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Saturday, November 28, 2020


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Kevin Young Reads Angelina Weld Grimké’s poem ‘The Black Finger’
' Kevin Young , who edited a new anthology of Black poetry, reads Angelina Weld Grimké ’s poem “The Black Finger.” No book of poetry from Angelina Weld Grimké was published during her lifetime, though her poems did appear in newspapers and other publications in the 1920s, which means she is often grouped with the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, Young told the PBS NewsHour ’s Jeffrey Brown . Ho
The DNA of a Black Woman by Chuck Richardson | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) There is something magical about a fea...
The DNA of a Black Woman by Chuck Richardson | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) There is something magical about a fearless, intelligent, incorruptible black woman. A woman willing to sacrifice and face any obstacle she must for a greater cause than herself. Black women have been, and continue to be, the crucible of fortitude. Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Mary McLeod Bethune, Fannie Lou Hamer a
Left of Black S11 · E5 | Lisa B. Thompson on Creating Black Theater
Dr. Lisa B. Thompson , prolific author, award-winning playwright, Black scholar, and professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, sat down with Left of Black host Dr. Mark Anthony Neal to talk about her body of work and the joy of creating for the stage. Thompson’s plays, which have been produced off-Broadway, throughout the US and internationally, inclu
The Quarantine Tapes 131: Alex Vitale
' Paul Holdengräber is joined by Alex Vitale on episode 131 of The Quarantine Tapes . Alex is a Professor of Sociology who has written extensively on policing. In the last few months, Alex has found himself incredibly busy working to translate the message of “Defund the Police” and what it could mean to rethink our reliance on police as the solution to social problems. Alex and Paul have a fascin

NOV 25

Thanksgiving 2020: Grateful for New Hope and New Direction in Our Nation by Ben Jealous
| @BenJealous | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) This hasn’t been a normal year, and it isn’t going to be a normal Thanksgiving. Instead of looking forward to family and feasting, many of us are listening to health officials begging us to avoid large gatherings, and we’re weighing the risks against our deeply felt desire to be with our loved ones. Let’s be honest. 2020 has been a brutal year. M
“No Peace” – Salaam Remi feat. Busta Rhymes Black Thought Doug E. Fresh & Mumu Fresh (Official Video)
From the Black on Purpose , official video for "No Peace" by Salaam Remi feat. Busta Rhymes , Black Thought, Doug E. Fresh , and Mumu Fresh .
A Writer's Journey: In Conversation with Deesha Philyaw
' Nicholas Roman Lewis talks with Deesha Philyaw , author of the critically acclaimed book, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies .' -- Revolutionary Daydreams
The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song (Extended Trailer)
' The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song will explore the 400-year-old story of the black church in America, the changing nature of worship spaces, and the men and women who shepherded them from the pulpit, the choir loft, and church pews. The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song is a production of McGee Media, Inkwell Films and WETA Washington, DC. Henry Louis Gates,

NOV 24

David Dinkins: Leading New York Is The 'Greatest Job There Is'
'Winning the office in 1989, David Dinkins (1927-2020) earned the glare of national attention not only as the mayor of one of the country's most important cities, but also as that city's first black mayor. It was a difficult time for the New York City. Race relations were fractured, the economy was struggling, and many neighborhoods were gripped by a crack epidemic. In a conversation with NPR's M
Kwame Alexander Offers New Poems On Race And Hope As 'Psalms And Balms' For The Soul
'With his new book of poetry about race in America, Morning Edition poet-in-residence Kwame Alexander hopes to "shine a little light for the world." In the book, Light For The World To See: A Thousand Words On Race And Hope, Alexander writes three poems on three events: the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Colin Kaepernick 's kneeling protests before NFL game

NOV 23

Inside the Libertarian Plot to Tear Down Public Education
'Historian Jack Schneider and journalist Jennifer Berkshire explore the right's systematic, decades-long attack on public schools - through the defunding of districts and demoralizing students, educators and parents - in partnership with a neoliberal Democratic Party willing to sell out children and workers for the same libertarian elites. Jack and Jennifer are authors of the book A Wolf at the S
Cite Black Women: Black Feminist Physics – A Conversation with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
'In this episode Cite Black Women podcast host Christen Smith sits down with theoretical physicist and feminist theorist Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein to discuss Black feminist physics, the intersections between the matrix of violence against Black women and science, her radical Black feminist upbringing and her forthcoming book, The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey Into Dark Matter, Spacetime, & Drea
"What They Were Fighting For, We're Still Fighting For Today": Letitia Wright and Steve McQueen on Bringing 'Small Axe' to the Screen
'Director Steve McQueen is best known for his Best Picture-winning film, 12 Years a Slave , and his 2018 crime drama, Widows . But for his latest project, the British filmmaker decided to return home to direct not just one but five movies that make up the anthology series, Small Axe . Together, the films tell mostly true stories of Black British life from the 1960s to the 1980s. The first part in
'Waste' Activist Catherine Coleman Flowers Digs Into The Sanitation Crisis Affecting The Rural Poor
Michael Carson/The New Press 'Hookworm is an intestinal parasite often associated with poor sewage treatment and the developing world. It was long thought to have been eradicated from the United States — until a 2017 study revealed otherwise. According to the study, more than one in three people in Alabama's Lowndes County tested positive for hookworm infection. Hookworm spreads when people walk
Minneapolis Group Is Growing Food To Protect Members From Effects Of Racism, Disease
'Access to fresh food in North Minneapolis has been a struggle for decades. Members of Appetite for Change are growing food to protect themselves from the health effects of both racism and the pandemic.' -- All Things Considered
Laughing to Keep From Dying Event: Danielle Fuentes Morgan in conversation with W. Kamau Bell
' Danielle Fuentes Morgan and W. Kamau Bell are in conversation in support of Professor Morgan's book Laughing to Keep From Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Centur y . In the book Morgan argues that by subverting comedy's rules and expectations, African American satire promotes social justice by connecting laughter with ethical beliefs in a revolutionary way. Dr. Morgan is an as
James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade Revisited with Dr. Magdalena Zaborowska
'Professor Magdalena Zaborowska discusses aspects of James Baldwin ’s life in Istanbul by revisiting her Duke University Press book, James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade (2009). She outlines phases in Baldwin’s life that he chose based on homophobia and racism in the United States. Therefore, an alternative family of friends was formed through exploring exile in Turkey. Baldwin primarily lived in a sma

NOV 22

Celebrating Black Influence on American cuisine
' Chef Marcus Samuelsson 's new book, The Rise , is his recipe for a national conversation on the contributions of Black chefs and Black cooking to the American table. Mark Whitaker also talks food history with chef and restaurateur Edouardo Jordan and writer Jessica B. Harris .' -- CBS Sunday Morning
'The Last Shall Be First': A Lost Chapter Of Gospel, Saved From Extinction
'The Last Shall Be First: The JCR Records Story, Vol. 1 is a collection of gospel music first recorded in 1970s Memphis and released for the first time after years spent tracking down master tapes.'
The Quarantine Tapes 118: Ramsess
' Paul Holdengräber is joined by Los Angeles-based artist Ramsess on episode 118 of The Quarantine Tapes . Ramsess speaks about the early days of his art career in Leimert Park, telling stories about the jazz musicians and other artists that surrounded him. He also discusses how he believes that people are becoming more and more aware of the necessity of knowing history, which has long been a cor
Making Space for Grief: A Conversation with Joan Morgan and Daniel José Older
'Writers Daniel José Older and Joan Morgan have a candid conversation about grief, creativity, process and productivity during the pandemic and the healing value of stillness.' -- Artist Relief

NOV 21

The Other Epidemic: US On Track To See Another Record Year Of Drug Overdoses
'The coronavirus isn't the only epidemic America is facing right now. Last year, a record number of people died from drug overdoses, and the U.S. is on track for another record number of deaths in 2020. Here & Now speaks with NPR addiction correspondent Brian Mann about the increased use of fentanyl , a deadly synthetic opioid, and the latest with the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma .'
Michael Kiwanuka: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
'Enter the unassuming and innately talented Michael Kiwanuka from a "rainy London" flat that's dimly lit with a vintage feel. The Mercury Prize-winning musician evokes an all-encompassing softness in spirit as he leads viewers into the "Light," the first of five songs in his Tiny Desk (home) concert. The warm texture of his voice and tenderness of his soul belie the depth of his songwriting, whic
'Small Axe': A Searing Portrait Of Racism And A Community's Will To Survive
'Steve McQueen has made searingly powerful films about historical injustice, from slavery in the American South to a 1981 hunger strike in a Northern Irish prison. But only now has he dramatized the experiences of Black women and men in the U.K., specifically the West Indian neighborhoods

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