Nina Simone’s Birthday

On the list of my favorite artists of all time is [Dr.] Nina Simone--classical pianist, folk, jazz and blues musician, world-renown and beloved, who devoted her songs to civil rights and the voice of her people. Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina. Today is her birthday. These performances, interviews, …

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Eyes Wide Open pt 3: Coming Out Of The Closet

COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET-- a confession and reckoning . I'm not proud to be Jewish anymore, though I am inescapably Jewish and must learn what that means each day. . There is great pain in being a conscious Jew when the paradigm has shifted, and the Jewish people now engage in that thing we …

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EYES WIDE OPEN. Pt 2: “Metamorphosis Of A Sensitive Person On The Internet”

White tiles and mildewed grout sweat from cold humidity. Soggy, newly-applied caulking begins to pop its seal from the base of the faucet. An empty Suave shampoo bottle and tube of cheap, hypoallergenic facial wash gather condensation on the edge of the tub. The window high on the shower wall looks out onto 101, the …

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EYES * WIDE * OPEN, pt. 1

This is an inaugural blog in an open-ended series that involves sensitive subject matter, the sort that gets blocked out in daily conversation, about the matters in daily life that the general consensus would rather avoid in one way or another. I want this series to relate to ethnicity, political bodies, personal reflections, culture, identity, …

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