My Friday links rarely are connected, but this week my links feel particularly random.
Starting on the light side, VH1 released its list of the 40 Greatest R&B Songs of the 90s. This list makes me think/realise a couple things:
- I really didn’t grow up in the 90s music-wise. In my head I think I did, but then I look at lists like this and don’t know half of these songs, and the half I do know I only know as a result of living in “old school” obsessed Toronto in the last few years of my life.
- Knowing half of the songs is kind of scary considering I did not grow up in and have never lived in the USA. I definitely am not as familiar with any era of Caribbean music much less Kittitian music. Even now when Caribbean music is more accessible, thanks to the internet, and an increase in Caribbean radio stations I just do not make the effort to keep up. Then again, I’m not up-to-date on any music as evidenced by an earlier post by Trendsettah.
- VH1 probably shouldn’t make best R&B song lists. They may be quite capable of putting together a pop/rock lite list (I’m not entirely certain about that), but this list doesn’t look right to me (even taking into account my lack of knowledge). This feeling was confirmed when I found SoulBounce’s Roundtable discussion on the list.
Next month in the Bahamas, there will be a series of workshops “Re-Storying Whiteness: A Writing Workshop for Bahamians of European Descent Who Want to Heal Our Ancestral Legacies.” I stumbled upon this in an article on the writer who will be holding these workshops. Although I very much believe that there’s a whole lot of work all folks who hold privilege need to do on their own (men need to talk about sexism, straight people need to talk about homophobia, able bodied folks need to talk about ableism, white people about racism) without a token/all knowledgeable person who has experienced oppression as their/our guide, in practice I always am a little uncomfortable with it because it can, at least on a superficial level, very closely resemble the sites of exclusion that were/are integral parts of oppression.
FyahStirrers, what are your thoughts on the article? Do you like the idea? Does it make you uncomfortable?
Also, did you notice how clever the image on the post is? It’s someone stirring fire. We’re Fyah Stirrers… get it? 🙂