Summer Playlist 2019.

I’ve had a very depressing week. Many of us have had to get away from the media, for a while, because the brain can only handle so much bad news that it can do nothing at all about.

This Summer, I’m experiencing a little music nostalgia, but then that’s something that’s never far from me. As I get older, it feels inevitable to think back to my youth, even though I am generally not a nostalgic person. I often remember moments like snapshots in time, the way the light fell on a particular Summer day, or looking out the window of a bus at a particular landscape.

I try to counter nostalgia by keeping my perspective, and  remembering that things WERE NOT perfect when I was younger. The problems were simply different, though just as terrifying as right now. One of the ways I maintain hope for the future is by reveling in the GOOD things humanity has produced. We are not all bad. I realize that’s poor consolation when the bad guys seem to be winning, but that what I got. As awful as we can be to each other, we are a species worth saving, and beautiful music is one those reasons.

I hope some of these songs make you feel good, even if, unlike me,  you don’t have any specific memories to go along with them. I hope that you listen to them and are soothed for a little while.

 

Lets Do It Again – Staple Singers

This is for those Summer Sunday love scenes:

 

 

Sunflower – Post Malone

I love this song, and its been on my Playlist since December. This is dedicated to all the mild mannered, carefree Black boys, just hangin’ out with their friends, trying to hit up the neighborhood hottie, and keepin’  it musical:

 

 

Easy – Commodores

This is another Sunday morning song, for when you ain’t got nothing in particular to do, and you’re laying in bed, feeling good about the day ahead:

 

 

It Feels Like Summer – Childish Gambino

This song perfectly captures those days in the middle of Summer, when its too hot to do anything but sit on the porch, with a cold glass of iced tea, and watch the world ride by:

 

 

Love and Happiness – Al Green

This is another one of those Sunday songs. I got a lot of these, since Sunday is really one of the only days of the week I have off from work, or medical appointments:

 

 

Y’all Know – Will Smith

Here’s something a little more upbeat. I’ve been playing songs for chilling around the house, but this is for those Saturday afternoons, when you’ve just had some sugar, got a little more energy, and you’re hangin’ out with, and entertaining the kids:

 

 

Apeshit – Beyonce

I love this song because it reminds me of all those years of art school, and its Beyonce, in the Louvre, exactly where such a beautiful artist belongs. She continues to impress me:

 

 

Kika – 6ix9ine

This song has a lot of cussin’ in it, but in my head, its a classic Summer jam. There’s no deep messages in it beyond drinkin’, partyin’, dancin’, and having fun!

 

Street Life – Randy Crawford

This song reminds me of Saturday afternoons, watching Soul Train with my Mom, or any relatives that happened to wander into the house:

 https://youtu.be/cnNyxy7XPfs

 

Higher Love – Steve Winwood

I was not a Winwood fan before he made this song, but I’ve been one ever since. Every time I hear it, I wanna dance, and sing along. It’s addictive, and I like the message. A higher love indeedđź’•

 

 

I’ll post later this week about the kinds of things you can do, and what is being done for immigrant children, who are being held in Concentration Camps here in the US. I don’t want to be like the news and just present bad news to you with no way to help alleviate people’s pain, or provide any real information. You feel helpless, but you can help, and we’ll will talk about how.

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Finn, Reskinned

Real life monsters wish they had spin-teams as thorough as Kylo’s because they’ve literally made Kylo’s violence towards Rey, his act of patricide, and his eager indulgence in fascism… someone else’s fault.

via Finn, Reskinned — Stitch’s Media Mix

Summer Music Playlist 2019

Okay, here are the songs that are going to be on constant rotation on my phone this Summer of 2019. I guess the theme for the Summer is Into the Spiderverse, since I’m still stuck on that soundtrack.

 

You cannot have a Summer playlist without at least a handful of island sounds.

 

 

I fell in love with this song when I heard it on the radio in my car. Yes, I still listen to the regular radio, as its the only place I can stay up on the latest hits, really, without having to pay subscription fees. 

 

 

I just liked the video for this one when I came across it on Youtube.

 

 

There’s a lot of controversy about this song because Billboard took the song off the Country Music listings, saying that it wasn’t really a country song. The artist got a great deal of support from other artists in the Country music community, like Billy Ray Cyrus, who featured in the song just to spite the people at Billboard. Black people were pretty pissed off at Billbard’s questionable maneuver, since it was Black people who invented country music, but got pushed out of the genre, the more it was appropriated. 

 

 

This show is fire, and always features a different Korean Rap artist during the show’s end credits, but this one is based on the show’s opening theme. 

 

 

I’m going to write a post later about why I love this movie, despite how much some people hate it. I am not an Eminem fan but I’m willing to listen to the occasional song. I liked this video, which is every bit as wild and campy as the film.

 

 

I know absolutely nothing about Post Malone, but I love this song becasue I love sunflowers, and this video isn’t too bad either.

 

 

I don’t remember hearing this song in the movie, , but I love it, because it’s got this funky 70’s feel to it, that just seems to fit the movie.

 

 

My Summer playlist would not be complete without some old Classic Soul sounds from the 70’s. I actually do have a playlist with nothing but 70’s R&B songs, with multiple numbers from the Staple Singers.

 

 

More Spiderverse songs!

 

 

There are already people online talking about what a disaster this movie is going to be. How can a person totally trash a journey before they take it? I’m just baffled by that because I love the actors here, and it looks pretty cool because James Cameron knows how to do at least one thing extremely well – craft an action scene.

What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Keep Calm and Wait Your Turn — Stitch’s Media Mix

At every level of fandom, women of color are told to “be patient” and to “wait your turn” when we talk about the way that it stings to constantly see white female characters – like Wonder Woman, Rey, Black Widow, and Supergirl – held up as universal representation for all women.

via What Fandom Racism Looks Like: Keep Calm and Wait Your Turn — Stitch’s Media Mix

Fleeting Frustrations 6.5: “We Can’t Have Anything, Can We?” — Stitch’s Media Mix

Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of the Skywalker is the focus for the cover story for Vanity Fair’s Summer 2019 issue and readers were “blessed” with dual covers – one with Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren and the other with Daisy Ridley’s Rey. Written by The Magicians’ author Lev Grossman and interspersed with photos from Annie […]

via Fleeting Frustrations 6.5: “We Can’t Have Anything, Can We?” — Stitch’s Media Mix

The 10 Biggest Cultural Thefts in Black History

The Root lists the ten biggest moments of cultural apprpriation of Black Culture in this list, and yeah they are not wrong. The very first time I ever heard the original version of Hound Dog was in the movie A Few Good Men. Up til them i had only ever even heard of the Elvis Presley version. I was shooketh! I liked Elvis, but I had no idea how incredibly  fucking bland  White bread he was, until i heard the true funkiness of the original songs he appropriated for his career. After that I tried to find as many original versions of songs by popular White groups like The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles, that I could.

This didn’t just happen in Rock either. It happened in every form of music we created, and we’ve got some trying to do so now with Rap music but the only person who hs made any inroads has been Eminem and he can de dismissed at any time. White people keep trying to do it with R&B, but Black audiences have roundly rejected any attempts by them to blow up in that genre, so R&B is still pretty Black, despite Adele’s best efforts.

https://www.theroot.com/the-10-biggest-cultural-thefts-in-black-history-1835106474

This list was not voted on by a panel of wypipologists or vetted by the American Consortium of Caucasians Be Stealing. Instead of broad categories like the blues, jazz or Kardashian-ing (a verb that combines cultural appropriation and desperation for fame—also known as “Ariana Grandestanding”), we (meaning “I”) chose specific examples that met the following criteria:

  • Something was created by a black person or black people.
  • A white person or white people took it without permission.
  • The white person benefitted or profited.
  • The people who created the thing never shared in the recognition, accolades or financial benefit.

Netflix is airing a documentary on the history of the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

 

The Meanings Of Us: Colonialism

From War of the Worlds To  Us

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2008 saw the release of the movie The Strangers, one of a long line of home invasion movies throughout Hollywood history. A couple goes on  vacation and gets terrorized by three strangers, who  invade their home.

There have always been home invasion movies, but its a trope that became especially  popular after the Manson-Tate Murders in 1969, when followers of cult leader, Charles Manson, broke into the home of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski, killing Tate, and her unborn child, and leaving the graffiti, Helter Skelter, which was a reference to Manson’s plan that the murders would cause a race war that Black people would win.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article185581763.html

Manson believed the tensions between blacks and whites in the counter-cultural boiling pot of the 1960s would erupt into a cataclysmic race war that would end in the slaughter of nearly all white people. He called this doomsday scenario “Helter Skelter.”

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In 1938, Orson Welles adapted a radio play called War of the Worlds, a story about the invasion of England by Martians, who want to wipe out humanity, and take their place. The original story was written as a response to British Imperialism, and Victorian superstition. This is not the first alien invasion story, but it was certainly the most influential, because many of the alien invasion tropes we see in movies today, are heavily influenced by it ,and what has been obscured in most of these remakes and reimaginings is the author’s motivation in writing the initial text.

Wells said that the plot arose from a discussion with his brother Frank about the catastrophic impact of the British on indigenous Tasmanians. What would happen, he wondered, if Martians did to Britain what the British had done to the Tasmanians?[5] The Tasmanians however lacked the lethal pathogens to defeat their invaders.

The replacement of humanity by an alien invader has also been closely tied to restraints, on immigration, in North America. Approximately every twenty years, or so, Americans experience a paroxysm of paranoia on the subject, resulting in immigrant bans and racial exclusion acts. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, was the first real American law that restricted immigration on the basis of country of origin. There was also the Johnson -Reed Act of 1924, and America is currently experiencing a ban on immigration from predominantly Muslim nations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_laws_concerning_immigration_and_naturalization_in_the_United_States#1960s

Invasion, infiltration, and replacement aren’t topics exclusive to Science Fiction, as these are often covered in the Horror genre, and sometimes combined with SciFi.  In the 1955 novel by Jack Finney, Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, humanity is infiltrated, duplicated, and replaced, by aliens grown from plant like pods, while the humans sleep.

In the movie Us, the well to do Black family suffers a home invasion, by four people who look exactly like them, only less socially evolved. Their home is invaded by a shadowy “Other”, who happen to be “subhuman”  versions of themselves. During the invasion, the primary character, Adelaide, asks them who they are, and the leader of the invaders, a woman named Red, who looks just like her, says, “We’re Americans.” This is a conversational  echo  of the talking points of White Nationalism, which states that America is being infiltrated by “subhuman” beings ,who want to replace fine, upstanding White Americans.

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Us  introduces us to the unknowable, and alien, Other, through the use of the familiar (a duplicate self, for example), which is also connected to the Lovecraftian Mythos, through the racism of H. P. Lovecraft, whose many stories of the supernatural often included stories about the invasion of Earth by either vast unknowable beings, or degraded subhuman monsters who, in his mind,  were analogous to  other races of humans, like Blacks and Jews.

https://lithub.com/we-cant-ignore-h-p-lovecrafts-white-supremacy/

So long as modern stories of white genocide, superpredators, and the alleged master race find fertile ground on American soil, the contemporary relevance of Lovecraft will extend beyond what some fans care to admit. 

There is a dialogue, (a pattern), occurring within the horror and thriller genres, between so many films. That dialogue revolves around the idea of violent colonization. So many of the movies depicted in Science Fiction, and Horror involve  invasion, or are the violent colonization of the human race, many of which happen almost exclusively in the West, and to Whites, which is understandable since the cultural output of Hollywood is almost entirely controlled by White men. The sheer numbers of movies, from the macro level (the colonization of Earth), to the micro level, (home invasion) cannot be ignored, especially since these topics are not usually found from any other countries that produce visual entertainment.

No. This is a pathology of the West, which has never experienced the violent colonization that it has visited on other countries.

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https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/04/why-sci-fi-keeps-imagining-the-enslavement-of-white-people/361173/

But it’s worth remembering that in sci-fi, the future actually isn’t safe or sterile at all. On the contrary, with its alien invasions, evil empires, authoritarian dystopia, and new lands discovered and pacified, the genre can look as much like the past as the future. In particular, sci-fi is often obsessed with colonialism and imperial adventure, the kind that made the British Empire an empire and that still sustains America’s might worldwide.

I’m talking about a pattern  seen over several decades of film, from White men, (as the “kings” of their personal properties), having to defend, or avenge, their loved ones from personal home invasions, to White Westerners having to defend themselves against the global invasion of some extraterrestrial Other, this subject would appear to be a source of some anxiety, certainly if we  apply the same criteria used to explain the nearly thirty Godzilla films produced between 1954 to  this year.

https://www.giantbomb.com/profile/mechahendrix/blog/godzilla-and-symbolism/105959/

In the original 1954 movie, Godzilla represented the destruction and fear of nuclear weapons and energy in Japanese society in the wake of the Second World War and American occupation.

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In 2017, Charlottesville  Virginia was host to a rally by groups of  White supremacists called Unite the Right, in which they chanted. “The Jews will not replace us!”, and normalized the term “White Genocide” as a part of American political speech. This is the idea that a White homeland needs to be set aside to protect White people from going extinct. Of course what is never mentioned by this idea is, for America to become a White Ethnostate, the non-White population needs to be rigorously suppressed, or entirely expunged, neither is the European  invasion of the Americas, and the devastating effect that had on the Indigenous peoples, ever mentioned.

Throughout American history there have been several immigration exclusion acts instituted against various groups of people and countries that America decided were “invading ” this country. The Irish, the Italians, and yes, the Chinese, just like several Muslim countries now, have all experienced immigration restrictions, in an attempt to keep out undesirable people that were thought to be destroying America.

Since the release of  the movie War of the Worlds, the idea that one’s seat of comfort and control can be overtaken by unknown and hostile beings became one of Hollywood’s  greatest threats, from the micro level of  A Clockwork Orange, when street hoodlums invade a man’s house, injure him, and rape his wife,  to Straw  Dogs in 1971 where a man must take revenge on the men who invaded his home, and raped his wife, to  the Death Wish franchise in which a man takes revenge on the street thugs who broke into his home and raped and killed his wife and daughter. The rape of White women is often a prerequisite of the home invasion theme.

From the  level of the home intruder, to the  level of an alien invasion, White men’s greatest fear seems to be that someone will come along, break into their space, and/or take their stuff (or rather, what they have often forcibly claimed as their stuff). It’s a phobia so prevalent that it’s been used to spur gun sales. For example, the idea that angry Black people would break into their homes and kill them was an argument used to gin up gun sales during and after the Ferguson Protests.

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/12/gun-violence-and-the-irrational-fear-of-home-invasion/266613/

…You mentioned the risk of home invasion, and the realistic fear that the cops just wouldn’t get there in time. That’s obviously a primeval motive to have a gun by the bedside or whatever. But the fear is also easily out of proportion to the threat. I had the Chicago police run the number on homicides. In 2011, precisely one homicide listed “burglary” as the motive. Nationwide, there are about 100 burglary-homicides every year. When you compare that to more than 18,000 gun suicides, the conclusions seem pretty obvious.

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I talked  before about White western pathologies and how they often manifest their greatest terrors in  movies. Over the course of  8 decades we have seen White male pathologies play out in hundreds of invasion movies from the small and personal to the global and galactic which, when you look closely at it, is a theme which is essentially a chronicle of Manifest Destiny, White expansion, colonization, and genocide being visited on White victims.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/worst-atrocities-british-empire-amritsar-boer-war-concentration-camp-mau-mau-a7612176.html

White people are afraid that all the things they did to other groups of people in the name of White expansion  is what will eventually happen to them, and that that future is imminent and real.

https://www.vox.com/2018/1/18/16897358/racism-donald-trump-immigration

President Donald Trump’s closing argument in the 2018 midterms was to vote Republican to save America from foreigners — an idea rooted in a fringe theory that whites are under siege, or “white genocide.” 

“It’s like an invasion,” Trump said last week, talking about Central American migrants walking north through Mexico. “They have violently overrun the Mexican border. You saw that two days ago. These are tough people, in many cases. A lot of young men, strong men. And a lot of men that maybe we don’t want in our country.”

The people who have, historically,  been on the receiving end of  it, would simply call that Karmic Retribution.

Recently there have been a small number of home invasion films featuring African Americans as the main characters, like Breaking In, which stars Gabrielle Union, where the theme is how far would a mother go to save her children, and the movie, No Good Deed, where Taraji P. Henson is terrorized in her home by Idris Elba. There are currently not enough of these types of movies, with PoC, to point to an overarching  theme, as they exist more in the genre of Women in Peril movies than invasion films, but you can still ask yourself how the theme of colonization is changed when the characters, the invaded, and the invader, are of the same race.

https://isaacnewtonfarris.com/3-types-fear-that-rule-american-whites/

Game of Thrones S08E03 Recap: The Long Night — The Supernatural Fox Sisters

In “The Long Night,” Game of Thrones finally gives us the long-awaited battle between the living and the dead. This conflict has been coming since the very start of the series, when a White Walker attacked a group of Night’s Watch rangers scouting beyond the wall. After the battle of Hardhome it was evident that […]

via Game of Thrones S08E03 Recap: The Long Night — The Supernatural Fox Sisters

 

Like a bazillion other people, I watched Game of Thrones last night, and I was satisfied with the conclusion to one of the best story-lines in the series, and the heroic arcs of two of my all-time favorite characters – Lyanna Mormont, and Arya Stark. Next week will begin the conclusion of another.

BeyoncĂ©  Is That B*+ch! PERIODT! â€”

Let’s just get right into it – Beyoncé is THAT BITCH! PERIODTTTT!! ALL THE T’s!! There is no greater living entertainer on the planet. Period. Before I take it back, I will add more to it. Argue with your aunties and grandmas don’t argue with me. Beyoncé came to Coachella to snatch all the vanilla,…

via Beyoncé  Is That B*+ch! PERIODT! — WriteSomeShit

Game of Thrones: What to expect in Season 8 — The Supernatural Fox Sisters

Season 8 of Game of Thrones is the beginning of the end, with only six episodes left in this sweeping series. Having given viewers some of the most impressive special effects, beautiful backdrops, and beloved characters ever seen on screen, Game of Thrones has created intense anticipation and speculation regarding the series end. Many of […]

via Game of Thrones: What to expect in Season 8 — The Supernatural Fox Sisters

I detest cathedrals and the nonsense behind them — Pharyngula

But I love history and craftsmanship and art. It is a great loss to humanity that Notre Dame is burning. A majestic work of art begun in 1160 — about 850 years of history — in flames and collapsing. No matter what else happens, 2019 sucks.

 Pharyngula

Who didn’t study this church in even the most basic Art History class. Its really heartbreaking to watch this happen. Notre Dame Cathedral is maybe the first church American kids learn about, having been made famous by the movies and cartoons titled The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

To any of the French reading this, we feel your pain, and are tremendously saddened by these images.

Note : (I do not share the author’s disdain for churches, even though I am an atheist. I appreciate them for their artistic value, if nothing else.)