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Afro State of Mind by Lurie Daniel Favors provides a critical analysis of issues and current events impacting the Black community. Lurie is the author of Afro State of Mind: Memories of a Nappy Headed Black Girl, a story that uses one girl's experience with hair and colorism to explore race, history and identity.
This week Lurie continues the focus on Black Education. In this episode she speaks with educator and founder of Little Sun People Childcare Center Fela Barclift and president of the LSP Parents Action Committee Kara Benton Smith. They discuss the role of culture in education and why it is imperative that we have educational institutions specifically designed with the needs of Black children in mind.
Adesola Osakalumi (pronounced ah-day-SHOW-la • O-sa-ka-LU-mee) is an award-winning actor, choreographer, singer, and dancer who is currently starring in the title role of the Broadway hit musical FELA!, which won three Tony Awards in 2010. His other theatre work includes: Equus (Broadway),Ngwino Ubeho (Sundance Theater Lab),Eyewitness Blues (NYTW), Jam on the Groove(Drama Desk nominee). Adesola’s film work includes: Sex and the City 2, Crazy Beats Strong Every Time, The Accidental Husband, Across the Universe, Enchanted, Idlewild. He has been a choreographer for : Broadway Bares, ESPN, Old Navy, PBS Kids, Halifax Bank, Advil, the films School of Rock and Marci X. Adesola is a NEA Grant and Bessie Award Recipient. Website: www.adesola.com
Link to Ade’s video reel: http://youtu.be/vfXcWW2Ml-4
FELA! is based on the life of Fela Kuti, who created Afrobeat—a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies—and mixed these sensual eclectic rhythms with simple but powerful lyrics that openly assailed Nigeria’s corrupt and oppressive dictatorships. http://www.felaonbroadway.com
Video trailer for FELA!: http://youtu.be/IkJfdqoKcYg
SANDRA IZSADORE, co-founder of Afrobeat and love interest to Fela stops by to have a conversation with host LaDonna Raeh on Life and the Public Figure. is a singer composer who during the early 1970’s met and revitalized Africa’s revolutionary genius FELA ANIKULAPO-KUTI. Upon meeting Sandra, Fela’s musical and political ideas changed radically, thus Afro-Beat was born.
Tune in to this very show as you hear her views on interacism and other social challenges that still exist both in the US and Africa.
Queen Mother of Afro Beat Sandra Izsadore along with cohost Tanya McLain-Pruitt discuss the Hypocrisy of America.
Daniel Crawford is a jazz artist/musician/producer born, raised and based out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been playing the piano since the age of 6 and has been producing since the age of 13. He is a member of the band Wylde Bunch and has played and toured with Raphael Saadiq, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige, Kenna, Warren G, Jhene Aiko, Omarion, Angie Stone, Lalah Hathaway, Kenny Lattimore, Rahsaan Patterson, Evelyn "Champagne" King, The Brothers Johnson and many more.
As a producer he has released 7 mixtapes consisting of tributes to J Dilla, Michael Jackson and Fela Kuti. In September of 2012, he released his first official album, a jazz album entitled "Red Pill" As a producer and musician he aims to bring good vibes, positive and healing music. Something he feels is missing from the majority of popular music today.
Daniel wants to evoke the sprits of his many musical influences and get back to what he believes music should be and that's music with meaning, a message and overall, music that makes you feel good.
THIS IS A PRE-RECORDED SHOW
Bro. LASANA MACK was found dead in MD last week.
The "official" explanation for death was suicide, but NO ONE I know believes that.
This is a little tribute show we are putting together for him to widen his memory & legacy to those who may not have known of all the MAGNIFICENT things he was a part of and doing.
At the 25th anniversary of the SANKOFA CONFERENCE here in dc in 2014, Bro. LASANA gave a presentation (with Bro. Shango Taha) called ANALYSIS OF ECONOMIC SYSTEMS--WHAT IS THE BEST APPROACH FOR AFRIKAN PEOPLE'S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT.
LASANA MACK was also a spoken wordsmith & founded the spoken word/neo-soul group called BLACKNOTES.
So in our tribute to this STRONG BROTHER, we are sharing his SANKOFA CONFERENCE presentation & interspercing it w/ 3 BLACKNOTES selections:
1st-BLACKNOTES LIVE--FELA'S GROOVE & AFRO BLUE
Within the talk, you will hear him speak of an organization he founded & was Executive Director of called APPEAL INC, which stood for ASSOCIATION of PEOPLE for PAN AFRIKANIST ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT thru LEVERAGE.
To find out more about this great organization AND TO HELP in any way you can, please go to
WE WILL CHILL HANGOUT AND CONVERSE WITH SIR LOUIS GREEN
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With the combination of a unique voice and poetic rhyme scheme, Sir Louis Green brings something new to the hip hop scene. His love for poetry helped introduce him to the hip hop scene as a means of expressing himself verbally and intellectually over rhythmic beats designed to create mental visions of his struggle through life.
A Nigerian Native born in the United States, his musical influences range from Nigerian Afro Beat King Fela Anikulapo-Kuti to Philly born rapper Cassidy.
At the age of 29 with nowhere to look but up he built his first music studio with a group of friends and created the “Free Me” movement. An ideology geared towards achieving success in life by applying mind over matter and leaving things that don’t matter behind. With their ideology in place they banded together to bring a different style and approach to the music industry.
WELCOME TO THE MONEY GREEN WORLD
In 1975, Fela de-anglicized the family name...
With his song 'Why Blackman Dey Suffer' Fela declared his political manifesto based on the ideology of Blackism and Nkrumahism. He called for black people to shed their [White Supremacist] mentalities, adopt our own authentic culture, STOP COPYING WHITE PEOPLE and to come together as one continent under one government. He continued to fire at [White Supremacist] complexes: 'Mr Follow Follow', 'Yellow Fever', 'Johny Just Drop' and 'Opposite People'. He exhorts African values in 'Buy Africa' and 'Africa Centre of the World'.
Majemite Jaboro visits The Context of White Supremacy. We'll discuss his book, The Ikoyi Prison Narratives: The Spiritualism and Political Philosophy of Fela Kuti. As we explore the life and art of Fela Kuti, keep in mind that it was recently reported that Beyoncé's inspiration for dawning blackface was Fela.
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Queen Mother of Afro Bea Speaks
Queen Mother of Afro Beart Sandra Izsadore along with cohost Tanya McLain-Pruit discuss the unnecessary violence in the World.