Black Fist

I know often that we shy away from the controversial here in these pages mainly because we are from the school of not wanting to offend nor unnerve. However, the senseless loss of life should be offensive to everyone. Here is a song and a film which David Banner has put together to address the lack of humanity that permeates certain quarters of our society.

On a personal level I feel that it is important in art to not only deal in the escapist but temper that with a healthy dose of the realist. While you may be offended by what’s presented here, I believe that in the final analysis that’s exactly the point: a visceral reaction to what’s presented aurally and visually that will facilitate dialogue.

Feel free to speak your mind… it ain’t illegal yet.

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.