http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLNIX_iki0A 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 trend.
Bill and Khalil Gibran Muhammad discuss the importance of confronting the contradictions of America’s past. http://vimeo.com/44918795
http://youtu.be/_TVIghQMkBg The Laura Flanders show streams from GRITtv.org. What role did economic cooperation play in the civil rights movement? As it turns out, a huge one. This forgotten history is the focus of Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard’s recent book Collective Courage: A History of African-American Economic Thought and Practice, out in bookstores in May.
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. http://vimeo.com/33300464
Poet and political agitator Amiri Baraka talks about his work and his activism in a 1999 interview with Bill Moyers. http://vimeo.com/33285472
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. http://youtu.be/DW2gVNex2hs
Watch and listen to Nikky Finney read from Head Off & Split at the 2011 National Book Award Finalist Reading. http://youtu.be/3UnhcVk0UM0
Democracy loses if the Internet is sold to the highest bidder- and that may be exactly what’s about to happen. http://vimeo.com/93590762
Bill Moyers talks with activists about an initiative to open Americans’ eyes about income inequality. http://vimeo.com/39461407