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History: Happy Juneteenth.

History: Happy Juneteenth.

June 19th, 1865 marks the day that the last slaves were freed and is referred to as “Juneteenth.” Growing up, my parents were always heading to a Juneteenth celebration in Maryland, Virginia or South Carolina. Now living on the west coast, I haven’t felt that there is the same kind of connection to ‘black history’...
Walter  Anthony Rodney: W.A.R

Walter Anthony Rodney: W.A.R

W.A.R. Stories Walter Anthony Rodney is one of the foremost names of revolution in the Caribbean. A native of Guyana, South America, more widely known for Jim Jones and the “Jonestown Massacre” in the U.S. . Walter was a scholar and a fighter. Having authored several books that are canonical in almost all Pan-African Studies and...
Bling is Dead

Bling is Dead

Check out this LA Times story highlighting the decline of “bling” in hip-hop, highlighting Common and his non-bling style. “I think it’s great that [bling] is gone,” he said. “That really didn’t exemplify style. It was just like, ‘I have the money to buy this.’ And that ain’t what style’s about. . . . I...

Artist Frophile: Joan Armatrading

We at Frolab have been bringing fresh new Fro’s of interest for a while now. This is right in line with that history, having grown up with her music and seeing the emergence of artist like Georgia we thought you should know?! Joan Armatrading, born in the Caribbean on the island of St. Kitts released...

Facing the Champ!

Having recently seen X-men origins: Wolverine, I started to wonder what else was showing or about to be released? With all the hype around the Manny Pacquiao I looked around for other happenings in the world of pugilism? I discovered Tyson, one of my childhood sports icons. While I recall Tyson’s great and not so...
Backpack Survivor!

Backpack Survivor!

With all the running around at the various festivals SXSW,WMC etc… everyone is using their phones, cameras, mp3 players and the batteries keep dieing! I saw this the other day when I was walking around in S.F., Solar backpack!? Whoa! www.voltaicsystems.com, Their solar powered backpack charges all your tech while out in the urban jungle,...

Oakland… Bucktown?!

Saturday was a cold and rainy day in the Bay Area. As I set out to attend a dance recital in support of a good friend I heard a rumor about another shooting in in Oakland. My first thoughts were, “Not another B.A.R.T incident?!”, well it wasn’t. Lovelle Mixon, 26, a parolee from Oakland was...
Frobama Froback

Frobama Froback

So with the blogosphere abuzz with conspiracy of our new presidents legitimacy, a la inauguration blooper. I can’t help but wonder, wasn’t it official before the swearing in? What can ya do? Can’t please everyone can you?! Yes He did! Oh no they didn’t! This is an interesting start to the first 100 days of...
Pharoahe Monch Vs. The Black Panther

Pharoahe Monch Vs. The Black Panther

Hebru Brand art work The Black Panther is one of the most used images in modern American history, used as a symbol of Strength, stealth and nobility  in politics all the way to comics. Let’s talk about the Comic book versions by Marvel and Other Afro-Heroes to  come. Frolab loves the creativity in all the...

BART Shooting

The year has barley begun and there is a lot of turmoil in the Bay area. On NYD  on the B.A.R.T. , the bay areas, subway between SF and East Bay, Police were responding to a fight. There were several video cameras on the scene as every one was coming from the fireworks in SF....

Going green?!?

Even though they are really brown, I am really excited to have received a really well made and conscientious constructed shoe, thanks to Mr. Ryan! Thank the good people at Po-Zu and Maharishi for putting this together. Tweet

Fro Kitchen

As I was going about my day I realized that I and a large group of people have really great eats in our cities. I decided to share with the rest of frolab mine. Enjoy! When next in SF and you need a good breakfast, go to Dotties! I had the Lamb Fennel omlette, so...