Music Video of the Week

September 21, 2013

Gil Scott-Heron – Alien (Hold On To Your Dream)


El remordimiento

September 21, 2013

El remordimiento

He cometido el peor de los pecados
que un hombre puede cometer. No he sido
feliz. Que los glaciares del olvido
me arrastren y me pierdan, despiadados.
Mis padres me engendraron para el juego
arriesgado y hermoso de la vida,
para la tierra, el agua, el aire, el fuego.
Los defraudé. No fui feliz. Cumplida
no fue su joven voluntad. Mi mente
se aplicó a las simétricas porfías
del arte, que entreteje naderías.
Me legaron valor. No fui valiente.
No me abandona. Siempre está a mi lado
La sombra de haber sido un desdichado.

– Jorge Luis Borges

Voice of the Day

September 21, 2013

“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”

– Mae C. Jemison

I Am Troy Davis

September 21, 2013

It was two years ago today that a monstrous miscarriage of justice was committed by the state of Georgia as its unrelenting pursuit to execute Troy Davis finally came to fruition.

Troy was executed even though there was no DNA evidence and no weapon that linked him to the murder that was committed. The majority of the witnesses in his case recanted their testimony against Troy because, as they explained, they were pressured and threatened by the police to give false testimony.

Troy Davis will never be forgotten.

The best way to honor him today is to fight to end the death penalty.

Troy Davis’ life and struggle against the death machine in Georgia and in the US will be vindicated one day when in our society it will no longer be possible to execute another human being.


“Invisible Man” banned in North Carolina

September 21, 2013

The idea that a book should be banned is offensive on so many levels and a vulgar attack on humanity.

It continues to happen in the US and every time it does I’m so disgusted and angry that book banning is still considered acceptable and that it is carried out.

In this latest incident it involves none other than Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, one of the greatest novels in American Literature, that deals so powerfully with the issue of race and black identity in American society.

The people responsible for banning Invisible Man have never read the book and will never read the book.

They don’t have the capacity to do so.

And it is not a stretch to point out that the race of the author and race as a central theme in the book are factors in the decision to ban the book.

I certainly hope that this vile act of censorship is overturned.

“Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, published in 1952, was banned in Randolph County, N.C., after a mother’s 12-page complaint.

By Carolyn Kellogg

Ralph Ellison’s novel “Invisible Man” has been banned from school libraries in Randolph County, N.C. The book is considered by many to be an masterful novel dealing with race in America.

“I didn’t find any literary value,” said school board member Gary Mason before the board voted 5-2 to ban the book.

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Santana and Friends Team to Save Coltrane Home

September 21, 2013

Santana and Friends Team to Save Coltrane Home
Benefit planned to open residence where “A Love Supreme” was written to the public

By Emily Hutton

The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, N.Y., where the late saxophonist John Coltrane lived from 1964-67, Long Island has long been deemed historic. The Long Island home is not only where Coltrane and his wife, Alice, raised their children, but it is also where Coltrane composed A Love Supreme. Now, according a press release, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the Coltrane residence “one of the most endangered historic places in the country,” and Carlos Santana and friends are stepping in to help.

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Hendrix Documentary

September 15, 2013

The American Masters series on PBS will be featuring Jimi Hendrix.

The documentary, Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’, will have never before seen footage, home movies, photos and much more.

The two hour documentary will premiere on November 5th.

This is really exciting and needless to say, a must see.