Phrenology is the archaic science of assessing personality through the examination of specific physical traits—the placement of the chin, the distance between the eyes, the shape of the head.
Today, the practice is written off as a quaint and antiquated parlor game because we know better than to judge people based on appearance.
Except, of course, when it comes to race.
RECENT & UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS
Poets, Rappers and Activist Remain United in Ferguson Three Years After Mike Brown’s Death, Atlanta Black Star, June 7, 2017
Built for Bias: Artificial Intelligence Produces Real Racism, Atlanta Black Star, (Exposé the influence of natual human biases on the programming AI algorithms)
Mr. Cho Comes from Washington, The Villager, (Profile of Ronnie Cho, Obama Whitehouse Staffer turned NYC Council Candidate)
Branding & Advertising
A Maxima by Any Other Name, Pulse, October 9, 2015
Branded People and their Brand Loyalists, Part 1, Pulse, September 22, 2015
Branded People and their Brand Loyalists, Part 2, Pulse, September 24, 2015
Insight, Part 1: Correlation is *Something*, Pulse, July 23, 2015
Insight, Part 2: Do Blonds Have More Fun?, Pulse, July 31, 2015
Trend Spotting: Single Mother's Day, Pulse, May 11, 2015
Beautiful Cars & Fast Women, Pulse, March 10, 2015
Op-Ed & Social Commentary
What Trump Sold White America, Atlanta Black Star, March 30, 2017
Four more bullet points for the record, Bullshitist, December 22, 2016
We've seen this movie before folks, and many of you are old enough to remember it well., Bullshitist, December 19, 2016
Three Things Trump Taught Me, Medium, November 9, 2016
Here's what you are really voting for today, Medium, November 8, 2016
Brexit, Mixed Remixed & the Semiotics of the Safe Place, Mixedremixed.org, July 4, 2016
Beyond Beyoncé, tides 'n' tudes, February 12, 2016
The Paradox that is America, tides 'n' tudes, March 4, 2015
Can the pickup and the Prius be friends?, tides 'n' tudes, February 11, 2015
#safetypin against racism, An Interview with Allison (part 1), Mixedremixed.org, July 11, 2016
#safetypin against racism, An Interview with Allison (part 2), Mixedremixed.org, July 13, 2016
An Interview with Novelist Joy Huang Stoffers, Mixedremixed.org, June 6, 2016
My Journey to Mixed Remixed Pt 1: That little Mexican kid, Medium, May 2, 2016
My journey to Mixed Remixed Pt 2: Religious Anatomy & the Mixed Race Experience, Medium, May 10, 2016
My Journey to Mixed Remixed Pt 3: Who Am I?, Medium, May 19, 2016
My Journey to Mixed Remixed Pt 4: Homeless before Heidi, Medium, June 1, 2016
Fiction & Humor: TK
Jazz writing (excerpts) published in Good Times Magazine, 1995-2000. Full clips availalbe upon request.
One Tough Old Tiger: Dave Brubeck, Young Lions and old Tigers (Telarc CD-83349): In “The Art of Fugue”, Johann Sebastian Bach composed a fugue the main theme, or “subject”, of which was based on the letters “B,” “A,” “C,” and “H.” (In the German musical notation of the time, the letter “H” was used to refer to the B-natural pitch.) Expanding on the idea of using names as the basis for musical composition, eight of the twelve tracks on Dave Brubeck's latest CD are Brubeck originals based on the names of the players who appear on the CD. Entitled “Young Lions & Old Tigers”, and recorded to mark the passing of Mr. Brubeck’s seventy-fifth birthday, the CD is proof positive that compositional prowess improves with age.
John Coltrane Revisited: The Heavyweight Chamption, complete Atlantic recordings: The seven disk collection is not organized chronologically by album as one might expect, but rather chronologically by recording session. This is far from a minor point: hearing these classic Coltrane tracks within the context of the session in which they were recorded offers a fresh perspective on these staples of the jazz listener’s library.
Blues Fallin' Down Like Hail: Complete Columbia recordings of Robert Johnson (Columbia 46234): In all likelihood, musicians such as Robert Johnson would have vanished into obscurity were it not for whites like the Lomaxes and John Hammond who recognized the importance of their music and sought to preserve it by bringing it into the main stream. It is interesting to note that Columbia chose Kieth Richards and Eric Clapton, two musicians who more or less got their start by repackaging black music for white audiences to write the liner notes which accompany this boxed set. But the music is as extraordinary as it is important, for it is in the field of music where America has made its most lasting contributions to global culture in the guise of Jazz and Rock and Roll. Robert Johnson is a vital part of that compound of music which laid the foundation upon which Rock and Roll was born.
Ella Fitzgerald, A Final Word on the First Lady of Song: As amazing as Ms. Fitzgerald’s musical talents were, equally amazing is the fact that she managed not to fall through the cracks of the segregated child welfare system of the 1930’s. A victim of poverty and abuse, Ms. Fitzgerald was able to transcend circumstance and develop into one of the greatest musicians that America has ever produced. Musically, professionally, and personally, Ms. Fitzgerald was one-of-a-kind, an American treasure.
Don Cherry, The Jazz Giant With a Little Horn: Gone but Not Forgotten: If art is either innovative or plagiaristic, then Don Cherry was an artist in the truest sense of the word. Trained in the jazz tradition, he was able to challenge everything that was known, to infuse the jazz vocabulary with new and unfamiliar sounds, and to leave a completely new musical language in his wake. Though his life was short, his influence upon the direction of music is forever. Rest in peace, Don, the jazz giant with the little horn.
Michael Franks at Planting Fields Arboretum: Jazz- and blues-like solos were always short and sweet, and Latin-influenced songs — including his Samba-like tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim — were somewhat lacking their rhythmic drive. [Michael Franks'] simplicity is both his boon and his bane. On the one hand, over the course of his two decade career, Mr. Franks’ light-hearted and easily accessible songs have endeared him to listeners in search of something more cerebral than rock or pop, but less challenging than be-bop. On the other, an evening of Mr. Franks’ music leaves one craving something a bit, well, deeper — Antonio Carlos Jobim, perhaps.