Beginning this fall, undergraduate students at Princeton University will
be able to major in African American studies. The university’s Center
for African American Studies was formed in 2006 and, in May, was
officially given “academic department status.”
Not only did Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the director of the Schomburg
Center, respond insightfully to questions from Melissa Harris-Perry on
her show Sunday morning on MSNBC, it was also revealed that he was
slated to be in Washington, D.C. on Monday to receive a National Medal
for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library
Pam Africa, the noted activist and fervent advocate for the freedom of
the ailing political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, handed copies of last
year’s annual report from Prison Radio before settling among a cadre of
speakers at a press conference updating the condition of Abu-Jamal last
week at the Madiba Restaurant in Harlem. Dr. Cornel West was among those who read from the report.
This week, the Paley Center for Media in New York City paid tribute to
African-American achievements in television, saluting seven decades of
groundbreaking accomplishments across a diverse group of genres
including drama, comedy, news, talk, sports, music, and variety.
Walker Smith may have numerous books on the market, but she wasn't
always a top-selling author. But earlier this year she released her
long-awaited biography of celebrated radio pioneer Jack “The Rapper”
Gibson. Here, Smith talks to TNJ.com about Gibson and the state of Black radio today.