Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Daily Top 5 >>> 3/27/12


"Wednesday"
If you're in Cook County, you need to be at the Rock on Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Northwestern University campus. The paint may say Trayvon Green, but it's much bigger than that. Rekia Boyd, Stephon Watts, Shaima Alawadi, the list goes on. There will be a rally followed by a candlelight vigil on the lakefront. Be there. In the meantime and between time, sign the bench at the Rock with the available Sharpies. Hopefully none of you nerdy bastards out there stole them to take notes with.

"Beautiful Struggle"

On a similar yet brighter note, April 12-14 will be a special time in Evanston. We will be celebrating 40 years of African-American Studies at NU, as well as the department's inaugural squad of doctoral students. Huge congrats to the soon-to-be doctors of philosophy. The conference, "A Beautiful Struggle", will be held at the Orrington Hotel in Evanston and is free of charge. Speakers include Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Darlene Clark Hine, and Elizabeth Alexander. More info can be found at the department website.

"Nardwuar"



He's gimmicky, but Nardwuar's rapper interviews are always gold. He does is due diligence in terms of research - so much so that it becomes creepy - but what's most impressive is how he gets such genuine reactions out of his guests. I posted a Danny Brown interview because, well, just look at the weirdness on your screen. Smoking Section has the rest of the Canadian Sway's videos from SXSW.

"Add-2"

He's been a fixture in Chicago hip-hop for a few years now, but Add-2 is really starting to buzz nationally and it's good to see. He dropped his Save Our Souls project last week and it's one of 2012's best. I wouldn't lead you astray. Hit the pic for the free download.

"Dennis Rodman"
Read something that hurt this morning about Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman. Like many former pro athletes, he's having serious money issues. He owes like a million bucks in back taxes and child support, among other things. His health apparently is failing too. Here's to The Worm getting his life back in order. Via the Chicago Tribune.

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