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Abdulrazak Gurnah

The Nobel Prize in literature goes to a Black writer for the first time since 1993

By News & Current Affairs

The Zanzibar-born novelist is known for his postcolonial works, examining refugee life in England and the effects of empire. He is the first Black person awarded the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993 By Andrew Limbong, NPR — Zanzibar-born novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah won this year’s Nobel Prize in literature. “For his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between…

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Melvin Van Peebles

Melvin Van Peebles, Creative Genius

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — One of the first Broadway plays I ever saw was Melvin Van Peeble’s Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death.  A. Robert Phillips, who led the Black Talent Program at Boston College, arranged for a group of us undergraduates to attend the play, have dinner, and enjoy New York City. I was riveted by the powerful play, a series of vignettes performed by a talented ensemble, who…

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Sorry, Rihanna. I can’t celebrate billionaires – even if they are Black

By Commentaries/Opinions

The last thing we need right now is another billionaire, regardless of their skin color By Akin Olla, The Guardian — Rihanna just became the newest member of the Black billionaire class. She did it through her ambitious and game-changing makeup company, Fenty Beauty. Fenty rejects eurocentric beauty standards and provides a wide array of cosmetics that celebrate darker skin tones often ignored by the beauty industry. That’s great. Unfortunately,…

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Vantage Point: The Power of Art with Dr. Haki Madhubuti and host Dr. Ron Daniels

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

May 24, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Dr. Haki Madhubuti. Topic The Power of Art Introducing Taught By Women: Poems As Resistance Language Special Guest Dr. Haki Madhubuti, Author, Educator, Poet, Institution-Builder, Chicago, IL Plus The Professor on the Soap Box Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York…

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Vantage Point: The Power of Art and Cultural Resistance – by Michele Voltaire Marcelin

By Black Women Making History, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

March 22, 2021 — On this Women’s History Month edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Michele Voltaire Marcelin. Topic The Power of Art and Cultural Resistance Special Guest Phenomenal Black Woman: Michele Voltaire Marcelin, Haitian American Artist and Author of Witness Resistance and Lost and Found, Brooklyn, NY Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network,…

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I Can’t Breathe! — The Black Lives Matter movement from a Barbados/Caribbean perspective

By Editors' Choice

A multi-dimension film that explores the Black Lives Matter movement from a Barbados/Caribbean perspective. Featuring: Eddy Grant Anthony “Gabby” Carter David Comissiong Robert “Bobby” Clarke Trevor Marshall Luci Hammans Alex Downes Peter “Adonijah” Alleyne Aida Gerbremariam Riddim Tribe Dance Collective Produced/Choreographed by: Aisha Comissiong

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Public Enemy: Flavor Flav and Chuck D

Public Enemy Officially Releases “Fight The Power Remix 2020” Feat. Nas, Black Thought, & Rapsody

By Editors' Choice

By Dimas Sanfiorenzo, okayplayer — Public Enemy has officially released “Fight the Power Remix 2020.” The group also announced a reunion with Def Jam. Full circle. Public Enemy has announced the title and release date for their new album, What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down. They also announced more exciting news: the album will be releasing on Def Jam Records, the label the iconic group started their career on. What…

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Pharrell Williams: America's Past and Present Are Racist. We Deserve a Black Future

Pharrell Williams: America’s Past and Present Are Racist. We Deserve a Black Future

By Editors' Choice

America’s past was shaped by slavery. To live up to American’s ideals, we must trust in a Black vision of the future, Pharrell Williams writes. Pharrell Williams with Michael Harriot, TIME — On April 26, 1607, three ships carrying 105 men and boys landed on the eastern shore of what would come to be called America. They called themselves “adventurers.” But they had no interest in liberty or justice, and…

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Reparations: T.I; Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.

In Open Letter, Rapper T.I. Demands Lloyd’s of London Pay Reparations to Descendants of American Slaves

By Reparations

By Seth Cohen, Forbes — Over the weekend, popular Atlanta-based rapper and actor T.I. issued an open letter to Lloyd’s of London, calling on the well-known insurance company to pay direct compensation for its role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In doing so, Clifford Harris, Jr., who goes by the name T.I., called attention to the growing demand for reparations to be paid to descendants of American slaves. T.I.’s letter, posted…

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

By Black Family Summit News, 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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