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roll the dice: miles and miles

a quick note.  today in the times i came across an obit on soprano camilla williams, the first african american woman to secure a contract with a major u.s. opera company.  but see she never really got that credit, most believe marian anderson broke that barrier.  camilla’s quote on being denied the light due to her moved me so much, she said, ““the lack of recognition for my accomplishments used to bother me, but you cannot cry over those things.  there is no place for bitterness in singing. it works on the cords and ruins the voice. in his own good time, god brings everything right.”  amen.

check out this youtube playlist, almost a semester’s worth of rare footage and studio recordings of miles davis and of the album, kind of blue.  made my whole day yesterday while i studied studied studied.

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thank you for over 100,000 hits. a song and film for you, in gratitude.

dear readers,

a couple years ago i guided a latina student into do her hip hop politics midterm paper on chicano rap. she ended up winning a university wide award for that shit. via her momentum, she took flight, now you might see her on univision talking about a protest she organized. im so proud of her. alejandra, she reminds me why i love so much to teach and encourage scholarship in young women.

today im leaving south india to head due north to bombay. my blood is cien por ciento indian, but i grew up in san diego (we call it dego, without knowing the racial implications), my hood we called mecca, also known as mira mesa. and that southern cali childhood wasn’t always so sunny, but you know whats funny, i wouldnt trade it. because its mine. chicano rap and r&b was all around, this here’s a remix of a song we used to chill to, by lighter shade of brown. the song and short film goes out to the sixoneNINE/even suburbs can’t take what’s mine/gonna create all down my life line/gods bless this path the girl she too fine/evil eye off, bring on the sunshine.

peace,
prof. singh

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roopstar songs on youtube: new videos from the politicalpoet

dear readers,

i have a passion for music, and i come from a long line of singers. if you don’t know, now you know. here are a couple cuts i’ve been working on over here in kerela, south india. i grew up on hip hop and indian spirituals. so i riff off both of those styles when i sing or rap. enjoy. and remember, get your paper ladies, don’t let los tigres distract you. xoxoxo.

dedicated to my shadow:

this one goes out to my global south folks. may the dope cultural connection between south america, the caribbean, and india only continue to grow through scholarship and art.

leave those youtube comments!

peace,
roopstar
the politicalpoet

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