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October 22, 2019

Today as a part of a brief overview of African music, I introduced my Introduction to African & African American Studies class to Ewe polyrhythm, and I think we're all the better for it. 

When I was nineteen and living in southern Togo, I had no idea what polyrhythm wa...

September 27, 2017

Good gracious God!

Looking for a quick and easy way to tell if NFL owners really care about black lives or are just in it for the money? By extension, would you like to know a litmus test for the political maturation of the Euro-American people? When we see THIS just be...

December 21, 2016

Here's a new one (to me) from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, "Country Girl" from the album Leaving Eden (2012).

I find this song and video challenging, liberating, troublesome, thought-provoking--and a lot of fun. I'm not naive enough to think this is an accurate or com...

February 5, 2016

Recently at the breakfast table I found my boys, ages 4 and 2, and their mama singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." They know the English-language version most widely popularized by the Tokens during the folk revival of the 1960s (and brought to a new generation through t...

December 4, 2015

"People think it's about...a lot of competition.... I've found that the way it really works is by creating a spot where everybody can come and help facilitate each other's growth."

Facebook is an amazing, sometimes vexing, often mysterious place. Today, because I'm frie...

February 10, 2015

Sunday, February 22, at 4:00 p.m., People to People and the South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation present Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk, among the country's premier exponents of Gullah history and culture, in performance at Center Theater, 212 N...

December 25, 2014

This time of year I see plenty of reminders, from social media and to signs in front of churches, that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” And not for no reason. In a society of rampant consumerism and individualism, Christmas has become a massive occasion for the sp...

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