by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (@lakinhutcherson)
Yesterday was a good day. As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris became President-Elect and Vice President-Elect of the United States of America, in several cities across the nation literal dancing broke out in the streets. So many people from all stripes of life — Black, Brown, white, Asian, Indigenous — were together exhibiting their joy at the victory.
最佳竞技真人秀：《美国之声》(The Voice , NBC)
According to historical accounts, Richard's body was transported naked and bloody on the back of a pack horse to Leicester before being buried in an unmarked grave at Greyfriars, a Franciscan friary in the central English city.
As computer programming is being hailed as the untapped opportunity in the American economy, New York Code and Design Academy is making it easier to speak code. By 2020 there will be 1.5 million computer science jobs with only 400, 000 computer science graduates. Moreover, computer science jobs are growing at twice the national average as other positions. But what if you didn’t graduate with a computer science degree, and have no plans to go back to college? New York Code and Design Academy is making it easier to learn web design and development by offering both night programs and intensive workshops — where it’s not uncommon for someone to walk out of the program having built a new website or setting sights on a new tech-based position at work. From where Founder Jeremy Snepar sits, you can’t afford to not know how to code in today’s digital economy. He sees coding as a technical skill that can and should be easier to learn, and New York Code and Design Academy is filling an important gap for anyone who’s ever said “if only I knew how to code.”
But because I can’t help but hope that with the end of “Mad Men” comes the end of a period in fashion that has seen designers become trapped in the past to an almost stifling degree. At least the past as it looked in the 1960s (which in the beginning, let us not forget, looked a lot like the late 1950s) and early ’70s.
The Tsinghua-Insead EMBA programme, launched in 2007, entered the FT rankings with a bang in 2012, going straight into fourth place with its very first cohort. The programme has since been ranked second, third, and finally has achieved first place in the rankings this year.
All-cash buyers. Skittish lenders. Skyrocketing prices. Anemic listings. These realities haunt buyers, turning the house hunt into a demoralizing slog. Unfortunately, buyers will probably have to soldier through another year of a market that favors sellers.
Hearing Vice President-Elect Harris strut out to Mary J. Blige‘s “Work That” and President Elect Biden sprint out to Bruce Springsteen‘s “We Take Care of Our Own” before their respective speeches, then enjoy the crowd and fireworks to some Jackie Wilson, Coldplay, Hall & Oates and Tina Turner, made me think about some of my favorite takes on patriotic American songs by African American artists that could have been cool to play as well. (My most recent favorite from the past few years? Jon Batiste‘s inventive, unexpectedly moving version of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”)
When my sister Lesa texted me a song she’d been listening to all day — “This Land Is Our Land” by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings — my thoughts turned to action and I started making the playlist below I call “Black Americana” for inspiration now and in the months to come:
From the historic 1939 performance of “America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)” by Marian Anderson on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to Whitney Houston‘s iconic deliverance of “The Star Spangled Banner” in 1991 at Super Bowl XXV, this compilation covers the songs we learn in elementary school along with those that have been interpreted or inspired original compositions on what it is to be American.
Included are Melba Moore‘s soulful 1990 rendition featuring Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker and others of the unofficial Negro National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” written by brothers James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosemond Johnson, as well as surprising covers of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” from Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” from Prince.
Marvin Gaye’s “scandalous” version of “The Star Spangled Banner” from 1983’s NBA All-Star game and Jimi Hendrix‘s blistering one from Woodstock (within it, Hendrix references “Over There” yet another patriotic anthem) are on the list as are Gary Clark Jr.’ s “This Land” and Childish Gambino‘s 21st-century anthem “This is America.”
Other artists on this list include James Brown, Beyoncé, Billie Holiday, Billy Preston, BeBe Winans, Pharrell Williams, Jimmy Smith, King Curtis and 2 Live Crew and of course, one of the most classic takes on a patriotic standard, Ray Charles‘ version of “America The Beautiful.”
Hope you enjoy!