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   By Janaya Britton My name is Janaya–with a Southern “juh-” , a charismatic “-nye” and a peaceful “-yuh” . My name emerged from my grandmother’s dream of a young Black girl preaching whose name was either Janai or Janaya. The origin is Hebrew and it means “God has answered” or “God’s gracious gift”. This […]

Are we not the same? You and I? We seem to share the same flesh, but the only thing that separates us is the color of our skin that sits in between our eyes.

Photo via Forward Times By: Isaiah Robinson HOUSTON—As she walked on stage, her mocha smooth skin began to illuminate off the stage lighting, the audience instantly gazed at her. The radiation of her light was as of a single lit candle in a dark room.  As she began to perform, she commanded and hunted the […]

Like any music, jazz has its revolutions; its sudden incidents in infrastructure; its disruptive presences of unprecedented sound. Mostly it’s slower than that, though, with years and generations of accretions before it seems to call for new vocabulary. That’s one way to look at Winter Rockfest, whose latest incarnation occupied a dozen or so venues […]