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A tribute to Harry Belafonte. By David Yearsley.

After the first installment of my planned two-part tribute to Harry Belafonte, who died on April 25, 2023 at the age of 96, two weeks of nonsense intervened. First came the coronation of Charles III - the pomp and circumstance troubled only slightly by a gaggle of boisterous protesters outside Westminster Abbey and a furtive cameo within the church from another Harry (Windsor).

Belafonte’s parents were born in Jamaica as subjects of the British Empire. They emigrated to the United States, where their son was born in 1927. Belafonte spent most of the 1930s living with his grandmother back in Jamaica and thought of himself as Jamaican “native son of sorts”.

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Free Downloads: This Week's New MP3s
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Latest: The Byrds
Rochester 1970
Latest: Dinner Party [featuring Kamasi Washington]
Coachella, Indio 2023
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Washington 2023
Latest: Yes
Las Vegas 2002
Latest: Aoife O’Donovan
Germany 2022
Coachella, Indio 2023
London 2023 / Foxboro 2009
Phoebe Bridgers
Brooklyn 2018
Max Roach
Baden Baden 1964
The National
Austin 2018
Brandi Carlile
Austin 2018
Neil Young
Farm Aid 2018
Ike and Tina Turner [Tina Turner R.I.P. 1939 - 2023]
River Deep, Mountain High Outtakes
The Smiths [Andy Rourke R.I.P. 1964 - 2023]
Manchester 1986
Willie Nelson
Farm Aid 2018
Del Mar 2018
Amy Winehouse
Belgrade 2011 [Final Concert]
Hilary Hahn
San Francisco 2023
Miles Davis Quintet
Helsinki 1967
The Rolling Stones
Oakland 1989 [Millard Tape]
The Who
Los Angeles 1980 [Millard Tape]
Inglewood 1977 [Millard Tape]
Jethro Tull
Anaheim 1977 [Millard Tape]
Nicola Benedetti
BBC Prom, London 2022
Joni Mitchell
Sydney 1983
Os Mutantes [Rita Lee R.I.P. 1947 - 2023]
Sao Paulo 1978
Os Mutantes [Rita Lee R.I.P. 1947 - 2023]
Seattle 2009/Brazil 1970
Bobbie Gentry
BBC Sessions Vol 3 1970-1972
Bobbie Gentry
BBC Sessions Vol 2 1968-1970
Bobbie Gentry
BBC Sessions Vol 1 1967-1968
Cat Power
Buenos Aires 2022
Eartha Kitt
Australia 1963
Lakecia Benjamin
Finland 2021
Long Beach 1979 [Millard Tape]
John Fahey
Evanston 1975
The Rolling Stones
Inglewood 1973
Gordon Lightfoot [R.I.P. 1938 - 2023]
Cleveland 1965
Art Garfunkel
Tokyo 2001
Scott Walker
Osaka 1968
Ella Fitzgerald
Antibes 1978
Steve Winwood
Costa Mesa 1991 [Millard Tape]
The Rolling Stones
Could You Walk On Water
John Fahey
Evanston 1974 / Portland 1967
Procol Harum
Frankfurt 1971
Harry Belafonte [R.I.P. 1927 - 2023]
Lewiston 1990
Peter And Gordon
Stockholm 1964
Van Morrison
1970s Outtakes
John Coltrane Quintet
Newport 1966
Rickie Lee Jones
Wantagh, NY 1990
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
San Francisco 2023
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London 2006
Everything But The Girl
Germany 1985
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Oakland 1982
Charlie Parker
New York 1954/1950
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Hamburg 1988
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St Louis 1974
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Camden 2006
Everything But The Girl
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Los Angeles 1979 [Millard Tape]
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London 1978
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Manchester 1986
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What Would Aristotle Say About The Star Trek Episode 'The Enemy Within'?

Star Trek "a great way to learn about moral philosophy". By Roger Thompson.

In “The Enemy Within”, Captain Kirk is divided into two beings by a transporter malfunction. One of them is good but irresolute and weak, the other is the embodiment of evil and all the negative aspects of humanity. Dr McCoy and Science Officer Spock must come up with a plan to reunify the two beings before a landing party consisting of Helmsman Sulu and several other crew members freeze to death on the planet below. In the book 'The Ultimate Star Trek and Philosophy', here is how McCoy tries to help Kirk understand that we are not capable of being pure:

KIRK: I have to take him back inside myself. I can’t survive without him. I don’t want him back. He’s like an animal, a thoughtless, brutal animal, and yet it’s me. Me.

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The Rise Of China (And The Fall Of The US?)

Beijing has concentrated on the slow, stealthy accretion of investments and influence across Eurasia from the South China Sea to the North Sea. By changing the continent’s underlying geopolitics through this commercial integration, it’s winning a level of control not seen in the last thousand years, while unleashing powerful forces for political change. By Alfred W McCoy.

From the ashes of a world war that killed 80 million people and reduced great cities to smoking rubble, America rose like a Titan of Greek legend, unharmed and armed with extraordinary military and economic power, to govern the globe.

During four years of combat against the Axis leaders in Berlin and Tokyo that raged across the planet, America’s wartime commanders - George Marshall in Washington, Dwight D Eisenhower in Europe, and Chester Nimitz in the Pacific - knew that their main strategic objective was to gain control over the vast Eurasian landmass.

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Shakin' All Over [the noize]
Belafonte’s Early Songs Were Audacious... And Sexual
Long before Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, Barry White and Prince, there was already Harry Belafonte singing about sex. By Martha Rosenberg.
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Growing Up Dingo: The Evolution Of Jazz
"It was me and Miles at the Savoy." By Richard Schulman.
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Black Power And Rock n Roll: Black History For Dangerous Americans
'History wasn’t written by the victors. It’s written by rich assholes who are heavily invested in convincing poor people that they’ve already won. If people in this nation knew the first thing about its real history not only would they be excited, they would be downright pissed off.' By Nicky Reid.
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Farewell To Burt Bacharach
By William Kaufman
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Bob Dylan's The Philosophy Of Modern Song
All that glitters is not gold. By John Kendall Hawkins.
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I Can't Explain [world affairs]
China is Bigger. Get Over It
In category after category, China outpaces the United States, and often by a very large margin. By Dean Baker.
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Waiting For The End Of The World
Catch the right wave, and you'll be sitting on top of the world. By Pepe Escobar.
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Iran And Saudi Arabia: A Chinese Win-Win
Iran and Saudi Arabia choose peace. By Pepe Escobar.
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The West Has Been Planning To Crush China For A Very Long Time
For any peace to come, America must be willing to share power with other nations. By Caitlin Johnstone.
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Criminals At Large: The Iraq War Twenty Years On
'Liar, liar, pants on fire'. That's what the West were (are?) good at. By Binoy Kampmark.
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Blood Does Not Wash Away Blood
It's time for a change. Stop viewing the world from America's eyes. By Kathy Kelly.
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The Ten Essential Powers Of Great Literature
It is my contention that there are at least 10 essential powers of Great Literature. If a work of literature does not contain all 10; it might be good, even very good, but will not deserve the appellation “Great”. By Dan Corjescu.
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I Can See For Miles [cinelife]
Going Down The Rabbit Hole
As we hurtle into 2023, it’s ironic to realise how we are spinning round and around. As Fleetwood Mac once sang: “Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone but don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.” A brief attempt at memory and South-east Asian film history by Philip Cheah.
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Does Netflix’s The Sandman Give Fans Their Dream?
It was a dream come true when comic books became 'graphic novels'. By Andrew Stewart.
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Satyajit, Ritwik And The Renegade ‘Father’ Figure
In a brief critique, Silhouette editor Amitava Nag looks at how Satyajit Ray [1921-1992] and Ritwik Ghatak [1925-1976] with their different socio-psychological conditionings deal with the ‘father’ figure in their very last film.
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The Shock Of The New
What a wonderful world... the Kazakh New Wave. By Philip Cheah.
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My Favorites Of 2021
I’m really not a big fan of these “best of” lists, but of all the new arts entertainment (or edutainment as KRS-One would say) I consumed this past year, here’s what helped me most in wading through the muddied waters of 2021. By Joshua Frank.
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Movie Reviews
Inside Tár
An LBGTQ-friendly film that doesn't shy away from human failings whatever your label. By David Yearsley.
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Miranda Writes: Encanto’s Chart-Topping Enchantments
Another magic kingdom movie reviewed. And it's dripping with sarcasm... By David Yearsley.
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Listening Up To 'Don’t Look Up!'
Don't look. This is entertainment. By David Yearsley.
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Don’t Look Up: See It
By Manuel García, Jr.
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Decolonizing James Bond
'So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye'. Fawzia Afzal-Khan reviews No Time To Die, the 25th James Bond movie in the franchise.
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