Am I a threat?

This video moved me to tears. This is not political rhetoric, these are neighbors, friends and family. The only thing that separates us are lines in the sand.

What a great job the kids from the Wayside Immigrant Youth Group in Richmond, Va. did. They wrote, directed, and filmed this video. Thanks for reminding us all that this is about families and lives, not a political position.



Beat Nation – Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture

I had the pleasure of seeing an excellent hip hop exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was such a powerful show. The picture below is a still shot from my favorite piece. It was a video made from a group of skateboarders living on the rez in Arizona. The video was poignant and moving, but also clever and light.

Dustinn Craig, 4wheelwarpony bro team, 2007, production still. Courtesy of the artist, from Ariane Design blog.


Five benefits of divorce

Please know the decision to divorce was a last resort, after we had exhausted every other option.  I was married for eleven years and we went to marriage counseling for the last two years in an effort to keep our family together. I was willing to do anything to preserve the union for the kids, even if it meant sacrificing my own happiness. But there came a point when I realized that despite a lot of love, commitment and our best efforts, the marriage was irreparably broken. For those of you who are considering divorce, in the middle of a separation, or facing divorce proceedings, I offer you this light at the end of the tunnel.


How do we check our privilege?

Taken from Checking your Privilege 101 published by the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois.

Action steps to checking privilege:

1) Acknowledge that the privilege exists, 2) move away from immobilizing guilt, 3) understand that your privilege will not go away until the root systems that give you privilege are abolished, 4) be an ally to communities you are not a part of, 5) recognize how and why your privilege can destruct community empowerment, 6) use your privilege to benefit groups you are not a part of, 7) educate others with your privilege to check themselves, and 8) call people out and embrace being called out about privilege.

After the jump, New Black Woman breaks  it down for us all.


God is love and hatin’ is Satan

This song is so up-lifting, it moves me every time I hear it. Murs is a great lyricist with a positive message. I’m making a list of songs that could be  used in youth education and this song definitely makes the cut. If left to their own devices, young people will gravitate toward bad rap music. I just want to show them the good stuff that is out there, beyond the mainstream.

After the jump, some uplifting lyrics from this song and a new video featuring Murs without his dreads. I don’t know when that happened, but he’s a whole new dude.



Ode to the Dewey Decimal system

I had a great day at the library yesterday. Every time I use the Dewey decimal system I think of Party Girl, one of my favorite movies of all time.


And now a moment of silence for my i-pod

Me and the i-pod during happier times

I have dropped my i-pod classic many times but yesterday was different. When I was getting out of the car, it flew out of my lap and hit the asphalt parking lot. I thought nothing of it, as it had survived so many awful drops before. Yet when I went to turn it on, all I saw was a picture of a sick i-pod with x’s for eyes  and the web address for i-pod support. That’s when I knew it was serious, I started to worry that was the Apple equivalent of the blue screen of death.

I turned the i-pod over to look at the back and it made a rattling sound. Hmmm, that’s new. I turned it over again, same noise, like something large was moving around inside. That’s when I called it, there’s just no coming back from knocking a piece loose. So I shall pour some coffee on the keyboard and say good-bye to my first i-pod. I couldn’t imagine the last six years without it.

Chiddy Bang

I’ve been listening to Chiddy Bang non-stop for days! Always happy to find some great new talent.

Thanks to the Hairpin’s post on the duo Chiddy Bang, I have downloaded a ton of their music for FREE. They have a new album coming out. After the jump, the killer first single from the new album and a couple other fun tracks.



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By the rivers of Babylon

There is something about this song that resonates deep within me. It is a reggae classic, written in 1970, that has been remade many times over by reggae artists, gospel choirs and everyone in-between. This version is by Jimmy Cliff, a reggae legend, and it shows the up-lifting power of the song. It’s a song that is meant to be experienced, I highly recommend you sing along while playing it loudly.

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