Mustafa Shakir is excellent as Luke Cage’s Bushmaster and so much more!

Ok, so I am immensely inspired to write a little bit about Mustafa Shakir.  He has been on my radar to share his light with you, the readers of Nevah Black Down for some time.  I’ve personally known him because of the whole spoken word scene in NYC over the years.  I’ve always thought he […]

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Proud To Be Black, Spoken Word by Karen Gibson Roc

I wrote this piece some years ago when I was trying to navigate the terrain of a new environment.  Moving from Toronto to NYC gave me a window into things and ideas I had never been privy to.  Just a border kept me disconnected with a part of myself that longed to experience both the […]

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Kimberly Durdin: Catching Babies for her Community

It was a Saturday afternoon when I walked into the sacred space of RA MA East located in the West Adams area of Los Angeles. I was there to meet and do a piece on Kimberly Durdin, who is a Los Angeles based IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), Doula, Childbirth Educator and Student Midwife. […]

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Speaking to America! Music, Image, Voice and Words

We have seen, heard and felt what has been happening in America for some time now.  People are talking, crying and imagining something different.  We here love when artists put themselves out there for the cause.  Joey Bada$$ and Childish Gambino , like them or not, boldly reach within and take a chance on speaking their […]

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An animated excerpt of an article from W.E.B. Du Bois depicts the alienation experienced by African Americans

“Between me and the other world, there is ever an unasked question: How does it feel to be a problem?” That’s W.E.B. Du Bois, sociologist, historian, writer, and one of the co-founders of the NAACP, writing for The Atlantic in 1897. His article, “Strivings of the Negro People,”addresses the alienation experienced by emancipated slaves and […]

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Featured Book/Video/Event: Black Girl Magic: A Poem by Mahogany L. Brown

Black Girl, they say you ain’t ‘posed to be here Much of what twenty-first-century culture tells black girls they are not pretty: Don’t wear this; don’t smile at that. Don’t have an opinion; don’t dream big. And most of all, don’t love yourself. In response to such destructive ideas, internationally recognized poet Mahogany Browne challenges […]

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Featured Event: Something to look forward to Saturday, February 24th, ​2018 8:00pm @ The Apollo Theater, NYC “SOUNDTRACK ’63”

A Live Musical Documentary with spirituals, protest songs, and current popular music performed by an 18-piece orchestra, created by Brooklyn’s Soul Science Lab. From the painful conditions that ignited the 1963 Civil Rights Movement to today’s Black Lives Matter Movement, and much triumphant progress in between, music has always strengthened outcries for justice. This concert […]

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Beautiful Brown Skin – A Poem by Karen Gibson Roc

I AM THAT LITTLE GIRL CLOTHED IN BEAUTIFUL BROWN SKIN SMILING FROM BEHIND GROWN UP EYES WANTING ONLY TO ERASE THE TIES TO THE DECEIPT THAT CAUSES HATE AND A DESTRUCTIVE RISE – ING ON HIGH NESTS ABOVE THE REST — WITHIN THIS TIME LOVE IS WEEPING FROM THE UNTYING THE COMPARING COLOR OF SKIN […]

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Michael Kiwanuka! “Black Man In A White World”

This London based artist has stolen my heart!! I’ve been meaning to share this wonderful video here on NBD! If you haven’t seen or heard Michael Kiwanuka I hope you enjoy what he is about! Michael Kiwanuka #NevahBlackDown

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The stunning work of Benji Reid, The Choreo-Photolist

  “I am a Choreo-Photolist – where theatricality, choreography and photography meet in a single or series of images In the 1970’s, I stumbled across the films, music, and voices which spoke to me in pictures. For me art was a means to set up hyper-realities, conversations, and to curate my curiosities. I’ve been inspired […]

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TED Speaker, Nikki Webber Allen, has created a safe space for honest conversations about mental health in communities of color.

WE HERE AT NEVAHBLACKDOWN ARE EXCITED AND HONORED TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOU! THIS CONVERSATION IS UBER IMPORTANT AND WORTH SHARING! With over a million views (on Nikki’s TEDTalk) and growing, we can see how important this topic is.  –Nevahblackdown Why you should listen Nikki Webber Allen is a two-time Emmy winner with 20 […]

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Featured Video: Nevah Black Down is about Love!

Nevah Black Down is about using your art, your gift, your words and your image to speak your truth! Creative Direction: Karen Gibson Roc Photography: Cisco ‘Street Lenz’ Collaboration: Plinth & Scratch Clothing (featured bandanna) Music: J Dilla ‘Life’ instrumental #NEVAHBLACKDOWN

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Featured Event: Liza Jessie Peterson writer and performer of “The Peculiar Patriot” a must see engagement! September 13 – October 1, 2017

We love Liza Jessie Peterson here at Nevahblackdown.  She is the quintessential artist expressing what she feels is important topics in this upside down world we live in.  We must support artists like her, so please share this information and check out this most phenomenal woman on her show and her journey @ THE NATIONAL […]

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