For this post I went looking for the voices of women. In Angela Y. Davis Blues Legacies and Black Feminism the voices of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday gave rise to the roots of feminist thought for African American women in the 20th century. There were times when I felt I was taken […]Read more "Voices"
I am struggling with an issue which is personal to me: the complicity of all people in the South for the horrors of Jim Crow and all things racist. I have spent time reviewing and researching information that confirms for me that racism was not peculiar to the south and that the north doesn’t just […]Read more "“S-O-U-T-H-E-R-N HISTURHEE”"
I’m always a bit ashamed to admit that my memory is quite terrible. Whereas my siblings and friends all seem to remember the details of their childhood, I always have trouble recalling anything more than vague recollections. There are some memories that have stuck with me though, and one of those is the first time […]Read more "“Strange Fruit” Four Ways"
In reading Angela Davis’s fascinating account of female empowerment through blues in Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, I had to wonder…what is the current state of African American, female-driven songs? After doing a little research, which by no means is inclusive or in any way scientific (i.e. […]Read more "“Cuz if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it”"
If you ask a performer which is easier, acting out a scene or acting out a song, hands down the answer will be the song. When trying to convey emotion into a scene devoid of music, all you have to rely on is your own ability to interpret the situation. A song gives you emotional […]Read more "“No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen.”- Jewish Proverb"
In “Blues Legacies and Black Feminism,” Angela Davis exposes an issue that has long plagued the feminist movement as a whole. The movement has often struggled within itself because of differing ideals of womanhood and goals of the feminist cause. In the African American women’s community, as in the women’s movement as a whole, class […]Read more "Oil and Water in Feminism"
“It behooves each of us to learn more of Communist infiltration and the direction of Communist movements. Only through information and knowledge can we combat this alien menace to Constitutional government.” The “alien menace” spoken of in this quote is the famous Highlander Folk School of Monteagle, Tennessee. The Highlander Folk School was founded in […]Read more "Highland Folk School"
After reading Blues Legacies and Black Feminism, I wanted to know what happened next, in the decades after “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday dominated the blues genre. Did the style and themes of their music manifest themselves years later, and if so, how? Despite being a generation or two apart, there are clear […]Read more "They Will Survive: Lasting Legacies of the Classic Blues Women"
The Legislative Black Caucus of South Carolina is not calling for a worldwide class revolution, or even organizing a demonstration of thousands to demand bread. These lawmakers are, however, hitting white elites where it hurts by urging black football recruits to reconsider attending the University of South Carolina (USC). The caucus is responding to the university’s board […]Read more "Keeping them on the fields"
It is so easy to believe that the world Richard Wright created in his short stories no longer exists. Race relations and civil rights are taught as part of history courses, and as such, it is easy to fall into the security of thinking, ‘that was the past; now people are not so ignorant’. Wright […]Read more "A Brick a Noose and a Note"