July 22, 2014
Here are the videos I took from The Wailers concert on July 17th at the Saban Theatre.
The Wailers put on a great show. I kept thinking about Bob Marley and if he was alive he would be using his shows to bring awareness to the crisis going on in Palestine. Music to him was a platform to promote peace, love, justice and equality. Let us keep Marley’s spirit alive by standing in solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters.
I have pictures and short videos of songs that they performed such as; No Woman No Cry, Satisfy My Soul, and Exodus on my Instagram account. Just got my IG account couple weeks ago. It is @Doyers42
July 6, 2014
Today is the 15th death anniversary of the great Joaquin Rodrigo. I love his music. I was introduced to it back in 1998 when I would use his music to write my college papers. I am adding this video of his famous Concerto de Aranjuez. One of my favorite parts comes on min 19. Enjoy it.
July 5, 2014
On July 5, 1905, Myles Horton was born in Savannah, Tennessee. He co-founded the Highlander Folk School, famous for its active participation in the civil rights movement.
Here is a great interview by Bill Moyers to Myles Horton. Check out Myles speak on education. His thoughts are vitamins to my soul. If you like Paulo Freire, you will love Myles Horton.
July 4, 2014
It was July 4, 1910 when Jack Johnson fought James J Jeffries in a Heavyweight Championship Title Fight in Reno, NV. A special outdoor arena was built for this fight called, The Fight of the Century.
The fight was scheduled for 45 3 minute rounds! Yes, 45 ROUNDS! Here is video leading to the fight with the fight itself.
What the video fails to capture is that with Johnson’s victory, a race riots erupted nationwide with some calling Jefferies, “betrayer of his race.” Throughout the country many African American men were killed and attacked for celebrating Johnson’s victory over James Jeffries.
For further information, check out my other blog post on Jack Johnson, which documents the fight before and after in the PBS documentary, Unforgivable Blackness: Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.
July 4, 2014
For those who love history, sports and boxing, here is one of the best documentaries ever made on Jack Johnson.
To read more about this great documentary by Ken Burns, check out this link where it has a lot of great information on Mr. Johnson and on the film.
On a side note, it is time for President Obama to posthumous pardon Jack Johnson. It is such a disgrace that we are in 2014 and we haven’t pardon Mr. Johnson. The Mann Act was clearly the only way they could destroy Jack Johnson. Here is a link where you can read the letter that Senators Harry Reid and John McCain wrote to Pres. Obama last year in the 100th anniversary of being wrongfully convicted for breaking the Mann Act:
July 4, 2014
As a baseball fan, I share this video to remember Lou Gehrig’s famous speech.
I hope this video brings memories of the great Lou Gehrig’s career but more importantly awareness on Lou Gehrig’s disease. I lost a dear friend of mine couple years ago of Lou Gehrig’s disease. For family members and friends, it is such a painful process to see a loved one deteriorate right in front of you.
Here is a link for those who want to learn more about ALS.
July 1, 2014
Today is the death anniversary of Luther Vandross. I like to remember this great soul with some of my favorite songs. Here are some:
June 27, 2014
Today is Grace Lee Boggs’ 99th birthday. She is a true American Revolutionary! Yesterday, I watched the documentary about her life and it was amazing! For those who haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Here is the trailer.
Here is Grace Lee sharing her words of wisdom on how we must transform our education system.
Happy 99th Birthday, Grace Lee! Thank you for all your work and for being an inspiration to many of us. You are truly a gift for humanity.