One of the reason that Martin Luther King, Jr. was able to be such a powerful force in the Civil Rights Movement was because he was a charismatic and acute orator. It is easy for me to see parallels in the rhetorical tactics that MLK used that are similar to that of my favorite hipContinue reading “MLK the MC”
I am Black, with a capital B. My identity has never been a mystery. Since my upbringing was rooted in pro-Blackness, it is how I identify. We know that my paternal grandmother’s biological father is a Native American man and we know that many of my family members paternally are listed in census records asContinue reading “Black AF”
As a Black person in the United States, the concept of democratized knowledge is extremely important to me. The disenfranchisement of Blacks, especially in the South, and knowing that there were tactics to keep information away from Black people for centuries particularly by White people leads me to encouraging my peers and Black people aroundContinue reading “With Justice and Knowledge for All…”
On October 30, 2005, Six Flags Astroworld in Houston, Texas closed their gates for the last time as the amusement park shut down. Rapper and Houston native Travis Scott, frequently makes reference to this theme park in his music and even named his reoccurring, annual music festival the same same — ASTROWORLD. Nearly 15 yearsContinue reading “The Fall of Astroworld — AGAIN…”
On the Short Wave episode, “How do we make sense of the sounds around us?”, NPR’s All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro briefly chatted with neuroscientist Nina Kraus about her new book, Of Sound Mind. In the episode, the two discussed how our brains construct sounds. What makes Short Wave an interesting podcast method isContinue reading “Sound Bites: Podcasting”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.” I like to remix that sentiment sometimes as hip hop is the language, the song–of the oppressed. There is no coincidence that over the lifespan of hip hop, there is an anti-police anthem for each generation. It’s because policeContinue reading “Mic Check– A.C.A.B”
Minstrel shows were an American form of racist entertainment developed in the early 19th century, even as early as Reconstruction post-Civil War. Each show consisted of comic skits, variety acts, dancing, and music performances that mimicked and ridiculed Black people. Often times, white men, women, and even children would darken their faces and perform caricaturesContinue reading “Cornrows & Blaccents–the new Minstrel Show”
My favorite Earl Sweatshirt lyrics has to be from his 2012 hit, Chum, “Too black for the white kids and too white for the blacks/ from honor roll to cracking locks up off them bicycle racks/I’m indecisive, I’m scatterbrained and I’m frightened it’s evident…” It’s something about hearing a line that sums up your entireContinue reading “Too Black for White Kids & too White for the Blacks”
Kanye West’s sheer pageantry would put him at the top of the list for most creative rapper. After a brief hiatus from rap and a failed 2020 presidential campaign, Kanye West graced the hip hop world in August 2021 with his long anticipated tenth studio album, DONDA. The roll out for DONDA was incredibly uniqueContinue reading “Kanye The Creator”
Much like the title of this blog posting, the Hangover Part II’s well known controversy regarding the replicating of Mike Tyson’s infamous face tattoo, doesn’t seem to be much about money to me more than it is about the principle of Hollywood respecting copyright. While the rest of the world was busy Party Rockin’ withContinue reading “It’s not the Money…it’s the Principle.”
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