On a blistering Sunday, I sat inside shielding my skin, my person from a blessing. When sheets of rains or heaps of snow descend we wish for the sun. When the wind whips about our possessions we bemoan its strength and ferociousness. Yet it is beautiful, warm, well hot and calm today and I cannot … Continue reading What Heals the Earth’s Soul?
Is there anything more vile than blackface? Two centuries ago, they painted their faces with black makeup to approximate their understanding of blackness. These minstrels lampooned blacks as, "dim-witted, lazy, buffoonish, superstitious and happy-go-lucky." Some would argue that today hip hop and its appropriators are donning a new type of blackface. Today's creatives, or artists if … Continue reading Has Hip Hop Become the New Minstrel Show?
There isn't a hip hop head who does not know The Voice of New York. She is an undisputed hip hop radio icon. Angie Martinez is hip hop. As hip hop matures and new radio personalities emerge, Martinez remains atop the list. Second only to Charlamagne da God, she is as relevant today as she was … Continue reading Book Review: My Voice is a Great Graduation Present
When I was twelve I hated going to school. The only day I found tolerable was Wednesday. On this glorious day I got to leave school to alternatively, volunteer at the nursing home or attend religious classes. Unsurprisingly, the church’s school was not a place I grew to enjoy. My unending questions perturbed the nuns … Continue reading Music Blessings?
When the reality television boom began in earnest, I did not flock to it. I automatically equated it to fool’s gold; glittery with little value much like soap operas and novellas. The genre’s ‘unscripted’ dating, relationship and competition shows troubled me: The Real World (1992), Making the Band (2002), Bachelor Franchise (2002) The Real Housewives … Continue reading After Lemonade: #Real Relationship Goals
The void is deafening. I filled it with music. His music. I sat contemplating the impact he has had on my life. He did not compare in immediacy to Luther Vandross, who I loved the first time I heard his voice. He has not traveled the now near ---- decades with me like Soca and Salsa … Continue reading One More Reason Melissa Harris-Perry is The Public Intellectual We Need