Category Archives: Personal

Songs where I’m from

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Anti-Racism in Duluth, MN

Duluth, MN is a place very close to my heart. I go there every chance I get. My “Minnesotan family” live there. They mean the world to me and so does Duluth. Really, I don’t know where I would be … Continue reading

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Thoughts of Love

Four year old Jamilah Mazloom (my friend’s lovely daughter) at Ja’afari Islamic Center in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Photo: MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson. ‎”…concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war … Continue reading

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Racist friend

My dad brought us up on a diet of quality music. Including The Specials. (Who are from my uni town of Coventry UK). I remember him blasting Free Nelson Mandela and jumping around the living room when I was a kid. I … Continue reading

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Hot in the City

I’m still in Minnesota.  It’s seriously hot in the Twin Cities. Unfortunately, I can’t make a song reference in the plural… Meteorologist: Amazon Jungle only place in western hemisphere as humid as Minnesota (from kstp via

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Food workers in Minnesota

I’m in Minnesota for the summer.  I’m on vacation but many people come here to work in agriculture and food processing. MPR reports that many food workers are hungry: Every year, workers from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas gather their children … Continue reading

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My colleague, Prof M*, and I recently saw Femi Kuti live in Portland.  It was a tiny show.  That was good for us because we got up close.  It is also slightly embarrassing that so few turned out; he is … Continue reading

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