Saturday, October 23, 2021


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Poll Shows Black Adults Are Increasingly Dissatisfied With The Direction Of The Country
'A new poll by Black to the Future Action Fund found that Black adults in the US have become increasingly displeased with the direction the country is going. Among the key findings on the economy, the survey found that 58% of respondents were dissatisfied with the country, a 17 percentage point increase in just a few months. Polling also showed that one third of renters and mortgage holders were
John Jennings and the Visual World of Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch
' John Jennings , a best-selling author, graphic novelist, curator, and professor, is widely known for his graphic novel adaptations of Octavia Butler ’s Parable of the Sower and Kindred . For Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch , now on view at the California African American Museum , Jennings collaborated with the artist on an accompanying graphic essay and video. Hear Jennings discuss Mother Patchwerk
New World Coming: Racial Capitalism with Robin D. G. Kelley
' New World Coming host James Counts Early is joined by historian and activist Robin D.G. Kelley to discuss Robin’s career work on racial capitalism, multiculturalism and identity, and the history of the struggle for socialism.' -- The People's Forum NYC

OCT 21

How Federal Emergency Aid Helped Offset Costs for Students in Historically Black Schools
'The pandemic has posed unprecedented financial challenges for U.S. colleges and students. The federal government has provided more than $70 billion in relief. Over $3 billion specifically for historically Black colleges and universities and more than $1 billion to minority-serving institutions where many students face fiscal hardship. Yamiche Alcindor reports for PBS NewsHour 's "Rethinking Coll

OCT 20

Michelle Murray | "Migration, Slavery, and the Black Mediterranean"
' Michelle Murray, author of Home: Immigrant Narratives, Domesticity, and Coloniality in Contemporary Spanish Culture , theorizes the Black Mediterranean through two examples. The first is the underwater sculpture “The Raft of Lampedusa” by British artist Jason deCaires located in Lanzarote. Combining critiques of ocean pollution and migrant deaths, Murray contends that the groundbreaking (or sea
Yasmin Williams: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
' Yasmin Williams doesn't need much scenery to set your imagination in motion. For her Tiny Desk (home) concert, the Virginia-based guitarist keeps the background sparse (a rug, a folding table, curtains, a plank of wood) to foreground her inventive playing.'

OCT 19

Robin DG Kelley: Fighting for Freedom in the Face of Capitalist Apocalypse
' The world was a very different place when Robin DG Kelley ’s renowned book Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination was first published in 2002. As the reality of post-9/11 America and the war on terror hardened into a dystopian, jingoistic consensus, and as the global economy careened towards impending catastrophe, the possibility of a future in which peace, justice, and equality reigned
The Racial Politics of Abortion: A Short Film by Dawn Porter
' Acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter 's intimate and personal view of the often-overlooked stories of Black women who seek out reproductive services in America. This documentary gives a snapshot into the lives of Black healthcare providers, mothers and pro-choice and pro-life activists and shows how laws that restrict abortion access impact Black women and their families.'
A Politician’s Shameless Bigotry by Ben Jealous
| @BenJeaous | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) There’s an old saying about bullies: they can dish it out, but they can’t take it. Witness North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson. He abuses his position of authority to insult and demean people. But when he gets criticized for making harmful comments, he whines that he’s the real victim. People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch recently bega
Carole Hopson on Her Book 'A PAIR OF WINGS' and Inspiring a New Generation of Pilots
' Carole Hopson is one of the few women pilots of color who flies a Boeing 737 for United Airlines as a first officer. She was inspired to become a pilot by the story of Bessie Coleman , the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license. Now, Hopson has written a book inspired by Coleman in hopes it can help her mission to diversify the aviation industry. CBS Mornings 's Michelle Miller
Intersectionality Matters!: Believing Her–The Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill Hearings at 30
'In 1991, Anita Hill sat across an all-male, all-white Senate Judiciary Committee to testify that her boss, Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas , had sexually harassed her. A historic moment that brought visibility to the issue of sexual harassment, Anita's bravery during the 1991 confirmation hearing set the stage for countless others to better understand and speak out against their ow
Ruben Santiago-Hudson on the Joy of Bringing "Lackawanna Blues" to Broadway
'Writer, director, and actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson's one-man show Lackawanna Blues tells the story of Santiago-Hudson’s childhood and finds him embodying the many characters who populated his youth, including Nanny, the woman who raised him. Santiago-Hudson first performed the show in 2001 and, in 2005, he adapted it into an HBO movie. In the fall of 2021, Santiago-Hudson brought the show to Broa
Buffalo Nichols Is Bringing the Blues of the Past Into the Future
'Austin-based guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist Carl “Buffalo” Nichols wants to remind folks of the value of the blues as a cultural art form. “Listening to this record, I want more Black people to hear themselves in this music that is truly theirs .” The self-described music nerd considers Delta blues, Chicago blues, West African Malian guitar rhythms, and the African ancestry of the clawhamme

OCT 18

Terence Blanchard Is The First Black Composer At The Metropolitan Opera
' Terence Blanchard joined The Takeaway with host Melissa Harris-Perry. Terence Blanchard is a 6-time Grammy winner, jazz trumpet player and composer of over 40 film scores, earning him a BAFTA and Academy Award nominee for Best Original Score for Spike Lee’s 2018 film, BlacKkKlansman . Blanchard also happens to write operas. He composed Fire Shut Up in My Bones , based on Charles Blow ’s memoir
“Airbrush, Instamatics, and Funk: Art, Pop, and New York City’s Long 1970s”: Uri McMillan @ Harvard Radcliffe Institute
' A presentation from 2021–2022 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow Uri McMillan , a performance historian at UCLA, where he is an associate professor in the Departments of African American Studies, of English, and of Gender Studies. His research—a synthesis of art history and visual culture, feminist theory, performance studies, and Black diaspora studies—is primarily centered on African diasporic artist
Afropop Worldwide: The Black History Of The Banjo
' Afropop Worldwide traces the history of this most American of instruments from its ancestors in West Africa through the Caribbean and American South and into the present, as a new generation of Black women artists reclaim the banjo as their own. Rhiannon Giddens , Bassekou Kouyate , Bela Fleck and more talk claw-hammers, trad jazz, Appalachian folk, African ancestors and the on-going story of A
Glitch in the Code: Black Girls and Algorithmic Justice
'Imagine you’ve forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla.” But instead of finding images of adorable banana-obsessed animals, photos of a Black couple show up. Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that’s replicating the discrimination of the world it operate
The Quarantine Tapes 206: Melvin Gibbs
' Paul Holdengräber is joined by the brilliant Melvin Gibbs on this two part episode of The Quarantine Tapes. They discuss the release of Melvin’s latest EP, 4 + 1 equals 5 for May 25 , five tracks created in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. Paul and Melvin dig into Melvin’s experience visiting the site of George Floyd’s death and the incredible statement he wrote to accom
Walltown Forever: Brandon Williams on Resisting Displacement Through Multi-Racial, Intergenerational Organizing
'Wednesdays at the Center welcomed Brandon J. Williams , a Duke Alum and a community builder who believes in the power of everyday people to transform society. For eight years and counting, he has been a resident of a historically Black working-class neighborhood in Durham, NC, called Walltown. Brandon used to lead a youth organization in the community and is now organizing with neighbors to resi

OCT 17

The Urban Griot, Dr. Billy Taylor: A Centennial Celebration
'In the grand history of Black American music, no one ever embodied a combination of instrumental prowess, composerly ambition, educational authority and institutional savvy quite like Dr. Billy Taylor . A pianist who honed his skills at the dawn of modern jazz, Dr. Taylor made his most lasting contribution as a spokesman for the art form — indelibly coining the phrase "America's classical music"
A New Museum in Nashville Centers the Artistry of Black Musicians
'For decades, Nashville's tourism has drawn in mostly white tourists for its country music, bachelorette parties and honky-tonks on lower Broadway. But with the opening earlier this year of the National Museum of African American Music , the city hopes to serenade more diverse tourists. Ambriehl Crutchfield reports for All Things Considered .'
2021 Walter Annenberg Lecture: Dawoud Bey
' For the past four decades, Dawoud Bey has worked to expand upon what photography can be and the subjects and themes it can address. For this Walter Annenberg Lecture, Bey speaks with Adam D. Weinberg , the Whitney Museum of American Art ’s Alice Pratt Brown Director, about his work, the history of American photography relevant to his own practice, and his ongoing engagement with Black history a
Remembering Civil Rights Champion Timuel Black
(Anthony Souffle / Chicago Tribune) 'WBEZ's segregation and inequality reporter Natalie Moore remembers Chicago activist and historian Timuel Black , who died this week at the age of 102.'
Investigation Unveils Tennessee County's Troubling History of Illegally Jailing Children
'Rutherford County, Tennessee, has been arresting and illegally jailing kids for years. Judge Donna Scott has overseen a juvenile justice system that routinely jails children far more frequently and for longer periods than other counties in the state. Nashville Public Radio 's Meribah Knight and ProPublica 's Ken Armstrong investigated the situation. Knight talks with Here & Now 's Scott Tong abo
The Peculiarly Silent Pandemic of Gun Violence in the Black Community by Fatimah Loren Dreier
| @fatimah_loren | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) In his recent book, A Peculiar Indifference: The Neglected Toll of Violence on Black America , Elliot Currie highlights the disproportionate impact community violence has on the African American community. Shockingly, according to Currie, from the years 2000-2018 over 162,000 African Americans died violent deaths. Of that total, 139,000 were B

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