The coming together of a seven-piece soul band on an Internet ad site is not unremarkable but there is a certain level of amazement when their talent is gathered on stage. Soul Track Mind's performances are not just stylish trumpet or sax solos and blurry guitar riffs; they are a cultural exclamation point about American music.
Today, American public diplomacy, once implemented by an independent and very imperfect agency, is hidden away at the regulations-driven State Department, some would say like a coffin at a funeral home, despite the good intentions of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
The Democratic Party continues to be the party of hope and change, but not in the way you think. People are hopeful because this party represents the changing face of America. We are a different people now than we were in the 1800s, or even the 1900s, and we require a party that gets that, that reflects that.