“AIDS has been allowed to stalk and murder Black America like a serial killer because we have been a compliant victim, submitting through inaction. It is now time for us to fight AIDS like the major civil rights issue it is…” The Rev. Jesse Jackson.
I still remember when Oprah Winfrey had her famous show about black men living on the down low back in 2004. The show featured J. L. King, a man who made millions telling a story about men secretly having sex with men while pretending to live a seemingly normal, heterosexual life. Like the rest of the country, I was shocked by what Mr. King said, and I’ve seen a tremendous amount of evidence that this counter culture does indeed exist.
I loved the fact that Oprah helped to make all of us aware of what was going on in our community. She saved a lot of lives in the process. But the flip side of sounding the alarm bell is that some of us can become excessively alarmed, and perhaps even a bit paranoid. I argue that it was these episodes of the Oprah Winfrey Show which led to a form of sexual McCarthyism in black America. Read more…
The Roots Announce the Release of the “undun” App This Thursday, December 1st
New Album undun to be Released December 6th
The Roots Set to Perform Series of Dates at New York City’s Highline Ballroom on November 29th, 30th and December 5th
The Rootsare set to debut a new App on December 1st as a companion piece to their new album undun (Island Def Jam), out December 6th. Through the use of photos, lyrics, a series of interviews and music video vignettes, the app provides an immersive experience that elucidates the life and times of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999), whom the album is based, a complex youth who struggles to definite himself within a troubled inner city milieu and dies in the process.
undunmarks the first conceptually- based album from The Roots and quickly reaffirms the creativity of the outfit that are notorious for pushing the envelope. The album’s first single “Make My” featuring Big K.R.I.T. was released November 1st on iTunes which Billboard praised, “the musicality of the veteran group shines bright.” Through the use and emotives and Redford Steven’s internal dialogues, the album is an existential re-telling of his short life, seeking to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out ‘on the corner’. Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented—postmortem—and attempting to make sense of his former life. As he moves through its pivotal moments he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun.
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TUNE IN and WATCH Music World Gospel Recording Artist LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON on BET’s 106 & Park TODAY…Thursday, December 1…6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST