I said this long ago: MAGA is bigger than Trump … Today’s Million MAGA March — aside from the irony in how the title borrows from the vision of an African descendant Muslim leader that appears near the top of every MAGA member’s hate list — proves a point many of us have been making […]Read More Million MAGA March: funny and not funny
‘Heal’ is a throwaway word … During last night’s speech as President-elect, Joe Biden talked about the importance of Americans seeing each other as Americans and healing: Heal? Heal what? 70 million people voted for White supremacy, even if they did so for the tax cuts. What does “heal” mean? Who’s harmed? Was African descendant […]Read More 2020 post-election meditations: ‘Heal’? From what?
Thoughtful and equitable governing is needed now. Or else … I’ve shared offline conversations for a few weeks with my friends about the effects of Trump and MAGA-ism: the President — through more than a decade of practice — has tapped into the kind of toxic energy that mainstream American politics hasn’t seen since the […]Read More 2020 post-election meditations: What comes after Biden and Harris could be the worst President of all
We can learn plenty from history — and beat MAGA … It’s 44 minutes after 7 pm on the East Coast — a bit late for an Election Day pep talk — but there’s an American Civil War story to share that parallels present and future encounters with Trump supporters. Because you know they’re not […]Read More Think ‘US Civil War’ — some late Election Day pep talk
African Americans have long ago made up their minds about Trump. But wassup with White people? Trump’s anemic Platinum Plan overtures aside — and I still believe the motivation behind that trick is to peel away as much Black support for Presidential candidate Joe Biden as possible, instead of uplifting the lives of marginalized people […]Read More White conscience is on Tuesday’s Presidential ballot
He’s been trying to tell y’all for years what he’s all about … You know what they say: When you great, It’s not murder it’s assassinate So assassinate me, bitch ‘Cause I’m doing the same shit Martin Luther King did Checking in the same hotel, in the same suite, bitch Same balcony like, “Assassinate me, […]Read More Seriously, who is surprised that Lil Wayne is down with Donald Trump?
Spoiler: not much has changed for the black community … I’m breaking yet another editorial policy of mine this year to write about a topic I mistakenly felt that everyone knew by now: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS LYING about “doing more for the Black community than any other President since Abraham Lincoln.” I’m pretty shocked […]Read More To Black folks who are voting for Trump — do so knowing that he’s FOS about helping y’all
A Jazz mass, composed by Eduardo Gutierrez del Barrio; lyrics by Patsy Moore; vocal solos by Dianne Reeves; conducted by William Henry Curry; and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. After several listens, I remain bewitched by “Misa Justa”, or “Just Mass” — a spiritual harmonic and poetical review of women and their parallel roles […]Read More Celebrate women and listen to ‘Misa Justa’ — a beautiful, 39-minute symphonic poem set to Jazz, Classical and liturgy
Hip-Hop remains committed to this work … Captured at Thursday night’s live-streamed Bronx Music Heritage Center event, Chicago-bred DJ Illanoiz hit fans with 10 minutes of A Tribe Called Red, Sa-Roc, Supaman, Yasiin Bey, Black Thought, and a vintage underrated Queen Latifah(!) joint. The set sends a fist-raised nod to the ancestors — indigenous to […]Read More DJ Illanoiz released the ‘Black and Indigenous Solidarity’ Mix and it’s 10 minutes of no-compromise heat
This blog has covered the Julian Assange story before; Americans urgently need to be aware of what’s about to happen … I get it. President Donald Trump’s attempt to infect the United States with a mix of coronavirus, anti-intellectualism, and White supremacy should remain a news item before and after the November election — whether […]Read More While you make Trump-coronavirus jokes, he’s cooking up one of the most dangerous violations of Americans’ rights — 4,400 miles away