What Does Mainstream Music Really Say?

Welcome to the first in a series of opinion pieces by Lashandra Willis, based in Atlanta, Georgia. I enjoy listening to different types of music in various genres because, well, I love music. It is a “feel good” medium… at least it’s supposed to be. Yet, how can one really get into the groove of […]

Women’s March NYC: Signs for the next steps

According to the Associated Press, over 500,000 people marched on Washington, DC on January 21, 2017, and the New York Times reports that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office counted 400,000 people marching in the Big Apple. Marches took place, not only in cities throughout the United States, but around the world, bringing […]

The End of Silence, revisited

‘Life is full of noise and that death alone is silent… nothing essential happens in the absence of noise’. Noise: the Political Economy of Music, Jaques Attali (1985) What meaning is in a sound? To hear the rattle of gunfire from the comfort of your stereo speakers, is our imagination transported to a distant war zone, or […]

Overcoming Fear of Feeling the Bern

Some people will read my account of attending three Bernie Sanders events and think I have a long way to go before I’m able to call myself “politically involved”. I agree, but I wanted to share my experience with taking the first steps toward active involvement. Before embarking on this journey, I was incredibly nervous […]

A fresh lens on Fes

Faces and places in Fes, Morocco captured by Hannah Sommer, our Asheville-based contributing photographer, currently abroad in Europe and North Africa. Her lens invokes a willingness to see, which the natural states of life there greet with a warm welcome.             More on life lived throughout the world, in its simplicity and multiplicity, to come! Follow us […]