From an interview by Daniela Galvez in Latina:
Daniela Galvez: Your single “Peligrosa” is all about women empowerment. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
Lila Downs: I think that it’s the notion that women are somehow dangerous if they’re leaders, if they think, if they have certain desires, and ambitions. It’s also the notion of looking at men in those same positions. Of course, they’re not dangerous; they’re just a normal guy. I think that it’s about those relationships that we had, that we’re not quite sure what we’re dealing with. I think that’s happening right now. I mean in government and in day-to-day life. It’s a confrontational time and it’s scary. At the same time, I feel like it’s a moment when finally women are really coming out and being more forward about the injustices towards our gender. This is really important. So it’s exciting and that’s what the song is kind of about. [Read more…]
Sister Rosetta Tharpe—often called the Godmother of Rock and Roll—performing in Manchester, England in 1964, as part of The British Tours of “The American Folk Blues Festival”. This video showcases her rendition of Didn’t It Rain as well as Trouble in Mind.
This year Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2018 on April 14th, in the category of Early Influences. BBC reporter Chris Long relates that University of Salford’s Dr. Chris Lee says of the 1963 performance in Manchester “that a minibus came from London to that show and in it were Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards and Brian Jones. They came all that way just to watch the concert.” [Read more…]
peels paint off doors
Exposes wood from trees
thirsty for the shade
they sloshed onto infertile ground [Read more…]
Oh, I love those children.
Those beautiful bright young
high school Floridians,
so needed to dampen
our warped relations with guns,
as one, [Read more…]
March is Women’s History Month. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
Thoughts & Prayers MakeUp Tutorial; a fresh take on an old problem. This was posted on YouTube four days after the Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. [Read more…]
Students in more than a dozen local high schools have announced plans to participate in a nationwide walkout organized by the Women’s March to protest gun violence on March 14th. The 17-minute walkout at 10 a.m. in each time zone is meant to honor the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida.
The San Diego Unified School Board unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday calling for federal background checks for gun and ammo purchases, a ban on semi-automatic firearms, high capacity magazines and bump stocks. It also called for the reinstatement of the federal assault weapons ban.
On Tuesday evening, several local high profile groups announced the creation of a new coalition, called San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention. Participating are members of the San Diego Brady Campaign Chapter, Sandy Hook Promise and Survivors Empowered. [Read more…]
The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) was founded in 2006 in response to the negative perception toward immigrants, especially those of color, which was being reflected in the anti-immigration bills pushed by Congress at the time.
Now, in the era of Trump where the anti-immigration rhetoric is gaining momentum, the resources provided by BAJI are more necessary than ever as the organization continues to bring people together.
According to their website:
At the local and regional level, BAJI provides training and technical assistance to partner organizations to develop leadership skills, works with faith communities to harness their prophetic voice, and initiates vibrant dialogues with African Americans and black immigrants to discover more about race, our diverse identities, racism, migration and globalization.
In Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, Marco Polo explains, “In Maurilia, the traveler is invited to visit the city and, at the same time, to examine some old postcards that show it as it used to be … If the traveler does not wish to disappoint the inhabitants, he must praise the postcard city and prefer it to the present one, though he must be careful to contain his regret at the changes within definite limits.”
For the traveler visiting Oaxaca, the southern Mexican city differs from Maurilia in at least two respects. First, the historic center of Oaxaca appears not to have changed at all, for at least a century. The narrow streets packed with buildings built to a human scale hold businesses that open onto the sidewalk. If the traveler could find a postcard from 1918 and compare it to a postcard from today all that would be different is the clothing styles of the pedestrians.
Do people change in personality depending on what language they are speaking, especially when they are bilingual? I think many times they do, as the culture of the language spoken can also be an influence. A good example is UCSD’s dean, John Moore — or, as he’s known to others, Juan Moro, flamenco guitarist. He’s one man who leads two very different lives.
By day, Moore, 63, is Dean of Undergraduate Education. By night and on weekends, Moro is a talented Spanish flamenco guitarist who plays at different venues. On Saturday mornings, he plays for a dance class. On Saturday evenings, he plays at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town where he accompanies flamenco dancer Lakshmi Basile and singer/dancer Bruno Serrano. The three present an evening of authentic flamenco entertainment. Finally, on Sundays, he plays at Costa Brava in Pacific Beach.
The night that I met him at the Cosmopolitan, he was in full Spanish mode, introducing himself as Juan Moro and speaking fluent Spanish. He explained to me how in classic flamenco, the guitarist follows the singer and dancers, so he needed to know the structure and forms of flamenco.
Later when we communicated in English via email, I learned he had a doctorate in linguistics. [Read more…]
Ari Melber, on MSNBC’s The Beat, breaks down the legal issues surrounding claims of Second Amendment protection for weapons such as AR-15s. [Read more…]
Despite his incredible influence on the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, Bayard Rustin lived in the shadows. An openly gay man, he’d been arrested for engaging in public homosexuality, and, before his activist involvement, had identified as a member of the Communist Party — both of which offended the senses of society at the time and even fellow pacifists.
Still, without Rustin, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963 would not have been what it was. [Read more…]