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The Unquenchable and Endless Thirst for War -- Thomas Paine Warns the NeoCons Are Coming... Again!

Ian Ruskin | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Enter Thomas Paine, the one truly radical Founding Father, who was fighting for that soul of America. He was also the man who inspired a long and bloody war through his words in Common Sense and American Crisis, words often quoted by Neocons.

Episcopal Diocese Plans Slave Trade Museum In Closed Church

AP | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island wants to open a slave trade museum and a national center for reconciliation in its now-c...

Possessed: Voodoo's Origins and Influence from the Blues to Britney

Debra Devi | Posted 05.16.2012 | Home
Debra Devi

This was the religion of many slaves brought from West Africa to the Americas and the Caribbean. Vodun was brutally repressed by slave-owners, yet its powerful beats, ethics and aesthetics endured. We owe our concepts of cool, soul and rock and roll to it.

The Real Story Behind Howlin' Wolf's 'Killing Floor'

Debra Devi | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home
Debra Devi

"Wolf had seven wives. One was named Helen. She shot him with a double barrel shotgun with buckshot. Out the second floor window. This woman, oh man, he wrote that song about her!"

Dirty Words and Gender Switching in the Blues

Debra Devi | Posted 05.22.2012 | Arts
Debra Devi

Africans may have arrived here with nothing, but they enriched and vitalized American language and culture beyond measure. Africans in the Americas became masters of metaphor and euphemism.

Did Secular Morality Shame Religion Into Condemning Slavery?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 11.18.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Slavery's depravity is so obvious to us today that it obscures the collective mental conversion required to achieve this bit of moral clarity. And religion is often cast an impediment to slavery's stigmatization.