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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

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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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A Tribute to Manno Charlemage with Edwidge Danticat and Alix Pascal

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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

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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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