Grid

‘What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?’ an Album Overview and Apocalyptic Outlook

As states scurry to count mail-in votes for the 2020 U.S. presidential race, the general election season lies at a standstill with the American public’s emotions teetering and possibilities looming. According to CNN, we’re down to the wire with just four key state election results hanging in the balance that will determine America’s next president […]

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Here’s a Sample: My Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhyme

(Photo/Mick Haupt) My relationship with jazz is complicated. Far from aficionado, I’ve had important encounters with Ahmad Jamal, Bobbi Humphrey and trumpeter Donald Byrd and his Howard University Blackbyrds. We’ve had meet and greets through acquaintances–time machines. J Dilla, Havoc, Q-Tip and DJ Premier. Over the years, I’ve been taking in sounds rather deliberately. The […]

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Sexual Assault

Rap Music ‘Got Something to Say’ About Sexual Assault

(Photo/Pexels) April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Before it comes to a close, it’s important to consider what moments in time and music can teach us about the issue. Cold case April 10, 2019, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested a then-59-year-old LJ Bertha of Charlotte, NC after retesting a sexual assault kit first tested in 1996. The […]

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Pearls of Financial Wisdom from Payroll Giovanni and the ’10 Stack Commandments’

“10 Stack Commandments.” (Photo/Josh Vaughn) Receiving unexpected money is exciting. Moreover—more rousing—is discovering precious business strategy that can earn you perpetual dividends. Enter Detroit, Michigan, a city that in escaped bankruptcy protection in late 2018. In December 2018, enduring its economic revival, west Detroiter and rap artist Payroll Giovanni endowed the music world with pearls […]

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