Posted by: Reginald Cyntje | December 11, 2016

2016 in Review

2016 in review…  I don’t know what is next but I’m thankful for this moment. I’m happy I can still breathe and dream. I’m happy I can still say I love you. I’m happy I am alive.

As I age, the circle of life takes on greater meaning. I’ve watched people close to me celebrate major victories and others suffer great loss.

For the past few years, one of my sisters experienced a difficult time. Recently, she has been on a steady upswing. I’m thankful that she is flourishing.

At the beginning of the year, the Reginald Cyntje Group debuted nine new compositions under the heading “Moods and Colors” at Bohemian Caverns.  Sadly, the CaveMoodsnColorsBohCavrns closed a few months later.

I wrote in a previous piece that “I remember watching my first sunset and being amazed at the colors in the sky. Growing up, the vibrancy of life excited me. The Rastafarian colors, the carnival colors and the shades of skin tones painted a story. The message was far deeper than words could express. The colors around me captured emotions.” Moods and Colors was a hit with listeners. At concerts, I would announce the name of a song and the audience loved using their imagination to create a personal meaning while listening.

The year was also filled with exciting gigs. I shared the bandstand master musicians, most notably Johnny O’Neal, Jason Moran, Cyrus Chestnut and Benny Golson, with whom I performed “Killer Joe” at the DC Jazz Festival.

reginald-cyntje-icmc-photo-credit-samuel-josiahIn addition to fabulous gigs as a sideman, my band traveled to the USVI to perform as part of Jazz in the Park. On the trip, I had the opportunity to share the inspiration behind most of my songs with my band. For most of the band, this was their first trip to the USVI. They saw the beaches, met the people and ate the food. At the concert, the beauty of the USVI came out in the music. We had record attendance plus we sold numerous CDs. It was amazing performing for family, friends and the community. Former students, mentors, and teachers were in the audience feeding the band positive energy. The music filled the park and our collective spirits.

jegnatreeojuly24newI also saw my kids enter new schools. I love celebrating their accomplishments. This summer, I taught my sons and nephews about jazz. They were a part of Jegna School of Music’s first summer program. At the end of the program, they performed with the Jegna student ensemble at Twins Jazz and tackled tunes like Blue Monk, St. Thomas and All Blues. I was extremely proud of them. They went from not understanding how to improvise to shaping ideas into coherent spontaneous compositions.

I spent the summer juggling the hats of teacher, performer, and manager. After teaching at Jegna, I took my band on a short mini-tour. When I was in the Army Band, I worked in operations. I fine-tuned the skills that I learned in organizing a small multi-city tour. Fortunately, we had sold out audiences in different cities (DC, Baltimore, Richmond, Martinsville, and Durham). The tour was challenging and rewarding. In the end, I was left with a feeling of gratitude for the people who supported us.


In the fall, I began teaching at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC). I spent Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Montgomery College where I have been teaching History of American Popular Music, History of Jazz, and applied lessons for several years. Tuesdays and Thursdays I taught Intro to Music Technology and applied music at PGCC. I met brilliant minds at both schools.

With a busy performing and teaching schedule, time management became an increased necessity. Now that the semester is over, I’m finally beginning to grasp the full scope of my days which started at 7am and ended late at night. I am truly thankful to be busy with teaching and performing music. It beats the alternative. I’ve experienced long days working odd jobs in the past, and I am grateful to now have the opportunity to work at what I love to do.

cyntjemusiclogoSome of the plans I made for 2016 were altered. I initially planned to record my fifth album this year. After reflecting on my options, I decided to invest in a second business. Cyntje Music, LLC allowed me to organize my musical endeavors under one company.

Although I did not record this year, album sales continued to increase. Last year, I recorded and released Spiritual Awakening. The album was featured on a plethora of media outlets and garnered high praise from critics. This year, the album received additional attention from listeners and radio stations.

Looking ahead, I don’t know what 2017 will hold, but I will do my best to learn how to love stronger and harder. I will do my best to listen and nurture more intently. I will do my best to make good use of my time on this planet.

Thank you for your love and support in 2016. I’m forever grateful.

Posted by: Reginald Cyntje | March 7, 2016

Cyntje Music, LLC


What is Cyntje Music, LLC?

It is a one stop music boutique!

But to be more specific, this new company will offer booking services as well as artist services to musicians. I’ve extended the artist roster to feature four distinct groups. As the company grows, we will start booking gigs for more artists.

In addition to booking gigs, Cyntje Music, LLC will offer affordable artist services to include arranging, composing, recording, curating, music production, social media and more.
Visit the site at

We offer assistance with organizing your next recording.
We offer assistance with music career building.
We offer tips on writing an appealing artist bio. We also offer assistance with enhancing your existing biography to ensure you catch the attention of potential clients.
We offer assistance with branding.
We offer curating services.
We offer assistance with developing a fan club/following.
We offer arranging/composing services. We can help you bring the music in your head to life.
We offer assistance with website development.
We offer assistance with social, digital and traditional media management.
We offer assistance with media and public relations.
We offer assistance with developing your personal approach to stage presence.
We offer assistance with starting a band.
We offer assistance with ensemble coaching.
We offer assistance with marketing and merchandising.
We offer assistance with effective crowdfunding strategies.

We are excited to serve you.

Posted by: Reginald Cyntje | January 4, 2016

The mind of a Rabbit – Part Five (The Backstory)

Rabbit’s backstory…

“Why are so many people helping Rabbit?” asked Cheetah. She continued, “Rabbit has caused so much heartache. I would think all the animals would be tired now.”

Turtle smiled while reminiscing about better days then replied, “Rabbit had a huge heart. I’ve known Rabbit since her birth. When Rabbit was little, she wrote backward B’s. Her educators and family believed in her and those B’s became brilliance.”

Cheetah seemed stunned. “Wow, I guess that’s why it’s hard to convince Rabbit to do what’s best?” asked Cheetah. “That’s part of it,” replied Turtle. “I will try to explain why Rabbit is loved by many,” said Turtle.

Turtle continued, “Rabbit excelled in school. At first, little Rabbit seemed shy but music and academics helped Rabbit express herself.” Cheetah interrupted, “You mean Rabbit was a musician too?!”

Turtle laughed then interjected, “Yes, Cheetah. Let me finish. Hopefully, all your questions will be answered.”

Turtle told Cheetah about all Rabbit’s accomplishments. As Cheetah listened, Turtle continued, “By the time Rabbit got to Dvana Medora Lean High School, she was on the fast track to college. Rabbit was also a great young blutist and steel carrot player. Her high school switched to a block schedule. Rabbit had to let band go and focus on academics.”

“Did she continue playing?” asked Cheetah. Turtle replied, “She stopped playing blute but continued playing steel carrot with the Rising Bunny Stars.

Rabbit received a scholarship to Bunny Mellon University from the local telephone company near big oak tree. At Bunny Mellon, Rabbit was an activist. She fought for bunny rights on campus.

Rabbit became the first in her immediate family to graduate from college. She moved back to big oak tree and became active in the community.

She worked for the telephone company that paid for her college tuition. She also received awards from the Small Bunny Business Development Center, Bunny Business of the Year, Upward Bunny Youth Role Model, Big Oak Tree Building & Cement Scholarship, Big Oak Tree Communications, Inc. Scholarship, and Bunny Senior Leadership Award.

Rabbit was not only a prominent member on the telecommunications community but also a prominent member of the activist community.

Rabbit became president of the League of Bunny Voters.” Turtle took a short break from speaking. Cheetah looked amazed.

Turtle picked up on Cheetah’s energy and continued, “Cheetah, Rabbit did a lot for many near big oak tree. You have to realize Rabbit was a true bunny activist. She worked tirelessly for her community.”

Cheetah looked concerned, “Do you think she burned out?” Turtle replied, “After the first crash, I wondered if she over extended herself. During the last 4 to 5 years, I learned a lot about Rabbit. I think 2011 contained the perfect storm. Rabbit experienced a lot of trauma that year. Up until 2011, Rabbit gave a lot of herself to family, friends, work and community. Because of her love for others, the community of big oak tree is working to help her heal.”

Turtle looked at Cheetah. His face began to change. “Cheetah, Rabbit has a brilliant and beautiful mind. Sometimes brilliance breaks. I’m not sure if we can put it back together but we are doing our best to be here for Rabbit.”

To be continued…

Posted by: Reginald Cyntje | January 3, 2016

The mind of a Rabbit – Part Four

Rabbits can fly…

Did you know that sly rabbits can fly? Yes, Yes, Yes… After trauma on big island (rabbit poachers), Mama and Poppa Rabbit found a way to return Rabbit to big oak tree.

Despite the horrendous trip to big island, Rabbit was still unhappy returning home. Rabbit had freedom to hop, swim and live but that was not enough.

The opportunity came… Rabbit told Mama Rabbit and Poppa Rabbit about a trip to meet Dr. With freedom to heal, Rabbit left the big oak tree but deceived the family. Rabbit traded one bird of flight for another and ended up in a distant land.

Rabbit didn’t alert anyone. Mama Rabbit and Poppa Rabbit waited for the bird of flight to arrive near big oak tree. No Rabbit. No messages. The search began…

Is Rabbit alive? Is Rabbit safe? No signs of Rabbit. The coordinator for flights said, “Rabbit is in distant land. They traded seats in Niami.”

Flashbacks from big island forced Rabbit’s family into action. Turtle and Poppa Rabbit made calls. The Embassy of distant land said they can’t help unless Rabbit asked.

While in distant land, Rabbit made more enemies than friends. Rabbit’s goal? Convince others to eat rabbit food. On this path, Rabbit was robbed, chased and harmed but Rabbit refused to stop.  Rabbit…determined to heal others, but self?

“Mouse,” said Turtle. “Rabbit is really sick but some claim Rabbit is a free spirit.” Mouse replied, “Free spirit you say? Rabbit tried to have her nephews taken away.”

How was Rabbit found? Well, Rabbit reached out to Poppa Rabbit and Turtle after being robbed. It was then that Rabbit’s location was revealed. Embassy of distant land knows she is not well but they can’t help.

Do you remember what Lioness said? Here is a refresher… “I know you’ve been running from medicine Rabbit, but you have a chemical imbalance. If you took actions immediately in the beginning and did the work required, you would have healed using the path you prefer…” But Rabbit interrupted Lioness and said “I ain’t takin’ no Babylon drugs!”

Blinded by misguided intellect and misinformation from worldwide spider web, Rabbit’s resources are dwindling. Rabbit continues to invest in schemes then asks Mama and Poppa Rabbit to replenish supplies.

Searching Woogle Rabbit finds quacks to support theories. When professionals advise Rabbit (Armadillo, Spider Monkey, Lioness and others), Rabbit refuses to listen.

Btw, Rabbit is now posting furless pictures on bunnynook…

Turtle is said to be sipping tea near big oak tree waiting for Rabbit to heal.

To be continued…

Posted by: Reginald Cyntje | December 18, 2015

The Story Behind Moods and Colors

I remember watching my first sunset and being amazed at the colors in the sky. Growing up, the vibrancy of life excited me. The Rastafarian colors, the carnival colors and the shades of skin tones painted a story. The message was far deeper than words could express. The colors around me captured emotions.

The year 2015 has been filled with great professional accomplishments but reeked of pain due to the suffering of people who look like me. Color in many countries can mean the difference between life and death. Colorism within my community can have a negative impact on the soul.

In October, I decided to capture my personal feelings about color and challenge some deeply rooted beliefs in society. As I sat there and began composing music, different thoughts came to mind. I thought about how listeners created their own meanings for my previous compositions. The mood of the song painted a unique picture for each listener. Instead of dictating the meaning of each song, I settled with Moods and Colors…

Black beauty and power… I thought about the Caribbean and the African continent. I thought about African music. I began writing. I felt the power in the song. I felt the influence of afro beat. I felt the turns and twists of people seeking justice.

When I thought about the color blue, I was reminded of a joyful peace. I wanted to tell a story about finding joy in the midst of struggle. I thought about blue waters and blue skies. As I wrote the song, I felt calm within the groove.

Brown…down to earth. While I sat at the piano, two soulful beings appeared before me dancing. I heard the music that kept them on the floor enjoying each other. The passion, energy, yearning for the music to keep going. Blissful brown. Soulful brown.

Green earth… I imagined sitting in a field surrounded by trees looking up at the sky. I thought about the nurturing earth. The song became a flowing tribute to my love for nature.

Orange made me think about autumn. I thought about the leaves changing and returning to earth to create new growth. The deep orange in the sky right before night fall. I felt like melodies were moving in different directions. As they journeyed on separate paths, they eventually meet back up never losing intensity and communication with the nuances of life.

Pink…The sunrays on a pink flower. The unconditional love shared between the two. The flower closed up at night then reopened when the sun returned. The sun did not force the flower open. The exchange…delicate and nurturing.

Purple brought to mind a healing energy. The ostinato became a constant reminder of how a groove can heal the spirit.

Red energy, action, determination. The driving pulse of life starts within and works its way through all aspects of our being. I thought about the nights I spent on stage with calypso bands. The energy of people shaking their hips to the seductive sequence of sounds.

Yellow morning sunrise. I began singing an anthem that called on the listeners to rise up and celebrate. Optimism omnipresent… I imagined parishioners making a joyful noise while enjoying the blessings of life.

Moods & Colors…a gift for you.

December 26, 2015 at An die Musik…8pm


January 8 and 9, 2016 at Bohemian Caverns…8pm


Posted by: Reginald Cyntje | December 16, 2015

2015 – A Year of Gratitude

Sometimes we need to take a moment to reflect…


Jazz Night in America
I was doing a duo gig with Herman Burney when I learned that NPR planned to feature my band on Jazz Night in America. It was completely unexpected and a beautiful blessing for Spiritual Awakening (my forthcoming album at the time).  I was fortunate to preview the new music in front of an enthusiastic audience on January 30th and 31st at Bohemian Caverns.

Click here to watch the video

Recording Spiritual Awakening

On February 10th, we recorded my fourth album. In 6 hours, we captured the meaning of each song in the studio. I wanted to sustain the energy from our live performance. By the end of the night, we all experienced a musical awakening.

The band featured Allyn Johnson (rhodes and acoustic piano), Amin Gumbs (drums), Brian Settles (tenor sax), Carroll Dashiell III (drums), Christie Dashiell (vocals), Herman Burney (bass), Janelle Gill (piano), Kenny Rittenhouse (trumpet), Victor Provost (steel pan) and Reginald Cyntje (trombone, composer, producer).

Jazz Night in America Debut

February 11th was surreal. I was watching our debut on Jazz Night in America while on a high from the amazing recording session the night before. The show was a boost for both the band as well as Bohemian Caverns.


Jegna School of Music
This year marked the beginning of Jegna. I started the company in January but made it official to the public in March. Next came a series of workshops, concerts and music lessons. Within a short period of time, we doubled the amount of students studying at Jegna.


Capital Bop Track Premier
In April, Capital Bop Premiered Atonement and listeners loved it. Atonement became the favorite song on the album for many supporters. I’m humbled by the response listeners have to my music.

Releasing Spiritual Awakening

After spending time with mixing, mastering and pre-sale promotions, Spiritual Awakening was released on May 4, 2015. It was difficult getting everything lined up to release the album. I ran into unforeseen delays and expenses. But in the end, the album was well received and praised.

Jazz Avenues Review

Steve Monroe covered almost every performance I had in the DC area in 2015. He wrote “Cyntje…has fashioned another winner with the recording, which builds naturally on his previous CDs, “Freedom’s Children,” “Love” and “Elements of Life,” …Highlights include “Beatitudes,” led by Christie Dashiell’s vocal flights, and Settles’ sax work, and Rittenhouse on trumpet; “Atonement,” a subtly engaging, lilting yet urgently melodic work.” Click here for full review

Master’s Degree

On May 20th, I completed my master’s degree. There were no parties (per my request). I was happy to reach a new milestone. My college journey began in 1993. There were many ups and downs. Receiving my master’s with a 4.0 GPA felt like an exhale after a turbulent trip.

Washington City Paper Review
The Washington City Paper has reviewed all four of my albums. It’s a high honor to have someone listen to your music and give you their feedback. Mike West wrote “Spiritual Awakening is a beautiful enigma, with mystery in every corner of the album, from its melodies and harmonies to its texture and improv structure. It’s an unexpected turn from Cyntje’s previous work, but no less worthy.” Click here for full review

Since my arrival in DC in 1997, WPFW’s programmers have been extremely supportive. From my first demo to my latest album, they’ve shared my music with listeners. I can’t thank them enough for the interviews, the exposure and placing me on the playlist. “Spiritual Awakening” received tremendous love from a diverse group of on-air personalities.
Kennedy Center Debut

Although I’ve performed at the Kennedy Center numerous times with different groups, this year on August 20th was the first time my band graced the Millennium Stage. Sharing “Spiritual Awakening” with new and familiar faces made the wait worthwhile. Plus it was an added bonus to have a long line of listeners waiting to purchase the CD after the show.

Click here to watch the video

Caribbean Love

I grew up in the Caribbean. Culture heritage is a key component in my music. Fortunately, “Spiritual Awakening” received an outstanding review in the Caribbean Beat Magazine. A couple months later, Jazz in the Islands Magazine also reviewed “Spiritual Awakening” in addition to recommending my previous albums to readers. The individual responsible for both reviews was Nigel Campbell. Here are his words: “With titles that evoke personal declarations that sometimes touch on the religious, “Atonement,” “Beatitudes,” “Prayer,” “Ritual,” this album of nine tunes should not be construed as instrumental gospel, but a refinement of the evolving journey of this Caribbean jazzman towards a sophisticated veneration.”

Click here for Caribbean Beat review


In October I composed nine new tunes (Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red and Yellow). I’m excited that I will soon be sharing “Moods and Colors” with listeners (Baltimore at An die Musik on December 26th and in DC at Bohemian Caverns on January 8th & 9th).


huConcert15newHoward University School of Divinity 99th Convocation
Last year I played a small role in “God’s Trombones Revisited.” Dr. Gilbert (an audience member at the play and a Howard University professor) really enjoyed my solo performance and invited my band to be the featured performer at this year’s convocation. “Spiritual Awakening” fit perfectly with this year’s theme.

Billy Strayorn’s Centennial

Mr. Vernard Gray asked me earlier in the year to do a Caribbean rendition of Strayhorn’s music. Our conversation led to a series of concerts which included the Caton Castle, East River Jazz Festival and the Jazz and Cultural Society.


On Tap Magazine

Another surprise came when I found out that “On Tap Magazine” listed me as one of DC’s 10 HOT LOCAL MUSICIANS TO PUT ON YOUR RADAR.

WAMU – 50 Favorite DC Songs

On December 16, 2015, I woke up and learned that WAMU 88.5 – American University Radio listed ‘Rejoice’ from Spiritual Awakening as one of Bandwidth’s 50 Favorite D.C. Songs Of 2015

Spiritual Awakening Album Cover Crop

The song features Christie Dashiell​ (vocals), Allyn Johnson (piano), Herman Burney​ (bass), Brian Lee Settles​ (tenor sax), Victor Provost​ (steel pan) and Amin Gumbs​ (drums).

Washington City Paper Composer of the Year

On December 28, 2015, the Washington City Paper listed me as composer of the year for my work on “Spiritual Awakening.”

Mike West wrote, “Hearing the tunes on Cyntje’s Spiritual Awakening come together, first live and then on record, was an extraordinary peek into the creative process, but more than that it demonstrated what an imagination and craftsmanship the trombonist has been developing. Wait till you hear what he has planned for the next one.”

Capital Bop Top 5 DC Jazz Albums of 2015

On January 5, 2016, Capital Bop released their list of the best DC Jazz albums of 2015. Out of all the recordings considered, Spiritual Awakening made the TOP 5 list.

“On Spiritual Awakening, Cyntje redoubles the power and equipoise in his signature meld of Caribbean flow and modern jazz. This album’s dynamic skates up and down, from the rapid and modulating “Rejoice” to the supple, gently funky “Compassion.” But one journalistic cliché that won’t stick here is “wide-ranging:” With its breadth of sounds, its unhurried forward motion, its way of embracing the listener while still making its points known, the band doesn’t move laterally—at any moment it’s already as full and encompassing as it can be.” Read more…

As 2015 comes to a close, I’m looking back and reflecting on the ups and downs. Though there were many struggles, I can honestly say I am thankful.


Posted by: Reginald Cyntje | July 7, 2015

To inform not persuade…

jegnalogoAs instructors, we are committed to the task of learning, sharing and inspiring. Collectively we work on informing and not persuading.

The beautiful thing about teaching is sparking a light inside another being.

Music is all around us. Music starts with our heartbeat. Then blossoms into musical ideas.
With practice, students will achieve their musical goals. Whether in private instruction, group instruction, workshops or concerts, we at Jegna School of Music will do our best to provide valuable information on how to be a better musician.

After a few lessons at Jegna, one student said “I feel like my mind is working differently. I’m looking forward to the challenge.” This is the Jegna way…

If you are not a student, come study at Jegna School of Music. You will discover… Discovery is learning.

Reginald Cyntje
Owner and Director
Jegna School of Music, LLC

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Posted by: Reginald Cyntje | May 22, 2015

The Bandleader

I’ve met many types of bandleaders. Here are a few personalities…

Pay yourself first leader: This bandleader pays themselves first and might eventually get around to paying members. If the gig pays $1,000, this leader will pay themselves $500 (leader’s fee?) and pay the members $100 each. Resentment develops among members. But musicians in the band are happy as long as they get paid.

We are a family (with a good job) leader: This bandleader is great. Everyone feels appreciated. Everyone is paid equally. Unfortunately, not everyone wants to support the organization (promoting, sharing responsibilities, etc.). This bandleader usually has a great job outside of music. When they pass away, members might now appreciate their sacrifices.

We are family (musician) leader: This bandleader uses other gigs, CD sales and royalty payments to fund the band. When checks bounce, they come out of pocket to pay for the gig. Similar situation to previous listed bandleader with the exception of no “good job” to fund gigs.

Pay yourself last leader: This bandleader rarely makes money on gigs as a leader. They are similar to the “We are a family” bandleaders with one exception… This leader sets a standard rate for members regardless of incoming funds. When the leader can’t afford to pay the band (bounced checks and/or broke), members might take to social media. Or in ideal situations, might be compassionate.

I am the star leader: This leader might be a combination of all of the above listed. Everything is about them on stage. It’s their show. They might treat musicians well behind the scenes or they might not. But they are the star. They will do anything to get ahead, even sacrifice members.

I am clueless leader: This leader did not speak to any elders before starting a band. They piss off their members and the audience. The money is always funny and someone probably punched them in their mouth for f-ing things up.

The BS bandleader: This leader is the one who gets on the stage and bs their way through sounding like crap and making the really good musicians work extra hard to make the music sound half way decent to overcome the crap. But their precious heart is in the right place SO everybody gets paid.

Amnesia bandleader: This bandleader was mentored by elders and hired/introduced around by other established musicians. When they become a bandleader, well they forget all about the people who hired them and taught them how to become a leader, and never call them for gigs. Might even take gigs from those who helped them get established.

The switcher leader: This leader switches it up all the time. They are a combination of all of the above. Sometimes they are cool. Sometimes they are crooks. You don’t know if you should love or hate them.

The Bandleader…

Posted by: Reginald Cyntje | April 30, 2015

May 4th is the BIG Day!

SpiritualAwakeningMay4thFamily, friends and loving supporters, Monday May 4, 2015 is the big day! It’s been an uphill battle getting this album out. I really believe a spiritual awakening is needed in our community.

At this moment, I need you to click on download on iTunesget it on Amazon or Buy One Get One Free.

Spiritual Awakening musically embodies humanity’s complex journey from introspection to a celebration of freedom. 

Here is an excerpt from a recent interview: “The name of the album was inspired by a series of events over the last few years. I was struck by the lack of humanity when so many unarmed black people were killed. Then an elder expressed that we need to collectively connect with the spiritual powers of our ancestors…Focusing on spiritual power, I began composing songs that outlined the journey from awareness (Awakening) to freedom (Rejoice).”

Here are the song titles:

1. Awakening 
2. Spiritual
3. Atonement
4. Beatitudes
5. Compassion
6. Covenant
7. Prayer
8. Ritual
9. Rejoice

Download on iTunesGet it on Amazon. Buy One Get One Free at

Allyn Johnson – rhodes and acoustic piano (except 2)
Amin Gumbs – drums (except 4 & 6)
Brian Settles – tenor sax (except 8)
Carroll Dashiell III – drums (track 4 & 6)
Christie Dashiell – vocals
Herman Burney – bass
Janelle Gill – piano (track 2)
Kenny Rittenhouse – trumpet (track 4)
Victor Provost – steel pan
Reginald Cyntje – trombone, composer, producer

Thank you!

Posted by: Reginald Cyntje | April 28, 2015

The Fight for Justice

king“Negroes, Sweet and docile, Meek, humble and kind: Beware the day They change their mind!” – Langston Hughes

Sometimes we look at the tree and forget about the roots. Before the roots are deeply secure in the earth, the seeds are planted. Short sight prevents us from going back and taking note of the process.

How did we get here? Well, that will require research… Many of us refuse to do unbiased research.

People have been pleading with administrations. Long before hashtags were created, community activists have used all media to address injustice.

When do we take notice? When volcanos of frustration erupt into civil disobedience? People are pissed! How much injustice should people endure?

This started many years ago. Our communities have been pumped up with drugs, liquor stores, etc. People have exercised their right to vote and see little to no change. Police brutality (killing of unarmed citizens) have been an issue, COINTELPRO, etc.

Human response to injustice is never clean. There will always be someone taking advantage of the situation. To ignore the deeper problem is also an injustice. The American Revolution was not clean. The Civil Rights movement was not clean. This current situation will not be clean.

We all have a choice… Be a part of the solution or be a part of the problem. There are protesters being instigated by outside forces. The media are not showing that side and only reporting one aspect. There are also people using this as an opportunity to do harm on both sides (rioters, police violence, racist agitators and looters).

With all the information available to us in the 21st century, we must do our best not to be misinformed. This is quickly turning into the misinformation age. The powerful are turning us against our own self-interest.

As cities erupt across the US, ask yourself one question. Why? What is the common thread? If you do research, the answer might be unnerving.

How do media outlets refer to kids destroying neighborhoods after sport events? Do they call them thugs?

We have a serious problem… Will you be part of the solution? Or will you allow yourself to be manipulated by the power structure?

“But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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