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Dr. King Predicts a Black President (1964 Interview)

January 18, 2010

Statement from WYCLEF JEAN re: Yele Haiti

January 18, 2010

I formalized that commitment when I formed my first foundation, in 1994. From that day forward, I have spent tireless hours working on behalf of my homeland on development issues as well as human and immigrant rights. I have been committed to helping the people of Haiti throughout my life, and that commitment will continue …

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“Happy Birthday To You” (Sing it like Stevie)

January 15, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whose birthday is today. He would have been been 81. A favorite quote of mine from him: It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.

Download the “Help Haiti” Logo

January 15, 2010

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“Help Haiti”

January 14, 2010

HELP HAITIFrom Kevin Powell and April R. Silver ● January 14, 2010 Our deepest condolences and most heartfelt prayers go to the people of Haiti, both there and abroad. With the rest of the world, we remain terribly saddened by Tuesday’s catastrophic earthquake. We are as deeply moved as you to learn that some experts …

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Defining Arts and Activism

January 11, 2010

Recently, I was asked to define arts and activism for an upcoming book project. I have maintained that arts activism and arts and activism are different. To those in the field, here are my working definitions: Art: In a global sense, there are many definitions for “art” and they range from using the word as …

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My “Arts & Activism” Interview (A Year Ago Today)

January 10, 2010

Earl Christian of Urban Wall Street, is a great interviewer. check out the piece he did on me a year ago today. Still timely. Thanks Earl (HU!) Check him out at www.urbanwallstreet.tv

“The Dangers of a Single Story” (from CNN)

December 29, 2009

A friend sent this to me on Sunday.Very powerful. I think you’ll appreciate it. “Novelist Chimamanda Adichie says if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a misunderstanding.”

“Children on Medicad More Likely to Get Antipyschotic Drugs”

December 15, 2009

Today on the WBAI weekly segment that I do (with regular commentator STACEY PATTON and host ESTER ARMAH), we discussed a New York Times article that recently posted. Find it here. The article “Poor Children Likelier to Get Antipsychotics” immediately reminded me of what happened in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1932. 400 Black sharecroppers, who were …

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Yes, I *WILL* Be Watching!

December 12, 2009

The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty. This Sunday at 9:00 pm on A&E. I grew up loving these men and I still do! Click the blog title to see a clip.

Come On, Gurl! Focus…

December 10, 2009

I always find extra blessings on Thursdays (my favorite day of the week). Today, I’m determined to find my bag of “focus” and strap her on my back real tight and secure. She’s been running loose all week.

It’s Still Imperialism, Mr. President

December 3, 2009

I’ve been away from the news for a few days. Feels unnatural. I’m catching up now. I’m learning of Pres. Obama’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. I wish President Obama was a different kind of president. I really do. I am angry that I’m being reminded of why I didn’t want Obama to …

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The New Way Forward – The President’s Address (re: Afghanistan)

December 1, 2009

Get Affirmed 😉

December 1, 2009

Second best quote of yesterday (and I’m paraphrasing): “Some people look at great success stories and get inspired…that’s it. They never actualize what inspires them. Their response is emotional. Others look at great success stories and get affirmed because they are already en route to their own version of that success.” E. Omar Silver (at …

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Quote of the Week: When Hiring…

December 1, 2009

Best quote of the day: “You can buy someone’s time, their talent, and their skills, but you can’t buy nor train some one to be dedicated.” – E. Omar Silver Wow.

"What's In Your Hands?" speech by Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

November 29, 2009

Today is the birthday of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. He would have been 101 years old. Here’s one of my favorite inspirations…period. Also, check out his autobiography: “Adam by Adam” (1971). Amazing Man!

Quote of the Week

November 28, 2009

“Nothing replaces diligence and discipline in the pursuit of growing your business…not hope, not good intentions, not luck. Nothing.” ~ April R. Silver

“Throw Your Wallet Over the Fence”

November 23, 2009

A year ago today, I was interviewed by JULIA O’FARROW of “Jaygeeoh Presents!” It’s about how AKILA WORKSONGS came to be and the inspirational quote that still drives me to this day. Enjoy!

Five Black Women Discuss “Precious”

November 11, 2009

The radio show earlier today about Precious was powerful. Esther Armah said that the calls and emails came in ALL DAY!! I posted bits and pieces on my Facebook wall. Pure fire! The women on the panel broke down the movie with such great precision. I was honored to be a part of the discussion. …

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We’re Discussing “Precious” This Morning

November 11, 2009

On our weekly media roundtable on WBAI Radio later this morning (at 7:30am), we will discuss Precious, the film. Esther Armah is the host, Stacey Patton and I are regulars but this week we will be joined by Akiba Solomon and Nikki Moore. Here are a few points that have been swirling in my head …

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