Amazing 9 year old Asean Johnson brings the crowd to their feet at Chicago school closings rally
Asean (ah-Shawn) goes to Marcus Garvey Elementary School, slated for closure by the Chicago Public School administration, an un-elected board who’s members are appointed by Mayor Rahm Elmanuel, former Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama
Daaaamn. Watch this 9-yr old student stand up and spit hot fire at a mass rally against the Chicago Mayor and Public School administration who are trying to close his and dozens of other schools in mostly non-white neighborhoods.
The future of social justice activism.
Crying. Black and brown children shouldn’t have to grow up so fast. This kid is absolutely amazing, but I wish we lived in a world where he could just play with his friends, hang out with his family or spend time worrying about if that girl down the street has a crush on him, instead of having to take on the responsibility of advocating for himself and other black, brown and low income childrens’ education. POC kids can never just be kids, man.
It’s usually a Soul tune on Saturdays — might still be Saturday somewhere out there in the tumblr universe! So the tale goes this is the first song that I was ever attracted to. My mother was pregnant with my younger sister, Jennifer Elizabeth, when she discovered that when my Dad played this on the big old piece of furniture HiFi he had, I would lay down next to the speaker grill on the floor and just listen. So Mum used to play it a lot….and still to this day almost 61 years later I still get goosebumps listening to this gem of a tune!
There is much debate over Lady Day’s songs form this period — tortured, almost withered vocals but oh so much soul in each achieved and won note! So it’s my Saturday going into Sunday Soul selection from the Flimwell Papers’ Music Corner. Love, peace and happiness to y’all!
Linear Notes: Harry Edison (trumpet) Ben Webster (tenor saxophone) Jimmy Rowles (piano) Barney Kessel (guitar) Joe Mondragon (bass) Alvin Stoller (drums) Billie Holiday (vocals)