye West, and starring Dash, Nicholas Turturro, Michael Rispoli and Cam’ron; will give audiences an authentic portrait of who he is...