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The Last Soul Man Standing

In Music by Emmanuel LittleLeave a Comment

Ray. Otis. Sam. Al. Bill. Bobby. James. Curtis. Stevie. Donny. Marvin. Mere mention of this lineage of soul men instantly evokes the emotion, pain, joy, and raw authenticity of the many classic songs they’ve given us. Their songs provided the soundtracks for plenty of memorable moments – from cookouts to weddings to bedrooms and seemingly everything…

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Music as My Ministry

In Music by Emmanuel LittleLeave a Comment

I miss going to church. As I write this, it's been months since I've entered a sanctuary. As someone who was raised, empowered by, and coddled within the Black church, with two preachers for parents (one being a pastor), this is no small feat. Cognitive dissonance between my own Blackness, personal politics & my Christianity…

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EA Big: Shifting Sports Gaming Paradigms

In Sports by Garfield HyltonLeave a Comment

Grunting men and sneaker squeaks rush through my surround speakers, enveloping the room with sound and cradling me in its center. My fingers move in rhythm, perfectly in tune from years of repetition to control the avatars moving at breakneck speeds on my television. Just Blaze’s booming soundtrack vibrates the walls of my room. My…

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Life After Losing Jordan: When 3 1/2 Minutes Becomes Forever

In Film by Bradford Howard1 Comment

"You were supposed to protect him.” Barely five minutes into the HBO documentary 3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets, director Marc Silver depicts Jordan Davis’s parents, Lucia McBath and Ron Davis, having a conversation at the kitchen table. Davis is, of course, the 17-year-old Jacksonville, Florida, teen who was shot and killed during a disagreement at…

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What We Bring to Light: A Conversation with John Legend

In Art & Media, Entertainment, Social Justice by JosieLeave a Comment

John Legend has ten Grammy awards. This may be the least interesting thing about him. After all, plenty of remarkably talented musicians also choose silence— especially in times like this one, where expressing one's politics is more likely than ever to alienate potential audience. But Legend has done just the opposite. Legend has always supported…