It may be difficult for anyone born after 1980 to fully grasp how important Aretha Franklin has been to America. There is simply no longer any national context or political narrative that adequately explains it. She began as just a small girl whose remarkable voice was big enough to convey all the frustrated yearnings of an oppressed people, and all the unfulfilled promise of a great nation. We no longer inhabit the kind of world that gave shape, depth, and momentum to Franklin’s career — my own experiential understanding of America has more in common with that of my grandmother, who was born in 1888, than with people who hit their teens or twenties during the 21st century. With Aretha passing this week at the age of 76, I thought of her scene in 1980’sBlues Brothers, a vastly underrated musical comedy that visually centers everything good about this country around the art and personal struggles of roots musicians like Aretha, Ray Charles, and John Lee Hooker. … [Read more...] about Aretha: The Voice of America
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest New China worry for Donald Trump: Can U.S. win propaganda war against 'Voice of China'? The 'Voice of China' propaganda blitzkrieg is meant to neutralize U.S. influence on every continent. But there's time to catch up and turn the tide. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Nation's Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Haroon K. Ullah, Opinion contributor Published 3:15 a.m. ET April 5, 2018 The 'Voice of China' propaganda blitzkrieg is meant to neutralize U.S. influence on every continent. But there's time to catch up and turn the tide. CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE President Trump has more than tariffs, trade wars and military … [Read more...] about New China worry for Donald Trump: Can U.S. win propaganda war against ‘Voice of China’?
The Chinese Communist Party announced this week the creation of a universal propaganda arm named “Voice of China,” which the regime hopes will “ensure its voice is heard loud and clear around the world.” The broadcast media under Voice of China appear to aspire to be a mirror image of the U.S. government’s human rights journalism network Voice of America, founded in 1942 as a counterbalance to the sophisticated Nazi propaganda machine. The organization will employ 14,000 people to spread Chinese propaganda globally.The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, explained in an article published Sunday that Voice of China “is the combination of China Central Television (including China Global Television Network), China National Radio, and China Radio International, and it will serve as an institution directly under the State Council.” It remains unclear if, like Voice of America, Voice of China will also consist of … [Read more...] about Xi Jinping Launches ‘Voice of China’ Network to Show China as ‘Builder of World Peace’
On the final night of a convention filled with mishaps -- of the plagiarism, non-endorsement varieties -- Donald Trump painted a bleak picture of America, even as he officially accepted the Republican party's nomination for the presidency. His name was stamped in bold font across the convention hall jumbotron as he walked on stage. "I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States," Trump began his speech. He paused for a moment before departing from his prepared remarks to join the audience in chanting: "USA! USA! USA!" At this point, Trump couldn't help but gloat a little over his victory in the primary race. "Who would have believed that when we started this journey on June 16th of last year we - and I say 'we' because we are a team - would have received almost 14 million votes, the most in the history of the Republican Party," he said, "and that the Republican Party would get 60 percent more votes than it received four years ago." He noted that … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Donald Trump offers dark vision of America in GOP convention speech
In this epidemic of shootings, the country is looking for solutions, and CBS News is listening to a variety of ideas to end the bloodshed. In a series being called, "Voices Against Violence," CBS News is asking people to give their views on gun violence. In the fourth video of the series, Gun Owners of America executive director Larry Pratt discusses a link between gun-free zones and mass shootings. "We have advocated, really ever since Columbine, that the problem of mass murder in this country is the gun-free zone," says Pratt. Watch the video above to hear his take on how to reduce gun violence. In the the previous installment of "Voices Against Violence," Andy Parker -- father of slain CBS affiliate WDBJ reporter Allison Parker who was shot along with videographer Adam Ward by a lone gunman while they reported the news -- spoke out. Before Parker, "Voices Against Violence" featured former Congressman Patrick Kennedy. Kennedy, who lost two of his uncles to gun violence, discussed … [Read more...] about Voices Against Violence: Gun Owners of America