Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright, and activist, died last week at the age of 79. Befitting a man with such a long, complicated and controversial career, not even his obituaries could agree. The New York Times calls him "polarizing," while the Jerusalem Post opted, among other qualifiers, for "hate ... More >>
David L. Lewis' The Pleasures of Being Out of Step screens at 11:30 a.m. today at the IFC Center Here's a favorite even among this year's laudably strong DOC NYC lineup: The Pleasures of Being Out of Step, a feature-length tribute/study/profile of longtime Village Voice First Amendment defender Nat ... More >>
A Celebration of the Wonderful World Of Phoebe Jacobs Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center Thursday, May 24 The voice that filled Rose Hall first at the Thursday afternoon memorial for Phoebe Jacobs was Jacobs's own. There was her face, too, projected on a large screen in a first-tier box. It all mi ... More >>
Nicholas Payton with Gary Bartz, Marcus Strickland, Ben Wolfe, Orrin Evans, and Touré Birdland Thursday, January 5 Better than: Having a "discussion" on the Internet. If Nicholas Payton had it his way, the venue where he moderated a discussion last nightBirdlandwould not be known a ... More >>
The Wire creator David Simon's new show Treme has been called both "TV that viewers ask for but rarely get" and by another: "Boring." Most of us here, however, think it's pretty wonderful. Especially since the show now features a character who works at the Village Voice on it!
What the King of Pop left behind, and what he took with him
You remember this profile--the one that described Jay-Z as "old-school double-dark-chocolate-chunk black"? The one that bowed down before the altar of Steve Stoute, of all people, and more or less claimed that Jay's fans cower in the closet, hiding from the overwhelming evidence that the rapp ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Stanley Crouch, writing in response to twin hit pieces on Jackson (by Greg Tate and Guy Trebay) published in the Voice two months prior. Man in the Mirror By Stanley Crouch November 17, 1987 Because Afro-Americans have presented chal ... More >>
The news that obliterated the week that was: MJ. Our remembrance here, plus the complete Michael Jackson Voice archives, as written by the dream team of Robert Christgau, Chuck Eddy, Greg Tate, Vince Aletti, Stanley Crouch, Guy Trebay, Nelson George, Elvis Mitchell, Simon Frith, and Scott Poulson-Br ... More >>
Woozy '70s kozmik grooves, brought to you by that guy who hates hip-hop
Mastering Dylan, flubbing Darin, and paying tribute to the inimitable Max Roach
Hypocrisy and lack of flow defeat Marsalis's attack on "safari seekers" and "thug-life coons"
For a brief moment in 1965, Charles Lloyd envisions the best of many worlds
Albert Ayler met Paul Gonsalves and Sonny Rollins's saxophone lineage was re-established
The 'Voice' invents rock criticism
Black journalism in the pages of the 'Voice'
19761985: Punk to Pomo, Basquiat to Breakdancing
From minstrelsy to vaudeville and Monk to punk, never under-estimate urban ugliness
Two approaches to the dawning problem of expanding jazz repertoire, one of them novel
College kids say the darndest things: Awesome, sexiled, dormcest, and . . . mons pubis!
Why the hanging judge can't keep his hands to himself
Envoi; Aloha, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen; Adiós Amigos; I'm Checkin' Out, Goombye
Crouch, Jazz & the All-American Skin Game
Lincoln Center Thaws Its Cold War on Jazz Activism
David Murray Makes a Cuban Connection
Might Even Be Said to Possess a Mind
Living History or Death Sentence?
Spike Lee Mounts His Revenge on Black Hollywood
Across Town, Words Jump off the Page
Rudy's Double Standard
Housing Works a Hit With Lit Crowd
'Something About Bill Clinton Captures Our Imagination'
Tolerance for Brutality Exists Throughout the Police Department