Category: Music

Apr 12 2014

Musical Interlude: Behind Enemy’s Line…

I love Dead Prez…

You ain’t gotta be locked up to be in prison
Look how we livin, thirty thousand niggas a day
Up in the bing, standard routine
They put us in a box just like our life on the blocks
(behind enemy lines)
You ain’t gotta be locked up to be in prison
Look how we livin, thirty thousand niggas a day
Up in the bing, standard routine
They put us in a box just like our life on the blocks
(behind enemy lines)

Apr 05 2014

Musical Interlude: One Love…

An all time classic…

Mar 15 2014

Musical Interlude: Just A Friendly Game of Baseball

Today is the international day against police brutality…

Feb 08 2014

Musical Interlude: G Code

The Geto Boys remind you that you should NEVER talk to the cops. Ask for your lawyer…

Feb 04 2014

The Prison Culture Anti-PIC Mixtape

Thanks to the wonderful Julian you can enjoy the following mixtape of songs about the prison industrial complex. Special thanks to some of my Twitter followers who contributed suggestions to the list. You can access the mixtape here. Feel free to share it with others.

In exchange for listening to the mixtape, I ask that you please take a minute to learn about Marissa Alexander and if you can that you make a donation to her Freedom Fundraiser.

Anti-PIC Mixtape by Julian Ignacio on Grooveshark

Feb 02 2014

Musical Interlude: Claimin’ I’m A Criminal

I’ve always liked this song by Brand Nubian. It’s from back in 1994 which is probably when I stopped really listening to rap music (LOL!).

Jan 18 2014

Musical Interlude: “I’m an Alien” by Rebel Diaz

I really like this song by Rebel Diaz…

Jan 09 2014

A Music Video about Private Prisons…

I’m still on blogging hiatus but I came across this music video about private prisons called “Mississippi Lullaby” and thought that it was well done.

Dec 20 2013

Nobody Matters Less Than Black Girls…

These are some impressions…I am thinking through recent experiences.

The saddest fact I’ve learned is: Nobody matters less to our society than young black women. Nobody. – Jim DeRogatis

This Jim DeRogatis quote has floated across my Twitter timeline several times this week. DeRogatis was referencing the lack of accountability for R.Kelly’s repeated sexual assaults of black girls. I must admit to grinding my teeth every time I’ve seen the quote. It isn’t that I don’t agree with the sentiments expressed by DeRogatis. Rather, I don’t believe that 90% of those who are sharing the quote actually grasp the lived realities of too many young black women and girls in America. So the implications of the quote are too easily ignored. But for hyper-disposable black girls, the pain lingers and festers…

“Nobody matters less to our society than young black women.”

I’ve spent the greater part of my adult life working with black girls and young women. I created a workshop that I co-facilitated several years ago focused on using Lil’ Kim’s image and experiences to illuminate our own lives as black girls and women. In other words, I’ve had a longstanding interest in and commitment to engaging in discussions with black girls about issues of representation and survival.

“Nobody matters less to our society than young black women.”

Since Beyonce released her visual album last week, there have been many, many attempts to analyze, dissect, and discuss it. This is not another post about Beyonce. At least, it’s not a post about whether Beyonce is or is not feminist. It’s also not an album review. It’s a post (I think) about the historical devaluing of black American girls and women and its implications for today.

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Nov 30 2013

Musical Interlude…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted musical interludes but I learned about this song through a Twitter follower yesterday & wanted to share it. It’s called “Parole” by Immortal Technique.