Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part I)

The St Louis County Council wasn’t as bad as Ferguson’s Council, but still very few answers and virtually no accountability from the folks who unleashed unholy hell on the residents of Ferguson, following Brown’s murder. #staywoke #farfromover


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shout out to all the confused people who find their way to my inbox


shout out to all the confused people who find their way to my inbox

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Comfort food.

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While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.


Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart

Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story

You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.

The John Crawford story makes me so angry.

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that tree looks so happy that it is receiving a hug from this child





that tree looks so happy that it is receiving a hug from this child



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Important clarification from the American Music Therapy Association regarding the documentary “Alive Inside”. Highlights below, bold type emphasis added by me.

  •  American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) officials met with the film’s director and outlined problem areas a year ago. AMTA edited the script to correct misleading comments, recommending re-filming certain segments as well. Our attempts to correct misleading and inaccurate information went unheeded, which is why AMTA and AMTA’s Executive Director, Dr. Andrea Farbman did not agree to be partners nor be listed as such.
  • The use of personalized music programs delivered by iPods with headphones facilitated by nursing home personnel is not clinical music therapy. 
  • The public should be aware that in some cases the iPod can cause more stress and harm to elderly persons, especially those in late stage dementia. No negative memories of clients, which might have resulted from the music listening, were portrayed in the film. 
  •  The fact of the matter is that almost anything a board certified music therapist would do using clinical music therapy techniques would potentially have an even more profound effect than passively listening to music.  Techniques used by a board certified music therapist, following an assessment process, such as singing with a client, playing a musical instrument with a client, involving the family in the process, can all have profound and important effects.
  • Furthermore, some news outlets mistakenly label the “Music and Memory” program as music therapy or they interchangeably talk about the program and use clinical music therapy research, which further confuses and misleads the public.

This is important.

This documentary is not related to, nor showing music therapy. While it does show some of the documented and familiar outcomes music therapist see from the use of the preferred music with people with cognitive impairments, it is not music therapy. The distinction between this possibly helpful simple leisure program and the evidence based clinical work of music therapists is important.

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eamo2747 said: I'm confused about what Beethoven was doing in the black composers post. He was German.


By golly gee! I keep forgetting that Black people didn’t exist until the Fresh Prince of Bel Air came on television! Or that Black people existed in anywhere else than Africa even with slavery going on :) My apologies.

Anyway, here’s proof that Beethoven was Black:

"… Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe—making Spain their capital—for some 800 years.

In order to make such a substantial statement, presentation of verifiable evidence is compulsory. Let’s start with what some of Beethoven’s contemporaries and biographers say about his brown complexion:


(Louis Letronne, Beethoven, 1814, pencil drawing.)

"Frederick Hertz, German anthropologist, used these terms to describe him: ‘Negroid traits, dark skin, flat, thick nose.’

Emil Ludwig, in his book ‘Beethoven,’ says: ‘His face reveals no trace of the German. He was so dark that people dubbed him Spagnol [dark-skinned].’

Fanny Giannatasio del Rio, in her book ‘An Unrequited Love: An Episode in the Life of Beethoven,’ wrote ‘His somewhat flat broad nose and rather wide mouth, his small piercing eyes and swarthy [dark] complexion, pockmarked into the bargain, gave him a strong resemblance to a mulatto.’

Beethoven’s death mask: profile and full face

C. Czerny stated, ‘His beard—he had not shaved for several days—made the lower part of his already brown face still darker.’

Following are one word descriptions of Beethoven from various writers: Grillparzer, ‘dark’; Bettina von Armin, ‘brown’; Schindler, ‘red and brown’; Rellstab, ‘brownish’; Gelinek, ‘short, dark.’

In Alexander Thayer’s Life of Beethoven, vol.1, p. 134,  the author states, “there is none of that obscurity which exalts one to write history as he would have it and not as it really was. The facts are too patent.” On this same page, he states that the German composer Franz Josef Haydn was referred to as a “Moor” by Prince Esterhazy, and Beethoven had “even more of the Moor in his looks.’ On p. 72, a Beethoven contemporary, Gottfried Fischer, describes him as round-nosed and of dark complexion. Also, he was called ‘der Spagnol’ (the Spaniard).

Other “patent” sources, of which there are many, include, but are not limited to, Beethoven by Maynard Solomon, p.78. He is described as having “thick, bristly coal-black hair” (in today’s parlance, we proudly call it ‘kinky’) and a ‘ruddy-complexioned face.’ In   Beethoven:  His Life and Times by Artes Orga, p.72, Beethoven’s pupil, Carl Czerny of the ‘School of Velocity’ fame, recalls that Beethoven’s ‘coal-black hair, cut a la Titus, stood up around his head [sounds almost like an Afro].  His black beard…darkened the lower part of his dark-complexioned face.’


Engraving by Blasius Hofel, Beethoven, 1814, color facsimile of engraving after a pencil drawing by Louis Letronne. This engraving was regarded in Beethoven’s circle as particularly lifelike. Beethoven himself thought highly of it, and gave several copies to his friends.

Beethoven, the Black Spaniard

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Oh hey, what? Here’s a really interesting thing I’ve never heard about.




beauty comes in all shapes and sizes

I’m pretty sure this is like the 5th time I’ve reblogged this because omg

Oh my GOD

What would it mean if I told you I very literally teared up at this post?

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It’s weird, though. I do get kind of like, uh, nervous around you and I always have. I don’t know why. I’m trying to fight it. ‘Cause I think you’re like the best comic in the country. It’s the truth. I really do.

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Fuck you, people who make these cards! There was one more fatphobic card there! Yuck! This right here is thin privilege and fatphobia and just I feel sick thinking of it!

This is NOT okay.