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Me, Rick, Prison and Sounds

Growing up, prison wasn’t a concept my parents had to ease me into with a trepid, careful talk — it was something I was used to, something I knew on an intimate level. In 1997, when I was just five years old, my uncle Rick was sentenced to life in prison. There was no “your uncle is […] Wax & Stamp

Introducing Wax & Stamp

“Today, you will hear gospel, and rhythm and blues, and jazz. All those are just labels. We know that music is music.” In a speech that culminated in the hair-raising call and response of “I Am — Somebody,” I feel bad for quoting just three sentences of Jesse Jackson’s infamous speech. Yet those three sentences speak about […]