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Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is a Searing Indictment of Trumpism

By Commentaries/Opinions

The latest from the legendary filmmaker, which made its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, features a David Duke character who sounds awfully familiar to Donald Trump. By Richard Porton, The Daily Beast — CANNES, France — Nothing if not topical, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, which premiered in competition on Monday at Cannes, takes aim at resurgent racism in the age of Trump by dredging up a little-known episode from the 1970s. In 1978, when the…

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Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, attending the world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story

The rise of Donald Glover: how he captured America

By Editors' Choice

The award-winning writer, actor, singer and rapper has dominated the internet with his provocative, politically charged hit This is America, the latest step in an illustrious, unconventional career By Katie Bain, The Guardian — Try, if you can, to watch This Is America, the new music video from Childish Gambino, while keeping your eyes off the man in the camera’s gaze. It’s not easy. You may have to watch it twice,…

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Kanye West

Wake Up, Mr. West!

By Commentaries/Opinions

How Kanye’s ignorant comments fortify the most pernicious lies of white supremacy. By Clint Smith — This past week, in an interview with TMZ, Kanye West claimed that slavery was a choice. “When you hear about slavery for 400 years … 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said. Much has already been written about West’s recent exploits on and off Twitter. In the past week, he has publicly embraced…

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I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye — Article by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Image by Glenn Harvey

I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye

By Commentaries/Opinions

Kanye West wants freedom—white freedom. By Ta-Nehisi Coates — I could only have seen it there, on the waxed hardwood floor of my elementary-school auditorium, because I was young then, barely 7 years old, and cable had not yet come to the city, and if it had, my father would not have believed in it. Yes, it had to have happened like this, like folk wisdom, because when I think of that…

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A Tribute to Manno Charlemage with Edwidge Danticat and Alix Pascal

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

February 5th Fund Drive Edition of Vantage Point Topic Award Winning Writing/Author Edwidge Danticat and International Acclaimed Guitarist Alix Pascal Discuss the Legacy of Legendary Haitian Folk Singer Manno Charlemagne Ways to listen to Vantage Point Radio Vantage Point Radio with Dr. Ron Daniels, AKA “The Professor” — Monday’s 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Live (Radio) — WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Here on ibw21.org Monday’s 10AM-12PM or…

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Legendary South African Trumpeter Hugh Masekela

Legendary South African Trumpeter Hugh Masekela Dies

By News & Current Affairs

Masekela began playing the trumpet at the age of 14, after seeing the film Young Man with a Horn. By Nino Pagliccia — Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela – affectionately known as Bra Hugh – has died. The iconic jazz maestro, according to a release from his family, “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg. Masekela, a distinguishing figure in the struggle against apartheid, lost his battle “after a protracted and courageous…

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