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31 Dec 2011

Nina Simone – Mississippi Goddam

Filed under: — Al @ 6:08 pm

Nina Simone was an amazing talent and also a humanitarian. Props to Nina.

Happy New Year!

14 Mar 2011

#Jan25 Egypt

Filed under: — Al @ 11:09 am

A song and video was made in honor of the rebellion in Egypt which officially started January 25, 2011. The hash “#” is a shout out to Twitter*. It starts with a quote from Gandhi.

*Speaking of Twitter, one interesting thought I have heard is that when Mubarak literally turned off the internet about 4 days into the protests, he essentially took people away from their homes and computers and out onto the streets. He grew the protests by doing that. It’s a very interesting point, and also shows how the internet, while helpful, can also make people passive and stay home.

14 Feb 2011

Sam Cooke Remembered

Filed under: — Al @ 12:36 pm

Sam Cooke was a very talented musician and civil rights activist. He wrote and performed some of the most famous songs of all time. He was senselessly murdered at the age of 33, in Los Angeles in 1964. According to Wikipedia, he “had 29 top-40 hits in the U.S. between 1957 and 1964.” He is considered a major pioneer of Soul Music. He also was a trailblazer by taking control of the business side of his art too, founding his own label and publishing company.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQU4torUz-Q

Check out this documentary about Cooke here on youtube. It is divided into 5 parts, here is the 1st…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Krb1e6mg5_Q

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