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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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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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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Erin Robinson: Her art is bright, beautiful and full of purpose!

Creative Visionary Erin Robinson is a Fashion Designer by trade but also a trained fine artist from Parsons School of Design and the Corcoran School of Art. Her daydreamy, magical imagination is inspired by travel, color, texture, the feminine shape and the many shades and coifs of Brooklyn. She works in a variety of mediums […]

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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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Joshua June –a photographer with an eye for the truth!

Every now and again you come across a photographer that makes you want to be in front of his or her camera, Joshua is one of those artists.  I met him some years ago and I have had the pleasure of working with him.  His kind and gentle nature make him a person you want […]

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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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Featured Book: “Soul of a Nation” –Art in the Age of Black Power

African American art in the era of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers In the period of radical change that was 1963–83, young black artists at the beginning of their careers confronted difficult questions about art, politics and racial identity. How to make art that would stand as innovative, original, formally and materially complex, while […]

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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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Keishera releases her new album “It’s Me”

ABOUT Singer/Songwriter Keishera James exudes originality. With her raspy alto pipes, Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Keishera has always been fond of reggae and Soul music. She recalled attending stage shows as a child seeing her favorite artist rocking the stage and being mesmerized—wondering if she could ever be that brave. […]

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