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Gonzo

Resistance vs. Persistence

Part 1:  “The ability to overcome resistance, self-sabotage, and self-doubt is way more important than talent.” – Steven Pressfield July 28, 2020: As small tears slowly rolled down my face, I drove I-26 seeking a specific mountainscape nestled in rural Western North Carolina. Carrying the spectrum of complex human feelings in my pocket, I was disappointed that this was the moment my phone decided not to connect to my car so I could curate the sounds of this important, once in a lifetime drive.  Instead, I relinquished control and hoped the universe would offer some comfort when the random radio …

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Caleb Calhoun in the Garden
Gonzo

This Ain’t California (By Way of Introduction)

During the summer of Covid author Caleb Calhoun decides to head to Maine for 3 months to grow pot, shoot guns, and write gonzo journalism.

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Jackie Venson
Journalism

Jackie Venson Isn’t Waiting For Your Approval

Jackie Venson talks the difference between being not-racist and anti-racist, as well as her new album Jackie the Robot Vol 1.

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Economics

The Protest Pandemic

If injustices and favoritism are the impetus for the protest pandemic, sweeping the globe as wildly as Coronavirus is currently, what is the solution?  Originally this piece was intended to be an economic snapshot highlighting personal experiences of artists, small business owners, and underserved communities (blacks, disabled individuals, LGBTQ+, etc) during the largest global pandemic in my lifetime. I began to write this piece as the events over the last few weeks have transpired, and in that process, a deeper point has been illuminated.  Here in Asheville, North Carolina local married women, Kim and Alex Walton were already balancing disapproving …

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The Cost
Journalism

The Cost

“Ally is the new woke.” London (Black Activist) Trying to get a handle on the last few days is like trying to eat an elephant – except that the elephant is on acid and there are cops in riot gear tossing tear gas containers at you like it’s the only thing in life that gets their rocks off and there are black leaders being sometimes drowned out by white protestors and there are secret agents and white nationalists and angry teenagers and an entire movement trying to call out the systemic racism of the police force and guys on the …

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Gregory and Travis McMichael
Economics

White People, We Must Own Our Racism So We Can Change Our Racism

Whether it is a white cop brutally murdering an innocent black man or a white woman lying threats to the cops on a black person for asking them to follow rules, I always see black friends post ‘that could’ve been me.’ I want to pose the question to white people, could that have been you? Could you’ve been the white male cop brutally murdering an innocent black person? Could you’ve been the white women hysterically lying to the cops that a black person threatened you because they asked you to put your dog on a leash? Could that’ve been a …

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Art

No Blues on Sunday

America to this day seems to be some kind of tricky, experimental, societal invention. The music of America is fundamentally aligned and embedded with that same volatile, flavorful, healing energy. It is the gumbo in the crockpot struck by lightning, almost given special supernatural powers. Grown out of the flares of Hades plus the seeds and rains of heaven. From the field chants to the gospel shuffle in the churches, the hymns and hums of gritty blackbelt soiled Delta Blues to wildly scintillating jazz flowing out of the streets and clubs of New Orleans. Yes, this is black music, therefore …

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