Public Enemy

THE LIST for 9/23/16 - African America

THE LIST for 9/23/16 - African America

As we prepare to gather and celebrate the diversity of the people of our country with the opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture here in DC this weekend, we should consider that this joyous (and long overdue) occasion is falls in the same week that two unarmed black men - Terence Crutcher and Keith L. Scott -  were shot dead by police officers for no other reason than the color of their skin.

This, sadly, in 2016 especially, is nothing new. But let us not numb ourselves to the realities of our current state here in America as we watch the riots and protests in Charlotte and shore up our emotional mettle to prepare for the NEXT report of such a killing that will surely come in future weeks, if not the next. Let us understand and revel in the fact that this is wrong. This is sickening. This is injustice. And it has to stop. 


Episode 216: Black Alternative

Episode 216: Black Alternative

As of late, the music industry has seen a rise in talented African-American musicians who paint outside of expected mainstream lines for pop artists. In eschewing easy-to-consume tropes for left-of-center jazz, soul, and techno-influenced sounds, performers like Kendrick Lamar, Robert Glasper, Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean and so many more have created a sustainable and alternative-inspired vibe. However exciting this class of stars may be, it's important to remember that this is a movement that has an impressive historical context as well.