US inmates stage nationwide prison labor strike over ‘modern slavery’ [theguardian.com]
There Was No Dress Code For My White Coworkers. But There Was For Me. [bustle.com]
“It’s unthinkable that a court would uphold a policy that effectively required White workers to alter their hair texture through costly, time-consuming procedures involving harsh chemicals.” — @RiaTabaccoMar[nytimes.com]
Ayanna Pressley Stuns Capuano in Massachusetts House Race in Upset for Insurgents [nyti.ms]
A few weeks ago a Black woman was assaulted by Asian store owner at a Tulsa beauty supply store. Now the owner of the store is selling all products for 50 % off and there is a line of Black women waiting to shop with this store.
Thomas Mukaya (Senior Reuters Photo Director, East Africa) is the photojournalist behind a 2017 photo of a protester catching a teargas canister. He is also the 2018 Annual Journalism Excellence Awards (AJEA) Photographer Of The Year. [twitter.com]
Original Cowboys of the West ca.1876 🐎 🔫 [twitter.com]
Emmett Till was murdered on this day in 1955. He was only 14-years-old. Sixty-three years later, federal lynching is still not a federal crime. Senators Booker, Scott, and I have introduced the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act to finally make it one. We can’t stay silent. [twitter.com]
Learn more: [bit.ly]
“From a slave’s collar to segregation signs, Oran Z has spent years collecting often shocking mementoes of America’s racial struggles. Now it all lies in shipping containers – and no institution will touch it” [theguardian.com]
‘What Dorothy Porter’s Life Meant for Black Studies’ — “Dorothy Porter, a Black woman pioneer in library and information science, created an archive that structured a new field.” [daily.jstor.org] via @JSTOR_Daily
New evidence that losing your job is even more stressful for Black Americans [brook.gs] via @BrookingsInst with findings from @DukeAAAS‘s @SandyDarity & future @KirwanInstitute Director @DarrickHamilton
Anyways, I have to walk my sister now to the radiology department for her 15th round of radiation therapy. Please have my sister in thoughts and prayers as she battles adenocarcinoma of the uterine wall and the paraneoplastic syndromes that follows.
Important: “Aggressive policing can…lower the educational performance of African-American youth. These findings provide evidence that the consequences of policing extend into…social life, with implications for the educational trajectories …and social inequality” [twitter.com]
Nigeria comes second, with 99.5 million users.
Skin bleaching products make up 23% of the skin care product market. [feminisminindia.com]
India’s Biometric Database Is Creating A Perfect Surveillance State — And U.S. Tech Companies Are On Board [tech.slashdot.org]
L.A. County gets state approval of new vote-counting system using open source software [latimes.com]
Data of 130 Million Chinese Hotel Chain Guests Sold on Dark Web Forum [bleepingcomputer.com]
Eight Artists of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora Exhibit in Jamaica, Queens [hyperallergic.com]
Randy Weston, Pianist Who Traced Africa in Jazz, Dies at 92 [nyti.ms]
Jazz pianist Randy Weston left us this morning at age 92. Weston was the ultimate individualist whether at the keyboard (where he was a Monk disciple before almost anyone else) or when moving his jazz career from NY to North Africa. An irreplaceable artist & inspiring role model. [twitter.com]
“In the late 1960s, Randy Weston—at the time already an established jazz giant—left the United States to live in Africa, thereby building a bridge between Africa’s cultural roots and influence and the USA, which in turn was reflected in his music.” [boesendorfer.com][twitter.com]
Mali singer Khaira Arby, ‘Nightingale of Timbuktu,’ dies at 59 | The Japan Times [japantimes.co.jp]
Jean-Pierre Leloir’s colour photographs of American jazz legends in France: John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Billie Holiday, and Eric Dolphy. [twitter.com]
‘The Annunciation of a Woman’ by Harmonia Rosales, contemporary Afro-Cuban US artist known for foregrounding black women in Western and religious imagery to create an alternative world vision #womensart[twitter.com]
I don’t need to read any more think pieces about whether or not poetry matters. How about this short poem from THE SECOND O OF SORROW by Sean Thomas Dougherty. [twitter.com]
Excited to be participating in this amazing conference in Leeds! [twitter.com]
I keep this book in my mental currency TayannahLeeMcQuillars documentation [twitter.com]
Alice Coltrane’s technique of achieving pitch bend by turning her electric Hammond OFF then quickly back ON was revolutionary! It is one of the EARLIEST examples of HACKING for musical effect. It PREDATES Moog or ARP. She has gotten NO CREDIT FOR THIS.
Theft! A History of Music is a graphic novel laying out a 2000-year long history of musical borrowing from Plato to rap. It is available as a handsome paperback, and for free download under a Creative Commons license. [law.duke.edu] => @megafunkmega[twitter.com]
The wigs and robes worn by judges and lawyers in former British colonies are among the most glaring symbols of colonial inheritance; an inheritance so old-fashioned and uncomfortable that even British barristers have stopped wearing them. [thisisafrica.me][twitter.com]