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October 2006 Archives

"It don’t mean a thing if it aint got that swing."  Duke Ellington

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I love this picture! John Allen’s authorized biography of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu, is fresh off the press and chapter 9 has a suprising title…

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Speaking of the American Dream, Aaron McGruder called it quits! His comic strip, The Boondocks, has been a unique commentary on American life.  Grandfather moves to the suburbs (i.e. the boondocks) and then his two grandchildren come to live with […]

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Barack Obama’s long awaited book, "The Audacity of Hope," hit the bookshelves today.  Up until now we have known a lot about his personal story but little about what he thinks about the issuies and his vision for the future […]

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Desmond Tutu says that Ubuntu is a way saying that, "My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours."  It is the realization that, "A person is a person through other persons.  It is not, "I think therefore […]

Ubuntu is a way of doing community among some tribes in South Africa.  When they greet each other they do not say, "Hello" or "How are you?" rather they say Sawu bona–"I see you."  When someone greets you in this […]

"Yet there is more to jazz than music, and it is there, paradoxically, that its influence is profound."  John F. Szwed   "If you plan on continuing a tradition, it might be a good idea to find out just what […]

Charles Mingus is one of my favorite bass musicians.  He was a genius composer and he also saw the connection between jazz and the Pentecostal movement. 

I’m dying to see "The Last King of Scotland."  It opened on Sept. 27 but in my city it’s only showing on one obscure screen and they aren’t running it until this weekend.  What gives!  It’s the story of the […]