What A Riot Can Accomplish

BALTIMORE, MD, April 29, 2015 — Is there anyone out there still wondering, “What does rioting accomplish?” The UpRising in Baltimore has sparked a series of open forums, panel discussions, and strategic workgroups at my...

The Go-Go Book

Kato Hammond’s journey is the pure story of Go-Go culture, untarnished by media sensationalizing or outsiders’ calculations. Here, we see the truth of how a young Black community’s self-motivation and peer mentoring, as well as...

Why does music (or any other art) have to be serious?

DC Area musician Liza Figueroa Kravinsky (Go-Go Symphony composer, Artistic Director) asked this question on Facebook, but she didn’t seem satisfied with the answers she was getting.  Why does music (or any other art) have...

99 & Kato’s Top Ten Songs for Feb 2015

Thanks to our listeners for the feedback on your favorites!  In no particular order, this is the “99 & Kato” Top Ten for February 2015: 1. “Naturally” – Black History 2. “Back Together Again” –...

Go-Go History. It’s Black. And it Cranks.

Behold what gifts manifest from the minds of men who humble themselves before Creation to document their culture.   What will we know of our own history without those of us who speak our own...

99 & Kato’s Top Ten Songs for Jan 2015

A list of the top ten songs played on “99 and Kato” for January 2015 (in no particular order).  Thanks to our listeners for your feedback on the songs you’re diggin’. 1. “Call Me” –...

Marion Barry to DC’s Gen X, Go-Go, & Hip Hop

OXON HILL, MD, November 23, 2014 — Sons and daughters of Washington, DC’s Marion Barry era are in mourning today upon hearing the news this morning that the legendary civil rights leader and former mayor...

A Go-Go Story on MTV’s “True Life Unfiltered”

This video is straight POWER.  Check out a young Moe Shorter (Junkyard Band, Go-Go Coalition, and everything good and right with the world), a young Mark Te’ago Ward (TMOTTGoGo, Fatal Attraction Band), and the 20-year-old...

This Award Goes to FOX 5…

In the interest of acknowledging journalism done well, this applause is for FOX 5 DC’s follow-up with Anwan “Big G” Glover after our hometown hero was stabbed while patronizing a DC restaurant and entertainment venue.  Thank...

Where the @#$% is Zo Black?

Zo Black Da Rappa will make you dig that young shit.  His debut album #WTFIZB Da Mixtape takes the Silver Spring, MD artist above and beyond same-age peers who are just skating by in the...