Song Feature: “Black and White America”

July 20, 2014, by Briana

LennyKravits-BlackandWhiteAmericaLenny Kravitz, Grammy award winner, decided to step outside of his comfort zone in 2011 when he wrote the song “Black and White America”. As a rock star, Kravitz would normally write strictly rock songs, but he decided to take a different approach with this one by combining different genres. Kravitz told sources that this piece was written after he observed a documentary he found one night while flipping through the television. This documentary was about a group of Americans that weren’t in agreement with how the United States was being run. They were not fond of President Barack Obama and they were not supportive of equality between different races. They wished for America to be how it was years ago.

Lenny grew up with interracial parents, so he wanted people to understand his viewpoint and how he lived. He wanted people to understand that this isn’t just America, its black and white America, no matter where you go. The lyrics of this song are trying to help people understand that we are all one, as people. We may have different color skin, but that does not make us any better than the next person.

Below are the lyrics of the song.

“Black And White America”

Martin Luther King, he had a vision
And that’s a fact
He died so we could see that was his mission
So don’t look back
There is no division, don’t you understand
The future looks as though it has come around
And maybe we have finally found our common ground
We’re the children of one father
If you’re looking back don’t bother
We’re black and white America
Rob from Always on the run is bad bad bad

In nineteen sixty three my father married
A black woman
And when they walked the street they were in danger
Look what you’ve done

But they just kept on walking forward hand in hand
The future looks as though it has come around
And maybe we have finally found our common ground
We’re the children of one father
If you’re looking back don’t bother
We’re black and white America

The future looks as though it has come around
And maybe we have finally found our common ground
We’re the children of one father
If you’re looking back don’t bother
We’re black and white America

We’ve waited so long
We’ve waited so long

There is no division, don’t you understand
The future looks as though it has come around
And maybe we have finally found our common ground
We’re the children of one father
If you’re looking back don’t bother
We’re black and white America

The future looks as though it has come around
And maybe we have finally found our common ground
We’re the children of one father
If you’re looking back don’t bother
We’re black and white America

The future looks as though it has come around
And maybe we have finally found our common ground
We’re the children of one father
If you’re looking back don’t bother
We’re black and white America

Oh, yeah
Black and white America
Gonna keep moving forward, oh
Blow Harold !

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Insight on Family Reunions

Family-1400x460July is National Family Reunion Month. This time of year, especially around the July 4th holiday, many families across the nation gather formally or informally to fellowship with family members they have not seen in while, to get better acquainted with those they don’t know well, and even to meet those they’ve never been introduced to. On the current edition of Insight, Bhakti Larry Hough interviews “The Mother of Family Reunions,” Dr. Ione Vargus, Founder and Director of the Family Reunion Institute at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. They’ll discuss the various kinds of family gatherings and how to plan them.

Insight airs Wednesdays at 10 a.m., 7 p.m. and midnight.

 

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Insight on National Museum of African American Music

On Insight today, Bhakti Larry Hough interviews H. Beecher Hicks III, president and CEO of the National Museum of African American Music in NashvilleNMAAMlogo, in observance of National African Music Appreciation Month (Black Music Month). Insight airs on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., 7 p.m. and midnight. 

From President Barack Obama’s 2014 Black Music Month proclamation:
“For centuries, African-American music has lifted the voices of those whose poetry is born from struggle. As generations of slaves toiled in the most brutal of conditions, they joined their voices in faithful chords that both captured the depths of their sorrow and wove visions of a brighter day. At a time when dance floors were divided, rhythm and blues and rock and roll helped bring us together. And as activists marched for their civil rights, they faced hatred with song. Theirs was a movement with a soundtrack — spirituals that fed their souls and protest songs that sharpened their desire to right the great wrongs of their time.”

The influence of African-American artists resounds each day through symphony halls, church sanctuaries, music studios, and vast arenas. It fills us with inspiration and calls us to action. This month, as we honor the history of African-American music, let it continue to give us hope and carry us forward — as one people and one Nation.

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Why Is Radio Baha’i in South Carolina?

WLGI Coverage Map

Radio Baha’i, WLGI Coverage Area

Three recent articles about the Baha’i Faith being the 2nd largest religion in South Carolina have recently been published, based on data from the  2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. These articles do a great job explaining why Radio Baha’i, WLGI is in South Carolina.

The Charleston City Paper

The Charleston Post and Courier

NPR

Looking deeper into the Religion Census study, the highest concentration of Baha’is in South Carolina are in the counties that Radio Baha’i reaches: Williamsburg, Florence, Darlington, Dillon, Marion, Horry, and Georgetown.

And, that’s why Radio Baha’i, WLGI 90.9 FM is in Northeastern South Carolina.

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Insight on E.B. Lewis

Iacrossthealley-400x400f you’ve seen or read the children’s books, Fire on the Mountain by Jane Kurtz or Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes, you have seen the work of famed children’s book illustrator, E.B. Lewis. He has illustrated more than 65 books, and has won the Coretta Scott King Award and the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Lewis is also an educator and presents, and teaches classes and workshops at schools all over the nation. Recently, he visited Plantersville Elementary School in Georgetown to promote literacy. That visit led to him adopting the school. In the coming months, he will spend time there working with administrators, teachers and students. Bhakti Larry Hough interviews Mr. Lewis on today’s edition of Insight, which airs at 10 a.m., 7 p.m. and midnight.

http://eblewis.com/

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