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.
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In this video, the relationship between art and political activism in New York City during the 1980s is explored through Whitney collection works and an interview with Andrew Castrucci, Director of Bullet Space, a not-for-profit art space on the Lower … Continue reading
Film director Ava DuVernay, nominated for a Golden Globe for the critically-acclaimed “Selma,” joined host Melissa Harris-Perry Sunday for an extensive interview.
The film Portraits from South Africa is a documentary that teaches us how one simple act of reaching out to touch the lives of others liberates the human spirit of the giver and receiver.
Fresh Prep is an innovative student-centered curriculum that uses Hip-Hop music to help students review the key content and skills tested on the New York State Regents Exams. Harnessing the appeal and mnemonic power of music and youth culture, Fresh … Continue reading
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
“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.