HKR… Our intv w/ Educator-Poet Mark Gonzales about the Sandy Hook School Shootings in Newtown

Mark Gonzales

Mark Gonzales

There is so much to say about the massacre took place this past Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Ct. There’s a lot to say about gun violence and the long history it has here in America. There’s a lot to say about mental health and mental illness. There’s a lot to say about how we as a society treat children. How protected are they really?

There’s a lot to say about this tragedy from the perspective of people of color and other marginalized communities. We sat down with scholar, educator and poet Mark Gonzales to have an in-depth discussion about Sandy Hook and how to situate this in the context of other world events..

This is an incredible interview that covers a lot of ground and is extremely insightful..

To here the Hard Knock Radio Interview click the link below

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An Open Letter to the Media about the Sandy Hook School Shooting Coverage

newtown signs bearsDear Media Outlets like NBC News, TODAY,  msnbc, CNN, CBS and and all others.. I been watching your coverage of Sandy Hook school shootings…

Thank you for spending time letting us know that the killer of these 20 children, Adam Lanza was an ‘intelligent’, ‘gifted’  but at times nervous and fidgety. Thanks for letting us know that this man who little boys and girls between the ages 6 and 7 was a troubled man who suffered from mental challenges..Thank you for letting us how life was difficult and often ‘painful’ and somewhat traumatic for him when his parents divorced. It was good to know that Adam went through life awkwardly, and at times would become reclusive.

Thank you for bringing on experts to give a breakdown of what his mental sickness was and how we as a society can help cure it…

Thank you for letting us know about his mother and his dad and the types of ‘wonderful‘ ‘hardworking‘ people they were.. Thank you for letting us know they were ‘nice‘, ‘generous‘ people who were ‘well liked‘.

Nancy Lanza was a mom who tried her best

The media reminds us that Nancy Lanza was a mom who tried her best

Thank you for letting us know that Adam’s mother Nancy Lanza wasn’t some irresponsible monsterous person, but instead we now know thanks to your investigative coverage that she was fearful our government would collapse. Thanks to your excellent coverage, we now know that Ms Lanza was like those people we see depicted on reality TV shows like Doomsday Preppers…she was frightened and hence went around and stockpiled weapons even though she had a troubled son living with her.. Thanks for letting us know she wasn’t an evil woman, but a nice mom who didn’t want to leave her son alone and that she was trying her best to love her kids with little help..

Thank you for showing churches lighting candles in her name and thank you for showing folks in the community that say they pray and care for the souls of Nancy and her son. Thank you for not demonizing them, but instead praising them as folks who are forgiving and deeply compassionate even in the such horrific times

Corporate media folks, thank you in advance, for putting your investigative, analytic reporting skills to full use and letting us know the troubles and mental challenges that Ray Ray, Darnell and anyone else from the inner city who commits a crime is going through next time one occurs..Thank you for letting us know that Ray ray from the inner city who commits a crime was having difficulties coping with divorce,  their parents being separated etc, just like Adam Lanza

The media reminds us that Adam Lanza was an intelligent but  troubled man

The media reminds us that Adam Lanza was an intelligent but troubled man

Thank You in advance for not looking at poor single mothers who tried to raise their sons or daughters who went down the wrong path as somehow negligent, but instead, hard working and generous just like Nancy Lanza.

Thanks in advance for not lambasting our community that shows love for its own troubled members who make mistakes. And thanks for seeing our community as also deeply compassionate vs being a wrong headed enablers who need to be punished in the face of horrific tragedies.

Next time there’s a call for gang injunctions, stiffer prison sentences etc, thank you in advance for bringing on experts to discuss the mindset of young folks at risk and what steps we can take to turn them around.. Thanks in advance for humanizing folks who are having difficult times in our communities the same way you did the Adam Lanza, his mom Nancy and the rest of his family..Imagine if Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin and their families had gotten such wonderful coverage?

That is all

Davey D

The Battle for Respect.. Aretha Franklin vs Otis Redding


Time for us to solve this long-standing debate once and for all… Who gets the ‘Respect’… Most people know the song as Aretha Franklin‘s signature song which won her two Grammys… Its seen as a song that represented women’s independence..

Originally the song was written by the late Otis Redding it was supposed to reflect the civil rights struggle at the time but was couched in a love song where.. a desperate man says he’ll endure and do whatever it takes to win his woman as long as she give’s him Respect..

Anyway take a look at these two legendary artists rock this song… Who Gets your Respect in executing it?

Here’s Otis Redding doing the damn than o Cleveland show Upbeat in 1967, one day before he died in a plane crash.

Here’s Aretha Franklin Throwing Down in 1968 in Stockholm

Here’s Aretha Franklin in 1990