Orator.Wordsmith.Producer.Lyricist.Motivator.Animator.Philosopher.Performer.Author.Artist.Hum an.Architect…He is many,many things-He loves many things and detests few,he is complex but simple,he is kind yet may appear cruel. He is brilliant but can feign ignorance.He is a sort of walking palindrome… Definitions from Oxford Languages · Learn more pal·in·drome /ˈpalənˌdrōm/Learn to pronounce noun What did you expect??? Hell,he is a POET. I chewed the fat with […]Read more
Garrett Bradley’s “America” –Disrupting The Symbols and Iconography Of How America is Defined!
According to the Library of Congress, around 70 percent of all feature-length films made in the US between 1912 and 1929 no longer exist. In America (2019), artist and filmmaker Garrett Bradley imagines Black figures from the early decades of the 20th century whose lives have been lost to history. A multichannel video installation, it […]Read more
VIDEO: Santan Dave is exemplary in his live performance at The BRITS 2020
One of the most powerful performances! Santan Dave Live at The BRITs 2020 We at Nevahblackdown relish when an artist takes his/her stage and speaks not only from the heart but to the heart of the world. We take pride in sharing this video and believe that with art (music and performance in this case) […]Read more
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 […]Read more
Featured Short Film: Modern Day Lynching: Target Practice by Yasmin Neal
We at NEVAH BLACK DOWN stand up and take note when art and activism merge! This film does just that in a profound and important way. The impact of this film is monumental. It speaks to the heart and tugs at the soul. It asks that the world take notice to what is going on […]Read more
Black History Month Featured Video “Black Woman”
We are proud to present and share this illuminating and beautiful ode to Black Women from Canadian artists Director: Jude Anthony Written and Performed by: Nigel Birch NevahblackdownRead more
Mathew A. Cherry goes from Kickstarter to The Oscars with short animation ‘Hair Love’
Click image to watch full short film ‘HAIR LOVE’ It’s not hard to fall in love with the concept and visuals for this family friendly film. It’s touching and special. As a mother of a daughter with a lot of hair it’s difficult for me at times even now that she’s thirteen and can help […]Read more
Belinda Becker: DJ, Dancer, Mom, Writer, Activist and World Changer!
When you think about world changers you might think about someone that is a house hold name. Contrary to this idea there are a plethora of World Changers doing what they love, where they are and making impact in ways that subtly move mountains within the heart! Belinda Becker is one of those people. Music […]Read more
Zanele Muholi: ‘Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness’ – Visual Activism Undaunted
Zanele Muholi was born in Durban, in 1972, and lives in Johannesburg. She co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women in 2002, and in 2009 founded Inkanyiso, a forum for queer and visual (activist) media. Muholi’s self-proclaimed mission is ‘to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to […]Read more
Learn More about Adeyemi Michael (British-Nigerian filmmaker) & his outstanding short film aptly named “ENTITLED”
Adeyemi Michael is a Grierson and Al Jezeera New Horizon award-winning filmmaker/artist. An MA Directing graduate from the NFTS; made a Broadcast Hotshot in 2014, his breakout film Sodiq gained several accolades including premiering at Sheffield Doc Fest along with nominations from the IDA (US) to RTS (UK) awards (read more) Adeyemi Michael’s film “ENTITLED” […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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. […]Read more
What I Wasn’t Taught In School – A Spoken Word Short Film Questioning Black History Month!
This piece is absolutely amazing! SAMUEL KING is talented and powerful! It was posted some years ago and of course it is still relevant today, it addresses questions about black history month! Check it out! NevahblackdownRead more
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 #NevahBlackDownRead more
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 #NEVAHBLACKDOWNRead more
Am I a Man? Using movement artistry to inspire change in the world with MAI
There is art that moves me and then there is art that moves me to a higher ground. This piece speaks to what is happening in the world of injustice and unbalanced systems. Art is a vehicle for change and artivism is what Nevah Black Down is all about. This piece and all of the […]Read more
Haitian musician Paul Beaubrun sings for his people, he sings for his country! (@CAAM live performance event)
Yes, I made it to CAAM (California African American Museum) earlier this month for their LIVE PERFORMANCES to catch one of my favorite artists to date, Paul Beaubrun He made his way toward the stage with such a calm and humble manner it made me rest easy and look forward to what was to come. There […]Read more
The duo ‘Climbing PoeTree’ is art meets activism in its most powerful revelation
These two young ladies “ALIXA + NAIMA are at the forefront of using art to speak, to inspire and to share thoughts on the state of affairs in the world at large. They have inspired me for a few years now. As a poet and mother of a young lady, I am thrilled to share the […]Read more