artworks-000100468793-bea61a-t200x200179 killed by institutional racist violence for the crime of trying to live in the drugs and guns infested poverty that white supremacy keeps them in, during the past 15 years, In NYC alone. How many disabled? In comas? How many with missing lungs or bullets in stomachs? How many broken ribs/arms/legs? How many physically assaulted? Abused in custody? How many terrorized? Humiliated? Incarcerated?…days-of-slavery

From state murder and brutality to violent crime in communities which have been structurally marginalized, systematically dispossessed, broadly under privileged, and kept in economic bondage by a series of discriminatory policies designed to do just that, such as Black Codes, Redlining, convict leasing, voter suppression, predatory bank loans, and the school-to-prison-pipeline, death toll of African Americans, especially young males, is extremely disproportionate.

For black males, homicide decreased life expectancy by almost a year. Heart disease was the most significant cause of death affecting the disparity in life expectancy, but for black males, homicide was number two — ahead of cancer and stroke.

There are “over 700,000 reported violent acts per year involving U.S. youth” (Dr. Robert Gore). The majority of homicides involve youth and young adults between the ages of 10 and 24. In fact, it’s the number one cause of death among black males in this age group. And despite making up just 13 percent of the population, the FBI reports that half of the homicide victims in 2011 were black.

This is the social context which give rise to most of the music on this mix.