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BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME

First published in 2015, Between The World And Me was written as a letter to Coates’ teenage son, and recounts the author’s experiences growing up in Baltimore’s inner city and his growing fear of daily violence against the Black community. The narrative explores Coates’ bold notion that American society structurally supports white supremacy. Based on the 2018 […]

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VIDEO: Black 101’ memorializes the innocent lives that poet Frank X Walker says are terrorized by white rage

Lessons from Ahmaud Arbery’s killing — that you already knew.   The killing of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia on Feb. 23 has punctuated what many African Americans already feel: Fear changes black bodies into threats. CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH VIDEO This rendition of the poem ‘Black 101’ memorializes the innocent lives that poet Frank […]

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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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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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i am black angel — a poem

  i dress in black to match the color of my skin the skin i live my life in   i am black angel fractured but never broken with wings on my back i know that i can fly i rise from beneath these noble streets paved in struggle i am eager to sit in the […]

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Black Hair: A Modern Day Controversy

These days I find I can continuously ask myself this question “Why is black hair such an issue?” After all,  it is an unquestionable natural state.  My hair doesn’t grow out of my head straight, it grows out of my head frizzy, somewhat curly and nappy.  That is a definitive fact.  My ten year old […]

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