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Annette Kim
“Alright” by Kendrick Lamar
Gotta start with today’s anthem. Its genius complex rhythms and lyrics, yearning for faith, and the way it has touched so many… amazing.

Francille Wilson
“I Am Not My Hair” by India.Arie
This wonderful song rejects external simplistic judgements about women and asserts self definition and self determination in a playful yet profound manner. 

Taj Frazier
“Rule the World” by Michael Kiwanuka and  “I am Jean” by Blu & Exile
The songs by blu and michael kiwanuka speak to the depth of identity and the necessity of voice. 

Lisa Schweitzer
“We Beg Your Pardon” by Gil Scott-Heron

Jody Armour
“American Terrorist” by Lupe Fiasco

Victor Jones
“Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G.
“Caroline” by MC Solaar

Edwin Hill
“Vocab! p (Prélude)” by Hocus Pocus

“Free Your Mind Radio Advert” and “Cosmic Slop” by Funkadelic

“Mes 2 amours” by MC Jean Gab

“Après l’automne” by Kalash

Lanita Jacobs
“Skin I’m In” by Cameo
I like to groove as I ponder issues of social justice and this infectious soulful-real cut does it for me.

“1960 What?” by Gregory Porter
Gregory, who got me at “Be Good,” further cemented his hold with this ode to a song that, sadly, stays relevant but also asks something of me/us too. 

“Is It Because I’m Black” by Syl & Jimmy Johnson
Something about the way Syl and Jimmy lay this down has me reckoning with the power of anti-black racism and the need to name it and intervene in some kind of way. 

“Get Up!” by Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
Enough said.

“I Wanna Know” by Hocus Pocus
I feel this way most of the times, even though I know the questions of rhetorical question.  

“Dreamer” by Prince
Thank you Prince.  What a gift that keeps on giving.

“We The People” by A Tribe Called Quest
Enough said.

“Dis Generation” by A Tribe Called Quest
Enough said.

“The Killing Season” by A Tribe Called Quest
Enough said.

Kara Keeling
“Computer Blue” by Prince
I chose this song to prove that Prince was ahead of his time.

Nao Bustamante
“Feeling Good” by Nina Simone
“Birds flying high, you know how I feel…” This is a song about connectivity to the earth and feeling hopeful. Nothing compares to the power and emotion in Simone’s voice.