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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.

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!

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.

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)…