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Six Songs of Me

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Originally written January 2, 2013.

  • Q. What was the first song you ever bought?

  • A. The first song ever bought for me was "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" & the "Thriller" album but the first i ever bought with my allowance is Whitney Houston

  • Q.What song always gets you dancing?

  • A. "Wanna Be Startin' Something" or "Shake Your Body or Don't Stop" or "I Think We're Alone Now"

  • Q. What song takes you back to your childhood?

  • A. Celebration by Kool N the Gang

  • Q. What is your perfect love song?

  • A. "The Light" by Common or "As" by Stevie Wonder

  • Q. What song would you want at your funeral?

  • A. "Keep the Faith" by Michael Jackson

  • Q. Time for an encore. One last song that makes you, you.

  • A. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears For Fears,19711,19635

These and other questions about why music matters to just about everyone, in every culture, are posed in a recent article in theGuardian by musicologist Eric Clarke. And along with the Oxford professor's theories, which range from scientific to social, the British publication has launched "Six Songs of Me," a project to map as many personal playlists as possible.

They've set up a special site (fueled by Spotify) where you can pick your most meaningful songs in six categories. They're hoping to gather enough data, Clarke says, to "help us think more fruitfully about the 'big questions' that lie behind the sounds of our lives."

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       tamia rashima jordan, M.Ed. (, is a radical JEDI (justice equity diversity & inclusion) educator who channels her energy into projects that heal the BIPOC (Black & Indigenous & People of Color) community. She grounds her work in Emergent Strategy (a.m. brown), community accountability (Kaba et. al.), healing justice, and transformative justice (G. Boggs et. al.). Currently she serves as the Director of Intercultural Student Affairs at Emerson College located in Boston, Massachusetts.

       Despite living and working in the Greater Boston area for almost 13 years, tamia remains true to her Jersey roots. Originally from Hackensack, NJ - We are the Comets. The mighty mighty Comets - tamia remains a die-hard Yankees and Knicks fan.  

       tamia did her undergraduate work in American Politics and African American Studies at the University of Virginia. Then she went on to receive her M.Ed. in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont.  

               In addition to her work at Emerson, tamia serves as the Chair of the Community Council of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence; she is currently working on a program for returning citizens with the African American Coordinating Committee comprised of men who are incarcerated at Norfolk MCI; additionally she serves on the production team of the Boston Art & Music Soul Festival (BAMS Fest) and the planning team of Princess Day Boston: a party for little girls of color and their families.

       Also important to note, tamia cannot live without the ocean, all the folx who call her auntie, traveling to countries below the equator, kitty cats, and music.

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