Monthly Archives: April 2015

BALTIMORE MAYOR LOST IN ISMS AND SCHISMS ABOUT RIOTS

It appears that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is lost in her isms and schisms over what to call the small fraction of the thousands of protesters who burned and looted parts of Baltimore in response to Freddie Gray’s death at … Continue reading

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IN 20 TWEETS, BALTIMORE ORIOLES’ EXEC SCHOOLS JOURNALIST ON WHAT THE FREDDIE GRAY PROTESTS ARE REALLY ABOUT

First, Freddie Gray dies while in the Baltimore police department’s custody, followed by protests which turned sufficiently chaotic where fans attending a Baltimore Orioles game earlier this week were not permitted to leave Camden Yards. Then, sportscaster Brett Hollander began … Continue reading

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THE OBAMA APOLOGY REFLEX

Once again, the US government got it wrong in a big way, and President Obama donned the hat of Apologizer in Chief. The transgression this time around is the US drone missile deaths of two American civilians during a rescue … Continue reading

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11+ QUESTIONS MICHAEL ERIC DYSON WOULD NEVER ASK OBAMA

With Dr. Michael Eric Dyson’s long-winded attack on Dr. Cornel West via New Republic still fresh on my mind, I kept saying to myself this evening that hundreds of Libyan migrants recently drowned at sea because they tried to escape the country they … Continue reading

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MANGIEDI MAWANGU, EDM PIONEER, IS GONE

It’s sad to hear that Mangiedi Mawangu, the innovative Konono N°1 founder from Congo who demonstrated to the music world the sonic possibilities of a proto-Techno electric likembé plus ensemble, has left this planet. Konono N°1’s four decades of “Congotronic” … Continue reading

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WHEN YOU BREAK THE NYPD’S ‘NO SNITCHING’ RULE

Forget about any so-called Hip Hop Nation’s version of the No Snitching campaign you’ve ever heard – the NYPD’s version works so lovely where the only successful prosecution from Eric Garner’s asphyxiation death at the hands of the NYPD 269 … Continue reading

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AURAL DIVE: “BELIEVE” BY ANNABEL (LEE)

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AN ALBUM (OR TWO) IN MY HEAD (0062)

JOSÉ JAMES YESTERDAY I HAD THE BLUES: THE MUSIC OF BILLIE HOLIDAY BLUE NOTE 2015  An interesting personal but peripheral observation: I couldn’t immediately come up with a list of male baritone Jazz vocalists whom I listen to on a … Continue reading

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ANOTHER MIND-MELTING DETAIL ABOUT THE MLK ASSASSINATION

Wrongful Death Since today marks the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination, I want to bring up a highly intriguing detail in the court transcripts from the King family’s 1999 wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government, the city … Continue reading

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