Maurice Alex Henderson II

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The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this …

To This Day

SBPDL

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Leaf by Niggle

Niggle slipped out of the main door, and blinked a little. The sun was very bright. Also he had expected to walk out into a large town, to match the …

5 Exercises to Write More Creative Lyrics

Writing creative lyrics is a challenging task. If you want to write for radio, you'll probably lean towards accessible themes of love with simple, …

Creative Writing

The Strategy Behind Giving Your Music Away for Free: Does It Really Lead to More Sales?

By now, most musicians have accepted that albums and singles aren't going to be the moneymakers they used to be, but that realization differs from …

3 Surefire Ways to Turn Fans Into Superfans

While the term "fan" may be a bit vague at times, "superfan" is not. Superfans might not be as plentiful as those who simply like some of your music, …

The Power in Kendrick Lamar's Complexity

To Pimp a Butterfly is challenging, but that's because it reflects a challenging world.<p>Six songs into his new album, Kendrick Lamar locks himself in a hotel room and faces a brutal assault from his own conscience. His voice shredded like that of a man dying in the desert, with horns in the …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How To Make Money With Music Part 1: Gigging - MTT

Hello all, and welcome to Part 1 of what I hope will be a ongoing series on how to better make money in your music career. Whether you want to earn a …

Merch Table Essentials: 15 Ways For Musicians To Increase Sales, Fans and Efficiency - MTT

As album sales are becoming a less meaningful component in the overall success of an artist or band, the live performance sector, including ticket …

Musicians and Bands: 5 Tips for Selling More at the Merch Table

We’ve all experienced it: You just played a killer show. The venue was packed. The crowd loved you. And yet . . . you only sold 2 CDs (and one of …

Genealogy of a White American Jesus: From Slave Master to Billy Graham

Through five years of immersion in what is arguably the “holy land” of white evangelicalism in Midwest, USA (i.e. Wheaton has “more churches per …

DOJ Not Filing Charges Against George Zimmerman For 2012 Killing Of Trayvon Martin

The Department of Justice will not file charges against George Zimmerman for the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, ABC News and CBS News reported Tuesday.<p>ABC reports:<p>ABC News has learned Martin’s family will soon be notified that the Justice Department will not be filing charges against …

Making Overseers into Advocates

Filed 1:00 p.m.<p>02.18.2015<p>Commentary<p>A social worker’s take on the misery of probation.<p>PHILADELPHIA — Every Monday morning it’s the same routine. I get …

Outsourcing

The Case for Reparations

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.<p><i>And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and</i> …