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The Gist of Freedom

The Gist of Freedom Preserving American History through Black Literature . . .


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Join 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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Clarence The Pencilman Pointer began winning numerous art contests throughout Southern California and has gained international status. Hundreds of drawing to his credit, the master pencil artist has no signs of slowing down. Some... more

The photos of enslaved West Africans show these quilted coded patterns from the quilts "ichie" marks cut into their skin If you read the book, Hidden In Plain View, written by Jackie Tobin should tune in to The Gist of Freedom with Roy Paul... more

The Glory of Freedom by Iyanla Vanzant in 1995. Join the Gist of Freedom as we listen to a speech Iyanla gave at Medgar Evers College in 1995. Meet Iyanla Vanzant in Newark, New Jersey September 26-27... more

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... more

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

Join The Gist of Freedom with host Roy Paul as we welcome genealogist and activist, STELLA ANTLEY. on iTunes Stella, the Great, Great Granddaughter of a... 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, 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
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