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African Proverbs

July 23, 2010

African Proverbs Proverbs are the distilled genius of cultures. They identify and dignify a culture, bringing life into wisdom and wisdom into life. The purpose of African proverbs, just like any others, is to give people a sense of what’s right and wrong and teach them how to behave in a society.  Proverbs have...
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Kwanzaa From A Christian Perspective

July 23, 2010

Although Kwanzaa is a cultural and not religious holiday, those who practice the Christian Faith in America, can use the principles of Kwanzaa to build and enhance their families and  communities, and elevate the political dialogue on issues of importance to all Americans.  Hence, 7 days before the start of Kwanzaa, we offer this...
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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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What’s Going On: Gulf Oil Spill and Global Warning?

June 29, 2010
What’s Going On: Gulf Oil Spill and Global Warning?

In 1971, Marvin Gaye articulated what was on the minds of most people in America with his landmark single and album “What’s Going On.” The content of What’s Going On was that of a politically charged and deeply personal Motown album, and was notable for including elements of jazz and classical music instrumentation 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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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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Black Music Month

June 1, 2010
Black Music Month

Proclamation 8389 – African-American Music Appreciation Month, 2009 June 2, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation The legacy of African-American composers, singers, songwriters, and musicians is an indelible piece of our Nation’s culture. Generations of African Americans have carried forward the musical traditions of their forebears, blending old...
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Freedom Songs and the Civil Rights Movement

April 26, 2010

The freedom songs, lifted from the African American spirituals songs, helped to inspire and transform ordinary black people and their multiracial allies into a moral and social force, commonly known as the Civil Rights Movement. This movement, aided by the freedom songs, changed the structure and character of American society that may never be...
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