From an early age, she wrote poetry. Inspired by Tupac Shakur’s album “2Pacalypse Now,” she turned her poems into rap. “He was talking about social issues in his community, telling a story with poetry over a beat,” she said. “And I was sold for the rest of my life.” … [Read more...] about Rapper Genesis Be’s long battle versus the Confederate flag
According to Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally, the band left San Francisco for Los Angeles in January 1966 to pursue success in the music industry. When that didn’t play out, the band came home and took a six-month summer rental at Olompali, a century-old adobe mansion with outbuildings, a swimming pool and vast grounds for horseback riding, just west of Highway 101. … [Read more...] about Unearthed Grateful Dead pool party photos debut at North Bay museum exhibition
It's not that Kamala Harris hadn't discussed her Black racial identity before. She is a proud Black woman. And like Tiger Woods, Meghan Markle, and, of course, Barack Obama, Harris has come to expect lines of inquiry that necessitate such acts of racial self-disclosure. But Harris's DNC remarks felt like a calculated corrective to a 2019 interview in which she claimed that Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and Cardi B were her favorite artists. What was perhaps merely an ill-prepared response to a softball question became a cringe-worthy meme in which Harris's grasp of hip-hop came across as slippery and her authenticity was called into question. Harris's defenders complained that her "blackness" was being unfairly challenged and critiqued while snickering pundits accused Harris of lying and "playing up parts of her identity to impress Black voters." Before announcing her presidential run, Harris had spoken much more convincingly of her love for Stevie Wonder, Bootsy Collins, and Aretha Franklin. But … [Read more...] about Does Kamala Harris’s music matter?