Feature Event: That’s The Joint, 5/8, Pinhook, Durham, NC

The UGC presents “That’s the Joint”, Monday nights at The Pinhook! Join us as we take the traditional Monday night “open mic” to a whole new level. Comedy, live music, MCs, producers, talent showcase….I’m giving you a chance to show off! I’m excited about this one y’all!
For ALL submissions, please email: respecttheculture7@gmail.com. Venue Information: The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham, NC, 27701. www.thepinhook.com.

Introducing Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi

By Patricia Corbett

A Black Woman Speaks of Art, Identity, and Ancestry

I’ve known Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi personally for more than 10 years. When she granted me this interview after two years of interaction only via social media, I was ecstatic to hear her warm and spirited voice again. As we shared pleasantries we segued into a transcendent interview that far exceeded my expectations. There was something different about Lady Dane. Something powerful. She exuded her usual colorful confidence, but she was so vividly clear about who she is and her walk in the world. Our conversation was mixed with a landscape of emotion. We laughed and cried. Lady Dane was no longer the little girl who years ago auditioned for my play. In our absence from each other, she waded into the deep ocean of identity and emerged the female embodiment of who she had been all her life.

Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American Performance Artist, Author, Teacher, Choreographer, Oracular Consultant, Priestess, and Advocate self-described as an Ancient zz Priestess of Mother Africa. She is a force in the world of art, trans advocacy, and the spiritual realm. Her art and passion for issues that impact trans people globally is a testament to a legacy handed down, cultivated, and inspired by her family and the ancestors. Allow me to introduce to you Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi.

“My father is Nigerian and my mother is Cuban and Indigenous. I come from a family of performers. They were loud and talkative. My Mother and her sisters sang. So I was expected to sing. I was very introverted. I read Langston Hughes and history books about Africa and America. I would write my own books and poetry. I was told I needed to be smart and educated. If I want something I had to fight for it. Nothing would be handed to me.” . Read more in TRIBES Spring 2017 Issue 37. 

Straight Outta England: Lady Leshurr’s Wig Snatching Shade!  

Lady Leshurr


By Gabriel Rich

I hold it down like a Snapchat
Go over your head like a snapback
Uploaded a pic, double tap that
And your flow’s so old, granddad (bruh)



Lady Leshurr is a busy woman these days.  The UK banter rap queen is making the power moves many people thought she would be making in 2013, when Leshurr made her presence known on the U.K. Hip Hop scene.  The Birmingham, England native recently completed a successful US Tour, wowing audiences in New Orleans, Atlanta, LA, Miami, and New York and she recently inked a deal with a major label.  A much-anticipated debut CD is now in the works, with Leshurr working with producers like Scott Storch and Timbaland.

Oh Jesus, oh Lord, oh Jesus
A couple of snakey friends just Adam and Eve’d us
And there’s no debate on who’s better
I’ll turn a man to a girl like Bruce Jenner

Smart, clever, resilient, and talented, the woman born Melesha O’Garro, has faced her share of setbacks, from turning down a deal with Atlantic Records to having someone she saw as a friend try to derail her career. Read the full article now in TRIBES Spring 2017 – Issue 37! 

Vist facebook.com/ItsLadyLeshurr.

Dip Diver: Making Waves and Paying Homage to Hip Hop


Dip Diver: Making Waves and Paying Homage to Hip Hop

Interview By Leslie Cunningham

I hope you can swim or at least back stroke, because this article is meant to be read under water. I am seriously excited about Dip Diver, a peculiarly masked Chicago duo making waves in the underground scene with beats and rhymes that pay homage to some of the big Hip Hop fish. I’ve known Dialo Askia as a talented music journalist who has in the past added some dope words to the pages of TRIBES. In one feature article, he wrote about Nowenen, the genius behind This Day Amine. So, when Dialo and Nowenen decided to come together to create Agua Lung, I couldn’t wait to listen and learn more.

Dip Diver


TRIBES: What is the meaning of the name “Dip Diver”?

Nowenen: We come from freshness and always being dipped in Lo, Woolrich, Wally’s, Diadora, Bjorn Borg, Fila, etc.  But we also come from having knowledge of self, being right and exact studying math, science, man, woman and child, etc. The term dip dive dates back to the song Superrappin’ by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, and that term has moved on from Puba and Lakim Shabazz to Organized Konfusion to Wu Tang.

TRIBES: How did Dip Diver get started?

Dialo Askia: Nowenen and I have been writing verses for years, though not concentrating on rapping. He suggested we do an album. To do it properly we had to craft our own sound to be sufficiently in our own lane. We created our first CD with the intention of no one outside of ourselves and immediate circle hearing it. It made its way outside those boundaries and the consensus was “do another one!”

TRIBES: How is the Dip Diver sound created?

Dialo Askia: There is no set structure. Sometimes Nowenen and I brainstorm ideas to come up with concepts. Sometimes we come up with ideas individually and present to the other. We work on the music together. If one of us loves a track and the other is on the fence, we don’t use it.  If we aren’t both like “That’s it!” we move on. Most interesting is how we write. We never write together, but still seem to stay on the same page. We often times reference the same things in a song. For example, “Deen” is a song where we’re each conversing with a woman. Somehow we both reference gluten-free. We’re in sync.

TRIBES: What was happening in your life that inspired the tracks on “aqua lung?”

Dialo Askia: Everything and anything. Inspiration came from everywhere at all times. I was having breakfast on vacation saying a rhyme about the food. It made the album.

Nowenen:  When we went to record, my mother had passed away, and in my sorrow for her absence, I was thinking, “Wow, she won’t be able to witness this freshness.”  Read the full interview now in the Spring 2017 Issue # 37. 

Visit dipdiver.bandcamp.com.

TRIBES Magazine Pioneers Entertainment


Available on Magcloud and Amazon in Print or Kindle

Independent Publication Continues Mission to Give Voice to Urban Expression
TRIBES Magazine, the wildly popular urban arts and entertainment periodical, is back with new issues guaranteed to be the best ones yet! Created in 2004 by Leslie Cunningham, TRIBES is one of the leading urban publications online today. Named Best Online Zine by Black Web Awards in 2009 and Poetry Magazine of the Year by the National Poetry Awards in 2010, TRIBES has featured many entertainment icons like Tyler Perry, Damian Marley and KRS One. Still, the heart of TRIBES magazine is always with the self-sustaining arts.
TRIBES is committed to telling the stories of the countless independent artists across the globe as they pioneer in entertainment. Every issue of TRIBES throbs with the beat of music, politics, visual art and photography, and bursts with writing, articles, poetry and personal narratives authored by a winning team of entertainment journalists, artists and social critics.
TRIBES Magazine is currently available four times a year on Amazon.com and MagCloud.com, content web-services which enables TRIBES to share its brand story worldwide in print and digital formats, including Kindle. To view the current issue of TRIBES magazine or to stay updated on TRIBES’ Blog, Visit our website at http://www.tribesmagazine.com.

TRIBES is seeking visual artists, poets, writers, musicians and photographers interested in showcasing their talents. Questions or comments can be emailed to whatsup@tribesmagazine.com.

We’re Back: New Issue Coming Winter 2016

Dear TRIBES Magazine community, our hiatus is over and we’re back with a new issue coming Winter 2016 guaranteed to be the best yet! After that, you can enjoy fresh, new issues four times a year available in print on Amazon or digital format on magcloud!

TRIBES Magazine Summer 2012 cover

Now Available in Print on Amazon! 

Created in 2004, TRIBES Magazine is one of the leading urban arts and entertainment publications online today. Best known for showcasing indy artists making noise in their communities, every issue of TRIBES throbs with the beat of music, politics, visual art and photography, and bursts with writing, articles, poetry and personal narratives and authored by a winning team of entertainment journalists, artists, and social critics.

Named “Best Online Zine” by Black Web Awards in 2009 and “Poetry Magazine of the Year” by the National Poetry Awards in 2010, TRIBES has featured entertainment icons like Tyler Perry, Damian Marley and KRS One, and so many more. Still, the heart of TRIBES Magazine is always with the self-sustaining arts and ever-committed to showcasing the countless independent artists across the globe as they pioneer in entertainment.

TRIBES is seeking visual artists, poets, writers, musicians, photographers and more interested in showcasing their talents. Email us at whatsup@tribesmagazine.com.