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Black Artist Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Helping the Helper: The Legendary Earth, Wind & Fire With a Message to the Nations Essential Workers

By Black Family Summit (BFS) Posts, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

A message from the Legendary Earth, Wind & Fire, as we at BPA extend well wishes and emotional support to the nation’s essential workers. About BPA The Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA) is also an affiliated organization of IBW21 Black Family Summit The Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA) was created in 1969. The struggles, social conditions of Black Americans, professional experiences, and the barriers faced by black psychiatrists provided the…

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#SayTheirNames: Papoose pays “Tribute” to Black Lives lost at the hands of Police and Racial Violence

By Editors' Choice

Brooklyn born rap artist Shamele “Papoose” Mackie released a tribute to the countless victims of Police and Racial Violence in the US. In this tribute he reminds us of their names.. in alphabetical order. See Lyrics “Tribute” by Papoose A Amadou Diallo was shot nineteen times The police fired forty-one shots combined Mistaken identity, they had to admit it When they went to trial, all four officers got acquitted Ahmaud Arbery, his skin made…

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Vantage Point: Report by Mayor Ras J. Baraka • Anniversary of X Clan’s Debut Album ‘To The East, Blackwards’

By News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio June 1, 2020 — On this pledge drive edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Paradise Gray. Premium Calling on WBAI Buddies Topics State of Newark Report Anniversary of To the East Blackwards by X-CLAN Guests Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark NJ Paradise Gray, Architect of X-CLAN and Founder, Black Watch Movement, Pittsburgh, PA Ways…

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Lorraine Hansberry at an NAACP rally in New York City, 1959.

Lorraine Hansberry’s Radical Imagination

By Commentaries/Opinions

For the playwright and activist, neither liberal reform nor countercultural art were enough. The very foundations of American democracy needed to be transformed. By Elias Rodriques, The Nation — In October of 1964, three months after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Lorraine Hansberry’s play The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window opened on Broadway. At the time, Hansberry was already famous for A Raisin in the Sun, but the intervening years had…

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Diddy’s “Black America & Coronavirus” Town Hall

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs, Video/Audio

Video: Streamed Live April 9, 2020 — Sean Combs (Diddy) hosts a virtual town hall joined by Angela Rye, Big Sean, Reverend Al Sharpton, Fat Joe, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Killer Mike, Charles Blow, Van Jones and more. Providing a very needed POV of this pandemic that’s unfortunately affecting the black community at a very high and alarming disproportionate rate. Panelists: Kamala Harris, Sean Combs, Van…

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Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte Turns 93!

By News & Current Affairs

Harry Belafonte the Entertainer, Civil Rights activist, international Human Rights Icon turn 93 on March 1st. Still active in the struggle for freedom and justice, he celebrated his birthday with a fundraiser at Apollo Theater. In attendance were hip-hop poet and Academy award winner Common, percussionist Sheila E., Grammy winner Maxwell, Gael Faye, John Forte, Talib Kweli, Thelma Plum, Yemen Blues Impact Repertory Theatre, Resistance Revival Chorus and Trinidad &…

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Kara Walker: What Do We Want History to Do to Us?

Kara Walker: What Do We Want History to Do to Us?

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Zadie Smith, NYREV — This essay appears in somewhat different form in the catalog of “Kara Walker: Hyundai Commission,” an exhibition at Tate Modern, London, October 2, 2019–April 5, 2020; the catalog is edited by Clara Kim and published by Tate Publishing. *** Two women are bound at the waist, tied to each other. One is a slim, white woman, in antebellum underskirt and corset. A Scarlett O’Hara type.…

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Reggae brothers … from left: Ky-Mani, Damian and Julian Marley perform at Marley 75 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Bob Marley at 75: how a ghetto reggae star rebranded Jamaica

By Editors' Choice

Seeing fans and family gather in Kingston to celebrate the late musician’s 75th birthday, music writer Vivien Goldman reflects on his indelible legacy. By Vivien Goldman, The Guardian — At 7am on 6 February, on what would have been Bob Marley’s 75th birthday, the abeng conch shell blows at his old home at uptown Kingston’s 56 Hope Road – now the Bob Marley museum – as it did in the days…

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Kamau Brathwaite

Sir Hilary Beckles hails ‘abeng man’ Kamau

By Commentaries/Opinions

The following statement was issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, on the passing of Barbadian poet and academic, Kamau Brathwaite, who passed away on Wednesday at age 89. We came to know and love Kamau Brathwaite as the keeper of the ‘abeng’, the African inspired use of the conch shell to spread manifesto messages among mountain maroons and their fellow forest freedom fighters. The ‘abeng…

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Kamau Brathwaite

Literary Great Kamau Brathwaite Passes Away at 89

By News & Current Affairs

The numerous stellar awards for his work are testament to the global acclaim and respect earned for decades of exceptional literary craftsmanship. By teleSUR — The literary great and world-renowned poet, the Honorable Kamau Brathwaite, passed away on Tuesday, February 4th, just four months shy of his 90th birthday. Known for his brilliant prose and historical knowledge, Brathwaite became one of the leading voices in the Caribbean, as his works…

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