TOP FIXED NAV

What The Game’s Been Missing: A Blues For Trayvon


Yesterday I had no idea what to write for this column. I couldn't front and write in my normal glib
manner about the music industry because one news story -- one -- gripped my heart and mind for the
past two weeks.

Trayvon Martin.
Center

Just typing his name gives me the chills. In the weeks following the death of the Florida teen, it has
been hard to turn away from the story, not because it has been all over the news (coverage of his
passing only hit larger news outlets in the past week), but because his story hits so close to home.
Many of us have brothers, uncles, cousins, fathers, and friends who could have been Trayvon -- killed
for what I believe to be the reasons of black, male, and "suspicious." His story picked up steam due
to the insistence of people on social networks that his death not be in vain. Facebook, Twitter, and
Change.org have been ablaze with people offering their support, and reports from the
Huffington Post ensured that his story was not forgotten. Steadily, Trayvon has been given the same
spotlight that the Kony 2012 campaign received, and it shed light on the dangerous laws which are
complicit in his death and allow his killer to walk free.

Throughout the push to bring awareness and justice for Trayvon's case, it's been difficult to toggle
between the need to continue to live in the present, and the unshakeable anger and sadness that this
issue has raised for everyday black folks who wonder if we could be next. This cognitive dissonance
reminded me of the power of the blues, its reflection of deep pain and determination, and I realized that
the spirit of the blues is something that is missing in the music game right now. Too much of what we
listen to on the radio doesn't reflect real life.

The blues is about telling the truth. The blues requires you to confront the bitterness where you find it,
like Billie Holiday did in "Strange Fruit," or to fight the powers that be like Public Enemy encouraged us to
do. The blues is not only a musical genre, but it's a way of dealing with tragedy in a way that maintains your
dignity. Trayvon Martin's life and death reminds me of the blues, and I will never forget him.


TAGS:  , ,
  • SugaHoneyIceT

    Thanks for post your sentiment in regards to the Trayvon. Its an unfortunate incident but a necessary dose of reality as to where we are in the world and should be reason for us realize we cannot get complacent on issues like this.

  • niknal

    well said.

  • bella_noir

    Amen, sis. Amen

  • Tiffani

    as mother of a 16 yr old boy who often wears only his hoodie..and walks everywhere...my heart literally aches for his family.I listened to a live recording of Marvin singin Whats goin on...couldnt stop tears..song older than I addresses our times so aptly...

  • Sdeez3

    Great Post Nubian Empress,
    I must say i'm at a loss of words concerning this incident as I am an older male who also wears a hoody daily dealing with the constant BS I encounter every once in a while in the streets traveling to and from work. My heart actually aches for what this family is going through right now and hoping that this will never happen to none of my nephews during their lifetime as that will push me to the breaking point of no return. SugaHoneyIceT said it best here: "This should be the reason for us to realize we cannot get complacent on issues like this" and i'm praying that justice will prevail for Trayvon Martins family.

  • http://www.findmorebacklinks.com/how-to-find-local-employment-in-my-area job hunting websites

    Hey, thanks for the blog post.Much thanks again. Cool.

  • http://articlenbc.info/how-to-find-local-careers-in-my-area/ find jobs in my area

    Thanks so much for the article post.Much thanks again. Want more.

  • http://a4sem.com/business/mira-hair-oil-will-allow-you-to-grow-longer-and-heavier-hair.html mira hair oil

    I read and feel at home. Thanks the creators for a good resource..!!

  • http://mirahairoe694.insanejournal.com/508.html mira hair oil

    Author, keep doing in the same way..!!

  • http://fightcopyrighttrolls.com/ illegal file sharing

    A big thank you for your blog post. Great.

  • http://fightcopyrighttrolls.com/ illegal file sharing

    Thanks again for the blog post.Really thank you!

  • http://fightcopyrighttrolls.com/ illegal file sharing

    Thanks a lot for the article.Thanks Again. Really Great.

  • http://fightcopyrighttrolls.com/ illegal file sharing

    Im grateful for the post.Really thank you! Great.

  • http://fightcopyrighttrolls.com/ illegal file sharing

    I loved your blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  • http://fightcopyrighttrolls.com/ illegal file sharing

    A round of applause for your blog.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

  • http://macdu290.bravejournal.com/entry/4.bravenet.com/webapps McDonald’s coupons

    Looking forward to reading more. Great blog post.Really thank you! Awesome.

  • http://fastfe522.wetpaint.com/page/McDonald%27s+discount+codes McDonald’s coupons

    wow, awesome blog article.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  • http://alicenow.com.au/member/28847 McDonald’s coupons

    Im obliged for the article.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  • http://www.18infomedia.com/mcdonalds-coupons McDonald’s coupons

    I really like and appreciate your blog article.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

  • http://articlecity.in/internet/wrinkles-form-because-of-skin-damage-3.html Anti aging cream

    A big thank you for your article post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  • http://bookmark.plus.in.th/story?title=anti-wrinkle-cream-4 Anti aging cream

    Im obliged for the blog post. Really Cool.

  • http://buildingarticles.info/wrinkles-develop-as-a-result-of-skin-damage.html Anti aging cream

    I think this is a real great article post.Thanks Again. Want more.

  • http://www.shitesinwhiningardour.com/2012/03/29/buy-good-anti-aging-face-cream-and-remedies-3/ Anti aging treatment

    wow, awesome article.Really thank you! Really Cool.

  • http://outarticles.info/buy-good-anti-aging-face-cream-and-remedies-2.html Anti aging cream

    Really enjoyed this blog article.Much thanks again. Will read on...

  • http://circlearticles.info/support-your-skin-in-the-fight-against-age.html Anti Wrinkle Cream

    Im grateful for the blog.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

  • http://libcom.org/user/745647 Anti aging treatment

    Great, thanks for sharing this blog.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  • http://anymorearticles.info/what-credit-requirements-are-essential-for-a-new-mortgage-2.html Short Sale Vs Foreclosure

    Im thankful for the blog article.Really thank you! Want more.

  • http://www.sfx.act.edu.au/index/member/30092/ Hafa

    Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic article post.Really thank you!

  • http://zot.inretea.net/?p=47547 Hafa

    I think this is a real great blog. Keep writing.

  • http://scanarticles.info/what-credit-requirements-are-essential-for-a-new-mortgage.html Hafa

    Awesome article post.Really looking forward to read more.

  • http://articlesclinic.in/?p=12678 Hafa

    Awesome blog article.Really thank you! Cool.

  • http://contentnet.info/2012/03/short-sale-vs-foreclosure-could-it-work-for-you/ Short Sale Vs Foreclosure

    A round of applause for your blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.

  • http://workathometopics.com/?p=12496 Samsung Security

    Thanks for the article post. Really Cool.

  • http://blogcharts.net/story?title=samsung-security-3 Rolls Corporation

    I really liked your post.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  • http://chiefarticles.info/the-most-significant-factor-for-your-house-is-security.html Weldex

    I truly appreciate this blog.Really thank you! Really Cool.

  • http://spasharticles.info/monitor-your-house-having-a-security-system-2.html Cop Usa

    Im thankful for the blog. Much obliged.

  • http://fasterarticles.info/buy-security-cameras-and-digital-watchdog-for-security-2.html Samsung Security

    Very good article.Thanks Again. Want more.

  • http://calmarticles.info/buy-on-the-web-for-home-security.html Rolls Corporation

    Very neat article post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  • http://blog.139.li/?p=43116 Online Birthday Cards

    Thanks-a-mundo for the blog post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  • http://www.my-articles-online.com/index?page=article&article_id=784819 Birthday Photo Cards

    Thanks-a-mundo for the blog.Really thank you! Great.

  • http://www.pligg-it.com/Business-Economy/online-birthday-cards-2/ Birthday Photo Cards

    I really liked your article post. Keep writing.

  • http://riverarticles.info/to-guarantee-that-your-pet-is-comfortable-and-safe.html Electronic Dog Fence

    I truly appreciate this article post.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  • http://duringarticles.info/to-insure-that-your-pet-is-comfortable-and-safe.html Electronic Dog Fence

    Very good post.

  • http://www.manualarticle.in/create-a-happy-atmosphere-for-your-dog/ Electronic Dog Fence

    Very informative blog post.Really thank you! Great.

  • http://www.newsgroup.ro/Actualitate/artificial-trees-2/ Shaving Gel

    This is one awesome article.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

  • http://richarticles.info/the-modern-man-looks-after-his-skin.html Shave Gel

    A big thank you for your blog post. Awesome.

  • http://www.iloilobloggers.org/the-modern-day-man-looks-after-his-skin/ Shave Gel

    Thanks a lot for the blog.Thanks Again. Great.

  • http://wacanakita.com/2012/03/26/the-modern-man-looks-after-his-skin-2/ Moisturizer For Men

    Thank you for your article post.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

  • http://groups.diigo.com/group/eoajseljfrkkookukdmf/content/sun-damage-will-be-the-skins-greatest-enemy-4664159 Moisturizer For Men

    Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Cool.

  • http://www.mesothelioma-org.com/story?title=moisturizer-for-men Moisturizer For Men

    I really liked your article.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

  • Factoring Accounts Receivable

    Author, Shoot yourself a knee..!!

  • http://factorkie497.blog.com/2012/03/07/factoring-companies-a-full-service-provider/ Factoring

    Pleased to read intelligent thoughts in Russian. I`ve been living in England for already 5 years!....

  • http://apicsud.com/all-engines-on-offer-as-crate-engines-can-be-custom-produced-2/ Cobalt Accessories

    Really enjoyed this post.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

  • http://articlemtv.info/construct-serious-steam-with-supercharger-systems/ High Performance Parts

    Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article.Thanks Again. Want more.

  • http://authorizationarticles.info/construct-significant-steam-with-supercharger-systems.html High Performance Parts

    Thanks a lot for the article post.Really thank you! Cool.

  • http://forum.loni.ucla.edu/member?u=14834 High Performance Parts

    Muchos Gracias for your blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  • http://links.ertebat.ae/story?title=factoring-company Invoice Factoring

    I was looking for the report in Yandex and suddenly came across this page. I found a little information on my topic of my report. I would like more, and thanks for that..!!

  • http://factoryarticles.info/factorking-the-answer-to-tiny-enterprise.html Factoring Company

    Totally agree with you, about a week ago wrote about the same in my blog..!!

  • http://directorymoz.co.nz/the-old-chevy-will-never-die/ Cobalt Accessories

    Thanks again for the blog post. Will read on...

  • http://articlesdirectorynet.info/?p=6452 Cobalt Accessories

    wow, awesome blog post. Will read on...

  • http://equalarticles.info/build-significant-steam-with-supercharger-systems.html High Performance Parts

    Looking forward to reading more. Great blog article. Keep writing.

  • http://dayarticles.info/all-engines-on-offer-as-crate-engines-can-be-custom-produced.html Cobalt Accessories

    Thanks a lot for the article post. Will read on...

  • http://wordpressarticledirectories.com/1293455/make-a-huge-difference-to-struggling-communities-3/ Donating Car

    Great blog. Want more.

  • http://bgm.me/r/1262489 Donate Car

    Thanks so much for the post.Really looking forward to read more.

  • http://www.submit-link4u.com/story?title=wedding-stationary Donate Car

    wow, awesome blog post.Thanks Again. Great.

  • http://fasterarticles.info/there-are-several-valid-factors-why-it-is-great-to-donated-automobiles-to-charity.html Donate Car

    Thank you ever so for you article. Really Great.

  • http://samearticles.info/your-apps-get-to-far-more-mobile-users-and-may-help-real-estate-agencies-2.html Mobile Application Developer

    However, the author created a cool thing..!!

  • http://calmarticles.info/donate-a-vehicle-and-support-charitable-programs.html Donating Car

    I think this is a real great blog post. Keep writing.

  • http://www.fairyrank.de/category/News/donating-car-3/ Car Donation

    I cannot thank you enough for the blog post. Fantastic.

  • http://chancearticles.info/donate-your-car-for-a-deserving-cause.html Donating Car

    Appreciate you sharing, great post. Awesome.

  • http://www.modarticles.org/you-qualify-to-get-a-tax-break-along-with-charitable-donations.html Car Donation

    Im obliged for the post. Keep writing.

  • http://bookmark.plus.in.th/story?title=cover-up-tattoos-2 Car Donation

    Thanks again for the article.Really thank you! Really Great.

  • http://extendarticles.info/make-a-huge-difference-to-struggling-communities.html Donating Car

    Im grateful for the post. Want more.

  • http://konocimiento.es/story?title=cover-up-tattoos Donating Car

    I loved your article. Really Great.

  • http://www.jslsolutionstt.com/hydraulic-motors/keep-in-mind-that-there-is-many-methods-to-donate-cars Donate Car

    Very informative article.Really thank you! Awesome.

  • http://primatico.com/using-a-mobile-app-answer-is-economically-advantageous/ Mobile Application Development

    As usual, the webmaster posted correctly..!!

  • http://www.articles101.info/donate-your-car-for-a-deserving-cause/ Car Donation

    Really informative post.Really thank you! Want more.

  • http://magazines-sports.com/Skateboard/donating-car-4/ Car Donation

    Hey, thanks for the article.Thanks Again. Will read on...

  • http://bumperarticles.info/all-funds-raised-are-used-to-feed-children-and-households.html Car Donation

    Appreciate you sharing, great blog.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  • http://www.paginagrafica.com/story?title=legend-for-horses ADEQUAN

    I really liked your article post.Thanks Again. Awesome.

  • http://sm.mktfan.com/story?title=adequan-adequan VETALOG

    I think this is a real great blog.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  • http://naat.almaasoom.com/archives/917 LEGEND FOR HORSES

    I am so grateful for your post.Much thanks again. Will read on...

  • http://technogies.com/Science/weddings-invitations/ ADEQUAN

    Fantastic blog post.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

  • http://articlehole.info/keep-sick-animals-safe-and-warm VENTIPULMIN

    Major thanks for the article post.Much thanks again. Awesome.

  • http://bitarticles.info/start-with-a-small-amount-to-investment.html Stock market

    wow, awesome blog post. Will read on...

  • http://www.x-winner.net/?p=130984 Invest Money

    I really like and appreciate your blog post.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  • http://www.tuto-rial.com/2012/03/binary-alternative-websites-provide-huge-selections/ How To make money online

    Fantastic blog. Fantastic.

  • http://rougharticles.info/start-an-online-buying-and-selling-portfolio.html Online trading

    I really enjoy the blog post.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  • http://events.satelites1977.podomatic.com/entry/2012-03-25T13_13_54-07_00 Invest Money

    This is one awesome blog article.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  • http://www.coolase.com/story?title=stock-options-2 Stock Options

    I truly appreciate this article post. Cool.

  • http://dimondoffers.com/what-trading-possibilities-are-excellent-for-you/ How To make money online

    Major thankies for the blog.Thanks Again. Really Great.

  • http://authorizearticles.info/start-an-online-buying-and-selling-portfolio.html Invertir Online

    Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article.Really thank you! Cool.

  • http://eyeglassspot.com/03/carry-out-industry-analysis-and-get-to-know-sort-of-trends/ Invest Online

    Major thankies for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more.

  • http://iranmalaysia.me/story?title=donate-a-car-5 Donating A Car To Charity

    I cannot thank you enough for the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  • http://www.addviews.com/story?title=how-to-make-money-online-11 Car Donation Program

    A big thank you for your blog article. Will read on...

  • http://roadarticles.info/take-time-to-help-make-an-impact-2.html Charity Car Donation

    A round of applause for your article post.Thanks Again. Want more.

  • http://www.my-articles-online.com/index?page=article&article_id=785787 Car Donation Charity

    Appreciate you sharing, great article.Much thanks again.

  • http://beritakampus.com/16729/a-few-reasons-why-you-need-to-support-a-charity-2/ Donating Your Car

    Great, thanks for sharing this article post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  • http://feedbackarticles.info/how-am-i-able-to-donate-towards-a-charity-on-the-web.html Car Donate

    Really enjoyed this post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  • http://thecouponreview.com/story?title=bcaas-bcaas Bcaas

    Muchos Gracias for your article.Really thank you! Much obliged.



Encore