Last week we told you about the problem: the scope and brutality of modern policing, zoomed in on the conditions and police response here in Kalamazoo.
This week we wanted you to hear about solutions. We ceded this week's episode to two podcasts that discuss what police abolition actually means, what we replace it with, and how we get there. Please listen, educate yourselves, then agitate and organize.
We must end policing as we know it with Alex Vitale
Ruth Wilson Gilmor
Run The Jewels. A two piece rap supergroup that I only recently discovered this year, and ironically transformed my Fortnite character into a BA while I was running around in the game this past January. (No shade on Fortnite but playing Run The Jewels in the background makes the game exponentially more engaging). Killer Mike is a Black rapper and El-P is a white producer/rapper. I absolutely love that they have the respect for one another that you sometimes don’t find in the
We are incredibly lucky to have the internet. I don’t feel the need to discuss all of the reasons why but there is one specific reason I want to discuss about why having the internet is great for us. The internet allows creators to share what they create without having to sell themselves to a third party to distribute their work like a record label. There are still the challenges of gaining a following but this is the first time in history where one could share art and have a
This week's interview features Danny Gayden, just in time for Juneteenth! We talk about jazz and how it features an intersection of race and culture, along with Danny's newest single from his suite called "Tish". Link to "Tish" here. BLM Resource page here.
This week features an interview with Plastic Picnic. Full video here. Condensed video here. Link to their favorites here. On a more important note, these awesome dudes have shared a document with plenty of resources on the #blacklivesmatter movement that has taken the country by storm. Link to that here.
The blues could be described as less of a genre and more of a feeling or sentiment toward a past many of us have heard of but didn’t personally experience. Or maybe the blues was an early coping mechanism for many living through hard times in the early to mid 1900s. As with other forms of music with a historically black origin, there are many pioneers that have been forgotten, and I think it is important to mention them in order to understand why music has arrived at its curr