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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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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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 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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Am I a Man? USING MOVEMENT ARTISTRY TO INSPIRE CHANGE IN THE WORLD w/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 […]

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Gina Breedlove: Her Voice & Soul Can Heal All Wounds

There is nothing more powerful than a voice filled with soul, raw emotion and the alchemic brew to heal and bring light to darkness. Gina Breedlove fashions her sound in a way that draws you in and envelopes you in love and magic.  She lifts you up and leaves you feeling empowered and strong.  There […]

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Colin Kaepernick is Exceedingly Empowering

Not talking football and the NFL here! (smiley face).  I want to showcase what Colin Kaepernick stands for, albeit kneeling during the National Anthem.  It was a courageous and hugely inspirational stand-up moment in the history of activism.  I admire and think he is a profound gentleman.  To say something in the manner with which he […]

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Val Jeanty: A Powerful Spirit

  Few people in the world bring something different, stamped with an originality that can’t be compared.  I guarantee you’ve never seen or heard anything like the presence and sound of Haitian artist Val Jeanty known as VAL-INC.  She has been mesmerizing audiences around the world for some time, her RESUME is long, her artistry […]

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how much am i lovin’ the brand new Arrested Development song and video

Always been a fan and always will be a fan of Arrested Development.  This new song/video In 1 Day (Whole World Changed) is so fresh and needed at this time.  Arrested Development has always been able to say something strong and keep the groove going. This track makes you dance, think and smile while making you […]

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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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Benjamin Clementine Live on The Tonight Show

NevahBlackDown features Benjamin Clementine performing Cornerstone Live on The Tonight Show! –Summer of 2016 What can I say about this genius! He is one of the most talented artists I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.  I love the fact that he considers himself a poet!  I came across him through a friend from […]

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Black Girl Magic With Khoudia Diop A.K.A. Melanin Goddess

Senegalese model Khoudia Diop opens up on the societal pressures of being a dark skin woman and how she has come to love her dark skin. I just had to share this video! So inspiring and powerful! There is no greater gift than to hold your head up and accept your beauty even when the […]

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