Sunday Funday. 💕
Darren Hunt of Utah
The murder of young Black Men by police continues.
oh for fucks SAKE
Y’all he was shot in the back…. HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK…
He was carrying a sword? This mf in my geography class carried a sword to class everyday and when I expressed my discomfort it was dismissed. But this brotha was shot in the back.
and it was a blunted sword.. couldn’t have cut anybody… but white people walking around with loaded rifles in target…
Exactly! This is evil.
Damn. Niggas can’t even cosplay anymore? I would love to see the cosplay community say something about this but that definitely won’t happen
Also: this paper is edited by a clown. It should’ve been in the first fucking paragraph that this dude was cosplaying. I’m reading this shit wondering why the fuck this negro is walking down the street with a sword and obvious answer is hidden almost at the end of the article.
This dude was cosplaying.
He was dressed up in a costume.
Should all black people just stay home on Halloween this year?
I used to carry a sword with me for protection while I was on tour. I’ve played shows in Utah before. This could’ve been me, y’all…
Music: The “Doom Soul” Generation.
First things first. The ‘doom soul’ descriptor is not one that I can take credit for in any. I first came across these words after reading about Somali-Canadian artist Cold Specks. She used it to describe her sound and ever since then, upon discovering new artists and listening to musicians already in my collection, it’s become a recurring way to describe much of the music I’ve been hearing - and loving - from African/African-descended/Black artists both in Africa and the diaspora.
Through these observations, I’ve spent some time compiling the stand out artists in this new generation that fall under the somewhat wide umbrella of the borrowed ‘doom soul’ term. Not one of the artists you’ll hear on my accompanying music mix/playlist sound like each other. And yet, there are several recurring features that tie them all together.
Whether Kelela or Kwabs, BLK JKS or Benjamin Clementine, all these artists have soulful sensibilities attached to their vocal abilities, lyrical content, and melodic inclinations. Each containing their own mixture of elements of soul, r&b, indie, folk, blues, eclectic electronic sounds, the result is usually an emotionally charged hybrid of music with a slightly gloomy aura. Haunting, wholesome and incredibly powerful.
Listen to my Afro-Doom Soul playlist featuring Cold Specks, Mirel Wagner, Benjamin Clementine, Kwabs, Kelela and more.
All Africa, All the time.
First order of business:
AF THE NAYSAYER's “Landfall Tour” with Slomile Swift and Prism House is nearing its third week, and it’s going well so far! More dates and cities have been added to their itinerary since my last major update. Their remaining shows are listed below:
MON 9/15 - Providence, RI at Aurora Providence
TUE 9/16 - Lowell, MA at The Last Safe & Deposit Company
WED 9/17 - Albany, NY at Fuze Box
THU 9/18 - Trenton, NJ at The Mill Hill Saloon
FRI 9/19 - Columbus, OH at Cafe Bourbon St./ the Summit
SUN 9/21 - Detroit, MI at The Scarab Club
MON 9/22 - Chicago, IL at Rodan
TUE 9/23 - Cincinnati, OH at Chameleon
WED 9/24 - Louisville, KY at Tim Faulkner Gallery
THU 9/25 - Nashville, TN at Drifters BBQ Nashville
FRI 9/26 - Memphis, TN at Mollie Fontaine
SUN 9/28 - Shreveport, LA at Calanthean Canyon
MON 9/29 - Jackson, MS at Soul Wired Cafe
Almost all of the gaps in this tour’s itinerary have been filled, but if you live in Indiana, Arkansas or Mississippi, and you can help me set up a show for these artists, hit me up ASAP! You won’t regret it.
Second order of business:
Happy Nomad Booking has two new additions to its roster!
1) Holm., an NYC producer who charmingly sing-speaks pensive lyrics atop his own booming yet ethereal beats. I’ll be booking a joint tour with AF THE NAYSAYER for him in early December.
2) Omingnome, a band from Savannah, GA whose audiovisual aesthetic harks back to the 1960s’ wildest psychedelic rock bands (Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane), but whose lyrics subtly address current ecological concerns. I’ll be helping them book a massive three-month national tour (powered by biofuel!) this winter.
I’m humbled to have accrued such a diverse and interesting roster in the first few months of HNB’s existence.
Third order of business:
My next solo show as the Cocker Spaniels will take place TONIGHT (Monday, September 15th) at Crown Station in Charlotte, NC. I’ll be opening for Canadian pop singer/songwriter Kieran Strange and local rock band Dirty White Lies. This will also be the first show of mine that my eight-year-old stepson has ever seen. It’ll be pleasantly weird in so many ways. If you’re in the city, please come out!
Hopefully, I’ll be able to announce the full itinerary of When the Word Was Sound's next “long weekend,” HAWN's first “long weekend,” and Jody Seabody and the Whirls' October tour in my next major update.
In the meantime, please spread the word about HNB and its artists, and don’t hesitate to contact me about anything involving HNB and its mission.
Have a good September, everybody!
Urgent - Please Spotlight:
I regret to tell you that Christina Fonthes - a dear friend and organiser of Rainbow Noir has been held against her will in The Congo - she was on a family holiday with her mother who has decided to have Christina ‘cured’ of her sexuality.
Christina has managed to escape from her aunt’s house and is currently hiding out with a friend. She has access to internet and has been communicating with us via email. The next available flight is 2nd September - 5 days away! Chris needs help and protection from the British Embassy in Congo but her mother has reported her missing and therefore we need to get in contact with both the UK Home Office and UK embassy in Congo to let them know that she is in danger and that her mother is lying/the one endangering her life!!
PLEASE SHARE THIS ON ALL YOUR NETWORKS. CALL, EMAIL, TWEET the British embassy on behalf of Christina - the more we call, the more attention it will bring to her case and hopefully they will act quicker in getting Christina to a safe place.
HER MOTHER HAS HER PASSPORT AND TRAVELING DOCUMENTS!
CHRISTINA’S LIFE IS IN DANGER. PLEASE DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.
If you can help please contact @RainbowNoirMCR or @WritersofColour on twitter.
UK EMBASSY: 0871 050 5840
DETAILS OF THE EMBASSY IN CONGO ARE HEREhttps://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-kinshasa
Please re-tumblr this. This is an actual friend of ours and we need your help to get her home safe.
So Sean and I did a thing; we wrote a song together this afternoon. We had been talking about collaborating on something for a really long time and it finally came together. I’m super pleased with how well it flowed and how well we merged ideas and our mutual writing styles, which are admittedly pretty different. It’s a really lovely song; Sean already has a super pretty melody and a key for it and we DO plan on recording it (!!!!) so stay tuned. <3
When I worked at a non-profit that handled suicide prevention, I had access to the donation records. Each month, a specific man donated 15$ to our organization. It was like clockwork.. same day, same man, he had been doing this for over 4 years. It always seemed odd to me but I never questioned it… until I saw a note attached one month. "For Noah- Dad"
his donation was once his child’s allowance.
I can promise you, they would miss you for the rest of their lives.
Today in Solidarity: Incredible Women (and Girls) of Ferguson
the older i get
the more i realize the value of privacy
of cultivating your circle and only letting certain people in
you can be open, honest, and real while still understanding not everyone deserves a seat at the table of your life
SIGNAL BOOST FOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, PARTICULARLY CENTRAL VALLEY/SACRAMENTO REGION
A mother’s plea in Sacramento:
Warning to Parents of Teenage Daughters in Natomas Park:
It is with disgust, heartbreak, and a need to protect all of the children in our community that I share this devastating news with you.
Kevin David Basham, the nearly 26 year old man pictured below, is a cashier at the Raley’s Supermarket (store #4650) on Natomas Blvd. For several weeks earlier this year beginning in February, Basham flirted unabashedly with my child while we would shop for groceries. Although I made it clear to him that my child is only 15 years old, he pursued her vigorously. Lying about his true age, he convinced her to give him her phone number and initiated communication; Basham began texting inappropriate messages and pictures to her immediately and regularly. She reminded him that she was 15, yet he continued messaging her relentlessly. He stalked her at a restaurant. He has been on and inside the Inderkum High School campus to watch her rehearse for talent shows. He was even caught sneaking into my backyard where I met him with a flashlight to the face and instructed him to leave my child alone - at which point he threatened me with these exact words, “You can’t keep me from seeing her.”
Raley’s and the Sacramento Police Department were made aware of his increasing sexual advances towards a minor child, ten years his junior, on March 30th. The police department informed me to call the emergency line if he ever showed up again. Raley’s ignored my multiple complaints. To this very day, Raley’s corporate office has failed to return a single phone call to me.
Between March 30th and April 17th, Basham further manipulated my child into being his “special friend” and sexually assaulted her multiple times, taking her virginity and sending her into a downward spiral; she was diagnosed with having post traumatic stress disorder following the assaults by Basham.
With evidence that I provided, and a confession from Basham himself, he was arrested by the Sacramento Police Department (XREF 4748043), booked into jail, and is being charged by the District Attorney with two counts of felony rape. The DA feels strongly there is enough evidence to have twelve jurors convict him unanimously. Basham posted bail a few hours after his arrest and remains free, as he is due his due process in the court of law. His case has been continued five times since his first court appearance in May, with the next hearing (to determine if he will accept the plea deal offered to him by the DA or set a trial date -yet again- ) scheduled for September 30. Basham continues to work for Raley’s as a lead cashier. He works in close proximity with young female customers from several nearby schools, including: Natomas Park Elementary, Natomas Charter, Natomas Middle, Inderkum High, Heron, and Natomas Middle. Additionally, he lives in an apartment near NP3 Charter Middle and High.
I have remained incredibly quiet on this front since discovering that he sexually assaulted my child in mid-April, per the DA’s request so as to not compromise the case. I have even been asked by the DA to not shop at my local grocery store because it makes the perpetrator “uncomfortable.” Today, however, I feel compelled to share this heartbreaking news with each of you in an effort to protect your child from this predator. With school back in session, and knowing that many of our teenage daughters stop by Raley’s on Natomas Blvd. before and after school for snacks, it is important that they be aware of this dangerous person.
Name: Kevin David Basham
Height: approx. 6’2”
Weight: approx. 190lbs.
It is far too late for me to protect my child, even though I did everything I could to prevent this tragedy from happening as it unfolded before me. If you shop at Raley’s on Natomas Blvd., please keep your teenage daughters near you at all times. Please protect your children from this predator. He is cunning, malicious, and a threat to our community.
PLEASE NOTE: Despite Basham’s confession to this crime, he is “innocent” until proven guilty. This message is intended to be informational only and not a character attack; hence the message containing only verifiable facts and not my personal opinions of this individual.
We’ve blacked out the mother’s name so as to protect the victim and her family, we’ve also bolded the mother’s intentions.
TW RAPE, PEDOPHILIA, STALKING.
SIGNAL BOOST THIS SHIT AND MAKE SURE THIS ASSHOLE IS NEVER ABLE TO WORK WITH THE PUBLIC OR BE NEAR MINORS PARTICULARLY YOUNG GIRLS AND WOMEN AGAIN. K? Thanks.
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