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Remembering Malcolm X

Published on 21 Feb 2012 at 3:14 am. 1 Comment.
Filed under black culture,education,history.

Forty Seven years ago today, Malcolm X was assassinated. Activist, Journalist and Durham resident Lamont Lilly reflects on Malcolm’s enduring legacy in this piece, entitled: We are Malcolm X – This in Remembrance. “It is incorrect to classify the revolt of the Negro as simply a racial conflict of black against white, or as a […]

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Beat Making Lab in UNC Music Department

Published on 9 Jan 2012 at 3:05 am. 2 Comments.
Filed under academia,education,music.

I’ve taught courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2009, but until this semester all of my courses have been in the Department of African and African American Studies. This semester I have the privilege of developing a new class just a few buildings down from Battle Hall in the Music […]

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Poetic Justice: A Documentary on Durham, Hip Hop and Spoken Word

Published on 31 May 2011 at 10:26 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under education,Hip-Hip,spoken word.

I’m working on a documentary about an after-school program I’m involved with called Poetic Justice. Check out this poem from one of our students and peep an article I wrote about the program below: North Carolina is emerging as one of the hotbeds of the international spoken word and slam poetry scene, with several nationally […]

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hip hop and spoken word curriculum in Durham public school system

Published on 6 Mar 2011 at 11:54 am. No Comments.
Filed under education,Hip-Hip,positivity,spoken word.

A few months ago I started working with an incredible spoken word artist, Kane “Novakane” Smego, a member of the Sacrificial Poets. He was in the midst of developing a curriculum called YouTh ink, which empowers teenage youth through spoken word. We combined YouTh ink with the Blackademics curriculum (learn more about that here) and […]

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100 Schools of Thought

Published on 1 Feb 2011 at 12:37 pm. No Comments.
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Local reflections on education from a young father in Durham, North Carolina… My daughter is bossy. Last night we stayed up until 3 a.m. playing with stuffed animals, drinking milk and watching ESPN. If I attempted to alter her evening routine by getting up to pour myself a glass of water, or changing the channel, […]

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Hip Hop, Music & Politics at NCCU

Published on 9 Jan 2011 at 11:12 pm. 1 Comment.
Filed under education,Hip-Hip.

I’m teaching a new course at North Carolina Central University called: Hip Hop, Music and Politics. The class explores the relationships between music and various political movements. By addressing music of artists like KRS-One, Bob Marley, Billie Holiday and Lauryn Hill we gain invaluable insight into the Stop the Violence, Rastafari, Anti-Lynching and Women’s Movements. […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

Published on 19 Apr 2010 at 3:14 pm. 2 Comments.
Filed under black culture,education,history.

This April marks the 42nd anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the good folks at Build the Dream (dot org) are working on building a National Memorial in his name. They have raised over $100 million dollars and are only about $14 million away from their goal. The memorial will […]

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Being Proactive in 2009: Economic Stimulus For the Mind

Published on 12 Jan 2009 at 10:30 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under blackonomics,economy,education,ignorance.

Happy New Year! In the financial world, I don’t know anyone who was not eager to kiss 2008 goodbye. It was a tumultuous year, one frequented by reactive behavior. Reacting to failure a la Lehman Brothers…reacting to fraud as per Bernie Madoff…I could go on about the economic ills of the year all day long, […]

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Is Hip Hop Mentally Challenged Music?

Published on 19 Sep 2008 at 12:18 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under education,entertainment,history,music,racism.

The Reign of Retarded Rap by Min. Paul Scott Over the last two years, Black America has been discussed by the mainstream media perhaps more times than in recent history. Between Don Imus, the Jena 6 and the presidential election, for a moment, it began to seem that black folks were, at least, beginning to […]

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FBI’s MLKonspiracy

Published on 2 Apr 2008 at 1:57 am. 2 Comments.
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A CNN special report on the FBI’s conspiracy against Martin Luther King, Jr. will air this Thursday, April 3rd, at 9pm. Initially the FBI was concerned with Kings possible associations with the Communist party, but eventually the investigation turned personal. Several official memos from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover have been uncovered, revealing his disgust […]

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