james x nina


ryder blake + relationships

Even from someone who’s soul is damaged, you sure do care a lot about them.

(DJ Sace)

Last month I kicked off the year by premiering my monthly mix series, FoodForTheSoul, a monthly mix series in which I plan to capture the hearts and cultivate the minds of my listeners while also introducing each and everyone of you to new & different tunes each month. As February serves as the second month of the year, this here is my second show of the mix. Recently (as always), there has been TOO MANY tragic events within the African-American culture as it seems the fight for equality is still present today.. for some reason. Amongst many positive movements that have been created, many peaceful protests started (some which I have participated in), many intelligent people voicing their opinions in this fight, etc. I asked myself, “what can/will I do/create to give my input into this fight?” My answer…. this mix, I’ve decided to dedicate Mix #002 to Black History Month. Still showcasing that conscious records are important while spotlighting few of the MANY artists who continue to fight for and alongside us during these times, while also taking a blast to the past with the Civil Rights Activists (Artists). Enjoy.

1. Merica Distorted - Dalure
2. Say It Loud - James Brown
3. Audubon Ballroom - Lupe Fiasco
4. The People - Common
5. Change Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
6. Changes - Tupac
7. Black President - NaS (feat. Johnny Polygon)
8. Freedom of Speech - Wale
9. Made in America (Instrumental) - Produced by Sak Pase
10. What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
11. Chime of Freedumb - Stalley (feat. Rashad)
12. New National Anthem - T.I. (feat. Skylar Grey)
13. I Stand Alone - Robert Glasper (feat. Common & Patrick Stump)
14. Keep On Pushing - The Impressions
15. Express Yourself - N.W.A.
16. Black Maybe - Common (feat. Bilal)
17. The Kramer - Wale
18. All Black Everything - Lupe Fiasco
19. Who Will Survive In America - Kanye West
20. Glory - Common & John Legend
21. Malcolm X UC Berkley Debate (Interlude)
22. Fight The Power - Public Enemy
23. Us - Ice Cube
24. Hands Up - Vince Staples
25. You Can’t Stop Us Now - NaS (feat. Eban Thomas of The Stylistics & The Last Poets)
26. James Baldwin’s “Who Is The Nigger?” (Interlude)
27. Mr. Nigga - Mos Def
28. Another Naive Individual Glorifying Greed & Ecouraging Racism - Big K.R.I.T.
29. Inner City Blues - Marvin Gaye
30. Around My Way - Lupe Fiasco
31. Tell The Children - Think
32. Hands Up - Nikki Jean
33. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” (Interlude)
34. To Be Young, Gifted, & Black - Nina Simone
35. We’re A Winner - The Impressions
36. I Can - NaS
37. Revolution - Nina Simone
38. Be Free (Live) - J. Cole

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October 15, 2017


by Ernest Shaw Jr.

“Malcolm X touched me in my 20s; Baldwin in my 30s,” Shaw told CNN. “Now in my 40s, as I am watching my daughter grow into womanhood, it’s Nina Simone.”  Born in 1933 as Eunice Kathleen Waymon, the aspiring classical pianist changed her name to Nina Simone when race limited her options and she didn’t want her family to know she was being forced to turn to “The Devil’s Music”—playing jazz in Atlantic City. Despite having recorded more than 40 albums between 1958 and 1974 her story and her activism were largely unrecognized before the 2015 film “What Happened, Miss Simone.” Raised in West Baltimore by parents who insisted on his learning the history and culture of black America, Ernest Shaw Jr. says Simone’s story “could be a case study for what a lot of black women deal with.” Shaw’s powerful tribute to his influencers is at Barclay and E. Lafayette in Baltimore’s Greenmount West neighborhood.  @eshaw_art  @bmoreart