Sarah Lewis describes how photography and music are often the catalyst for radical societal change. Lewis is a curator and historian based in New York. She is the author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search … Continue reading
Race, Class, & Immigration: watch-listen
Trump signed an executive order Friday afternoon that bans all immigrants and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US for 90 days, and opens the door to more country-based bans in future. It also bans all refugee … Continue reading
Black people are rarely featured in sci-fi and fantasy films — that is, unless that black person is Will Smith. How do black people get to exist in the future? Afrofuturism, a scholarly and artistic movement that imagines the future … Continue reading
A new documentary called Visions of Abolition, by UCR Professor Setsu Shigematsu explores the racist aspect of the prison system and the alternatives that could be imagined to our current system of retributive justice. Visions of Abolition features Angela Davis, … Continue reading
From the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC.
In addition to her well-known autobiographies, Maya Angelou steadily wrote over the years. In this video Professor Angelou recites her poem, “And Still I Rise,” from her volume of poetry And Still I Rise, published in 1978.
Chris Hedges discusses building successful non-violent mass movements with Bill Ayers, author of “Demand the Impossible.” Ayers reflects on his experience as one of the co-founders of the Weather Underground, a communist revolutionary group from the late 1960s that was … Continue reading
This small Italian town is welcoming immigrants to revitalize the community which was home to less than 2,000 people and had become virtually a ghost town.
American Red and Black: Stories of Afro-Native Identity by Alicia Woods, 2006. This intimate film follows six Afro-Native Americans from around the U.S., as they reflect upon the personal and complex issues of Native and African heritage, ethnic identity, and … Continue reading
New Orleans native Sunni Patterson is an internationally-known Def poetry artist and activist. She is joined in a conversation with George Lipsitz and David Kim about her music and poetry, and her life reaching, teaching and healing.
This impassioned talk explains how students who identify with Hip Hop culture have been ignored or deemed deficient in schools because of mainstream misconceptions associated with Hip Hop culture. Through Hip Hop, these students embody the characteristics of grit, social … Continue reading
The video “Other[ed.]: What is Decolonizing Education in the Post-Secondary Setting?” was created as a part of the 2014 University of Toronto’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Communications Campaign, observed annually on March 21st. The objective … Continue reading
Maya is Truthout’s editor-in-chief and the author of “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better.” Maya serves on the Board of Advisors at Waging Nonviolence The United States has the highest imprisonment rate … Continue reading
This thought-provoking panel of young game-changers, artists, cultural innovators, and professionals discuss biracial blackness, particularly as it relates to Jesse William’s acceptance speech at the 2016 BET Music Awards.
150 Years to the day following the unconditional Confederate surrender to the Union Army, Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore and severely beaten. His subsequent death, and that of other African Americans at the hand of police, exposed the factual … Continue reading