how in the world is it march 11th???
i ended black history month with a flight to the motherland and have been pretty much offline since. however, i’m back in new york, with tons of amazing content that you all expect from the team (aka me) at iso14below. i wanted to post this story before black history month ended, but getting ready for africa and hosting the first year of the real black girl meetup blocked all of that from happening. luckily, we celebrate black excellence 365/24/7 over here, so this post will always be relevant,
every year during the month of february, classic songs like “someday we’ll all be free” and “we shall overcome” are sung to commemorate black american history, but there are two contemporary songs that deserve a prime spot in the “black history month song hall of fame”.
donnie x welcome to the colored section
donnie disappeared as quickly as he came, but his album “welcome to the colored section”, in my opinion, is one of the best projects in music history. every single song is a jam, so i’ll prob do a “best albums you’ve never heard” in the future, but the title track is reminiscent of “a change is gonna come”. i listen to this song often and i still get chills like i did the first time i ever played it.
theesatisfaction x recognition
there are times when i get worried about the future and if our great history will get passed down through the generations. the universe always drops little nuggets that ease my anxiety and theesatisfaction’s “recognition” has been one of them. serving as the first single of their latest album “earthee”, “recognition” is accompanied by a visually stimulating video shot by the wonder, tiona m. the video pays homage to so many people whose shoulders we stand on today and features the people currently making black history.
not gonna lie, this vid totally gets me a little misty.
here’s to the new generation of freedom songs!