My Sweet Hunk O’ Trash - Billie Holiday (featuring Louis Armstrong), originally released on the album "The Blues Are Brewin’" (1958), appears on the 2 CD compilation box set "The Complete Decca Recordings" (1991, all tracks remastered).
Billie: Listen hear, Pops. You know you lie about your youth Louis: I don’t lie, baby, I’m just careless about the truth! Billie: How careless can you be? Louis: I dunno Billie: With all young chicks, you try to make a flash Louis: No, baby, it ain’t like that, no Billie: But you’re still my good for nothing, my sweet hunk o’ trash!
You are a white woman in black skin. Why is your ‘accent’ like that? Why do you pronounce words like ‘this’ instead of ‘that’ ? You are an ‘AfroEuropean’. You have a soft voice. You don’t sound ‘African.’ I thought I was…
Lucky for us, Michael Cuscuna discovered this tape in the Blue Note vaults in 1984 and promptly issued it, with unfortunate mid-80s sleeve art and everything. Considering the lineup, it’s just south of ridiculous that The Rajah never saw the light of day in its time, but for Blue Note aficionados, it’s another unreleased gem to add to the collection.
“Dominicans celebrate a day in which they supposedly freed themselves from the Haitians. What everyone seems to forget is that the Haitians abolished slavery in DR, these actions enabled the lower class to own land. Spain tried to re establish slavery in DR during 1822 but Haitian President Jean-Pierre Boyer sent an army to fight Spain’s attempts to recolonize DR. The Haitians were successful and once again abolished slavery (for the second time). Dominicans (as a whole) lack confidence and pride in their African ancestry. This fact is the only reason why DR submitted itself to Spain’s rule for 72 years during the 19th century (Ya would rather face colonization and enslavement AGAIN than be associated with your black side?). You guys are begging for the attention of a step parent who doesn’t even want you unless its for physical labor purposes. Nothing about DR’s culture says Spain except the language. The food, music, and spirituality are all African based, with the exception of a few Taino (who for the most part were killed by disease or murder) influences on the whole island. Know some history the next time you pop open that Brugal and celebrate “freedom”.”—my boy droppin knowledge on the history of Dominican Independence (via revolutionary-afrolatino)
There is no such thing as Black gentrifiers. But at some point, we need to address how Black folks participate in the gentrification process when they sell their homes to white folks.
…Or only rent to white folks. There are black landlords who will not rent to black people in Harlem. They would rather rent to white young professionals, and to the kids from City College and Columbia University. I had a woman tell me straight out once that had I not made such an impression on her she would not have considered renting an apartment to me because I was not white ‘You know how we can be?”. Disgusting. Needless to say, I did not rent her apartment.
“We’re clearly not postracial,” said Tiya A. Miles, chairwoman of the department of Afro-American and African studies. “Sometimes I wonder if having a black president lets people feel like that gives them cover. It absolves people of being prejudiced.”
(I’d be a rich man if I had a dollar for everytime I’ve said similar to friends since Barack Obama was elected)
“The association of black males with criminality is as old as the country itself. Despite the crime statistics showing that whites are more likely to be victimized by other whites, the oft-repeated narrative that conflates blackness with criminality creates a fear among many whites that is as real as it is irrational. As Andrew Sullivan indicated, Cohen has a 0.00015% chance of being attacked by a black assailant. But his fear of black violence still remains pronounced, which helps explain why black males receive much harsher sentences than their white counterpart for similar offenses. This irrational fear helps explain why racial profiling is so prevalent. Finally, this irrational fear helps explain why most white Americans identify with Zimmerman instead of Trayvon, the unarmed teenager whom Zimmerman fatally shot while he was headed home. The prevalence of racial profiling and the stiffer sentences meted out to black males show that the justice system tend to devalue their humanity. Equally important, those policies, which severely impact African-American communities, indicate that white Americans have always been and continue to be in a position to inflict much greater harm on African Americans despite their unreasonable fear that they could fall victims to black violence.”—Criminalizing Blackness: Why Whites Commit Crimes, But Blacks Are Criminals (via odinsblog)