77violet77 asked: What does the 995 mean (in your username)? I apologize if you've already answered this.
It is the frequency of the radio station where my career in hip-hop/media began way back in 1989, and where my show the Underground Railroad still airs Friday nights at 10PM (right after Chuck D’s show!).
The way that we were going in on Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel today proves that Sapphire’s PUSH is a true story. And we should ALL be ashamed.
#RespectabilityPolitics #Precious #InternalizedRacism #TheWhiteGaze
(H/T Mitchell Faust for making me think about this.)
Leaving it at that because if I spoke further on it tonight, it would be in a tone that is out of character for me.
Also just as an addendum. This is the actual history of hip-hop:
Sha Rock, Lady Pink, Barbara 62, Eva 62, Sylvia Robinson, Sequence, Shante, Salt, Pepa, Latifah, Lyte, Antoinette, Yo-Yo, Lady B, Wendy Day, Akiba Solomon, Joan Morgan, dream hampton, Rosa Clemente, Jazzy Joyce, Monica Lynch, Minya Oh, Invincible, Nikki D, MC Trouble, Monie Love, Paula Perry, Too Fly, Queen Andrea, Eternia, Sophia Chang, Sara Kana, Young Gattas, Dekay, Ms. Fit, Bonnie Godiva, Chayna Ashley, Jaz the Rapper, the entire Queen Of The Ring battle league, the entire Bars & Bra Straps battle league, Dee Barnes, Beverly Bond, DJ Chela, Kuttin Kandi, Pri the Honey Dark, Helixx, Big Tara, La Bruja, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, the Crunk Feminist Collective. Martha Cooper, Christie Z-Pabon, Lady of Rage, Queen Mother Rage, Linque, Da Brat, Angie Martinez, Leshaun AKA Almond Joy, Shorty No Mas, Vinia Mojica, Hurricane G, Rah Digga, Lady Luck, Lady Sovereign, Cristina Veran, Pam the Funkstress, The Conscious Daughters, Psalm One, Lynne D Johnson, Kim Osorio, Pebblee Poo, The Real Roxanne, Danyel Smith, Mela Machinko, Jean Grae, Ladybug Mecca, DJ Mecca from the Dirty Dozen, Sha-Key aka Hanifah Walidah, Kim, Foxy, Nicki, Apani B Fly, Tiye Phoenix, Narubi Selah, Desdamona, Dessa, Boss, Missy, Finesse & Synquis, Michie Mee, Sister Souljah, Mystic, Remy Ma, Martha Diaz, Bahamadia, Rapsody, Boog Brown, Erykah, Estelle, Lauryn.
We can keep going, this is just off the top…