Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Barack Goes to College
I love these photos of Barack Obama in college on the Time magazine site. Clearly charismatic even then.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Lisa P. Jackson and the Greening of Black America
Dr. Robert Bullard
Dr. Robert D. Bullard, the Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. Known as the "Father of Environmental Justice." In this presentation from UC Santa Barbara, Bullard takes a look at the connection between human rights and the politics of pollution. Go to about 9:35 into the video to hear him get into the meat of the discussion of Environmental Justice.
Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations. In 1995, while assisting neighborhood children with a gardening project, Allen began developing the farming methods and educational programs that are now the hallmark of the non-profit organization Growing Power, which he directs and co-founded.
In 1996, Van co-founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which advocates for juvenile justice reform, police reform, youth violence prevention and green-collar jobs. The Center's "Books Not Bars" campaign has successfully blocked construction of a super-jail for youth, closed two abusive youth prisons and helped to reduce California's youth prison population by 30 percent.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Van co-founded Color Of Change. Boasting 400,000 members, Color of Change has become the nation's biggest online advocacy organization that focuses on African-American issues.
Van is also a co-founder of a new national coalition that promotes the idea of a national "Clean Energy Jobs Corps." This multi-billion-dollar federal initiative would put hundreds of thousands of people to work rewiring and retrofitting the energy infrastructure of the United States.
Additionally, Van is a founding board member of the National Apollo Alliance and 1Sky, two national organizations promoting clean energy jobs and climate solutions.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
What I would do in NY next Tuesday, December 9th pt 2.
The comedy, tells the story of Hortense, a 40-year old nurse from the Ivory Coast, who leaves her family for her lover, Jean-Paul, an oyster farmer.
The jilted husband Malik, a macho and a very traditional man, then sees his whole world turn upside down as he discovers that his oldest son is gay.
The arrival of beautiful Amina, the lonely neighbor, and of Malik’s sisters in law from Adidjan, provokes quite a few surprising turns.
Sex, Okra and Salted Butter
Sexe, Gombo et Beurre Sale
Tuesday, December 9 @ 1:30 pm
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025-6990
A trailer for Haroun's award-winning film Daratt
What I would do in NY next Tuesday, December 9th
With Author paul b. miller aka DJ Spooky
Tuesday, December 9 @ 7 pm
Studio Museum in Harlem
144 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
Spooky Paul Miller will present his new book Sound Unbound just out on MIT Press. BOOM!
Spook is apparently going to expound on the notion of the remix "how music, art and literature have blurred the lines between what an artist can do and what a composer can create." Hmmm
Our Living Laureate Imagines America: Toni Morrison Discusses her new novel
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Sci-Fi Siren: Janelle Monáe Escapes To The Future
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small: Marian Wright Edelman on the plight of today's children
check her out on the ultra-geeky BOoktV!...YO! in coversation w/ Geoffrey Canada, the President and CEO of the Harlem's Children Zone.
Hear her in conversation with Geoffrey Canada: Click Here
Tina Turner, Kicking and Screaming Her Way Around the World, at 69
Gotta lover her.
From the NY Times:
"On solid ground in high heels, she was a ferocious, shaky blur.
When Ms. Turner did her farmerlike dance — palpitating with slightly bent knees, kicking out one lower leg and then the other as she grimaced and smiled at once — that was a kind of music too, and it was her gift to you."
Tina Turner Proud Mary Live 2008
Odetta, Legendary Singer, Dies at 77
"Odetta, the singer whose deep voice wove together the strongest songs of American folk music and the civil rights movement, died on Tuesday at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. She was 77. She sang at coffeehouses and at Carnegie Hall, made highly influential recordings of blues and ballads, and became one of the most widely known folk-music artists of the 1950s and ’60s. She was a formative influence on dozens of artists, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Janis Joplin."
She sings with the great ancestors now. Bless her soul.