Archive for March, 2016

My Veganism: Hip Hop Artist Sole on His Music and Message

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Animal Voices

sole_290x290Hip hop artist Sole (Tim Holland) has been veg since age 11 and rapping since 13, but he has never been interviewed about animal rights topics… until today! Animal Voices is delighted to welcome Sole to talk about his music and his transition into on-the-ground activism, spurred by the Occupy movement. This wide-ranging conversation also touches on growing your own food, the intersection between veganism, race, and rap, and the influence of Charlotte’s Web on a very young Tim.

The interview features clips from two of Sole’s tracks, Theme and I Think I’m Noam Chomsky. To listen to more of Sole’s work, visit soleone.org and sole.bandcamp.com.

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or download an mp3 of the show.

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GREAT BLACK AUTHORS OF SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY: Past & Present

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Chronicles of Harriet

GREAT BLACK AUTHORS OF SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY: Past & Present

Ask people to name Black authors of science fiction and fantasy and only a few names will be repeated, if any names are known at all: Octavia Butler…Tananarive Due…L. A. Banks…Walter Mosley. While, most certainly, these brilliant authors should be in everyone’s library, you are cheating yourself if you do not know of – or explore – the many other great Black authors of speculative fiction.

The Black presence and impact on the world of speculative fiction is a vast and powerful one. Some of these authors you may have heard of; some you may not have. Some will absolutely surprise you. All of them tell Blacknificent stories.

Let’s dive in and see just how deep this well of creativity is.

Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932)

Chesnutt published The Conjure Woman in 1899.  The book, a series of loosely associated…

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Do Publicly Owned, Planned Economies Work?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

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Compared to capitalism, the USSR’s publicly owned, planned economy worked remarkably well.

By Stephen Gowans

The Soviet Union was a concrete example of what a publicly owned, planned economy could produce: full employment, guaranteed pensions, paid maternity leave, limits on working hours, free healthcare and education (including higher education), subsidized vacations, inexpensive housing, low-cost childcare, subsidized public transportation, and rough income equality. Most of us want these benefits. However, are they achievable permanently? It is widely believed that while the Soviet Union may have produced these benefits, in the end, Soviet public ownership and planning proved to be unworkable. Otherwise, how to account for the country’s demise? Yet, when the Soviet economy was publicly owned and planned, from 1928 to 1989, it reliably expanded from year to year, except during the war years. To be clear, while capitalist economies plunged into a major depression and reliably lapsed into recessions every…

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Still no place for racists in Valhalla

Friday, March 11th, 2016

When I wrote my blogpost No place for racists in Valhalla, I had no idea it was going to cause such massive controversy. It’s been a few months now, and still people are having heated discussions a…

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