Eddie Glaude on the third founding of America (ft. Musical Guest Angela Predhomme)

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is an intellectual who speaks to the complex dynamics of the American experience.  His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States, and the challenges our democracy face.  He is an American critic in the tradition of James Baldwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson.  In his writings, the country’s complexities,  vulnerabilities, and the opportunities for hope come into full view. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B Du Bois, “not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful.” He is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies, a program he first became involved with shaping as a doctoral candidate in Religion at Princeton. He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion. His books on religion and philosophy include An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion, African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction and Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize. Glaude is also the author of two edited volumes, and many influential articles about religion for academic journals. He has also written for the likes of The New York Times and Time Magazine. 

  

MUSICAL GUEST: Angela Predhomme

With a laid back, soulful style, singer-songwriter Angela Predhomme expresses emotion with honesty and passion. She has a knack for writing catchy melodies and lyrics that touch your heart, and sings with bluesy overtones that hint of her roots in Detroit. Predhomme’s songs have been heard by millions through television, film, and in major retail chains. Credits include the popular Hallmark movie “Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane,” Lifetime’s hit show “Dance Moms,” Freeform’s “Switched at Birth,” TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” commercials for ING Bank and Fiat, and closing credit placement in the film A Wedding Most Strange, among others. http://www.angelapredhomme.com/

Lyrics to the song that was inspired by the interview:

THE LIE

You've been denying it for years 

These are deep-seated fears 

It's not acceptance 

It's not inclusion 

It's collusion 

It's the lie 

It's there for all to see 

Implicit supremacy 

Why to hide it? 

Why deny it? 

Why the long face? 

Why the lie? 

If you're invited to a table 

That you build with your own hands 

It's not a bridge 

It's not inclusive 

It's exclusion 

It's the lie 

There's a serpent round the legs 

And its eyes your throat 

Feel it moving 

Feel it rising 

Feel the coldness 

Feel the lie 

If you decide your destiny 

And control identity 

You'll see the tightening 

Feel the grip 

Here it comes 

It's the lie 

Its the warped reality 

At the heart of the country 

It's the decay 

It's the wreckage 

It's the damage 

It's the lie 

The foundations are all rotten 

And the termites caused destruction 

The walls are caving 

The roof is failing 

It's coming down 

It's all a lie 

Somewhere in the wreckage 

In the rubble of the righteous 

Are the honest 

Are the real 

Is the pure 

Is the truth 

There's a reckoning to come 

When the sorting will be done 

Without derision 

Without division 

Without the hatred 

Without the lie 

The kiln is fired up 

Rage is burning hot 

Forge again 

In the fires 

In the flames 

Beat out the lie 

Build it for the third time 

Rising from the ashes 

Hope's renewed 

Hope's revived 

Hope's reborn 

Without the lie