Através da violência você pode matar um assassino, mas não pode matar o assassinato. Através da violência você pode matar um mentiroso, mas não pode estabelecer a verdade. Através da violência você pode matar uma pessoa odienta, mas não pode matar o ódio. A escuridão não pode extinguir a escuridão. Só a luz pode.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dorothy Dandridge at a May 26, 1963 Freedom Rally in Los Angeles.
“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
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.
Tracklist: 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
Mahatma Gandhi is a man who is widely praised and remembered for his mission for freedom and Liberation. His influence on Martin Luther King Jr. is often spoken about in mainstream education but what they never tell you is that Gandhi DID NOT LIKE nor RESPECT BLACK PEOPLE. He believed that Indians and their white oppressors were superior to Blacks. In fact, the word Mahatma means “Great Soul” so I am even reluctant to call him that. He is quoted several times referring to Africans as “Kaffirs”; a word that is equivalent to the “N” word. He believed that Africans were uncivilized savages BY NATURE and needed to be saved. Doesn’t that sound familiar? Gandhi described us as troublesome, very dirty, and living like animals. He had a serious problem with Africans living among his people and wanted the two to be segregated. In 1904, he would to protest the placing of Africans in his city saying, “Ours is one continued struggle sought to be inflicted upon us by the Europeans, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir. Why, of all places in Johannesburg, the Indian Location should be chosen for dumping down all the Kaffirs of the town passes my comprehension.” He believed it was the greatest form of disrespect for White people to consider Indians the same as Black People. It is very important that we see through some of the illusions that are thrown our way. Black people Stop praising Gandhi. If he was still here, he would not be praising you.
Written by @KingKwajo