The Gist of Freedom

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Join us Sunday & Thursday @ 8 PM The Gist of Freedom weekly live online discussion is a celebration of the African American experience—honoring all the people, past and present, black and white—who have determined to preserve history in literature, craftsmanship and artifact.

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Join The Gist of Freedom, Arts and Activism with Antonia Badon and Harlem Shakespeare Festival founder DEBRA ANN BYRD! Ms. Byrd [Festival Founder & Producing Artistic Director] is the Founder of Take Wing And Soar Productions where she currently serves as Chief Executive and Producing Artistic Director. Ms. Byrd has guided the company's growth from its birth in 1999 into a viable support organization serving women, youth, classical artists of color and theater arts groups throughout New York. As an actor, producer, arts manager, and business leader she has received more than 20 awards and citations, was recently selected for inclusion in the 2012 Editions of Who's Who In The World and Who's Who of American Women; and is the recipient of the 2009 LPTW Lucille Lortel Award and the 2006 Josephine Abady Award for Excellence in ?Producing works that foster diversity?. This award winning theater arts professional received a BFA Degree in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. Debra Ann graduated from the 2001 NYSF Shakespeare Lab at The Public Theater, the 2005 Arts Leadership Institute, at Teacher's College/Columbia University, and completed producer training with The Broadway League at the 2007 Commercial Theatre Institut
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Join The Gist of Freedom as we listen to an Archived Clip of Iyanla Vanzant's Speech at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY! Happy Birthday Ms. Iyanla! Watch now.. Iyanla Vanzant 1995... more

Tonight join The Gist of Freedom with host Roy Paul as we talk with the executive producer, of the play Black Wall Street, Walter E. Puryear! Running at The Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 GrandCouse Bronx, NY starting Thursday... more

Tonight on The Gist of Freedom www.BlackHistoryUniversity.com, Meet Jamel Robinson! After spending 21 years in the foster care system without being adopted, he beat the odds and is now a successful child welfare reform... more

With best-selling mysteries like ?Devil in a Blue Dress? among his more than three dozen books, Walter Mosley is a master of crime fiction who knows how to put his characters into tight, scary situations. In ?Lift,? his new drama... more

The full-length documentary, NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER GIVE IN is based on the life of Emmanuel Jal. In the early 1980s, at the age of seven, Jal was swept into Sudan's civil war, becoming one of 10,000 child soldiers conscripted on both... more

Join The Gist of Freedom with host Roy Paul as he speaks with attorney activist Michael Coard. Michael Coard will discuss how voters and city officials decided after being sued for police brutality it was more feasible to shutdown Jennings... more

Join The Gist of Freedom with host Roy Paul as we discuss how Darren Wilson's Former Racist Ridden Police Department in Jennings Mo., was Disbanded- EVERY officer Was dismissed! We'll also discuss the East Louis Massacre of... more

Tonight Listen to The Gist of Freedom! We will be joined by community activist iEsha Sekou from Street Corner Resources. iEsha will discuss The Michael Brown Case, Ferguson, Demilitarizing local police departments and Restoring Police... more

Mike Brown Demonstrators, Tear Gassed, Told Not to protest after sundown in Ferguson Mo. & White Reporters Arrested -------- Missourians discuss the Gassing of "Mike Brown's Peaceful Protestors", the arrest of the journalists and... more
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