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"Fuck Em Only We Know" - Banks

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When white teachers call colonizers “explorers” to make them seem like brave people with an adventurous curiosity instead of genocidal, european supremacist bastards who wanted to exchange blood for money.


Vincent R. DiNino, Director of Bands Emeritus, dies at 95 

The Showband of the Southwest’s first full-time director passed away late Tuesday. DiNino, known to many as “Mr. D”, arrived at the university in 1955. He was Director of the Longhorn Band from 1955-1975 and Director of University Bands from 1969 until his retirement in 1985. During his time as director, he took the an all-male, all-white band and fully integrated the band, opening it to all students.  

Big Bertha, the “Sweetheart of the Longhorn Band,” arrived during his first year at UT. DiNino is known for March Grandioso, a trademark fight song that was introduced in 1955, and later for Wabash Cannonball. Originally introduced in 1970, Wabash Cannonball was Coach Darrel K Royal’s favorite tune, and so DiNino had the band play it between the third and fourth quarters of every football game as a salute to Coach Royal who had just won his third national championship. Mr. D also chose the band’s famous cowboy-style uniforms.

“We’ve lost a University of Texas legend, a dear friend to many, and a mentor to generations of Longhorn Band alumni.  Vince DiNino built an athletic band program worthy of the University’s accomplishments on the playing fields.” – Douglas Dempster, dean, College of Fine Arts

“Vincent R. DiNino is to the Longhorn Band what Darrell K Royal is to UT Football!” – Robert Carnochan, director, Longhorn Band

Visit our Storify page for tributes —  [Images top, middle left credit Jerry Hayes]


I had the wonderful honor of meeting and being conducted in the Eyes of Texas by this man during my years as a member of the Longhorn Band. Rest in peace Mr. DiNino. LHB will miss you.



While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.


Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart

Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story

You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.

Reblogging this again, because it’s the exact same reason why my blog is covering all of the different murders of African-Americans, whether by police or other perpetrators. 

John Crawford’s story will be fully shared later this weekend.


I respect bees more than I respect white men in positions of power

You know because bees actually make real and beneficial contributions to society.

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Gladys Knight and The Pips - Midnight Train to Georgia (1973)