Supported by the USC Provost Collaboration Fund


Annette Kim
“This is America” by Childish Gambino
The amazing inter-mingling of different rhythms, the lyrics are genius, and of course the video.

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
“The Ballot or the Bullet (Malcom X) by Wolfy Funk Project and  “Niger Delta Blues” by BANTU, Tony Allen

Suzanne Lacy
“Natural Women” by Aretha Franklin
She is ill you know, and just watched her Kennedy Center performance, super moving.

David Sloane
“What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye
remains a signature for me as I try to make my way through the contentious and conflicted days of our lives.

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

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
The Line – D’Angelo
Sometimes, we need a mantra through dark times so we can see them as the incubators of change they are; D’Angelo provides that in “The Line.”

Tryin’ Times – Dwight Trible
Trible tells it like it is with winks and right-time groans; he is a jewel in LA and his songs soar with melancholic resonance and soulful optimism.

A Place Where Love Is – Andy Bey
Bey’s voice is a stand-alone, and his song makes you believe not only in love, but your capacity to actualize it at a time when sincerity matters and can even change some things.

Jody Armour
“Fuck tha Police” by N.W.A.
Ice Cube’s profane and unvarnished critique of the police is still powerful today.

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. 

Jonathan Crisman
“Only the Broken-Hearted” by Twin Shadow
“I like to imagine that he’s singing to the city of Los Angeles”

Bonus track:
Tints – Anderson .Paak (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
local artist, Paak’s back story, old school rhythms + Kendrick!