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Quentin B. Huff
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Quentin Huff is an attorney, writer, visual artist, and professional tennis player who lives and works in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University School of Law, he enjoys practicing entertainment law. When he’s not busy suing people or giving other people advice on how to sue people, he writes novels, short stories, poetry, screenplays, diary entries, and essays. Quentin’s writing appears, or is forthcoming, in: Casa Poema, Pemmican Press, Switched-On Gutenberg, Defenestration, Poems Niederngasse, and The Ringing Ear, Cave Canem’s anthology of contemporary African American poetry rooted in the South. His family owns and operates Huff Art Studio, an art gallery specializing in fine art, printing, and graphic design. Quentin loves Final Fantasy videogames, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, his mother Earnestine, PopMatters, and all things Prince.


Features

Wednesday, April 8 2009

More Candy 4 Us: Prince Is Back with 3 Albums

Never one to do things the easy way, Prince delivers a concept album, a collection of dance tracks, and a protégée.


Thursday, December 11 2008

The Best Hip-Hop of 2008

A return to the mic nine years in the making, a hip-hop supergroup of sorts, and Tom Waits beatboxing: this year's top-shelf hip-hop is equal parts anticipation, teamwork, and wha?!


Thursday, September 25 2008

The Detective & His Reflections: The Shield: Sixth Season

The nihilistic, morally blurred world of The Shield reflects the inner workings of its characters.


Wednesday, May 21 2008

American Gangster: Motives, Outsiders, & Branding

American Gangster struggles to find fresh ways to tell its story within the confines of the traditional crime drama. Impossible, maybe, but entertaining nonetheless.


Monday, December 10 2007

The Best Hip-Hop of 2007

From Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five to a dope album named Desire, hip-hop showed growth in 2007.


Columns

Sunday, February 12 2012

Hip Hop Es Mi Cultura

This travelogue takes us four locales: Havana, Chicago, Sydney and Caracas. Each locale translates into distinctive interactions with hip-hop and its pillars of deejaying, emceeing, b-boying, and graffiti.


Sunday, January 22 2012

A Joy to Experience: Neo-Soul Singer Bilal Oliver

Bilal Oliver belongs to an elite class of late '90s Neo-Soul singers, but his guest appearances may be the true gems of his career.


Wednesday, December 7 2011

Art for the Hip-Hop Generation

The Legends of Hip Hop chronicles 50 deserving pioneers of the culture, and ultimately transforms and humanizes them.


Sunday, November 13 2011

Symbolic Weight & the Def Jam Aesthetic

A coffee table book about rap does not sound too "hardcore" or "gangsta", does it? Well, that's because it's not. What it just might be is sincere.


Thursday, November 3 2011

The Quest to Understand Tribe

This is supposed to be a documentary, not a fan letter. So how about some balance? It's big picture time when it comes to telling the story of hip-hop.


The 411 on R&B [12.Jan.10]
The Messengers [11.Oct.09]
Hip-Haute Couture [17.Nov.08]
Truth in Humor [10.Jul.08]

Reviews

Wednesday, July 20 2011

Serengeti: Family & Friends

Looking for listening pleasure in all the wrong downloads? Try Serengeti's witty and detailed narration. This is matchmaking, hip-hop style.


Sunday, July 17 2011

Jerry Granelli: 1313

Suspenseful work from a celebrated percussionist, if not altogether satisfying.


Tuesday, June 14 2011

Zion I & the Grouch: Heroes in the Healing of the Nation

Zion I & The Grouch seek to recapture the best parts of their previous collaboration while trying to up the ante with new elements.


Thursday, May 26 2011

Daedelus: Bespoke

What's the trade off for accessibility? Here, it's an album custom fit to suit its creator but brimming with ideas.


Tuesday, May 24 2011

Marissa Levy: 63 Songs About Joe

Catching and charming, full and accessible, precious and cute.


Jimmy Edgar: XXX [26.Jan.11]
Rocko: Self-Made [16.Apr.08]
Musab: Slicks Box [15.Oct.07]
Unagi: For Lovers [27.Mar.07]
2pac: Pacs Life [7.Dec.06]
Jean: On [9.Oct.06]
DK: King Me [15.Jun.06]
Avant: Director [18.May.06]
Pink: I'm Not Dead [16.May.06]
Akir: Legacy [30.Mar.06]
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