Success in Iowa and New Hampshire translates into more publicity and more money. But it shouldn't. The primary system that was originally intended to make elections more democratic has made them far less so.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra,
Johannes Brahms is a 19th century German composer that wrote for piano, chamber ensembles, and symphony orchestras who was known as much of a traditionist as he was an innovator. Brahms composed from the heart, music wasn't just something that he...
The long-term adverse consequences of Michigan's having knowingly deprived children of clean, lead-free water are overwhelming and will linger in a host of ways well into the future generations of those children now exposed.
The price tag for replacing the lead pipes that contaminated its drinking water is now estimated at up to $1.5 billion. No one knows where that money will come from or when it will arrive. In the meantime, the cost to the children of Flint has been and will be incalculable.
Army Corps Of Engineers,
Gov. Rick Snyder,
Governor Rick Snyder,
Flint Water Crisis,
The citizens of Flint deserve much more than a steady convoy of trucks carrying privately donated bottled water. They deserve a full-fledged humanitarian military deployment, and a steady convoy of trucks carrying the equipment needed to repair their broken infrastructure and homes.
(Photo Credit Jeremy Daniel) Chicago has become one of the most iconic musicals in modern day theater. After its initial two year run spanning over 900 performances back in the mid-1970s, the revival of Chicago that started back in 1996 has become one...
(Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg) It's pretty hard to have grown up without seeing or reading some sort of iteration of the story of Cinderella. It's definitely an iconic part of our popular culture. The musical version written by Richard Rodgers and...
Recently, I came across the work of the Portland-based singer/songwriter/producer Natasha Kmeto with her latest album Inevitable and her deep, gospel influenced vocals caught my emotions from the second the album kicks in.
Detroit Around Town,
Twenty One Pilots,
It's impossible to separate the recent hard times and subsequent revitalization of Detroit from the cars that are created there. In fact, I think that's true of all artistic endeavors. Popular music is a good example.
The seeds of the Stories Untold were initially planted when band member Jake Clark along with their former bass player Alex Manter set to make a post-apocalyptic movie together back in college. In the need for music for this project, this would set...
Ron Jon Bovi is a bit of the throwback to when lyricism and hard beats mattered in hip-hop and emcees like Detroit's own Phat Kat and Oakland's Casual of the Hieroglyphics crew are two artists that have...
Most of us don't think twice about hopping in the shower or running a load of dishes in the dishwasher. But for Flint, Michigan, resident Melissa Mays, 37, these daily acts are fraught with anxiety and fear
Working families in America often make impossible choices between food, clothing, and housing. When families struggle to afford basic necessities, they often sacrifice the things most of us take for granted.
Suspend democracy. Cut taxes for the rich. Make the poor drink toxic river water. And everybody's happy. Except those who were poisoned in the process. All 102,000 of them. In the richest country in the world.
Christians mean well; but if their intentions were truly just about being allowed to practice their religion as they see fit while "inviting" others to share in their faith, then they must quit pushing their symbols and principles on those who turn down this invitation and stop looking down their noses at everyone who chooses a different path.
As a nation, we're nibbling around the edges with accountability measures and other reforms, but we're ignoring the immutable core issue: much of white and wealthy America is perfectly happy with segregated schools and inequity in funding.
How would you feel if you realized your children's water was being poisoned, and your government didn't seem to care? That's the story of the parents of 8,000 mostly poor and black children in Flint, Mich., that has finally hit our media front pages. The fact that most Americans realize this would never happen in affluent white Michigan suburbs (or any other white affluent communities in our country), still doesn't penetrate our very souls. This fundamental contrast between black and white experiences in Michigan, just north of my hometown of Detroit, points to the structural racism that is still the primary moral contradiction of American life.
If we step back from the immediate crisis, the situation in Flint has broader lessons for public health -- lessons about the consequences of cost cutting, about government negligence, and about environmental racism.
If you want to help Flint, sign the petition, demand that the federal government take action, and then get involved yourself, wherever you live, so that this doesn't happen to you -- and so that the people we elect know they can no longer break the law as they rule by indifference. We deserve much better than this.
The Brooklyn-based electronic music duo Beacon is back with a new album titled Escapements, to be released on February 5th via Ghostly International.