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Saturday, November 8, 2014

WHAT WOULD NINA SIMONE DO?

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am all up in my social justice feelings tonight, you guys. I was listening to different versions of Strange Fruit and reflecting on today's racial climate. I came across this video on "THAT BLACKNESS" with Nina Simone, the jazz singer, pianist, and Civil Rights Activist.  What she says in the end about her responsibility is exactly how I feel right now.



These are pivotal times we are in which makes me question, what more can I do?  With the possibility of the new $210 million youth jail being built to house black and brown youth, I just want to give as much as I can to them.  What does it take to raise an activist or two these days?  Where do we teach them?  It would be nice if these things were taught in school but that won't happen.  It is up to us.  It is up to you.  It is up to me.  

Well, looks like I will be going to bed with a heavy head filled with thoughts carrying the weight of the world...

What would Nina Simone do?  I like to think she would take a few breaths, roll up her sleeves, hum a little tune and get to work.

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