Best of 2010: Books and Albums

Season’s Greetings to everyone reading this! Here we are in December (Is it just me, or did this year fly?) and you know what that means. It is time to reflect on the best books and albums of this year. Now keep in mind, that this list is not comprehensive. I am only commenting on what I have read and heard in entirety. A wrap up of all the major releases would be much too long of a post.  So here goes: Best Books Born To Use Mics– An Anthology based on Illmatic by Nas, featuring scholars like Kyra Gaunt,...

Season’s Greetings to The Troops Overseas

Season’s Greetings Everyone! This is the time of year when families are gathering together to celebrate the holidays. While this is a joyous time of year, let us not forget those of us overseas fighting, whether we agree with the ongoing conflicts or not. CNN is taking the lead in their latest project with their Digital Salute to Troops. If you have friends or family in the service that you would like so send a greeting to, you can do so through this initiative.  The link to create your salute can be found here Happy Holidays everyone! Marc W. Polite

Leaving Well Enough Alone: Why I will forgo the Ph.D program

Hey everyone! It’s been a minute since I posted, just wanted to let you all know I’m still around. Offline life has been keeping me quite busy. I’ve got something that’s been on my mind for a while that I would like to share with everyone. As some of you may know, I have a background in the study of politics and history. You can deduce from the topics I have explored on here (besides the music reviews) that it’s where my head is at. As a result of this thorough going interest, many people have been asking what I...

The Return of Dirty Harriet-Album Review: Rah Digga’s Classic

“They say I’m what the game been missing/ tell em rhymes do matter but they ain’t listenin” -Rah Digga Rah Digga is back on the scene. After a 10 year gap between this album and her debut project Dirty Harriet, Classic is a welcome return to form for the former Flipmode affiliate. Coming in at 11 tracks with minimal features, the New Jersey based emcee showcases the lyrical talent hip hop heads have come to know and love over Nottz production. The Virginia based producer worked with Digga on her first album, so it comes as no surprise that the...

Mid-Term Elections Commentary

The midterm elections of 2010 represent defeat for the Democrats in particular and a blow to the progressive agenda in general. With Republicans now solidly in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Democrats across the board have lost their mandate. In New York State, there were few upsets.  Andrew Cuomo handily defeated Republican candidate Carl Paladino with 61 percent of the vote. The Democratic candidates for Senator Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand also bested their GOP contenders, sailing into their U.S. senate seats with 65 and 61 percent of the vote, respectively.  Around the country however, it’s a...