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Congratulations to the family and friends of activist Janet Jagan on a life meaningfully lived; Janet died last week in Georgetown at the age of 88. Janet was, of course, not only the former President of Guyana, but also the cousin and subject of our good friend Suzanne Wasserman’s documentary film, Thunder In Guyana (2003). […]

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How This Works… Support Freeform Radio!Your NameYour EmailYour Pledge $Add this banner to your site! ITEM: Just a friendly reminder to anyone with ears and a little wampum that WFMU, one of the two listener-supported radio stations WWIB has much love for (the other being WKCR— good morning Coconutter!) is running their figurative 26.2 miles […]

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Caz Dolowicz explains: Greetings from a secret location in Pinellas County, Florida, where I keep my winter quarters and where from, today, I’d like to introduce the new staff of Who Walk In Brooklyn. Over the weeks, months and years to (is a preposition) come (is a verb), I hope all of them will become […]

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A Crispus Attucks Week Encore Presentation. Reproduced at left is  the list, taken by Captain Francis Titus, of the slaves of Bushwick in 1755; slavery would continue in Brooklyn until July 4, 1827. It’s  interesting to note that in most accounts of slavery in New York, the names of the  chattel are rarely given. Such […]

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Happy Crispus Attucks Week! This celebration is not to be confused with the mysterious Catholic holiday of Christo Redentor Week nor the Proustian French literature feast known as Roger Shattuck Week. For more on the legacy of Crispus Attucks, see both Combat Jack with a cautionary Cornell tale as wild as any in Richard Fariña’s […]

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Happy Mashramani to all our readers! Catching up on news from Guyana, I was surprised to learn Florida’s Auto-Tune hook king T-Pain canceled a Mash concert there, citing security reasons; Maxi Priest of London, England and Beenie Man of Kingston, Jamaica will perform instead. While I have mixed feelings about the music of all these […]

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As we settle into the realities of President Obama— the hopes sustained (a partially decent housing plan) and disappointments alike (the appointment of the venal Aldolfo Carrión Jr. as Urban Affairs Director)— it’s a good time to remember the nation of Guyana and their seemingly endless civil travails. Haven’t thought about Guyana since your last […]

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“In my life had… what? Maybe three big shocks. Shock number one was when I head Cary Grant was Jewish. Shock number two was finding out how how Jell-O, pure, pathetic parveh Jell-O, sweet ecumenical Jell-O what you could eat with milk or meat— Jell-O was not kosher. But you know what was? Drake’s Devil […]

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A couple days late but dead is dead, right? Likewise, while Indiana-native Freddie Hubbard (1938-2008) was probably not the signal example of jazz genius, during his peak years, he demonstrated a still staggering ability to be there and do his inside pushing outwards thing for Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Herbie Hancock, Hank Mobley, […]

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Armond White is a funny guy. That Armond’s excellent sense of humor isn’t often noted when people discuss his criticism doesn’t make his wit any less bracing. Of course, I don’t agree with everything Armond asserts— who could?— but still, it’s always strongly—sometimes strangely— argued, challenging and reverential of a life of the mind. As […]

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