Since I am from Egypt, which is one of the most conversational countries especially when we mention its ancient history, also, the same case for many nations, and now one deny that the United States history would have a big share as well. “We never learned about Tulsa in school. Racism is still alive and well. The difference is that now these terrible tragedies are recorded on cell phones and people can be held accountable.” – Mark Newman stated. If you’re not familiar with the topic then let’s get back 100 years ago, on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of white residents, many of them deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked Black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It has been called “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history”. The attack carried out on the ground and from private aircraft, destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the district—at that time the wealthiest Black community in the United States, known as “Black Wall Street”. And according to Wikipedia, “More than 800 people were admitted to hospitals, and as many as 6,000 Black residents were interned in large facilities, many of them for several days. The Oklahoma Bureau of Vital Statistics officially recorded 36 dead.”


Review: From Me To You by Mark Newman


First, I’d like to clarify that this song is one of my favourite blues-rock tunes this year, musically, I believe it was well written, arranged, and performed. Most of the time, I am a music person, I love melodies and harmonies more than lyrics, but when I like lyrics, this means it very powerful, which this is the case over here;

“I was thinking ‘bout my family
And those I left behind
I’m racing into the sunset
Afraid of what I’ll find”

These are one of the great lines that Newman wrote with Walter Roberti expressing his feelings towards such a massacre. Now, let’s get back to the topic “Racism is still alive and well.” I totally agree with Mark’s words indeed, you know why? Well, let’s think together for a moment about all daily trends on major social platforms and you will just find bullying videos, sarcasm about others religious rituals, race, or traditions, among other countless topics. And it will be worse…why? The answer is pretty simple…business! Anyhow, let’s forget all of this and enjoy the incredible bluesy vibes of Newman’s on Spotify below!

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Mena Ezzat

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