In February of 1992, Michael Jackson made an 11 day visit to Africa. On arrival, he was greeted by grade-school students in Gabon, West Africa, who carried a banner that proclaimed: “Welcome Home Michael”. By the time he left, he … Continue reading
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“Bridging Boundaries: Redefining Diaspora” is a collaborative arts expo developed by the African Students Association, Postcrypt Art Gallery, and Art in FLUX in Harlem that connects selected student artists with mentoring Harlem artists in order to build a conversation about … Continue reading
Charlet touches down in Kingston, Jamaica and gains an audience with Elephant Man, aka The Energy God, to find out why the dancehall girls cause the local men so many problems. She then explores the illegal and dangerous skin bleaching … Continue reading
Tricia Rose, professor Africana Studies at Brown University, discusses hip hop’s retreat from politics and the potential for music to help tell the stories of the dispossessed today. Watch here.
Pulitzer Prize- winning playwright, August Wilson, on blackness and how his characters find nobility in struggle.
Poet and political agitator Amiri Baraka talks about his work and his activism in a 1999 interview with Bill Moyers.
Robin Kelley explains how modern Africa reshaped jazz, how modern jazz helped form a new African identity, and how musical convergences and crossings altered the politics and culture of both continents.
Watch and listen to Nikky Finney read from Head Off & Split at the 2011 National Book Award Finalist Reading.
Professor Scott Kurashige discusses animalization in portrayals of Asians in U.S. popular culture.
Listen to a conversation between Nikky Finney and Ross Gay that touches on topics such as mentorship, Finney’s writing process, her childhood, and more. Listen here.
“In this 2012 Moyers Moment from Moyers & Company, songwriter Tom Morello — known as the guitarist for the band Rage Against the Machine, and more recently as a solo performer under the name “The Nightwatchman” — discusses the role … Continue reading
Haydil Henriquez, a young Latina poet growing up in the Bronx, talks about how poetry continues to shape her life and reads from her poem, Bronx.
Amiri Baraka in Season 1, Episode 4 of Def Poetry Jam.
Wynton Marsalis takes his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra around the world. Morley Safer tags along as Marsalis and his musicians make the scene in London and then go to Havana for a Afro-Cuban musical treat. )
Watch Wynton Marsalis and South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela explore the role of music as an instrument for social change — the soundtrack for a people’s revolution here.