AUGUST MIXTAPE

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Representative John Lewis (GA-5) started off a slew of speakers today including Oprah, MLK, Jr’s sister Christine King Ferris, his daughter Bernice King, former presidents Carter and Clinton, and President Obama. Lewis referenced my hometown of Anniston, Alabama where in 1961, members of the KKK and National States Rights Party attacked an integrated bus of Freedom Riders who had been travelling across the south after the Supreme Court barred discriminatory practices along interstate routes.

In the run-up to the anniversary, I was thinking a lot about Martin Luther King Jr,’s speech (see full text w/ animation) – what it meant in 1963 and its relevance today. It’s hard not to be reminded of a speech that looked forward to “that great day when all of God’s children — black men and white men, Jews and Catholics — will be able to join hands” when the racial, religious, gender and financial gaps seem wider than ever.

This isn’t a mixtape to commemorate the anniversary, or variations on a struggling theme – it’s just good music for a Wednesday — when you might be staring at your screen, or at the ocean (as I was when I took this picture) — and wondering how you can #advancethedream. Or advance yourself. Or achieve what you’ve been waiting to achieve.

I met this dog on a beach in Playa Danta, Costa Rica. I met many dogs on the beach during my stay, which either means that dogs can truly sniff out “dog people” – or, that he was keeping an eye on me in case he got hungry. Thankfully, the latter never happened and most of the dogs seemed to embody the essence of their chill, surfer owners.

What you are listening to these days?

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