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Chachi and Zé on BET

Posted in Articles of Interest, Artists, Hip Hop on March 20, 2008 by blackrep

In case you missed Chachi and Zé when they lit up BET’s 106 and Park this past January, here is the clip from their performance. Chachi is currently in the running for The Providence Phoenix’ best music poll. Go check out all the nominees and be sure to vote for him!


The Audacity of Hope

Posted in Articles of Interest, Slavery & Justice on March 18, 2008 by blackrep

Obama nailed it today when he addressed the comments made by his former pastor. Check it out and comment if you can!

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.

Black Magic

Posted in Articles of Interest, Slavery & Justice, White Privilege on January 27, 2008 by blackrep

Earl Monroe
ESPN Original Entertainment, in collaboration with Shoot the Moon Productions and award-winning director Dan Klores, has announced plans for ESPN to televise a two-part, four-hour film tentatively titled Black Magic about the injustice which defined the civil rights movement in America, as told through the lives of basketball players and coaches who attended Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Co-produced by basketball legend and Winston-Salem State University graduate Earl The Pearl Monroe and former New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell, the film will be aired in March 2008 with extensive support across a variety of ESPN networks and media platforms.

“Black Magic is an important story that we look forward to telling on all of our platforms,” said John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president, content. “It’s a living history of sports and culture that invites a broader discussion about race, society and how we think about modern day athletes and sports. It’s the kind of project we embrace wholeheartedly. Dan Klores continues to prove his mettle as a filmmaker and his rare ability to reveal what we thought we knew, but turns out we didn’t know at all.”

“This is a story of injustice, refuge and joy,” said Klores, “It’s an epic that has not been told.” Klores added that Ben Jobe, the 75-year-old retired coach at six HBCUs, and the 15th child of Tennessee sharecroppers, best summarized the film when he said, “I remember when it went from ‘Whaddya want?’ to ‘May I help you?’”
From more than 200 hours of interviews and footage, the film reveals the plight of these players and coaches as a stark but proud one, filled with obstacles at every turn. From separate leagues and facilities, to championship games and titles that never qualified for the history books, all the way to secret games played between blacks and whites in defiance of the law, players and programs at HBCUs not only thrived, but laid the groundwork for the proliferation of the modern athlete. Klores conducted interviews with Willis Reed, Avery Johnson, Ben Wallace, John Chaney, Bob Love, Al Attles, PeeWee Kirkland, Earl Lloyd, Dick Barnett, Woody Sauldsberry, Cleo Hill, Bob Dandridge, Sonny Hill, Perry Wallace, Dave Robbins, Harold Hunter, Miriam Samuels, Charles Oakley, Donnie Walsh, Bobby Cremins, Howie Evans, the widows of coaches Clarence ‘Big House’ Gaines and John McLendon, historians Skip Gates, Cleveland Sellers and Milton Katz, amongst others.
Klores’s directing credits include The Boys of Second Street Park and Ring of Fire: the Emile Griffith Story which both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In addition, his recent film, Viva Baseball captured the 2006 BANFF global award and the Imagen Foundation’s 2006 Best Documentary for TV or Film award. His feature length documentary, Crazy Love, to be released on June 1 by Magnolia Films, also was premiered at Sundance. Crazy Love, the rollicking and disturbing story of an obsessive relationship between a married man and single woman, won the Jury Prize at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

The gloves are off and the Clinton camp is crying “house negro”

Posted in Articles of Interest, White Privilege on January 15, 2008 by blackrep

Obama trailed by Clinton
A really good thread was started this morning in my inbox. It began with a reference and an open question:

Did the Clinton camp really mean to suggest that Obama is a sellout???

To which the next participant replied:

I see that the politics of divide and conquer are still as strong as ever. In the long run I think this will end up hurting the Clinton campaign. To even insinuate that Dr. Martin Luther King played a minor role in the civil rights struggle is beyond lunacy. As for senator Obama’s past drug use it appears that Bill has forgotten his draft dodging, blunt smoking, infidelity days. The fact to the matter is that no one is perfect (just take a look at King George). However, if you are going to go on record and attack someone for past actions take a look at yourself first in the mirror. And if that mirror breaks keep your trap shut. I was looking for a joint ticket but now I think that is highly unlikely.

To which the first poster replied:

i certainly agree that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones; however, do you believe that the clintons’ meant to suggest that barack was a dope feign turned sellout?  i don’t know where i net out on such.  the media ‘spin’ machine is burning the midnight oil on this one.

to be honest, i don’t think this necessarily means a joint ticket is implausible.  afterall, mudslinging in the early days is par for the course.  a look at history proves that even seemingly arch rivals can still concede and join forces when it comes to pennsylvania avenue.  for example, the kerry/edwards courtship.  think about the history here….if barack and clinton join forces, it will be the first time since 1960 (JFK and LBJ) that two senators and former Democratic rivals not only appear on the same ticket but have a good shot at the white house…who wouldn’t want to follow in those footsteps….i’m still optimistic 😉

Black and Dominican

Posted in Articles of Interest, Events on January 10, 2008 by blackrep

Dominican Girls at Carnival
The Elmwood Community Center, 155 Niagara St, and Councilman Miguel Luna will host a fascinating talk on February, 8 at 6pm featuring Elvys Ruiz, a Dominican artist from Duartiano of Rhode Island, entitled: The Black Imagination in The Collective Dominican Memory. The discussion will analyze negrophobia in the context of race relations in the Dominican Republic. This article by Frances Robles from The Miami Herald’s series on Afro-Latinos sums it up:

A walk down city streets shows a country where blacks and dark-skinned people vastly outnumber whites, and most estimates say that 90 percent of Dominicans are black or of mixed race. Yet census figures say only 11 percent of the country’s nine million people are black.

To many Dominicans, to be black is to be Haitian. So dark-skinned Dominicans tend to describe themselves as any of the dozen or so racial categories that date back hundreds of years — Indian, burned Indian, dirty Indian, washed Indian, dark Indian, cinnamon, moreno or mulatto, but rarely negro.


As a warm-up for the Carnival celebration in February, Altagracia Polance, center left, and Wilman Perez dress up as a married couple. (Candace Barbot/Miami Herald)

–> The Dominican Republic is not the only nation with so many words to describe skin color. Asked in a 1976 census survey to describe their own complexions, Brazilians came up with 136 different terms, including café au lait, sunburned, morena, Malaysian woman, singed and “toasted.”

“The Cuban black was told he was black. The Dominican black was told he was Indian,” said Dominican historian Celsa Albert, who is black. “I am not Indian. That color does not exist. People used to tell me, ‘You are not black.’ If I am not black, then I guess there are no blacks anywhere, because I have curly hair and dark skin.”