Celebrating my 62nd Birthday on the radio today. August 11th is the actual day but I thought I'd get started early by playing tunes that were special favorites of mine. Butch R. Baker stopped by to play live music for me as well, so it was a great show. See play list below.
Doctors for Global Health (DGH) held its 21st General Assembly in Minneapolis (MN) during one of the year's most jarring week of police brutality events—the week of Philando Castile's death. Theme-titled Narratives on Immigration, Refugees, and Race Through the Lens of Liberation Medicine, the Assembly featured keynote addresses by Minneapolis National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP) President Nekima Levy-Pounds and medical and creative writer Syl Jones.
We speak with Sun Yung Shin and David Grant about A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. Sun Yung Shin is the author of Unbearable Splendor and the poetry collections Rough, and Savage and Skirt Full of Black.
A special all-Yard episode of the EC this week, a belated post-Jamaican Independence Day celebration complete with a ska-boogie set straight outa the pre-Skatalites ska-boogie era, which is to say centered in and around 1962! Laurel Aitken (with a certain Hyacinth alongside him), Cecil Lloyd, Roland Alphonso (with and without Cecil), Prince Buster and Owen Gray all turn up… oh, and also some cat named Lee Perry, in town with Subatomic Sound System at the Cedar Wed. night (Aug.