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Saturday, October 30, 2021


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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
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
Decolonizing the Conversation with with Tukufu Zuberi: DESIGN
'This series of interstitials on "Decolonizing the Conversation" focuses on Tukufu Zuberi 's redesign of the Penn Museum Africa Galleries -- "From the Maker to Museum". Museums need a better representation of Global Black Culture. We begin this process in conversation with African Museum Directors, curators, and contemporary artist in the Diaspora and Africa. In this series we trace, the historie
Nnenna Freelon - Time Traveler (Mini Doc)
Nnenna Freelon : " Join me on a journey through space and time, through this short documentary about my album Time Traveler, which has been submitted for GRAMMY® consideration for Best Jazz Vocal album. When my beloved husband Phil passed away in 2019, it was art that saved me — singing, writing, reflecting. I had to trust that making music now, would become the bridge between me and my beloved.
Drummer and Local Legend Mel Brown Endures as the Humble Godfather of Portland Jazz
' Mel Brown 's family moved to Portland, Ore. from Arkansas in the early 1940s. He was born in 1944 — the last of six siblings and the only native Oregonian. By high school, Brown's skill for drumming was plain, and by the time he was 19 he had already secured a gig playing with soul-jazz breakout Billy Larkin and Delegates. That band's hit record, "Pigmy," would end up giving Brown an early tast
50 years ago, 'The Electric Company' Used Comedy to Boost Kids' Reading Skills
'When The Electric Company debuted in October 1971, television hadn't seen anything quite like it. Psychedelic graphics, wildly creative animation, mod outfits, over-the-top characters and sketch comedy all functioned to serve the same goal: teaching kids to read. Brought to you by the Children's Television Workshop (CTW) — the same producers behind Sesame Street , which debuted in 1969 — The Ele
LaToya Ruby Frazier: The Last Cruze
'In The Last Cruze , on view at California African American Museum , artist LaToya Ruby Frazier chronicles the lives of workers at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Due to a confluence of circumstances, including the global outsourcing of labor, rapid automation, and the growing demand for electric cars, GM’s Lordstown facility stopped production in 2019 after more than fifty years of
The Far-Right Political Playbook Is a Threat to Our Health, Our Schools, and Our Democracy by Ben Jealous
| @BenJealous | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) The New York Times recently reported that the public health system in the United States may be less prepared for the next pandemic than it was for the current one. Given everything we have been through, and everything we have learned, how can that be? The answer is disturbing. Our public health system is being put at risk by the same right-wing d
Op-Docs | Takeover: How We Occupied a Hospital and Changed Public Health Care
'On July 14, 1970, members of the Young Lords occupied Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx — known locally as “the Butcher Shop.” A group of activists, many of them in their late teens and early 20s, barricaded themselves inside the facility, demanding safer and more accessible health care for the community. Originally a Chicago-based street gang, the Young Lords turned to community activism, ins
'Passing,' About an Issue that isn't Black-and-White
'Passing can be a gray area that some biracial or multiracial Americans face when navigating questions of identity and social acceptance, while defining the story we tell about ourselves. CBS Sunday Morning 's co-host Michelle Miller talks with Rebecca Hall , Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga , the director and stars of the new film Passing and with writers Lise Funderburg and Allyson Hobbs , about t
African Farmer Grows Rice Paddies in New York's Hudson Valley
'Rice farming is new to the Northeast. What's thought to be the first commercial rice farm in New York, the Ever-Growing Family Farm, was started less than a decade ago by a Gambian musician Nfamara Badjie and his American wife Dawn Hoyte . With the help of volunteers, the farm has survived, though it's a ways from thriving and it's not certain they'll be able to keep going. This year's harvest i
In song and poetry, 'Nina' and 'Just Us' Offer Ways to Start a Conversation on Race
'After the protests of 2020, we heard the phrase "racial reckoning" a lot, as some groups of people struggled to catch up with what's just been reality for many others. This week NPR's Book of the Day got two books that might help you reckon with that reckoning, in two different ways: Traci Todd and illustrator Christian Robinson 's bright and powerful picture book biography Nina: A Story of Nina
Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes Writes about Family and Heritage in 'My Broken Language
' Quiara Alegria Hudes , a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who's also known for her collaboration with Lin Manuel Miranda on the Tony-winning musical In the Heights, joins Here & Now . She's written a deeply personal memoir called My Broken Language about growing up in Philadelphia with her vibrant Puerto Rican mother and abuela — her grandmother — on whose steps she heard the stories that woul
The Markup: Nonprofit Websites Are Riddled With Ad Trackers
Nonprofit Websites Are Riddled With Ad Trackers by Alfred Ng and Maddy Varner | @alfredwkng and @tenuous | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) Such organizations often deal in sensitive issues, like mental health, addiction, and reproductive rights—and many are feeding data about website visitors to corporations. Last year, nearly 200 million people visited the website of Planned Parenthood, a nonp
The Shadow Pandemic: Covid Creates Population of Orphaned Children
'The CDC released a study that finds that over 140,000 children lost one or both of their parents or caregivers to Covid through the end of June. Given the impact of the Delta variant, estimates now hover at 175,000. More than half the children who lost a primary caregiver during the pandemic are Black and Hispanic, which make up about 40% of the U.S. population, according to a study published by
Robert Glasper's Blue Note Jazz Club Residency
'4-time Grammy-winning pianist Robert Glasper joins All Of It to discuss his " Robtober " residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club. Over 66 shows in 33 days, he’s joined by guests including Meshell Ndegeocello , Christian McBride , Common , Chris Rock , and others.'

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