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Revisiting Kwanzaa In The Age of Obama

October 24, 2010

Michelle and I send warm wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. This is a joyous time of year when African Americans and all Americans come together to celebrate our blessings and the richness of our cultural traditions. This is also a time of reflection and renewal as we come to the...
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Dunbar High School: The Pride of the Race

September 25, 2010
Dunbar High School: The Pride of the Race

The current debate over educational excellence, characterized by President Obama’s Race to the Top, overlooks one of the most inspiring and compelling models of teaching and African American educational excellence-Dunbar High School, located in Washington D.C. What is now called a typical “ghetto” school was once the pride of the race, out performing in...
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The Permanent State of Crisis in Back America

July 10, 2010

The election of Barack Obama has obscured the tragic and ugly side of what is happening in poor and working African America neighborhoods, especially to young black men. As Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow points out, “today an astounding percentage of the African American community is warehoused in prisons or trapped...
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Observing American Independence Day in the Age of Obama: A Critique

July 3, 2010
Observing American Independence Day in the Age of Obama: A Critique

African Americans have always been conflicted with the 4th of July celebration. Barack Obama, first black president of the United States, noted in his “A More Perfect Union” speech in Philadelphia, March 2008: Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered...
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Kwanzaa Mid-Year Assessment: Time to Take Inventory

July 1, 2010

Kwanzaa is a value-based holiday Kwanzaa which promotes seven values listed below. Let take a mid-year inventory to see how well we are keeping our commitments and how much positive change we have engendered. Unity Principle 1. Togetherness & Harmony UMOJA (00-MOE-JAH) UNITY: To strive for and maintain unity in the family, neighborhood and...
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What’s Going On: War- Iraq and Afghanistan

June 27, 2010
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In order to achieve real action, you must yourself be a living part of Africa and of her thought; you must be an element of that popular energy which is entirely called forth for the freeing, the progress, and the happiness of Africa. There is no place outside that firth for the artist or...
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In Honor of Black Fathers-Black Men in Love: The Motown Songbook

June 20, 2010
In Honor of Black Fathers-Black Men in Love: The Motown Songbook

You are my pride and joy And I just love you, little darlin’ Like a baby boy loves his toy You’ve got kisses sweeter than honey And I work seven days a week to give you all my money And that’s why you are my pride and joy And I’m tellin’ the world -Marvin...
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Organizing Genius: Berry Gordy and The Motown Story

June 12, 2010
Organizing Genius: Berry Gordy and The Motown Story

Motown is both a style of music and a label and is now a metaphor for success and excellence. Motown set the standard for popular music, and developed a sound which others musicians and record companies sought to emulate. No other label is more identified with the sound it produced which gives credence to...
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Three Songs Which Inspired and Informed the Black Freedom Struggle

June 7, 2010
Three Songs Which Inspired and Informed the Black Freedom Struggle

“To take part in the African revolution it is not enough to write a revolutionary song; you must fashion the revolution with the people. And if you fashion it with the people, the songs will come by themselves and of themselves.” Sekou Toure, President Guinea The 1960s freedom struggle was reaffirmation of Sekou Toure...
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Kind of Blue: Miles Davis School of Music

June 5, 2010
Kind of Blue: Miles Davis School of Music

It is indeed a rare and intriguing moment when an artist decides he or she is the instrument of history-making. ” In the closing year of the 1950s, such an artist, Miles Davis, conceived of and produce a masterpiece- Kind of Blue. A moment like this happens only occasionally: Martin Luther King, “I Have...
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