Throughout the Covid19 pandemic, I’ve soothed my soul and re-energized my spirit with various forms of art—particularly music and dance. It has felt natural and right to do so, which is why I can safely assume that descendants of the same enslaved folks who turned misery into magnificence through musical expression also sought comfort in … Continue reading BLACK FILMMAKING IN THE 1930s: 5 MUST-SEE MUSIC VIDEOS
I watched three of Ebony Film Corporation’s projects that came after their staff change: A Black Sherlock Holmes (1918), A Reckless Rover (1918), and Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled (1918). Each one starred Sam (Samuel) Robinson, an actor who was born in 1888 in Richmond, Virginia and died in Chicago in 1971 just 7 days shy of his 83rd birthday.
The year I was born (in Northern California), the Black Panther Party had not yet disbanded and Huey Percy Newton was still its Oakland-based leader. Looking back now, I'm able to recognize the impact the revolutionary group had on my childhood environment. I went to schools that served free and reduced-cost meals thanks to the … Continue reading Black History Month: Is the Black Power Movement dead?