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Re-Introducing W.E.B Du Bois

William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was a sociologist, socialist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, writer, and editor. Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, a majority-white community. While many of Du Bois’ contemporaries theorized about race, Du Bois applied sociological principles to identify meaningful solutions to the problems associated with racism. Researching racism as a social system, he was determined to learn as much as he could in an attempt to find the “cure” for prejudice and discrimination. His investigation, statistical measurements, and sociological interpretation of this endeavor were published as "The Philadelphia Negro." This was the first time such a scientific approach to studying social phenomenon was undertaken, which is why Du Bois... Read more

I THOUGHT ABOUT GIVING YOU SOME GAME

  WE LIVE THROUGH HISTORY AND CONTINUE TO BREATHE LIFE INTO THE FUTURE. LET THE PAST WE KNEW FIND US, COVER US AND PUSH US. THIS IS WHAT BLACKNESS SOUNDS LIKE. COMMUNITY. POWER. LOVE. A NEW FORM OF TOGETHERNESS. ‘I THOUGHT ABOUT GIVING YOU SOME GAME’ Credits: Brand: @barriersny Brand Director: @barterbarter  Director: @anthonyjamarithomas  Producer: @dj4animals  DP: @sortahype  DP (16MM): @raheemtystanley AC: @marcusvlewis Steadicam: @asmarterwarholic  BTS: @bornuniversal  Talent Scout: @leekishome Score: @bakoseville • @intrevort  Color: @jimmynez  Gaffer: @mosiadmin  Key Grip: @jacobjloser  Drone Op: @documentcity • @denelljones Edit: OTIS (@mrldeux.lab)  After Effects: @augiedot1 VO: @blondie_miles • @howietheprince  Vocals: @radamiz • @imoutfront • @auroranthony • @soheresthething.pod Vocal Engineer: @waseel.wav (RADAMIZ)  Additional Sound Design: @musclecars.nyc Poetry: @jasnturner Stylist: @beenslackin Production Design: WARMTH Read more

Bebop: The Evolution of Jazz

The development of bebop in the 1940s is crucial to understanding jazz. Bebop created many social and creative freedoms for African Americans. Musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker were among the most popular beboppers during this time. There was much racial tension surrounding bebop, which led to bebop being a rebellious genre of music that fought racism and brought down racial barriers. Bebop marked the rise of the “small combo” as the basic performing unit of jazz with its production and reception transforming the meanings associated with jazz and its place in American society. Dizzy Gillespie thought that he, Charlie Parker, and other beboppers were on the "vanguard of social change." Gillespie had a will to... Read more

A History of Zionism and The Palestine Conflict

The narrative that we are spoon-fed by Corporate Media isn’t aligned to reality. It’s actually pure propaganda that destroys lives. We are taught by many media outlets that this is a conflict regarding religion, however, conflict ensures that there is equal footing between both parties, which is obviously not the case. What we are witnessing is settler colonialism. We are witnessing Israel continue to wield the settler colonial violence that was so central to building the modern racial orderWe are anti-Zionist and against the Zionist State of Israel. Zionism is a reactionary racist ideology that justifies the displacement of the indigenous population en masse by foreign settlers, mainly from Europe, who say they have the rights to the land because... Read more