“The key to playing ‘I Am Determined’ is to know which key the song is played in,” Kev says. “The song is every key. All of ‘em.”
On the last day of Black History Month™, Tracy joins Jamelle, Terryn and G.D. to discuss her satirical Little Known Black History Facts, the pushback to it, and the touchiness around Black History Month writ large. Listen here, or subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher. This episode was produced by the great Channing Kennedy.
Your uncles are at that age where the turnup might sideline them for a few weeks, but when has that ever stopped them?
This new jawn from Jidenna is parade of dandified Negritude. Also, watch for cameos from my boo, Teyonah Parris (aka Dawn from Mad Men), and that lady from all them CoverGirl ads. (Dunno how to feel about the you-need-to-stay-in-your-books-and-uplift-yourself business between 1:00 and 1:30, but that’s certainly a kind of classic black ethos of its own.) [h/t Read More
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his assassination, Malcolm’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, wags her fingers at today’s young protesters.
The legacies of Our Greatest Presidents™ as they pertained to black folks were in many ways, complete catastrophes. Washington was a wealthy planter and a son of Virginia — and thus deeply invested in the institution of slavery (By the end of his life, he owned hundreds of human beings at his plantation at Mount Vernon.) Because Washington was the Read More
It’s everyone’s least-favorite Hallmark holiday, so Terryn and me called up some folks who tweeted us their worst date stories. Let’s all humbug together. (And biiiig thanks to Genie, Tamara, Ko and Tracy for baring their souls.) Listen below on Soundcloud, or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.
NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, the stripped-down, live-in-the-middle-of-an-office-cubicle performance series probably most remembered for breaking the Internet when T-Pain dropped by sans AutoTune, held a big contest to give an undiscovered act a spotlight at the Tiny Desk. The winner was Fantastic Negrito, a roots musician from Oakland. What’s good with that name, though? “To me Read More
When Andrew Sullivan announced he was stepping down from blogging, it prompted a whole lot of serious navel-gazing from the blogosphere, which has a bunch of conventions that Sullivan played a big role in shaping. We’ll leave alone Sully’s often-infuriating, myopic racial ideas for a hot minute (*ahem*) but it says something that folks who disagreed Read More
This promo for the Rag and Bone fall 2015 collection is slickly produced — and probably cost less than an actual Rag and Bone shirt.