‘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
Dedicated to those who still think racism was born on November 8, 2016 … Note: I suppose this series will become a quadrennial thing for me. Check out my three posts about the 2016 elections. Soon after the 2016 elections, I went on record early to cast my doubt on the theory that Russian hackers […]Read More 2020 post-election meditations: it’s not the Russians or Bernie Bros. It’s White supremacy.
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
and The Don’t Tread on We! album remains ‘essential’ … Birthright Punk Rock is never apologetic, nor written for digital real estate. It speaks truth to discomfort. Yes, and to power. It’s the kind of music that can make you lose social media friends, if done right. Which means The 1865’s debut album, Don’t Tread […]Read More The 1865 is realer than most of your fave Punk bands right now — and they’re performing live tomorrow at Lincoln Center
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