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This is the latest & BRAND NEW episode of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast with DJ Fusion & Ausar Ra Black Hawk for the weeks of May 6 & 13, 2015 with some new and classic music from the international Black Diaspora, news and commentary.

This week's radio show breakdown (by minutes/hours):

0:00 - 1:19:39 Introduction & Extended Commentary 
1:19:40 - DJ Fusion Mix


The commentary this week (over the phone due to the Black Hawk being out of town) during the show touched base on updates regarding the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, MD and it's after effects in the area (the #BaltimoreUprising, riots and why they occur, political and mainstream media responses & actions, etc.), Chicago & the exposed history of police brutality in Holman Square, the Mayweather vs. Paciquao boxing match and how folks reacted to it that were and were not fans of the sport (or the individuals in play), “Deflategate” and the NFL, the passing of singer/songwriters Ben E. King & Errol Brown (of Hot Chocolate), jazz musician Bob James suing Madlib for sample clearance issues and some other things here and there.

There is no brand new Black Agenda Report news mini-segment on this week's episode due to this week's extended commentary.

Feel free to check out some recent episodes of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast over at our official blog, BlackRadioIsBack.com - all of the shows are clean/radio friendly.

FuseBox Radio Playlist + Charts for the Weeks of May 6 & 13, 2015

Joints Played Live On This Week's Broadcast by DJ Fusion [solo music mix this week; tunes listed by artist/song title/label(s) in order]

1. Positive K/It's All Gravy RMX/Creative Records [DJ Fusion Flashback Track] 
2. Raekwon feat. Ghostface Killah & Rick Ross/Revory (Wraith)/Ice H2O & Caroline 
3. Mega Ran & Storyville (Soul Veggies) feat. Esoteric, Reks & Reef the Lost Cause/Artillery/Brick Records 
4. J. Sands feat. Main Flo & Dank/I Got Some Weed/B.U.K.A. Ent. 
5. Royal/Across 110th St/AllTheWayRoyal.com 
6. Jaga Jazzist/Oban/Ninja Tune 
7. Alabama Shakes/Dunes/Rough Trade Records, ATO Records & MapleMusic Recordings 
8. Annabel (lee)/Breathe Us/Ninja Tune 
9. Seven Davis Jr./Wild Hearts/Ninja Tune 
10. Tuxedo/Do It (Flaunt Edwards Edit)/Stones Throw 
11. Empire Cast feat Jussie Smollett & Yazz/You're So Beautiful (Danger Ultra RMX)/White Label 
12. Wiley/From The Outside (Special Request VIP)/Big Dada 
13. Vic Mensa feat. Kanye West/U Mad/Def Jam 
14. The Alchemist & Oh No feat. Phantogram/K.Y.S.A./Mass Appeal 
15. Camp Lo/Bright Lights/Nature Sounds 
16. Bizz The Prince feat. Inspectah Deck/Break The Walls/White Label 
17. 80s Babies/3Fifths/Tall Black Guy Productions 
18. The Mood Doctors/Time Refill/Pandemonium Wreckordz 
19. Sly and Robbie and Spicy Chocolate feat. Ce'Cile/Let Me Love You/VP 
20. Art of Ballistics/Take It On Faith/Lowatt 
21. Hiatus Kaiyote/Shaolin Monk Motherfunk/Flying Buddha & Sony

Top Request (Music Requested By The Listeners + Music Still Lasting in Rotation)

1. Earl Sweatshirt/Up Top/Tan Cressida & Columbia Records 
2. J-Live/Mic Singletary/Moriter Music 
3. Illa J/Strippers/Bastard Jazz 
4. Roisin Murphy/Exploitation/Play It Again Sam 
5. Banks/Change (Jensen Sportag RMX)/Harvest & Good Years

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This is the latest & BRAND NEW episode of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast with DJ Fusion & Ausar Ra Black Hawk for the week of April 29, 2015 with some new and classic music from the international Black Diaspora, news and commentary.

This week's radio show breakdown (by minutes/hours):

0:00 - 58:23 Introduction & Extended Commentary 
58:23 - 2:15:55 DJ Fusion Mix 
2:15:55 - 3:17:15 Ausar Ra Black Hawk Mix



The commentary this week (solo by DJ Fusion) during the show after being back from a LOT of things touched base mainly on the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland (yet another suspicious death via law enforcement on an African-American men in the U.S.) and it's after effects in the area (the #BaltimoreUprising, riots and why they occur, political and mainstream media responses & actions to the present, it's part in the history of American protest at large, the hypocrisy about whose lives are most important to preserve depending on race & class (and position), the weirdness of the Internet with this latest situation and respectability politics, what is it going to take to make folks acknowledge that this pattern of negative behaviors needs to be resolved on an institutional level and more).

There is no new new Black Agenda Report segment on this week's show due to the special commentary.

Feel free to check out some recent episodes of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast over at our official blog, BlackRadioIsBack.com - all of the shows are clean/radio friendly.

FuseBox Radio Playlist for the Week of April 29, 2015

DJ Fusion Flashback Track: 
Boogie Down Productions/Part Time Sucker/Jive

Top Adds (New Joints Played Live On This Week's Broadcast by DJ Fusion) [listed by artist/song title/label(s) in order]

1. Earl Sweatshirt/Up Top/Tan Cressida & Columbia Records 
2. Mega Ran & Storyville (Soul Veggies)/Artillery/Brick Records 
3. J-Live/Mic Singletary/Moriter Music 
4. Alabama Shakes/Don't Wanna Fight/Rough Trade Records, ATO Records & MapleMusic Recordings 
5. The Alchemist & Oh No feat. Phantogram/K.Y.S.A./Mass Appeal 
6. Jaga Jazzist/Oban/Ninja Tune 
7. Camp Lo/Bright Lights/Nature Sounds 
8. Illa J/Strippers/Bastard Jazz 
9. Tuxedo/Do It (Flaunt Edwards Edit)/Stones Throw 
10. Roisin Murphy/Exploitation/Play It Again Sam 
11. Empire Cast feat Jussie Smollett & Yazz/You're So Beautiful (Danger Ultra RMX)/White Label 
12. Vic Mensa feat. Kanye West/U Mad/Def Jam 
13. The Mood Doctors/Time Refill/Pandemonium Wreckordz 
14. Sly and Robbie and Spicy Chocolate feat. Ce'Cile/Let Me Love You/VP 
15. 80s Babies/3Fifths/Tall Black Guy Productions 
16. Bizz The Prince feat. Inspectah Deck/Break The Walls/White Label 
17. Banks/Change (Jensen Sportag RMX)/Harvest & Good Years

PLUS Some Extra Special Hidden Tracks in the Ausar Ra Black Hawk Master Mix w/ Old School Black Music Classics and Independent Music Finds

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This is a flashback episode of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast with DJ Fusion & Ausar Ra Black Hawk for the week of April 22, 2015 (due to it just being yet hectic week on personal ends for the both of us; originally broadcast on week of April 2, 2014) with some new and classic Hip-Hop, House & Soul Music, news and commentary.



Our commentary during that week's show focused on the passing & importance of DJ & producer Frankie Knuckles aka "Godfather of House", the latest shooting tragedy at Fort Hood, the small amount of self-identified Black Bookstores currently in the U.S., some decent wins in the fight against corporate media consolidation via the FCC, a foolish writer at the Washington Post being mad at Black academic excellence getting mainstream media attention for some reason, a ridiculous politician fighting for the right to have "chicken boxing" and some other things here & there.

There was a Black Agenda Report news mini-segment in this week's episode.

Feel free to check out some recent episodes of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast over at our official blog, BlackRadioIsBack.com - all of the shows are clean/radio friendly.

FuseBox Radio Playlist for the Week of April 22, 2015 [originally broadcast on the week of April 2, 2014 in order with special Frankie Knuckles tribute mini-mix by DJ Fusion]

1. Pete Rock feat. Inspectah Deck & Kurupt/Tru Master/Loud 
2. Hasan Salaam/Miss America/HasanSalaamMusic.com 
3. De La Soul x J. Dilla/No More No Less/WeAreDeLaSoul.com 
4. Jazz Spastiks feat. Count Bass D/Delicious RMX/JazzSpastiks.bandcamp.com 
5. Will EQ/Can I Borrow Your Lighter/WillEQ.com 
6. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib/Harolds/Madlib Invazion 
7. Mo Kolours/Mike Black/One Handed Music 
8. Frankie Knuckles/Your Love/Trax 
9. Frankie Knuckles/Baby Wants To Ride/Virgin 
10. Luther Vandross/Power Of Love - Love Power (The Frankie Knuckles Radio Edit)/Sony 
11. Frankie Knuckles feat Satoshi Tomiie/Tears (Classic Vocal)/FFRR 
12. Frankie Knuckles/The Whistle Song/Virgin 
13. Kelis/Rumble (Breach Extended Mix)/Ninja Tune 
14. Janelle Monae/What Is Love/20th Century Fox

PLUS Some Extra Special Hidden Tracks in the Ausar Ra Black Hawk Master Mix w/ Old School Black Music Classics and Independent Music Finds

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This past Saturday, the second annual Broccoli City Festival went down once again at the Gateway DC pavilion.  

Even during an abnormally chilly spring day that gave folks a pretty steady amount of evening rain in Southeast D.C., a sellout crowd was in full swing at the event and had a good time checking out a lot of different independent and major label musicians on two different stages, such as Erykah Badu (who did her thing in DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown mode, who gave folks a pretty solid mix of old and new school tunes on the selector end and did a bit of singing), Joey Bada$$ (who along with Kirk McKnight represented PRO ERA proper with energetic, lyrical MCing), Willow & Jaden Smith (who came in with an insane amount of security and entourage folks, but did a pretty solid, if a bit rough around the “let’s get turnt up” edges, music set of rapping and singing, especially for their age), Tink, Tiara Thomas,  Kaytranada, Kali Uchis, Sunny & Gabe and lots of quality #DMV/DC Metro acts on the rise.

While the weird weather and distance between the stages made it kind of hard to check out everyone performing (and some acts sadly got washed out later on in the day at the One Love Massive stage), there was a bit of something for everyone with the music options on deck with the scheduling – Rock, Soul, R&B, Reggae, EDM, House, Reggae were all in the mix.

A nice mixture of local and national brands along with various parts of the local government represented on the vendor end in abundance with all sorts of clothing, food, literature, collectibles, artwork and more for purchase.

The Broccoli City Festival had a few rough edges this year but most of its issues were due to something that was totally not in the staff’s and organizers’ control – the weather conditions.  

It’s pretty natural for scheduling, etc. to be a bit off or altered when you’re trying to handle sound equipment, making sure everyone arrives and sets up for their various sets on time, etc. in the rain. 

The hosts from Rock Creek Social Club skillfully handled the situations thrown at them with professionalism, quality banter and making sure to keep the day’s DJs spinning the right tracks to keep the crowd from getting too restless in between acts and some schedule changes.

Overall, this year’s event was worthy of going to – and for someone like me who is NOT beat for being in the rain for outdoor music festivals, that’s saying something.  

The upward growth of the Broccoli City Festival is very encouraging to see, especially as an event that happens in a usually neglected part of Washington, DC for such big, multi-faceted, affordable (like, for $35 general admission, you got over 9 hours of music acts – can’t beat that) and community based event programming.  

The embrace of big name international and quality local area act lineups is a trend more music festivals in this area need to follow since there is a treasure trove of musical talent in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

I’m hoping that the event keeps growing while keeping its roots (as much as possible) in the area.  The D.C. Council for Arts & Humanities is doing a stand up job with providing the Gateway DC venue and R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center for happenings like this and I hope the trend continues.

Check out our BlackRadioIsBack.com and FuseBox Radio Broadcast's coverage and pictures from last year's event here.

** All pictures taken by Mary Nichols (DJ Fusion/FuseBox Radio Broadcast) under a "Creative Commons Attribution - No Derivatives" license. Please feel free to use & share them if you wish with attribution/credit to the photographer (besides these pictures, there are plenty more from this and other events over at the official FuseBox Radio Broadcast's Flickr Page and Behance/Prosite Page) ... thank you! **

Erykah Badu (aka DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown)

Joey Bada$$ (PRO ERA)

TINK

Tiara Thomas

Marlee in the Mixx & Ras Nebyu

Kali Uchis

Sunny (of Sunny & Gabe)

Gabe (of Sunny & Gabe)



ABIR


Jaden Smith

Kaytranda

Willow Smith

Mannywellz

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Artists at Work

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Vendor Shot (Ward 8 Arts & Culture Council)

D.C. Food Truck Shot

Audience Shot

Vendor Shot (STUDY)

D.C. Food Truck Shot

Audience Shot

Vendor Shot (Hats By Will)

Vendor Shot (Bulletproof. #BlackLivesMatter)

Artwork

Vendor Shot

Young Drummers at the One Love Massive Stage

Audience Shot

Artwork

Artist at Work

Artwork

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