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Pretty Lights Brings All-Star New Live Band On Fall Tour

To kick off his North American tour on October 10, Pretty Lights (aka Derek Vincent Smith) will be adding a few new faces onstage as he brings in a full live band to join him in his sets. "My dream has come true. I will be hitting the road for my 2013 fall tour with a FULL, AWESOME LIVE BAND! We will be fusing new, hot production with the live band's gritty old school hip-hop soul break styles in a way that production and a live band have never been heard together before," said Derek.

The full Pretty Lights company will include drummer extraordinaire, Adam Deitch (Break Science), keyboardist Brian Coogan (New Orleans All-Star), keyboardist Borahm Lee (Break Science), Scott Flynn (John Brown's Body) on trombone and Eric Bloom (Lettuce) on trumpet. Catch a preview of what to expect during Pretty Lights’ tour with the video for his new song “Give Your Love Away,” and check out tour dates and locations below:

Pretty Lights - Fall 2013 Tour Dates
10/10 - Kansas City, MO @ The Midland by AMC
10/11 - St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
10/12 - Nashville, TN @ ILLUMINATION @ Greer Stadium
10/16 - Auburn, AL @ Auburn Covered Arena
10/18 - Miami, FL @ Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park
BassLights Show - Pretty Lights & Bassnectar
10/19 - Miami, FL @ Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park
BassLights Show - Pretty Lights & Bassnectar
10/22 - Columbia, SC @ Township Auditorium
10/24 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
10/25 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
10/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
10/27 - Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10/29 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/31 - Albany, NY @ Times Union Arena
11/1 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
11/2 - Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
11/3 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hard Day of the Dead
11/6 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/7 - Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
11/8 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/9 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/13 - Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
11/14 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
11/15 - Lincoln, NE @ Pershing Center
11/16 - St. Paul, MN @ Myth
11/17 - Fargo, ND @ Concert Hall at The Venue
11/20 - Missoula, MT @ Adams Center
11/21 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
11/22 - Seattle, WA @ ShoWare Center
11/23 - Portland, OR @ Memorial Coliseum
11/27 - Reno, NV @ Silver State Pavilion
11/29 - San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
11/30 - San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

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The Hill posted a short video of Trump's stance on Twitter. "I personally don't know A$AP Rocky but I can tell you he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country," he said. "When I say African American, I think I can really say everybody in this country because we're all one."

President Trump: "I personally don’t know A$AP Rocky but I can tell you he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country. When I say African American, I think I can really say from everybody in this country n/c we’re all one." https://t.co/GCjjZTJ9fn pic.twitter.com/0YR4BOoiLZ

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Kumasi J. Barnett Flips Classic Comic Books To Highlight An Heroic Black Experience

Marvel and DC movies are raking in millions in the box office telling the stories of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel, Spiderman, Batman, The Flash, Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Superman, just to name a few. These daring and striking films stem from the ever so popular classic comics, and a new spin on the tales comes from a Brooklyn-based artist Kumasi J. Barnett.

Lowell Ryan Projects presents Barnett's The Amazing Black-Man exhibit which kicked off July 13 in Los Angeles. The series features two hundred hand-painted comic books from the DC and Marvel world.

Barnett, however, has painted over these vintage covers to give a very black presence. Replacing all familiar faces with new characters including The Amazing Black-Man, The Media's Thug, Whitedevil, and Police-Man, the narrative for the comics instantaneously change.

He replaces Spider-Man's unforgettable bodysuit to a hoodie and jeans, Superman's logo with stars and bars of the Confederate flag, and turns all of the supervillains into the controversial nemesis –the police.

While flipping the Good v. Evil narrative, Barnett addresses real-world issues and works to resolve the strain of racism in American history and the justice system.

His re-creations pose the questions: What kind of superhero is The Amazing Black-Man? In a society built on systemic racism, does his brown mask hide his identity or define it? Is his costume actually a costume?

The exhibition runs through August 17.

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Netflix Releases 'Dear White People' Season 3 Trailer

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Shadow And Act report a few scenes that season three will deliver includes Sam (Logan Browning) parting ways with her radio show, Troy (Brandon Bell) experiencing a parody or pastiche, and Lionel (DeRon Horton) continuing to live in his identity.

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