On Friday afternoon, March 7, 2014, a group of enthusiastic, bright-eyed young
ladies were treated to a panel discussion, a spirited performance by a
member of musical group Audible Chocolate and a cocktail reception at
Time Warner Inc. on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The occasion was to
mark the New York Urban League’s 5th Annual Girls Empowerment Day.
During his sizzling odyssey across the global firmament, Stokely
Carmichael changed his name to Kwame Ture, combining vestiges of two of
his heroes, toyed with his ideological perspective, altered his dress
style, and had a number of consorts, but his revolutionary zeal was
immutable. Peniel Joseph has resurrected that “well-lived life,” as he has stated
on several media appearances as he promotes Stokely: A Life (Basic
Civitas, 2014), a thought-provoking biography in which the eminent
historian invested ten years of his own life.
Last week at its 2014 Vision Gala held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New
York City, the Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) celebrated its 45th
anniversary. By the end of the evening, $700,000 was raised to benefit Dance Theater’s Next Generation and Community Engagement funds.
The film "12 Years a Slave" won in major categories last night at the
Oscars, namely for its Best Picture award. The film also won for Best
Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John
Hiring on the basis of race or gender is supposedly illegal… but it
happens. And in the new book, “For Discrimination” by Randall Kennedy, we
read why the author believes that affirmative action is an idea that
needs to stay.
In 2013, the movie industry released over 10 black movies including Oscar contender 12 Years A Slave and Mandela’s biopic The Long Walk To Freedom. Although there are many factors contributing to the success of these
films, including great talent and story lines, catering
to an African American consumer-driven audience continues to prove