Phillip Smith Talks Guns On Harlem World Radio

african-american-gun-club1Get some tea, and listen to Phillip Smith and host Danny Tisdale, Smith is founder and president of the National African American Gun Association (NAG). Continue Reading →

African-American Enrollment In Med Schools Rises

l_ssethnocmedicalstudent2x1200The nation’s medical schools have made some progress in expanding the number of African-American students. This fall, nearly 1,600 black students enrolled in medical school, an increase of 11.6 percent over last year. Continue Reading →

HW Pick: Story/Time The Life Of An Idea Bill T Jones

bill t jones book with toni morrison

In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage. Continue Reading →

Langston Hughes History of Jazz An Illustrated Children’s Book, 1955

The_First_Book_Of_Jazz_00Prolific poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist Langston Hughes is considered one of the fathers of jazz poetry, a literary art form that emerged in the 1920s and eventually became the foundation for modern hip-hop.

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Billie Holiday Sings ‘Strange Fruit,’ Harlem, 1939 (audio)

Billie_HolidayStrange Fruit” is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday (lived in Harlem during this time), who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Continue Reading →