‘The Gentrification Song’ Is The Inner-City Blues Amerika Deserves From Rap

When Biggie Smalls is nearly banished from Bed-Stuy, the writing is on the wall. An outside mural dedicated in 2015 to the deceased hip-hop icon and Brooklyn native Notorious B.I.G. barely avoided permanent removal last month after the building’s landlord threatened to do away with it for major renovations. Consider it another anecdote in America’s urban makeover. […]

Brushy One String

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/24/468014624/brushy-one-string-tiny-desk-concert tiny desk Artists shine given restrictions and limitations. Subtlety and nuance are more easily found in minimalism than excess. That’s the beauty of Brushy One String, whose sound is made by one big fat E-string and a voice so rich and full, all it wants is a bit of rhythmic and melodic underpinning. Brushy […]

Amid A Shortage Of Welderz, Some Prisonz Offer Training

by  Susanna Capelouto Inmates Ted Stancil (from left), Steven Bass and Christopher Peeples, with their welding Instructor Jeremy Worley (standing in center) at Walker State Prison in Georgia. The inmates are working toward a welding certificate. Susanna Capelouto/WABE America needs more welders — and soon. Baby boomers with the skill are retiring and not enough […]

If North Korean Prisonz Constitute Crimez Against Humanity, so too do Amerika’z

by Kevin Rashid Johnson Based on its 400 page report on prison conditions in North Korea (NK), a special United Nations (UN) commission created under the auspices of the United States, has condemned (NK) as an evil human rights violator.1) The report claims to draw on the testimonies of victims and witnesses to decades (NK) […]