This is a black arts and culture site. We will be exploring the African Diaspora via the writing, performance, both musical and theatrical (film and stage), as well as the visual arts of Africans in the Diaspora and those influenced by these aesthetic forms of expression. I am interested in the political and social ramifications of art on society, specifically movements supported by these artists and their forebearers. It is my claim that the artists are the true revolutionaries, their work honest and filled with raw unedited passion. They are our true heroes. Ashay!
1. We open with a conversation with Ramona Africa, MOVE Minister of Communication, Political Prisoner (7 yrs.), and the only adult survivor (11 killed, 5 children) of the bombing of the house on 62nd and Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia 30 years ago, May 13, 1985. We are speaking about the earlier incarceration of nine MOVE members who have served their sentences. Why are they still behind bars? See http://www.freemumia.com/2011/08/help-free-the-move-9/ and https://www.facebook.com/Free-the-MOVE-9-435412386474163/ and http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/05/13/406243272/im-from-philly-30-years-later-im-still-trying-to-make-sense-of-the-move-bombing
2. We are joined by Sister Yaya & Brother Kwalin, to talk about Warrior Queen, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing who made her transition Monday, Jan. 4. She was 80.
3. Sharon Scott as "Mahalia Jackson:Just As I Am." http://www.cinnabartheater.org/mahaliajackson/
4. We close with Nina Causey, singer, songwriter, actress re: National Human Trafficking Month @ Black Rep 1/10 @ 3 p.m. & 1/11 @ 7 p.m. (510) 652-2120 www.ninacausey.com
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