The MLB All Star Game 2021, thanks to the reliable racist bigots in Georgia, is now in Colorado. Coors Field. I laughed when I read it.
As most know, MLB moved the game when the Georgia GOP legislature, controlled by Republicans, and its Republican Governor, Brian Kemp enacted a racist voter ID law recently in a blatant effort to stop Black people from voting.
“I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft,” wrote MLB Commissioner, Robert D. Manfred.
I spent a little time today…
If Donald Trump had won the election in November, I had a loosely configued plan to move to Canada.
I was gonna be like Quickskill in Ishmael Reed’s famous novel, Flight to Canada.
I even called a friend in Toronto and another in England and said — hey, so, how are things?
I had no choice really. If Trump had been re-elected, it would have been an endorsement of all the madness, hate, chaos, and sadistic conduct.
Not to mention children in cages, capital punishment, unchecked corporate pollution of the air and water, the American death spiral would have accelerated.
It is universally apt that Gil Scott Heron was born April 1, on what is now the first day of National Poetry Month. Heron, who died 11 years ago, is perhaps America’s greatest modern poet.
While Gil is mostly viewed as a musician, artist, and songwriter, he was (and is) and will always be a poet, first. He did what many poets hope to do: bring beauty into the world and speak to people, the ordinary person.
His songs and poems of the early 70’s shaped the post revolutionary times the country was experiencing. …
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin made a surprise visit to Afghanistan. A Black man. The first Black man as U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Austin looked pretty regal stepping on that red carpet in Kabul in his best suit and rocking his Covid-19 mask too.
Yet, the U.S. will not be leaving Afghanistan as it should.
Secretary Austin is not there to end the occupation, the war, or to bring the American troops home. He is likely there to figure out how to stay.
The last President (Trump) signed an agreement to leave Afghanistan by May 1, 2021. There are…
I was astonished how good HBOMax’s “Black Art In the Absence Of Light” was when I recently viewed it. Not just the art presented, the artists, but also the production.
Sam Pollard, the creator of the film, is a long time documentarian in film, with a slew of high credits including work on Eyes on the Prize, Spike Lee’s Four Little Girls, and Mr. Soul.
It’s title, “Black Art In the Absence Of Light,” can be traced to comments by Theaster Gates, of Chicago, an artist who appears in the film. …
Today is the day, the late jazz pianist, Tommy Flanagan was born. March 16, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan. He died November 16, 2001. Born just about one month or so before my late father, and died, just a few days after my father died in November 2001, as well.
They lived the same era. The music. The struggle. The camraderie of Black America.
Flanagan always has been one of my favorite piano players. I love the unsung heroes of music. The guys who don’t spend their time screaming at the world to “hey, look over here, at me.” Flanagan didn’t…
Personally, I like the fact that “Second Gentleman,” Doug Emhoff is often caught in public with a riggidy raw, five o’clock shadow. He looks like a scotch man if you ask me, rather than tequila, who is not obsessed with image and the stupid pretentious of the federal city.
I don’t hear ODB singing ‘yea baby, I like it raw’ when I see him but he looks relaxed, comfortable in his new world full of perks and all sorts of things. Maybe that world is ‘Margaritaville’ and it should be because Mr. Emhoff has made history.
Twenty years ago when my wife and I decided to renovate a 120-year old Victorian brownstone we had many tough choices to make. First among them was whether to preserve or deconstruct the maze of rooms that mark the style of the period, or update to a more modern living. When research found that much of the old designs were about lifestyle of the period, it made it much easier to tear down some things and keep others, with the result being a hybrid of privacy-focused walls and flow-focused openings.
We’ve debated that decision over the years whenever we thought…
Black art always sets the table in America, and is always at the table. It is wise to watch it — the music, the poetry, the photography, the visual art, the dance, etc. etc., and you know which way the winds are blowing in Black America.
Vernon Jordan died this past week.
It would be repetitive to state the long litany of contributions Jordan has made to the struggle for equal justice for Black people. He has been in the mix for probably about 60 years in one way or another in many different ways.
As many know, he even took a bullet in the back in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the cause back in 1980 (He was Director of the National Urban League then).
But Jordan kept pushing.
He worked through the system. He fought for equal justice the way he knew best. He became…
Perspective and Culture in the New Now