Saturday, November 6, 2021


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In a Powerful Memoir, Poet Joy Harjo Talks about Finding Her Voice and Using It
'Poet Laureate Joy Harjo says she loved poetry as a kid, but didn't feel like it belonged to her. "It wasn't until I heard Native poets," she tells NPR's Michel Martin , "that I realized that, wow, this is a powerful tool of understanding and affirmation. And I don't know, I just started writing." Harjo had been studying medicine, she says, and she knew her people needed doctors — but what about
Deep Dive with Dorian Warren: Passing
' Passing , a new film by writer and director Rebecca Hall premieres on Netflix. Adapted from Nella Larsen’s 1929 Harlem Renaissance novel of the same name, Passing is shot in black and white. It’s a complex film likely to revive old debates and provoke new conversations around unresolved and still unspoken meanings of race, class, gender, power, identity, and resistance. For this week’s Deep Div
After Touring with Beyoncé, Divinity Roxx Brings Positive Vibes to Children's Music
' Divinity Roxx , best known for playing bass in Beyoncé 's all female band, is making her mark on the family music scene. From start to finish, her new album, Ready, Set, Go , is about positivity in mind and body. Divinity tells Morning Edition that as she was writing the album, she thought "about the kid inside of me," as well as her nieces and nephews.'
'Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres'
'In his new book, Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres , author and New Yorker staff writer Kelefa Sanneh tackles the last half century of popular music—and its listeners—through rock, R&B, country, punk, hip-hop, dance, and pop. Sanneh joins All Of It to talk about it.'

NOV 04

For Poet Sonia Sanchez — at Age 87 — There's More Work to be Done
'Maya Angelou once called the poet Sonia Sanchez "a lion in literature's forest. When she writes she roars, and when she sleeps other creatures walk gingerly." For over 60 years, Sanchez has helped redefine the landscape of American politics and literature. As a leading figure in the 1960s Black Arts movement and one of the first people to set up a Black Studies program at an American university,

NOV 03

Maroon Choreography: A Poetry Reading by fahima ife
' fahima ife reads from their book Maroon Choreography ( Duke University Press ). In three long-form poems and a lyrical essay, ife speculates on the afterlives of Black fugitivity, unsettling the historic knowledge of it while moving inside the ongoing afterlives of those people who disappeared themselves into rural spaces beyond the reach of slavery.'
Chlöe Bailey | A Day in the Life
' Chlöe Bailey has been setting the internet on fire with her social media presence this last year. As one half of the dynamic duo Chloe x Halle, she's carved out a successful career so far, but she now finds herself embarking on a solo career that has already shown a different side of her. In this episode of Complex News ' A Day in the Life , Bailey sat down with our very own Alana Yzola to chat
New York Close Up: Doreen Garner on Her Own Terms
' From her Brooklyn apartment to international art fairs to a Juneteenth barbecue, sculptor and tattoo artist Doreen Garner navigates two very different communities—the highly public, collector-driven world of galleries and museums and the private, deeply interpersonal world of client tattooing—carefully carving out space for creative fulfillment and emotional self-care.' -- Art21
Nkeki Obi-Melekwe Delivers Power, Grace in Portrayal of Tina Turner on Broadway
' Nkeki Obi-Melekwe steps into the lead role of Tina Turner in the award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. But the actress is hardly a newcomer: Obi-Melekwe played the role in London in 2018 and then on Broadway during matinee performances since the show opened there in 2019. Now, the 25-year-old powerhouse actor rises to the spotlight in the story of Turner's abusive marriage to Ike Tur
'All in the Family' is 50 Years Old. A New Book Looks at How it Changed TV
'It would seem unthinkable by today's standards: the most popular character on television was a blue-collar bigot from Queens, New York — who, despite his prejudices, was often considered lovable at the same time. But that was the case for much of the 1970s with the character Archie Bunker on All in the Family , which debuted in 1971. For five years, it was the most-watched show on television. Wr

NOV 02

Revisiting the Wall of Respect and the Black Arts Movement
'The Wall of Respect was a work of public art foundational to Chicago’s legendary Black Arts Movement. Created in 1967 on Chicago’s South Side, it depicted Black leaders in music, literature, politics, and sports; and went on to spark a nationwide mural movement. In her book Fleeting Monuments for the Wall of Respect Art Institute professor Romi Crawford asks artists and writers to consider the l

NOV 01

Senate Republicans Block This Generation’s Voting Rights Act: Will President Biden Meet the Challenge? by Ben Jealous
Senate Republicans Block This Generation’s Voting Rights Act: Will President Biden Meet the Challenge? by Ben Jealous |@BenJealous | Special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) Across the country, Republican state legislators have been busy imposing new voting restrictions and devising corrupt redistricting schemes to give their party more power than they could win under a fair system. Republicans in the U
Kameelah Janan Rasheed: The Edge of Legibility
' logo·​phile | \ ˈlȯ-gə-ˌfī(-ə)l : a lover of words. A self-described "learner," immersed in books since childhood, text-based artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed is uniquely fascinated with the written word and its power to both define and destabilize how we understand the world. Rasheed photocopies pages from books and printed materials, cuts out words and sentences, and re-arranges them in poetic,
Art Basel | Rewriting the Future: Science Fiction and Contemporary Art
' 'Many artists and writers have dedicated their work to describing the future, and the worlds that can be. But since they are placed in time, these descriptions always come with an expiration date: The narrative of Blade Runner, the enormously influential science fiction classic, takes place in November 2019. As with other classic Sci-Fi works - 2001: a Space Odyssey, 12 Monkeys, Back to the Fut
Unlocking Africa’s Hidden History: Howard W. French and Sean Jacobs in Conversation
'The history of Africa has long been relegated to the remote outskirts of our global story. In his book Born in Blackness , Howard French puts Africa and Africans at the center of our thinking about the origins of modernity. In a sweeping narrative that spans more than six centuries he reframes the story of medieval and emerging Africa, demonstrating how the economic ascendancy of Europe, the anc

OCT 31

Dress and Power with Kennedi Carter and Taylor Renee Aldridge
'Fine art and editorial photographer Kennedi Carter, who in 2020 became the youngest photographer to shoot the cover of British Vogue (for which she photographed Beyoncé), is joined by California African American Museum curator Taylor Renee Aldridge to explore Carter’s recent series, Flexing/New Realm , which features portraits of friends in historically inspired costumes and poses. Carter’s work
One Hundred: The Ed Gordon Podcast with Yvette Nicole Brown
'In this episode of One Hundred , host Ed Gordon talks with actress and activist Yvette Nicole Brown . She’s gone from commercials to roles in some of the biggest television shows and movies; including, Community and Avengers: Endgame . Her work is gaining the actress a legion of fans. They talk about her career, her love of music and her growing voice in social activism.'
Making Contact – 70 Million: How Black Women Are Rightfully “Taking Seats at the Table"
'Nearly one in two Black women in the US have a loved one who has been impacted by our prison system. Many become de facto civilian experts as a result. Some rise to lead as catalysts for change. And now, scores of Black women are joining the ranks—as officers of the court, police, and judges—to manage and advance a system that has had such an outsized impact on their lives. On this episode of Ma
On the Freedom of Free People of Color in the Antebellum South
'Historian Warren Eugene Milteer, Jr . on the shifting, contested legal and social dynamics of free people of color from the colonial to antebellum periods, and his book Beyond Slavery's Shadow: Free People of Color in the South from University of North Carolina Press.' -- This is Hell! This is Hell! · On the freedom of free people of color in the Antebellum South

OCT 29

Ancestry Offers a Missing Link for Black Families with the Release of Freedmen's Bureau Records
' Nicka Sewell-Smith spent 20 years searching for her family’s origin. After beginning research on her roots, she discovered that the first generation of college graduates in her family were grandchildren of former slaves. Because enslaved people didn't have legal rights prior to 1865, it can be difficult to track them through censuses or birth, marriage and death records. Much of what Sewell-Smi

OCT 28

How the Attica Prison Uprising Started — and Why it Still Resonates Today
'In 1971, Attica maximum security prison in upstate New York was infamous for its harsh conditions. Prisoners were issued one roll of toilet paper each month. Asking for more meant risking a beatdown. Arthur Harrison , who was sentenced to five years in Attica in 1971, says Black prisoners were treated especially severely. "It reminded me of the things I used to hear about on plantations in slave
University of Pittsburgh Faculty Ally with Steelworkers to Unionize After Years-Long Campaign
'The faculty at the University of Pittsburgh have voted overwhelmingly to form a union affiliated with the United Steelworkers following years of bottlenecks. 1,511 voted in favor and 612 opposed, making the 3,355 person bargaining unit the biggest new faculty union formed in a decade. It will include full- and regular part-time tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure-track professors and librarians
Supreme Actresses: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Hollywood
' Marcellas Reynolds , author, producer, and entertainment reporter, joins us to discuss his new book, , which features photographs, biographies, and interviews of black actresses, from past stars like Dorothy Dandridge , who was the first actress of color to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in 1954, to current stars like Viola Davis and Regina King .'
A Holy Grail Experience: Listening to John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle
'The arrival of John Coltrane ’s A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle is unquestionably the most surprising archival release of 2021. Recorded at the end of a prolific stand at Seattle’s Penthouse club in the fall of 1965, these tapes sat unissued and unheard for more than 50 years — outside of a few close associates of saxophonist Joe Brazil , who taped the performance of the suite.'
What It's Like Growing Up Black in Detroit
' In this episode of Growing Up Black , VH1 heads to Detroit, Michigan to speak with locals of “The D” about what it’s like growing up in black in Detroit, while also describing Detroit’s culture, history, fashion, music scene, and more.'
Why Fannie Lou Hamer’s Definition of “Freedom” Still Matters: Vox Conversations with Keisha Blain
'A historian at the University of Pittsburgh, Keisha Blain , the author of Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America , joins Jamil Smith , host of Vox Conversations . In the book — which is partly a contemporary social commentary — Blain describes how Hamer was accustomed to seeing rights and freedoms technically guaranteed to her as an American discarded because she was a B

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