The Deceived ‘god’

A poem dedicated to Dominion Resources

By Michael M. Barrick

Note: This poem is dedicated to Dominion Resources. Originally published in January 2015, I am re-publishing it today in light of recent news stories about Dominion, including this… 288 more words

Appalachia

The Broken Woman

I recently did a project for my Women’s Literature class, analyzing how women in Appalachia are treated and the services that are available to them in terms of motherhood, domestic abuse, rape, and poverty. 960 more words

Life

Anti-Gentrification Needs an Anthem. "Rican Beach" Is It.

Let no worthy social issue be without its political protest song. Alynda Segarra’s anti-gentrification anthem — “Rican Beach” — comes from the latest album by folk music band, Hurray for the Riff Raff… 207 more words

Politics

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Anti-Gentrification Needs an Anthem. “Rican Beach” Is It.

Let no worthy social issue be without its political protest song. Alynda Segarra’s anti-gentrification anthem — “Rican Beach” — comes from the latest album by folk music band, Hurray for the Riff Raff…
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Protest Song of the Week: “Rican Beach” by Hurray for the Riff Raff | Shadowproof

Shadowproof selected “Rican Beach” as their April 11, 2017 protest song of the week.
“…Last month, Hurray for the Riff Raff released… a concept album titled The Navigator. On the album, Segarra draws from folk and rock, bomba and salsa, doo-wop and soul to create a semi-autobiographical, two-act narrative following a street kid named Navita Milagros Negrón. Using this storyline, she reflects on her own childhood and Nuyorican roots, and makes chilling commentaries on immigration, cultural erasure, and gentrification…” ~ Liz Pelly

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviewed Alynda Segarra in March, shortly after International Women’s Day.

Hurray for the Riff Raff on Feminism, Gentrification, Gender Violence & Art in Era of Trump | Democracy Now!

“Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new record, The Navigator, is out this week. Part of it celebrates Alynda’s Puerto Rican heritage. One tune, “Pa’lante,” is named after a newspaper published by the Young Lords. Another tune, “Rican Beach,” has been described as an anti-gentrification anthem.” ~ Amy Goodman

NPR declared “The Body Electric” from Hurray for the Riff Raff as the 2014 political folk song of the year. (Don’t miss the end.)
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Protest may be sung, loud & strong!

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Coal Country Comeback

I am not sure if this is actually good news.

Hazard, Kentucky is one of those small coal-mining towns with one main road snaking through the hollow.

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What's Happening

Sycamore Sawmill in Operation

My previous post documented the felling of a 150 year old Sycamore tree near the historic log farmhouse whose reconstruction progress I have followed for over a year. 224 more words

Blue Ridge Mountains

Among the Shine Clan - Part 1

It wasn’t going to be a very good day, Fiddlestix could tell already. Not even 0800 and already she’d had six serious confrontations, three semi-serious and two minimal ones. 758 more words

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