“Black America Again” – Common

I have been posting mostly news articles recently, so this will be a deviation.

On Friday (11/4), Common released his latest album “Black America Again”, with another socially conscious album. He went on RapGenius and annotated some of the album. Similarly to “Faithful” from the album “Be”, Common explores how a patriarchal society could be different in his track “The Day Women Took Over”, which he performed at the Tiny Desk Concert at the White House. Another notable track is the title track, “Black America Again” which includes the quotable below. The album is well worth the listen.

Who stole the soul from black folk?
Same man that stole the land from Chief Black Smoke
And made the whip crackle on our back slow
And made us go through the back door
And raffle black bodies on the slave blocks
Now we slave to the blocks, on ’em we spray shots
Leaving our own to lay in a box
Black mothers’ stomachs stay in a knot
We kill each other, it’s part of the plot
I wish the hating will stop (war!) and the battle with us
I know that Black Lives Matter, and they matter to us
These are the things we gotta discuss


Links I Liked – 10/31-11/5

Africa wasn’t “rising” before and it’s not “reeling” nowhttp://qz.com/816006

Yes, Donald Trump can win. Here are 4 maps to prove it.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/11/02/4-electoral-maps-where-donald-trump-wins/?tid=pm_politics_pop_b

Here’s what citizens who vote for authoritarians have in common. Citizens with authoritarian dispositions usually favor the right wing — whether the candidates are authoritarians or not. Left-wing authoritarian candidates appeal to citizens who are both high and low in authoritarian dispositions. And wealth decreases the likelihood of voting for authoritarian leaders — but only the left-wing kind. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/11/02/heres-what-citizens-who-vote-for-authoritarians-like-trump-have-in-common/?wpisrc=nl_cage&wpmm=1

Unsurprising Study of the Week  When Americans can suddenly consume alcohol at age 21, they suddenly commit more crimes. http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/3/13502406/alcohol-crime-study

Slowly but surely ending the embargo on Cuba The UN has overwhelming voted to condemn the embargo at every meeting. The U.S. abstained from the most recent vote, instead of voting against the condemnation. http://www.vox.com/world/2016/10/26/13418558/us-un-cuba-embargo-vote-abstain

The conservative case for Trump and Clinton. http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/10/13/13114038/trump-intellectual-american-greatness