Sunday, November 17, 2019


NewBlackMan (in Exile)


How Disco Changed Sex in America

'When you hear the word Disco, it might bring to mind the sound of cheesy manufactured dance music or images of John Travolta on the dance floor in Saturday Night Fever — but Disco was more than that. In fact, it was radical. Disco clubs arose out of gay subculture and its sound, which came to be dominated by female artists, was rooted in soul and R&B. As Disco became mainstream, it started to re
Reginald Dwayne Betts: From Jail to Yale

' Reginald Dwayne Betts is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at Yale. His major research interests are administrative law, criminal law, empirical legal studies, and law and literature. He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Israel H. Perez Prize for best student note or comment appearing in the Yale Law Journal. While a J.D. candidate, he
Vijay Prashad: Hybrid Wars and US Imperialism

' Vijay Prashad , Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and Chief Editor of Leftword Books, delivers a presentation on Hybrid Wars and U.S. Imperialism at "Holding the Future Hostage: A Conference on Hybrid Wars, Sanctions, and Solidarity," held on Oct. 19, 2019 at The People's Forum in New York City.' -- The People's Forum NYC
Robert Randolph And The Family Band: Raucous Rock Meets The Gospel Tradition

'Hear a joyous and uplifting set from Robert Randolph And The Family Band recorded live at the 20th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville. Led by Robert Randolph , the group brings raucous rock and roll energy to the gospel tradition of Sacred Steel. Brighter Days , the literal family band's 8th studio album, was released in August; the record sizzles with the group's signatur
Madison McFerrin Pays Homage to Operatic Legend Sissieretta Jones

'Singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin , who is the daughter of celebrated vocalist Bobby McFerrin , looks to Black women artists who came before her for strength and inspiration. McFerrin created the Sissieretta Series , which she is currently hosting as an artist-in-residence at The Jerome L. Greene Space. Named after Sissieretta Jones, the first African American woman opera singer to perform at C
'Lionheart' Oscar Snub: A Consequence of Imperialism?

'The Academy Awards has come under fire after disqualifying the Nigerian film Lionheart from the Best International Feature Film category. According to the Academy’s rules, the movie contained too much English to make the Oscars cut. Nigeria is home to Nollywood, the world’s second-largest film industry . And while it produces local-language films, the majority of Nollywood’s movies are in Englis
Lena Waithe on “Queen & Slim”

'The screenwriter Lena Waithe talks about Queen & Slim , her new feature film. It’s about a couple on a first date, during which they kill a police officer at a traffic stop that escalates. For many Black people, Waithe says, the police “represent Jim Crow, they represent injustice, they represent death to a lot of us”.' -- The New Yorker Radio Hour

NOV 15

Janelle Monáe on Privilege and Survival

'In a new short film, Janelle Monáe discusses her identity and the responsibility that comes with celebrity.'
Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw and Dorothy Roberts: What Slavery Engendered – An Intersectional Look at 1619

'In this episode of Intersectionality Matters !, host Kimberlé Crenshaw chops it up with Dorothy Roberts , a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a leading scholar in race, gender, bioethics, and the law. In a conversation that merges intersectional inquiry with The 1619 Project, which interrogates America’s history of slavery in order to understand racial disparities in 2019. Crenshaw

NOV 13

Policy 360: Jamila Michener on The Connection Between Medicaid and Democracy

'Medicaid is one of the largest social welfare programs in the United States. With over 70 million people enrolled, it covers 20% of the US population. Though the program is federal, it's implemented by the state and some states offer generous benefits while others do not. Professor Jamila Michener argues these disparities are actually having an effect on democratic citizenship. Her research show
Nadia Ben Youssef: Spreading the Decolonial Spirit of Bandung from Tunisia to Turtle Island

'Léopold Lambert , editor-in-chief of The Funambulis t met with Nadia Ben Youssef during the second Black and Palestinian Solidarity conference in Naarm (Melbourne) on Indigenous Wurundjeri land, organized by Gary Foley and Suzannah Henty in November 2019. In this conversation, Nadia recounts 
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