Tag Archives: Music

My Bob Dylan Experience #TBT

In 2005, I was working at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As I was walking down the hall, late for work, this man was walking towards me. He was about 20 feet away. He was scruffy, wearing an oversized coat … Continue reading

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I hope your lack of understanding of cultural appropriation is a passing fad.

A buddy of mine shared this article with me. Lionel Shriver’s full speech: ‘I hope the concept of cultural appropriation is a passing fad (The Guardian, Sept 13 2016) Here is a brief sampling of the article: I am hopeful that … Continue reading

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Inside the Label on BET

Last night, I made my national television debut as an expert on BET’s Inside the Label: “Grand Hustle.” I was tapped to talk about the intersection of race, gender, technology, and business. It was a delight to be part of such … Continue reading

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Why Black People Love Empire

Black people love Empire because this is the first time we have ever seen a big budget soap opera on a broadcast network that focused on a Black family. Much like Dallas (1978-1991) and Dynasty (1986-1991), both of which aired over … Continue reading

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Whether or not “Blurred Lines” is “rape-y,” it objectifies female bodies and disregards the woman within.

I’m still working my mind around the full media artifact that is “Blurred Lines.” I find the video offensive. On its face, it features three fully clothed men objectifying and fetishizing naked women (unrated version available here) who seem to … Continue reading

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The Faculty Minute: Richard H. Brown

Richard H. Brown, Jr. holds degrees from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (BM, Guitar Performance, summa cum laude, and the University of Southern California (MA, Music History and Literature, PhD, Musicology).

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