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07 Oct 2016 00:00
The PlaylistA Seat at the Table: Between watching harrowing footage of the student protests on ENCA’s YouTube page, I’ve been trying to get into Solange’s new album A Seat at the Table. As a piece of contemporary work, I think it’s good.
As a cultural “moment’’, I think the hype machine might have slightly exaggerated things because of how thirsty we are for political songs we can dance to today.
John De Conqueror: One of the most fascinating songs in Georgia Anne Muldrow’s prolific career as singer, rapper and producer is, in my opinion, John De Conqueror (Ona Move). In African-American folklore, John is an African prince sold into slavery who evades his masters through trickery. Muldrow’s take weaves in post-civil rights struggles, seeming to allude to Mumia Abu-Jamal and other contemporary figures. (KS)
The Reading ListBecoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and the Art of Living: Journalist Krista Tippet has one of the most soothing voices I have ever heard and I listen to her podcast, On Being with Krista Tippet, every week. I bought her book because I not only appreciate, but also need the levels to which she is committed to creating blueprints of wisdom in the Capitalist Internet Age — considering multiple political perspectives, using spirituality and a theological approach to answer the question: How do we become better humans? I’m still at the beginning but I’ve already stopped once to shed a tear of appreciation for the simple acknowledgment that, while we are living in evolutionary times, we are also in a deep spiritual crisis and need to develop new ways of being. The writing is superlative. (MB)
20 Years on the Move: John Africa’s Revolution: The other day — with hands full and moving house — a copy of this book fell out of a clutch of odds and ends I was sorting. I’ve held on to this stapled booklet since I was a teenager, as a study of the various ways black people articulated the idea of freedom after the sweeping genocide that was the FBI’s Cointelpro. John’s flock were gun-toting urban animists who paid dearly for their beliefs, but their courage continues to inspire folk globally. (KS)
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