“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


About this Blog

Blogging somewhat seriously was nothing something I was going to consider doing. I’ve seen a lot of my peers starting WordPress blogs, posting a couple times, then going silent. As a part of an honors project, I was asked to start to journal about readings on Cuba, Chile, and Latin America, along with anything of my choosing, like race relations, and current events. After submitting some small assignments to my professor, she encouraged me to publish some of my thoughts into a blog. A good teacher will push students to dig deep, and give them confidence to step outside of their comfort zone. I am honestly still hesitant, and as I write this, I’m not sure I’ll ever press the “Publish” button.

So you’re here, and I’ve clearly pressed the “Publish” button. Thank you! I hope you keep reading and enjoying my thoughts. If you disagree with me, agree with me, have criticism, your own thoughts, please, don’t stay silent. I believe that the best way to grow as people is through dialogue with people similar and different. I might not like what you have to say, and that’s a great thing. The beautiful thing about freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and democracy, in general, is that we don’t have to agree. The political views of the people are more of a rainbow than a dichotomy. I tend to agree more with one side of the aisle than the other, but I have my disagreements with “my” party too. My personal interests are nearly unlimited, and posts may not be about politics at all.

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