Get LIQ’d, y’all. It’s 2020 … At the start of 2019 — yeah, feels like a decade ago given the constant azz-whoopin’ 2020’s been handing to us — multi-instrumentalist Saoul gave us his made-for-the-party Seldom Oddity album that instantly made me think of how he can relate to writer James Baldwin’s admonition to “taste the […]Read More Album in the Crosshairs: Saoul — SuCcumb | 2020 | self-released
Who cares about being strategic WHEN WE HAVE FOOD BANKS? 🙄 Almost exactly a month ago — while admitting that my tarot cards have failed like almost everyone else’s this year, but assuming President Trump still wants to be reelected — I maintained that another tranche of Congress-crafted coronavirus relief is certain. I still believe […]Read More These so-called Coronavirus ‘stimulus’ talks — Congress proves it doesn’t want to see the big picture
“ʼCause I throw hands.” Houston-based rapper Tobe Nwigwe’s “Try Jesus” video had less than 400,000 Instagram views when mentalunrest reader Vee Cee hipped me to it yesterday. Easy to see why views tripled since then. I think the tense pandemic, economic, and injustice moments we’re living in became the perfect partners for birthing this tune […]Read More Tobe Nwigwe strongly urges you to “Try Jesus” — but not him
Placing data in the hands of an erratic administration means more than politicizing science — it’s downright dangerous. Pardon the fucked-up language I’m using, but Team Trump’s demand for hospitals to send coronavirus data directly to the White House — while bypassing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a data collection point — […]Read More Turning from bad to worse: Trump wants US hospitals to send coronavirus cases and testing data directly to the White House, bypassing the CDC
The President will get more people killed before the coronavirus crisis is over In a first-world country that slept its way into an angry pandemic that has shut the doors to more than 60 percent of summer camps, found medical and other essential workers scrambling for a persistent shortage of personal protective equipment, and is […]Read More Irrational rationality: why Trump wants schools open during an out-of-control pandemic
Trump’s lies during the pandemic point to a cruel endgame As fears rise about the recent spike in coronavirus cases and US health officials believe time is running out to get this disease under control, I think it’s time to address President Donald Trump’s sustained meme that coronavirus infections have increased in America because the […]Read More For the record: why I quickly called ‘B***s**t’ on Trump’s ‘increased testing, more coronavirus cases’ story
A message of hope, amidst a pandemic and the struggle to make Black Lives Matter across the world Within the past hour, Prince’s official Twitter account posted a cover of Prince’s “The Cross” song, performed by musicians from his former bands “The Revolution”, New Power Generation (NPG), and 3RDEYEGIRL. Bandmates that span all four decades […]Read More One more Prince post: former band members from The Revolution, New Power Generation and 3RDEYEGIRL released a version of ‘The Cross’ from Sign o’ the Times album
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 have a business idea or life aspiration, and someone rolls up to enable those goals […]Read More Will the pandemic cause commercial real estate to implode, or will bank fraud do the job first?
A reliable source of quarantine-era annoyance arrived in the form of President Donald Trump and his team, who straddled weeks of mounting news about American deaths resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, sluggishly following through with additional public health protection measures beyond executing the delayed and scattered thinking of travel bans (here’s one big reason out […]Read More Three last words about the Obama pandemic playbook debate: it doesn’t matter.
I’ll start by heading off the near-inevitable “What about White people” pushback whenever someone else mentions a unique and more intense version of hell that Black and Brown folks are experiencing. Sure — coronavirus doesn’t ask for skin color when it enters and removes your body from the planet. No one should argue that. But […]Read More Coronavirus: more proof Black and poor communities are designed for racist death (and politicians don’t care enough)