EVERYTHING'S (NOT) GOOD
hi - i released a song on friday, may 29th called "everything's good" - coincidentally, that was the day that the worldwide protests sparked by the horrific death of George Floyd started. I decided immediately that it was not the time to promote myself or this new song that, at first glance, reads as everything is good. a-guess what?! everything's NOT good! at all!!! so many things are wrong right now. we're finally facing the racism that this country was built on and has been plagued by. we're living through the worst and biggest pandemic in generations. we've got a morally deranged sociopath in the highest office in the country... i could go on and on. clearly, not the best time to promote a song with such a name. obviously, the song is not about everything being good (that wouldn't be very phil of me now would it), but still i felt uncomfortable about promoting myself because of the name and because of the VASTLY more important things going on in the world.
its been a month and a half since then, and i've dug myself into quite the mental hole about this. i haven't been taking care of me ole' head like i should. i am very lucky and privileged to have a large team of incredible people that all believe in me and in this project and work very hard with and for me. i've been so supported by them and by all of you listening to all the shit i do and caring about what i make. i appreciate all of you more than you know. i want to share my work with you, i want to share this song that i wrote in may of 2019 and spent a whole YEAR working and reworking and hating and loving and reworking again until may 29th when it was finally released. so, i've decided to start sharing my work again with you. i've repackaged the song with my other song "living with no one" under the title "everything's (not) good". i've put together this page on my website with resources and links that i think are important and helpful so that we can continue to educate ourselves and advocate for BIPOC and be an effective ally in this important and unprecedented time in history. i've also added some links and resources on other things and issues that i personally resonate with and feel need to be seen. i don't feel ok - every day is a toss up between if i will feel just 'fine', or feel like a large pile of poo. i feel scared and drained and at times hopeless. i don't want to feel like this. i want to get out of my own head and do what i can to help. i think what i can do best and most effectively is speak up for what i believe in and for what is right, educate and have uncomfortable conversations with friends, family, and followers, and continue to be a fuckin dweeb and hopefully make people sing and laugh and get through a few moments of their day. i don't know how to end this rant. i hope you're all staying safe, being compassionate and kind, learning new things and having uncomfortable conversations. i hope you're looking out for your mental health, kissing your cats or dogs or lovers or fish or whatever. i really hope you're gonna vote. i hope we can gather at shows soon and sweat all over each other. ok that's it, thanks. PHIL
Resources
Black Lives Matter
Books
  • Are Prison’s Obsolete?
    Angela Davis
    Autobiography of Malcolm X
    Malcolm X and Alex Haley
    Black Feminist Thought
    Patricia Hill Collins
    Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
    Angela Davis
    From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America
    Elizabeth Hinton
    How to Be an Antiracist
    Ibram X. Kendi
    Lockdown America
    Christian Parenti
    On the other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope
    DeRay Mckesson
    So You Want to Talk About Race
    Ijeoma Oluo
    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
    Michelle Alexander
    Up From Slavery
    Booker T. Washington
    When They Call you a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
    Asha Bandele and Patrisse Cullors
    Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
    Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
Documentaries/Movies
  • Freedom Summer
    Stanley Nelson Jr. (2014)
    I Am Not Your Negro
    Raoul Peck (2016)
    Just Mercy
    Destin Daniel Cretton (2019)
    Selma
    Ava Duvernay (2015)
    The Hate U Give
    George Tillman Jr. (2018)
    The 13th
    Ava Duvernay (2016)
    Whose Streets?
    Sabaah Folayan (2017)
Podcasts
  • About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge
    Reni Eddo-Lodge, Spotify
    Code Switch: Why Now, White People?
    Gene Demby, NPR
    How White Parents Can Talk to Their Kids About Race
    NPR Life Kit
    Identity Politics
    Seeing White
    John Biewen
    Uncivil
    Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika
    What Matters
    Black Lives Matter
    1619 with Nikole Hannah-Jone
    The New York Times
PALESTINIAN CRISIS
Books
  • Blaming the Victims
    Edward W. Said and Christian Hitchens
    Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
    Angela Davis
    Letters to Palestine
    Vijay Prashad
    Mural
    Mahmoud Darwish
    Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation
    Mateo Hoke and Cate Malek
    Return
    Ghana Karmi
    Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel
    Andrew Ross
    The Case for Sanctions Against Israel
    Andrea Lim
    The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
    Ilan Pappé
    The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017
    Rashid Khalidi
    The Punishment of Gaza
    Gideon Levy
    The Question of Palestine
    Edward W. Said
Documentaries/Movies
  • Al Nakba
    Rawan Damen (2008)
    Against the Wall
    Ayed Nabaa (2013)
    Area C
    Ayed Nabaa (2014)
    Beyond the Walls
    Ahmad Adnan Al-Rmhy (2012)
    Born in 48
    Ayed Nabaa (2015)
    Deportees
    Bahea Namoor (2014)
    Gaza Left in the Dark
    Ashraf Al-Mashharawy (2012)
    Hunger Strike
    Ashraf Al-Mashharawy (2014)
    Inside Shin Bet
    Issam Ballan (2013)
    Palestine Divided
    Ashraf Mashharawi (2015)
    Stories from the Intifada
    Mariam Shahin (2014)
    Stronger Than Words
    Mustafa Al-Nabih (2014)
The Homelessness Crisis in America
Books
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
    Matthew Desmond
    Kicked Out
    Judy Peck Shepard
    Rachel and Her Children
    Jonathan Kool
    Tell Them Who I am
    Elliot Liebow
Documentaries/Movies
  • Los Angeles: Skid Row is My Home
    Thomas Q. Napper (2012)
    On the Streets
    Lisa Biagiotti (2016)
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