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Under The Tongue Festival

Posted in Artists, Education, Events, Theater on April 14, 2008 by blackrep

Charles Mulekwa
It’s a great week for Black artists at Brown as the Literary Arts Department along with a couple of other notable co-sponsors (Africana Studies, the International Writers Project and the office of the President) is bringing a full slate of writers, play writes and intellectuals to campus to discuss issues such as freedom of speech and new trends in African literature. Our very own affiliate artist, Charles Mulekwa, will be participating in a staged reading at 3pm on Wednesday the 16th of April at 155 Angel St. (Churchill House/McCormack Family Theater)


40 Million Dollar Slaves

Posted in Education, Events, Slavery & Justice on April 14, 2008 by blackrep

Craig Robinson
I’m probably going to miss this tonight, but it sounds great:

The Brown University Department of Athletics and the Third World Center will host a panel discussion to discuss, “Reflections on Race and Sport In America,” on Monday, April 14, 2008 at Andrews Dining Hall, located on the Brown campus, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Headlining the panel is New York Times columnist William Rhoden, author of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves.” The panel discussion on “Race and Sport In America” is free and open to the Brown community and general public.

Jim Campbell, Brown professor of Africana Studies and American Studies, will moderate a panel discussion that will attempt to navigate the ever-changing role race plays in professional and amateur sports in America.  Joining Rhoden on the panel will be Craig Robinson, the head men’s basketball coach at Brown and brother-in-law of Presidential hopeful Barak Obama, and Nicole Burns, a junior track & field standout at Brown.

The Covenant with Black American

Posted in Education, Events, Slavery & Justice on April 14, 2008 by blackrep

Covenant with Black America
Anne Edmonds Clanton and RICH have been cooking up a series of humanist-led forums. Check the accompanying graphic for info on humanists, locations and subject matter:

The Covenant is a collection of essays that plot a course for African Americans, explaining how individuals and households can make changes that will immediately improve their circumstances in areas ranging from health and education to crime reduction and financial well-being.  Each essay outlines one key issue and provides a list of resources and suggestions for action.  Though the African American community faces devastating social disparities, this celebration of possibility, hope and strength will help leaders and citizens keep Black America moving forward.

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)…

Angela Davis to speak at Brown

Posted in Education, Events, Slavery & Justice on January 27, 2008 by blackrep

Angela Davis

Social activist and educator Angela Davis will deliver the 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture at Brown University on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at 4 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101. Her talk, titled “Recognizing Racism in the Era of Neo-Liberalism,” is free and open to the public.  

Through her activism and her scholarship in recent decades, Davis is known for her deep involvement in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – emphasizes the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial and gender equality.

Davis has spent the last 15 years at the University of California–Santa Cruz, where she is professor of history of consciousness, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, and professor of feminist studies. Her teaching career has also included positions at San Francisco State University, Mills College, UC–Berkeley, UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University.

Davis is the author of eight books and has lectured throughout the United States and around the world. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early 1970s as a person who spent 18 months in jail and on trial after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” She has also conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment. Her most recent books are Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is now completing a book on Prisons and American History.

Davis is a member of the executive board of the Women of Color Resource Center, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that promotes the political, economic, social and cultural well-being of women and girls of color in the United States. She also works with Justice Now, which provides legal assistance to women in prison and engages in advocacy for the abolition of imprisonment as the dominant strategy for addressing social problems. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, a similar organization based in Queensland, Australia.

Like many other educators, Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st-century abolitionist movement.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture

The Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture was established at Brown University in 1996, with former New York Mayor David Dinkins as the inaugural speaker. Past lecturers have included best-selling author Cornel West; Hugh B. Price, president and CEO of the National Urban League; Lee Mun Wah, community therapist, poet and filmmaker; Johnnetta B. Cole, professor emerita of Emory University and president emerita of Spelman College; Randall Kennedy, professor of law at Harvard Law School; Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund; and Chicana activist and author Elizabeth Martinez.

URI Exhibit: Multiculturalism

Posted in Artists, Events, Film, Slavery & Justice, White Privilege on January 10, 2008 by blackrep

I usually shy away from exhibits/presentations that celebrate any form of “multiculturalism” because I feel that the term is tired; it doesn’t connote the complexity and contributions of Black people, the centrality of their blackness, or other forms of otherness, but merely casts them in a wide net of feel-good tokenism. That being said, visual art is more often than not a subjective experience for viewers anyway, the currator’s notes are less central than lyrics in music or a speaker’s invocation. Betty Laduke’s work is truly beautiful and it is exciting that URI’s Providence Campus Gallery will be presenting it 9:00am – 4:00pm throughout the month. “Trace’s of The Trade” screens at 7pm on the 31st of January in conjunction.