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Honestly, I’ll just wait for Beyonce…

House music is said to have been born on the ashes of Disco. As the Black community was being flooded with crack cocaine and the party scene of the 1970s was quickly fading to drug abuse and gang violence, House music was born in underground clubs of Chicago and New York. Disco, a music genreContinue reading “Honestly, I’ll just wait for Beyonce…”

Power to La Raza

The earliest instance of Black and Brown unity that I can recall learning about is Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King Jr. existing in the same lifetime and working towards their respective civil rights movements. Even Black Panther leader Fred Hampton’s Rainbow Coalition strived to bring together people of all colors in acts of resistanceContinue reading “Power to La Raza”

MLK the MC

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”

Black AF

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”

With Justice and Knowledge for All…

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…”

Sound Bites: Podcasting

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”

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