Rest in Power; 1934 – 2014 A closed window looks down on a dirty courtyard, and Black people call across or scream across or walk across defying physics in the stream of their will. Our world is full of sound Our world is more lovely than anyone’s tho we suffer, and kill each other and sometimes fail to walk the air. We are beautiful people With African imaginations full of masks and dances and swelling chants with African eyes, and noses, and arms tho we sprawl in gray chains in a place full of winters, when what we want is sun. We have been captured, and we labor to make our…

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Uh oh, looks like your favorite hip hop artist won’t be rappin’ about poppin’ bottles of Patron for much longer! That’s right, Diddy and Diageo have gotten into the tequila game.  Wednesday (Jan. 8) Diageo and Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Combs Wine & Spirits announced a 50/50 global partnership, they’ve purchased luxury tequila brand DeLeon – already favorite among Hollywood and music industry types. Larry Schwartz, President of Diageo North America is pleased,  “Expanding our relationship with Sean Combs into tequila was a natural choice given Sean’s ability to galvanize support for luxury brands, as we’ve seen with our work together on Ciroc.”…

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My sister is 12 years older than I. When she left for college I was only a six year-old scrappy baby, running around, collecting clues for the endless detective game that I played in my mind, making nasty little cakes out of mud and dandelions. We lived in one of those huge, three-storey historical townhouses in downtown Baltimore. All red brick, huge blacksmith’s fireplace, and a dark, creepy, unfinished basement. Curiosity killed me. I was forbade from going down in the basement by myself. I thought, “There must be dragons, monsters and a vampire living down there.” But see, I…

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I have a wide range of musical tastes, hip hop, shoegaze (a sub genre of alternative rock), rock, R&B, folk (yes folk), electronic. As long as it’s melodious and transports my mind elsewhere I’m into it.  While trolling the 9:30 Club site to see which upcoming concerts I should drag one of my unsuspecting friends to, I came across Lord Huron. I looked up their music and let me say they are a wonderful, whimsical mix of indie folk, and to ME, they have an M83 like shoegazing appeal. And, since y’all don’t know, M83 is definitely my favorite band,…

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This A&E “Duck Dynasty” family is a republican, gun-totin’ NRA lifetime member’s wet dream! They eschew gay folks, want to send Black people back to the back of the bus AND are launching a line of camo print guns!  I tell you, I enjoy the antics of Phil and Si, and Phil’s sons Jase, Willie, and Jep just like every other American, but their personal politics are starting to get in the way of my mindless TV enjoyment. You see, I have this thing called a conscious that tells me if a person is an -ist of any kind (sexist, racist,…

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