Music exists partly to challenge those authorities (i)

Sinead O'Connor Rivers of Babylon (live)
Sinead O'Connor - Fire On Babylon
Sinead O'Connor - Downpressor Man / None a Jah Jah Children
Sinead O'Connor - War

[…] In order to understand the
dynamics of reggae, however, a clear understanding of Rastafari must be
grasped. Reggae is an auditory representation of the experience of
Rastafari which is based on the mystical union of the human and the
divine. Rastafari, like many syncretized religions of the African
diaspora seeks a unity (
inity) of the personal, social, and intrapersonal aspects of being. This inity is expressed in the concept of InI,
which depending on the context, could refer to the individual, the
community, or divinity located in the personage of His Imperial
Majesty, Haile Selassie I, Jah Ras Tafari. Everything begins and ends
As Dawes explains, “Rastafarianism represents a fundamental break with
traditional and conventional Judaeo-Christianity. It redefines the
meaning of deity and recasts the figure of God in terms that are
antithetical to colonial representations of the Christian godhead. By
establishing a god in Haile Selassie, Rastafarianism breaks away from
the patterns of conventional Christianity that operate in Jamaica and
brings into being a new and very elaborate series of modern myths”
(98). Rastafari’s insistence on the validity of individual experience,
the indwelling god, “I,” whose union with the ever living God, “I”,
provided an
intellectual and experiential basis
to its claims. There was no difference between “I” and “I”. The
Cartesian mind/body split and the “I” and “Thou” of Buber were
obliterated. As Dawes further states, “This lends to reggae a defiant
but complex mythology and offers the reggae influenced artist an
approach to art that allows for a dialogue between the political and
the spiritual. Essentially, this quality in reggae defies much of the
binarism that characterises much of western discourse” (99). In other
words, the
legitimacy of a reggae influenced artist’s work would be based on her depiction of the experiences of the landscape, peoples, religions and cultures of the Caribbean or Plantation America […]

That's from Geoffrey Philp's "Reggae, Rastafari and Aesthetics" (via Planet Grenada) and it went well for me this evening with Spinner's "Sinead O'Connor Gives a Lesson in 'Theology'"

First and foremost as a way of using language

Weird Al Yankovic – White and Nerdy Live

Mary Bucholtz, a linguist at the University of California,
Santa Barbara, has been working on the question for the last 12 years.
She has gone to high schools and colleges, mainly in California, and
asked students from different crowds to think about the idea of
nerdiness and who among their peers should be considered a nerd;
students have also “reported” themselves. Nerdiness, she has concluded,
is largely a matter of racially tinged behavior. People who are
considered nerds tend to act in ways that are, as she puts it,
“hyperwhite.” […]

That's how Benjamin Nugent's New York Times essay "Whos [sic] A Nerd?" begins.

Where’s a Venn diagram or mapmaker when you want one?

  1. Oklahoma City
  2. Birmingham
  3. Memphis
  4. Indianapolis
  5. Columbus
  6. Kansas City
  7. Cincinnati
  8. San Antonio
  9. Charlotte
  10. Salt Lake City
  11. Nashville
  12. Atlanta
  13. Cleveland
  14. St. Louis
  15. Milwaukee
  16. Dallas-Fort Worth
  17. Jacksonville
  18. Houston
  19. Detroit
  20. Austin

"Where to Rent Cheap: Some rents in major metropolitan areas rose more than 10% this year, but apartments in the Midwest and South remain easy on the pocket," Business Week, Maya Roney, January 10, 2007

  1. Jacksonville, FL
  2. Columbus, OH
  3. Indianapolis, IN
  4. Charlotte, NC
  5. Dallas, TX
  6. Nashville, TN
  7. Houston, TX
  8. Raleigh-Durham, NC
  9. Washington, D.C. Metro

"10 Best Cities for African-Americans," Black Enterprise, earlier this year.

  1. New York, NY
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Fort Collins, CO
  4. Raleigh-Durham, NC
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Portland, OR
  7. Boise, ID
  8. Salt Lake City, UT
  9. Miami, FL
  10. Austin, TX
  11. Madison, WI
  12. Tucson, AZ

U.S. cities listed in "30 Fastest Cities to Live, Work, and Play" slideshow in "Fast Cities 2007," Fast Company, Andrew Park, July/August 2007

On Vox: Where’s a Venn diagram or mapmaker when you want one?

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