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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

President Obama on HBCU’s

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

“Will Whore for Fame”

Monday, March 29, 2010

A few personal stories have emerged in recent weeks, and as early as this morning, that have reminded me that fame has a dark ability to transform smart people into fools, and some fools into whores. As a professional in the PR and marketing field, I used to say that it is my job to …

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Sharks eat fish! In the sea and in business. That is all.

Yeah…I Don’t Get It

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

As smart as I think I am, there are a few things in this world that I just don’t get (and don’t want to). Here they are, in no particular order: 1. “For the Love of Ray J.” 2. March Madness. 3. “Family Guy” (I remember, in the beginning, when it wasn’t so over the …

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Quotes by Harriet Tubman (In Honor of Her Birth Month and Women’s History Month)

Monday, March 1, 2010

“Oh Lord, convert master! Oh Lord, change dat man’s heart!’ …Oh Lord, if you ant nebber gwine to change dat man’s heart, kill him, Lord, an’ take him out ob de way.” – – Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman by Sarah H. Bradford (1869) [same quote with less dialect]“Oh Lord, convert master! Oh …

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“Help Haiti” Fundraiser (The Video)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Across the globe, the international community is standing up to support Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquakes and aftershocks that nearly devastated the island nation. Neighboring and related Caribbean and African countries, as well as other governments throughout the world, are taking extraordinary measures to dem…onstrate its genuine concern. For example, Senegal’s President Abdoulaye …

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Dr. King Predicts a Black President (1964 Interview)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Statement from WYCLEF JEAN re: Yele Haiti

Monday, 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)

Friday, 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

Friday, January 15, 2010

Design created and donated by Kerry DeBruce of KLAD Creative

“Help Haiti”

Thursday, 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

Monday, 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)

Sunday, 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)

Tuesday, 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”

Tuesday, 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!

Saturday, 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…

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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