‘A Terrible Price’: The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America

For the Zulu club, a black social organization in New Orleans, Mardi Gras was a joy. The coronavirus made it a tragedy. By Linda Villarosa Photographs by L. Kasimu Harris April 29, 2020 When the Kreweof Zulu parade rolled out onto Jackson Avenue to kick off Mardi Gras festivities on Feb. 25, the party started for black New Orleans. Tens of thousands of people lined the four-and-a-half-mile route, reveling in the animated succession of jazz musicians, high-stepping marching bands from historically black colleges and universities and loose-limbed dancers dressed in Zulu costumes, complete with grass skirts and blackface makeup, an homage to the Zulu … Continue reading ‘A Terrible Price’: The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America

What Is Mardi Gras? The REAL History & Traditions Explained by Newtral Groundz

We live in a world where everyone likes to party. Everywhere you turn you see events taking place dedicated solely to getting on your level. None of those match the level of America’s biggest party season, Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday “Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is always 47 days before Easter. Carnival season begins on Jan. 6, Twelfth Night, the Christian holy day of the Epiphany, and ends with Mardi Gras. It’s a celebration of life that precedes the fasting and simple living during the Christian season of Lent. Because Easter is variable, Mardi … Continue reading What Is Mardi Gras? The REAL History & Traditions Explained by Newtral Groundz

A personal review of Crack: Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed by David Farber

The government used crack cocaine as a double edge sword that severed the lives of all who came into contact with it. The book is filled with interviews that speak of the quick road to riches, being out of the projects, and the hopes of a better life for their family only to be greeted by “DEATH” awaiting them around the next corner. Crack cocaine was marketed as “HOPE,” but there was a”DEATH” clause written in small print, but Farber’s “CRACK: Rock Cocaine, Street capitalism, and the Decade of Greed” brings the magnifying glass to help you read what you missed over the years. Continue reading A personal review of Crack: Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed by David Farber

Crack Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed By David Farber

Crack is an essential read for anyone hoping to understand why. This lively, well- researched history of America’s crack cocaine years introduces readers to entrepreneurial dealers, desperate users, and draconian drug policies. Along the way, it illuminates the era’s racism, political excesses, and media exaggerations, as well as the lasting damage crack and crack dealers wrought in countless neighborhoods of color. Continue reading Crack Rock Cocaine, Street Capitalism, and the Decade of Greed By David Farber