Originally released as a 12-album cycle, with more than 8.5 hours of music, the 400 Suite shares a condensed series of themes told through the musical vision of Dr. Lomax. The listener is transported through chronological abstractions of the Afrikan experience: past, present, and future beginning with pre-colonial Afrika, through the 400 years of the Ma’afa (“Black Holocaust” 1619-2019) and concludes with an optimistic glimpse into what the future can hold for the Afrikan diaspora. … [Read more...] about Critically Acclaimed Composer Dr. Mark Lomax, II Addresses Critical Issues Around Race, Class and Gender Through Music
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These actions represent the “normal” part of the Trump presidency. The fact that the new Republican president is serving as a loyal general in the one percent’s class war would be wholly unremarkable, had Trump not campaigned as a populist outsider. But then, if Trump hadn’t run as a populist outsider, it’s quite possible that there wouldn’t be a new Republican president. The mogul’s success in the primary and general elections had many causes, but one was likely his avoidance of conservative platitudes about bootstraps and “makers and takers.” … [Read more...] about ‘Small Government’ Conservatism Is Killing Republican Voters
They were not as wealthy in proportion to the average American as the delegates to the first Continental Congress, but were still five to 10 times richer. At the Convention, their interests created a governing system that completely intertwined the rights of individuals with the rights of creditors. The Senate was conceived of as a bastion of the wealthy and as a balance to a House of Representatives populated by the lower classes. Benjamin Franklin even suggested not paying senators to ensure that only the wealthy took such posts. Alexander Hamilton wanted a virtual House of Lords. The “balance of powers” was not only a philosophy of governance, it was a way of balancing the clout of rich and poor. … [Read more...] about The One Percenters Always Helped Rule America. They Weren’t Always So Self-Serving.
But Clinton also blamed Sanders’ supporters for fostering a culture of sexism in politics -- a charge that is especially sensitive now, given that Sanders’ top progressive rival in the 2020 race, Warren, has accused him of suggesting a woman couldn’t win the White House during a private meeting between the two in 2018. … [Read more...] about Hillary Clinton says ‘nobody likes’ Bernie Sanders
With some provisions of Senate Bill 1 taking effect later this year, the tax breaks have reignited a debate from 2017, when the Legislature and then-Gov. Jerry Brown raised gas taxes by 17.6 cents per gallon and implemented an annual $100 fee for some zero-emission vehicles, effective July 1, 2020, to help pay for repairs to state roads and bridges. … [Read more...] about Owners of electric cars get a break on the gas tax. It’s costing California $32 million