From July, 2015

Back in the Day: Before the War Came: Nostalgia and Liberian Independence

  Song: Comin’ Home Artist: Tecumsay Roberts Album: Comin’ Home Writer: Tecumsay Roberts, Anthony James, Boni Boyer Released: Bamboo Records, Year Unknown All Hail Liberia, Hail: Liberia, West Africa was colonized by freed slaves from the United States of America, through the sponsorship of the American Colonization Society. It was their belief that freed blacks would have more opportunity for success in Africa, and more than five-thousand black Americans were sent to Liberia. These Americo-Liberians or “Congo People” as my mother references them, created a socio-political caste system that mirrored that of the United States; a minority ruling class maintaining complete…

400 Years: On Confederate Flags and Black Liberation

Song: 400 Hundred Years Artist: The Wailers/Peter Tosh Album: Catch a Fire/Equal Rights Writer: Peter Tosh Released: 1973/2011 Legacy Release My experience with the 4th of July has been a bit different, as I am a first generation American. My parents were never truly invested; however for the sake of their American born children, [they] assimilated to some customs; mainly throwing barbecues or going to Stone Mountain Park to watch the laser show. This was an all day affair; the laser show would bring together thousands of families who converged upon Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park. They all came to sit…