Remembering that the work did not come easy so we must honor those who came before.
The Dapper Rebels of Los Angeles, 1966
In the summer of 1965, riots broke out in the Watts neighborhood of southern Los Angeles. Over a six-day period, 34 people were killed, 1,032 injured and over
Because forgotten truths are always necessary.
“Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life”
Because jazz has come to be a deep release. Because when Sir Blakey spoke this statement-he knew it to be a long history of truth.
Why the All-Ivy League Story Stirs Up Tensions Between African Immigrants and Black Americans
The story of the first-generation Ghanian-American student accepted by all eight Ivy league schools is wonderful, but it also stirs up the tension between black Americans and recent African immigrants especially when you describe him as “not a typical African-American kid.” That’s been the reaction to USA Today’s profile on Kwasi Enin, a Long Island high schooler who got into the nation’s most competitive schools through hard work and, according to IvyWise CEO Katherine Cohen, being African (and being male). “He’s not a typical African-American kid.” “Not a typical African-American kid” is being read as an allusion to the lazy black American stereotype. The tension comes from the fact that some African immigrants buy into that stereotype, which gets turned into “Africans don’t like black people.” This has almost nothing to do with Enin, who is obviously a remarkable young man, and everything to do with how America perceives and portrays black Americans and African immigrants.
Because this is more than an important conversation-it is vital. Because the discussion between Africans and African-Americans is one that is long overdue. Because it needs to occur without the input of the European culture, yet they are a vital part of the separation.