Archive for February, 2008

Osmany and padre

Posted in Artists on February 27, 2008 by blackrep

Check out Osmany Paredes with his father on percussion from Mexico City’s Zinco Jazz Club!


Texas students march to the polls

Posted in Slavery & Justice on February 27, 2008 by blackrep

What to do if your Republican government tries to disenfranchise you by putting the nearest polling location seven miles from your campus? These Texas students shut down the highway!

Incredible documents

Posted in Slavery & Justice on February 14, 2008 by blackrep

Slave sale

Where’s the back-pay for royalties?

Posted in Articles of Interest, Artists, Slavery & Justice, White Privilege on February 14, 2008 by blackrep

LaVern Baker
This is an interesting, albeit old, article by John Floyd from the Miami New Times pointing out the sad and very real obstacles that faced many Black artists in the fifties:

Baker wasn’t the only black artist to have a hit stolen by a paleface milquetoast; Pat Boone built a career on robbing the songs of the Jewels, Fats Domino, Little Richard, the El Dorados, and Ivory Joe Hunter. And who hasn’t tried to forget the Crew Cuts’ vomitous rendering of the Chords’ doo-wop masterpiece “Sh-Boom?” But Baker was the first artist to do something about it: Incensed about the loathsome practice, Baker wrote a letter to her Detroit congressman, who actually managed to convene a federal hearing.

King of the congas, Tata Guines, passes

Posted in Articles of Interest, Artists on February 5, 2008 by blackrep

To read about his life and times, click here.

Providence Public Library presents Dinaw Mengestu, Sunday Feb 24, 2PM

Posted in Artists, Education, Events on February 1, 2008 by blackrep

Dinaw Mengestu

About the author
Dinaw Mengustu is a prodigiously talented, internationally acclaimed, award-winning young writer at the beginning of his literary career. Born in 1978 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he immigrated to the United States in 1980 with his mother and sister, joining his father, who fled the communist revolution two years earlier. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Columbia University’s MFA program in fiction. A former Rolling Stone reporter and recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, the 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation, and the Guardian First Book Prize.
About the novel
An affecting tale of a little-known group of African immigrants in Washington D.C., The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (Penguin/Riverhead Books, 2007) opens a new window on the entire American experience. It is an unforgettable story that will captivate anyone who has ever sought to build a new life, to realize his/her highest ambitions, and to embrace life fully. This novel has won the Prix Du Premier Roman Etranger in France, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2007, and was one of Editors’ Best of 2007.

Family Life Center and the MET Blackbox present Mama Charlotte Hill O’Neal

Posted in Artists, Events, Slavery & Justice on February 1, 2008 by blackrep

Mama O'Neal at The MET

Though I’d love to be able to present as many of these wonderful civil rights/humanities-based events in the Xxodus Café as possible, it makes a great deal of sense to keep things centered on the South Side too. This documentary screening is not to be missed. Thanks to J Bro for the heads up:

Mama Charlotte O’Neal, former Black Panther Party member will be in
Providence at the MET BLACK BOX THEATER to show the documentary, “A Panther In Africa,” and share her pesonal story/poetry. This film is a powerful re-telling of her husband, Pete O’Neal’s, journey from the heart of the Black Power movement in Kansas City during the 1960’s, to political exile in East Africa.

Facing gun charges in Kansas City in 1970, O’Neal fled to Algeria, where he joined other Panther exiles. Unlike the others, however, O’Neal never found his way back to America. He moved on to Tanzania, where for over 30 years he has struggled to continue his life of social activism – and to hold on to his identity as an African (American)…