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Roger Williams scores again with his Wednesday Wind Down Zone Soul Music podcast — May 27

Another example of my weirdness: I Shazam songs I already know. My guess is that I have trust issues with the app and want to catch it in a lie. Not sure. An Aha-you-busted moment came last night when Soul … Continue reading

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Memorial day thought: what does American society come back from — or come back to — after coronavirus?

Here’s what “We’re in the same boat” means during a pandemic right now. Answer this: if someone has been aporophobic or racist — be it blatant, passive, willfully ignorant or plain hateful — for much of their lives, how is … Continue reading

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‘You ain’t Black’ Part 3: how Biden can fix the mess he’s made

It’s time for the Presidential hopeful to share and discuss his platform on race — and understand his place in the eyes of the Black electorate. Plus, a rare endorsement from this blog. About four years ago, but without a … Continue reading

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‘You ain’t Black’ Part 2: Biden has been enabled to have enough nerve to say that.

Presumptive Presidential candidate Joe Biden clearly had a problem with coherently discussing a vision for racial equity with Charlamagne tha God. But why? The Vice President’s remarks during yesterday’s appearance on The Breakfast Club can be entered as evidence of … Continue reading

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‘You ain’t Black’ Part 1: what will you do for Black people — er, what the hell did you just say, Vice President Biden?

Lawd. The Democratic Presidential candidate’s appearance with Charlamagne tha God yesterday has left plenty to unpack — and the “You ain’t Black” comment is the least of them. But I’ll cover that too. Here’s the first of three parts. Joe … Continue reading

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Aural Dive: “Maxine” by Saoul

Funk as a music genre is far from dead. For the moment, it’s spending time in the worthy hands of multi-instrumentalist Saoul in the form of “Maxine”, the funkiest track I’ve heard so far this year. What makes Saoul’s Funk … Continue reading

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Aural Dive: Jamal Dixon — Brick City EP 2020

Coronavirus pandemic be damned, this is Jamal Dixon’s time to fly. Somewhere and somehow between sets during his busy NYC-based Standard Hotel residency, DJ and producer Jamal Dixon released his Brick City EP earlier this year to the world — … Continue reading

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William “Roddie” Bryan, the camera-happy guy who we suspected had something to do with Ahmaud Arbery’s lynching, has been arrested for just that

The investigative loop is tightening around the group of people responsible for Arbery’s death — or the group is growing … 88 days after Ahmaud Arbery’s murder, a video of the young man’s final seconds of life, shot by William … Continue reading

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Will the pandemic cause commercial real estate to implode, or will bank fraud do the job first?

I attended a roundtable discussion a while back, where we discussed worldwide trends.  A question about business came up: “What business functions will never go out of style?” My answer: “Debt, equity, and liquidity.” Seems simple and practical, right?  You … Continue reading

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Senate hearing with Mnuchin and Powell is happening now — and you can see the most obvious B.S. about reopening the US economy

Right now, US Fed Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin are remotely testifying to the Senate Banking Committee about stimulus spending and the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Mnuchin’s view is similar to that of his boss, … Continue reading

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