Aretha Franklin’s American Soul
“I don’t care what they say about Aretha,” Billy Preston, who died in 2006, once said. “She can be hiding out in her house in Detroit for years. She can go decades without taking a plane or flying off to Europe. She can cancel half her gigs and infuriate every producer and promoter in the country. She can sing all kinds of jive-ass songs that are beneath her. She can go into her diva act and turn off the world. But on any given night, when that lady sits down at the piano and gets her body and soul all over some righteous song, she’ll scare the shit out of you. And you’ll know—you’ll swear—that she’s still the best fuckin’ singer this fucked-up country has ever produced.”
music  voice  soul  gospel  review  culture  black  appreciation  virtuosity 
Why Ghanaians are so slow to bury their dead
I am blaming the Ghanaian funeral madness on refrigeration.

Without fridges, we would not be able to keep bodies for the ludicrously long periods we currently do.
Ghana  Culture  funerals  observation  mum  perception  Africa 
11 weeks ago
At Least a Million Sub-Saharan Africans Moved to Europe Since 2010
1.7 million Ghanaians (or 6% of Ghana’s population) applied for the U.S. diversity lottery in 2015
migration  immigration  Africa  Europe  usa  poverty  Development  statistics  research 
march 2018
Jesus Valles - Austin is an exhausting place where racism smiles...
Austin is an exhausting place where racism smiles at you and does yoga and is a kind teacher and is such a good actor and is just trying to help you and just wants to know why you're so upset and thinks we should wait to know more details and tells you the bomber was a nice, young man who was troubled and it's the smiling face of a white boy on a Statesman story about a murderer and it could never happen here and he was home schooled and just look at his mom's post from his graduation and it tells you maybe you shouldn't jump to conclusions and speaks shitty Spanish at you in hopes to make you feel more comfortable and has an all white cast and fucks you at night but thinks you shouldn't be so angry all the time and ignores you in line at the pizza place and loves this cool coffee place where you get to just hang with cats and runs an independent bookstore and is one of your students in that one class who is always making those comments and it calls itself socially liberal but fiscally conservative and his improv show was so good and it calls the cops on the neighbors because they're so loud all the time and that's just how he is with all women, don't take it personally and the department is absolutely not discriminatory and can't be racist because they're Mexican and just wishes these people would stop blocking the street and gay pride is just not the right time to protest about Black Lives Matter and would love to have a conversation with you in private and just thinks we should be fighting the real enemy and if you would just give it a moment to explain itself and is so sorry that things got out of hand, it was just such a stressful day and it just loves all the new business coming into the city and it thinks that H&M thing was just way blown out of proportion and it wants to audition for RuPaul's Drag Race and would just like you to read the book before you get so angry and it can't understand why people get so upset and just wants to clarify that it's not officially sponsoring the event, just making a little money off of it and says it has a constitutional right to free speech and it calls itself an ally when its being watched and it waits to get drunk to say racist shit and then tells you it's just a joke
march 2018
Comfort Measures
Dying is not peaceful; dying is hard fucking work. Dying is active. We leave this world with the same movement as we came into it, and just as there’s no wrong way to be born — as the hospice nurse told us — there’s no wrong way to die. There’s only the struggle of getting there. There are only varying levels of comfort and fear. There is only the time it takes to do it. There is what you leave behind, and who you leave it with.
death  family  memory  obituary  culture  observation  grief  perception  health  mourning 
march 2018
The Untreatable
Gavin Francis reviews ‘Pale Rider’ by Laura Spinney
disease  medicine  Publichealth  health  history  science  research  flu  epidemic 
january 2018
The Race to Solar-Power Africa
electricity and its killer apps - cell phone charging
Energy  Development  Africa  Ghana  Tanzania  Economics  Strategy  finance  LowEndTheory 
january 2018
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria warns Nigerian citizens of the continuing risks of travel to the U.S. and recommends that Nigerian citizens avoid all travel to Texas, Nevada, Missouri, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Arkansas, Idaho, California, New Jersey and Tennessee because of the large number of hate groups and/or the situation in those states being fluid and unpredictable. Due to the persistent threat of domestic terrorism by lone white wolves with mental health issues the Nigerian government restricts travel by Nigerian government personnel to all areas where civilian Americans are allowed to freely purchase automatic firearms and limits the activities of Nigerian government and personnel and their family members while in New York, Atlanta, and Houston. (To be clear, they have guns and they kill people, especially black people.)
Humour  satire  hatchetjob  usa  nigeria  guns  violence  culture  race  politics 
november 2017
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