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Gary Byrd

An Origin Story of Gary Byrd, From “Disc Journalist” To “World African Griot”

By Editors' Choice

By Todd S Burroughs — Gary Byrd turned 70 on Thursday, March 14, 2019. I thought this was as good an excuse as any to pull this out of my 2001 doctoral dissertation–an attempt to define Black (American) media ideology–to say an early “Happy Birthday.” Any mistakes are mine, and I welcome corrections from Byrd and all others. Happy Birthday, Brother Byrd!  A Byrd Flies In Buffalo A major portion…

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WBAI Fund Drive Edition of Vantage Point Radio: Dick Gregory, Elaine Brown and Odetta

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

RECORDED 2/11/19 On this WBAI Fund Drive Edition of Talk Back – Vantage Point Radio we hear excerpts from this episode’s premium and commentary from the Professor Dr. Ron Daniels. Black History Month Pacifica Radio Archives – 30 HOUR JUMP DRIVE Our extensive Black History Month collection is now available in MP3 format on a 4GB Pacifica Radio Archives- “PRA” USB jump drive. Exclusive Pacifica Radio recordings include: The Black…

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Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks Calls On Cardi B to Speak Out Against the Dominican Republic’s ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Haitians

By Editors' Choice

By Michael Saponara, Billboard — Azealia Banks is at it again. The Harlem native sparked an old flame by taking aim at Cardi B via Instagram on Tuesday night. With Cardi boldly speaking out against the government shutdown, Banks suggested she should now shift her focus toward her roots and the Dominican Republic’s “ethnic cleansing” of Haitians. “I would love to see Cardi say something to the leaders of the…

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Member of parliament and musician Bobi Wine says there are still 40 million people living under oppression, and domination, and under dictatorship in Uganda.

Jamaica: Uganda Activist Bobi Wine Says He Is Still State Enemy

By Editors' Choice

The politician and freedom fighter said reggae music has helped to influence him to fight against colonial afflictions while growing up in the ghettos of Uganda. By teleSur — Member of parliament, freedom fighter and artist Bobi Wine traveled 36 hours to Jamaica, the politician says, to be able to spread his musical message to his fellow Ugandans and the rest of the world. Bobi Wine made the remark while…

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Julian Marley, son of late reggae icon Bob Marley, celebrates his father's 69th birthday at the National Stadium in Kingston, 2014.

UNESCO Adds Reggae Music to Global Cultural Heritage List

By News & Current Affairs

Reggae was often championed as a music of the oppressed, with lyrics addressing sociopolitical issues, imprisonment and inequality. By TeleSUR — Reggae music – whose calm, lilting grooves found international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley – has won a coveted spot on the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures. UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of “intangible…

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Atlanta, Georgia

Black mecca or most unequal US city: will the real Atlanta please stand up?

By Commentaries/Opinions

For more than 40 years, Atlanta has marketed itself as being on the forefront of radical social change – but its reality is much less progressive. By Maurice J Hobson, The Guardian — In the 1960s, it was the “city too busy to hate” and the home of the civil rights movement. In the 1970s, it was “the black mecca of the south” and Hotlanta. In the 1990s, it was Olympic City….

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Arthur Mitchell dancing with New York City Ballet, 1963.

Arthur Mitchell obituary

By News & Current Affairs

The first African American principal dancer to star in a major ballet company. By Wendy Perron, The Guardian — A star of New York City Ballet and the co-founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Arthur Mitchell was also the first African American principal dancer in any major ballet company. Mitchell, who has died aged 84, had classical lines, buoyant energy and a palpable joy in movement. In NYCB, where he danced from…

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President Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Aretha Franklin on November 9, 2005

RESPECT: Here Are 5 of Aretha Franklin’s Most Important Contributions to Civil Rights

By Commentaries/Opinions

The “Queen of Soul” died Thursday. By Alex Henderson, AlterNet — The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at the age of 76. Franklin, who had suffered from pancreatic cancer and other severe health problems, was among the most iconic and influential R&B singers of all time—and during the final days of her life, she was visited by R&B legend Stevie Wonder as well as veteran civil rights activist,…

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Aretha Franklin at a news conference, March 26, 1973

Aretha Franklin — Musical Genius, Truth Teller, Freedom Fighter

By News & Current Affairs

Angela Davis, whose bond Franklin offered to post in 1970, says that the singer’s work “helped to shape and deepen a collective consciousness anchored in a yearning for freedom.” By Farah Jasmine Griffin, The Nation — Aretha Franklin is a singular figure in American culture. Her musical gifts were monumental. A child prodigy, she seemed to have emerged, like Athena, fully formed at birth, her talent already developed. Smokey Robinson…

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