Saturday, November 20, 2021


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Intersectionality Matters!: Educators Ungagged–Teaching Truth in the Era of Racial Backlash
'For the last year, we have been surrounded by debates on Critical Race Theory spurred by the Right's organized, widespread campaign to stifle anti-racist education. For all of this debate, though, we hardly ever get to hear from the teachers, administrators, and students who are the subjects of these vicious attacks, and who are risking it all in defense of educational integrity and truth-tellin
Gordon Parks Documentary 'A Choice of Weapons'
'The HBO documentary “A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks” provides a portrait of the acclaimed photographer and his legacy, via interviews with fans including Spike Lee , Ava Duvernay , and Kareem Abdul Jabbar , and reflections from photographers whom Parks influenced. Director John Maggio and photographer Jamel Shabazz join All Of It to talk the film.'
How ‘Passing’ Upends a Problematic Hollywood History
'Hollywood has a long history of “passing movies”—films in which Black characters pass for white—usually starring white actors. Even as these films have attempted to depict the devastating effect of racism in America, they have trafficked in tired tropes about Blackness. But a movie from actor-writer-director Rebecca Hall takes the problematic conventions of this uniquely American genre and turns

NOV 18

Virtual Annual Rothschild Lecture with Artist Renee Cox
'The 2021 Rothschild Lecture featured Renee Cox , who was born in Colgate, Jamaica, and who lives and works in New York. She is a photographer, lecturer, political activist and curator whose feminist work forthrightly critiques structures of power. Her work, "The Housewife Missy at Home" from the series "Black Housewives," is on view in "In Relation to Power: Politically Engaged Works from the Co

NOV 17

Left of Black S12 · E2 | 'The Dirty South' with Valerie Cassel Oliver
We all know the importance of Black artists at pointing to what's wrong with our world through poignant critique or presenting a celebration of Black joy in their work. But what about the role of the Black curator in amplifying the voice of our artists to give them a space to display their most provocative work? On this episode of Left of Black, host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Nea

NOV 16

Poet, Composer, Stutterer JJJJJerome Ellis Creatively Shapes Time
'Poet, sax player, electronic music producer, storyteller, and composer JJJJJerome Ellis is a stutterer. On his 2021 album The Clearing, he takes speech disfluency and considers how it affects one’s experience of time. He explains to Soundcheck “The Clearing” as that sense of unknowing in the moments where he is stuttering. It’s a space, a pause of suspension that opens up unexpectedly – "like wh
'All That She Carried' Tells the Story of Generations of Black Women and the Love that Binds Them
'A simple cotton sack is the subject of a book that's a finalist for the National Book Award. The “moving and mysterious” object captivated author and historian Tiya Miles , who combed through records and wrote All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake . A few lines stitched on the bag weave together three women, their lives, their generations, their love and the
LaTricea Adams: Acting on Climate will Require an Emphasis on Environmental Justice
Acting on Climate will Require an Emphasis on Environmental Justice by LaTricea Adams | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) When I recently opened the 2021 Young, Gifted, & Green 40 Under 40 Awards ceremony, I was reminded of the passion, hope, and hard work from young Black and Brown activists who drive the environmental justice movement. The event featured speeches from EPA Administrator Michael
How the Pandemic Could Erase Decades of Progress for Women in the Workforce
'About two million women in the U.S. are no longer part of the workforce. Since February 2020, they’ve either lost their jobs due to the pandemic, or found it made more sense for them to continue staying at home. Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and co-directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Academy of Medicin

NOV 15

Westside Gunn and Conductor Williams are Perfecting Rap's Most Refined Aesthetic
' Westside Gunn may be a connoisseur of many things — art, fashion, champagne, even pro wrestling — but picking beats is where the man truly earns his self-anointed nickname, the Flygod. Simply put, his ears are impeccable. And when he stumbled across video of a producer named Conductor Williams demo'ing beats on his IG page a couple of years back, he knew he'd struck gold. What Gunn heard struck
“They Embody The Division” Geo Maher On Breaking Police Power And Building A World Without Police
'In this episode of Millennials Are Killing Capitalism are joined by Geo Maher , educator, organizer, political theorist and author. Maher discusses his latest book, A World Without Police: How Strong Communities Make Cops Obsolete . In this discussion Millennials Are Killing Capitalism talk about Maher’s grounding of the abolitionist struggle in W.E.B. Du Bois’s seminal work of history Black Rec
Afropop Worldwide: The Hidden Blackness Of Flamenco
'Flamenco as we know it was “born” in Spain in the mid-19 th century. But for centuries before that, Roma (Gitanos, Gypsies) had been living in Spanish cities, often rubbing shoulders with the descendants of Africans (Moors), who had been there as both citizens and slaves going back to Medieval times and earlier. This overlooked pre-history of flamenco is explored in Miguel Angel Rosales ’s groun
Colson Whitehead: Harlem Shuffle -- In Conversation with Vinson Cunningham
'Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead ( The Underground Railroad , The Nickel Boys ) opens the Poetry Center’s 83rd season in conversation about his new novel, Harlem Shuffle with Vinson Cunningham . A love letter to 1960s New York, Harlem Shuffle is a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, and a social novel about race and power. “Whitehead is a splendid
The Stories Soul Food Tells
'Vox's Jamil Smith talks with Caroline Randall Williams , academic, poet, and co-author (with her mother, Alice Randall) of Soul Food Love . They discuss the ways in which the African American culinary tradition is interpreted, how to tell stories through cooking, and why what we cook and eat is inextricably bound up with who we are.'

NOV 14

Art21 | Guadalupe Maravilla & the Sound of Healing
'Does healing have a soundtrack? Sculptor, performer, and sound healer Guadalupe Maravilla combines his personal experiences as a formerly undocumented immigrant and cancer survivor with ancient and indigenous knowledge to create new rituals for healing. An impressionistic and kaleidoscopic look at Maravilla's multifaceted practice and biography, the film follows the artist as prepares his solo e

NOV 13

Professor Michael Eric Dyson on "Entertaining Race'
'Professor Michael Eric Dyson has spent decades as an intellectual advocating for racial justice in the public eye. He’s written works on politics, history, and pop culture. And he’s long been a champion of studying hip hop in academia. This month, he’s out with a new book entitled, Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America that collects essays and speeches he’s published and given over
The New Yorker Radio Hour: The Essential Workers of the Climate Crisis
'After storms and other climate disasters, legions of workers appear overnight to cover blown-out buildings with construction tarps, rip out ruined walls and floors, and start putting cities back together. They are largely migrants, predominantly undocumented, and lack basic protections for construction work. Their efforts are critical in an era of increasing climate-related disasters, but the wo
Disproportionate Use-of-Force Against Black Girls
'In 2017, the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality published a report that showed that police disproportionately engage use-of-force tactics with young, Black girls. The report cited research that shows that adults see Black girls as more mature and less innocent than white girls. In addition to these skewed perceptions, most police departments do not mandate the necessary training nee
All Of It | 'Ferguson Rises': A Father's Journey to Find Purpose Within Tragedy
' Michael Brown Jr .'s death in Ferguson, Missouri is considered to be the founding moment of the modern Black Lives Matter movement. But behind the protests and calls for change in response to ongoing police brutality, there are still grieving families to whom closure is no option. A new PBS documentary, " Ferguson Rises ," follows the life of Michael Brown Sr . in the aftermath of his son's dea
Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis on Coming Together
'Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Lewis , senior minister at Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village and the author of Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World (Harmony, 2021), offers a guide for getting past today's tribalism through teachings of philosophy and faith by recognizing common humanity.' -- The Brian Lehrer Show
The New Yorker Radio Hour: Anna Deavere Smith Retells Rodney King’s Story in Theatre
' Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 premiered nearly thirty years ago, but it’s one of the most current and important plays on Broadway right now. Anna Deavere Smith pioneered a form now known as verbatim theatre: instead of creating characters and writing dialogue, she would interview dozens or hundreds of people about an event, and weave a story from those real characters and their words. “Twilight”
Alice Smith: Tiny Desk (2018)
' Abby O'Neill -- Alice Smith is umami for the ears. From the opening licks of her #TinyDesk set, the eclectic singer-songwriter turned NPR's spacious D.C. headquarters into a Harlem speakeasy. For those not familiar, Smith made a big splash among true-school heads in 2006 with the release of her debut album, For Lovers, Dreamers, and Friends . That record, whose title is a play on "The Rainbow C
'Belfast' Director Kenneth Branagh Mines Childhood Memories in New Film
'Actor-director Sir Kenneth Branag h’s new film centers around a working-class North Belfast family in the 1960s. Branagh wrote and directed " Belfast ," which was inspired by his own childhood. Everyone in the neighborhood knows 9-year-old Buddy and looks out for him. But his idyllic world is shattered when a marauding mob of angry Protestants comes to his street looking for the minority Catholi

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