Monday, March 17th, 2014

#WhiteHistoryMonth: Leather from Human Skin in 1880s Philadelphia

Time and again, somehow narratives of slavery miraculously seem to always absolve the northern states of the United States. Having recently watched "12 years a slave" (which I did not find violent at all), I was a bit irritated at how people imagine, even fantasize, what life in the north was like for Negroes. "Wasn't it just...

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Friday Bonus Music Break, N°4

Five for the weekend. I haven’t done this in a while. First up Philadelphians Chill Moody (rapper) and Cody Kahmar with the music video for “My Eyes”:

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

‘First Time in Sudan Africa’

Another one of those videos I was forwarded over the break. It’s become something of a rite of passage for rappers to visit Africa. For example this video of Busta Rhymes refusing to let go of an...

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

T.I.A. @ The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell, a symbol of the American Revolution, is housed in a complex on Market Street in Philadelphia, reminding us of liberties gained and liberties denied. It’s one of the few historical exhibits I’ve seen that...

Monday, July 5th, 2010

What is Ku Ku Bass?

I’m new (or, rather, late) to Philly-based, Ghanaian-American DJ and producer Zakee but so far, so good. He’s signed to Green Owl so, you know, he gets to hang out with people like The Very Best and...