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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 Bea Speaks
Queen Mother of Afro Beart Sandra Izsadore along with cohost Tanya McLain-Pruit discuss the unnecessary violence in the World.
Queen Mother Sandra Izsadore along with cohost Tanya McLain-Pruitt, continue the discussion on Relationships. We have covered Battered women syndrome, abused women and men. We will also touch upon abuse on all levels which include our environment.
Host Alice Backer of www.kiskeacity.com welcomes Gelan Lambert, a Haitian-American dancer and cast member of Fela on Broadway who is planning a middle passage themed dance concert to debut at the end of the year. But first you will have an opportunity to see him during Selebrasyon, a six week festival of Haitian culture in NYC taking place from May 18th to June 30.
We will also discuss Haitian Flag Day activities including Selebrasyon! opening night and Haitian Flag Day kickoff.
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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