The Importance of Solo Dancing in Swing and Blues

Nowadays, the people that come to dance to blues music overall all hate/fear one thing: solo dancing. We’ve heard every reason: “I’m here for the connection”, “I’m scared”, “I don’t care about that”, even “I could never do that”. We want to point out the historical significance of solo dancing, why it’s important in your dancing …

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Down to Earth Cultural Competency

Trying to be better about being good to minorities but have a bunch of questions no one is answering because “you should know” or look it up yourself. Here is a list of commonly asked race relation questions to raise your cultural competency.

It’s Time To Let Go Of White Guilt, and This Is The First Step

All throughout my adult life I’ve heard about “White Guilt”. It’s a phrase like tiny blades slung at others, sometimes used as a tired, half-hearted attempt at self-defense while in other situations, the phrase is sharpened to kill. As much as I understand why “White Guilt” is a phrase, I find myself unable to use …

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The Legacy Of Lynching: Part Two -Today

The Legacy of Lynching: Part 2

…lately Black Americans have been in the news regularly dying from police brutality and “suicide”. The astute among us have realized that these reek of fowl play, and the naive and innocent of us don’t want to believe what we know to be true.

The Legacy of Lynching- part 1

Recently at a workshop I slowed class down and had us stop and think as we listen to the well-known song, Strange Fruit.The class was about listening to lyrics and the importance of understanding story. As the song stopped, I found myself struggling to find words to describe the emotion that I was overwhelmed with. I looked out until crowd of faces, that mostly didn’t look like mine, and I saw a vast range of emotions that I didn’t quite understand.

Pride Becomes Wrath

A guest post by: Joey Science Bronzeville stretched from State St to Cottage Grove, between 43rd and 47th St in the 1920s. It was historically known as Chicago’s “Black Metropolis”, and like Harlem during this time, Bronzeville was a center of Black thought and art. Being a drag performer in Bronzeville was a respectable job, …

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Why do White Americans Expect Black Kindness Around Racism, And Why Are Black Americans Fighting That Idea?

I have a gentle soul and somehow I’ve ended up with a livelihood centered around that gentleness and educating. I see so many people expecting and feeling entitiled to that kindness. As though compassion ends when a person isn’t nice to you. That every Black person you know should be able to give you that. …

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