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4 Black People Receive the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

A social psychologist, an artist, a jazz composer and a poet will receive a $625,000, no-strings-attached stipend.  


Four black Americans will be among those receiving a no-strings-attached, $625,000 stipend—paid out in installments over the next five years—to keep doing what they do best: being geniuses.

That’s right, the MacArthur Foundation named 21 “extraordinarily creative people” as the 2014 recipients of its annual MacArthur Fellows Program—widely referred to as the “genius” grants. Four African Americans are among this year’s consortium. These individuals were nominated by an anonymous and esteemed group of people who are experts in their fields.

[Continue reading article and bios of recipients at The Root.]

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…knowing that most of them are married with kids.”

MC Lyte (on): The State Of Sexism In Hip-Hop

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Pulled a fast one on us 6 year-olds, Disney.

she knew what was up

Holy shit :O


My girl!

teaching :-)

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African ethnic group of the week: the Imazighen (Amazigh ) people of Niger, Tunisia, Libya,  Mauritania, Mali, Algeria and Morocco)

The Maghreb or western North Africa on the whole is believed to have been inhabited by Imazighen since from at least 10,000 B.C. Northern African cave paintings, dating back twelve millennia, have been found in the Tassili n’Ajjer region, southern Algeria. Others were found in Tadrart Acacus in the Libyan desert. A Neolithic society, marked by bestial domestication and subsistence agriculture, developed in the Saharan and Mediterranean region (the Maghreb) of northern Africa between 6000 B.C and 2000 B.C. This type of life, richly depicted in the Tassili n’Ajjer cave paintings of south-eastern Algeria, predominated in the Maghreb until the classical period. Prehistorical Tifinagh scripts were also found in the Oran region. During the pre-Roman era, several successive independent states (Massylii) existed before the king Masinissa unified the people of Numidia.

They speak various Amazigh languages belonging to the Afro-Asiatic family related to Ancient Egyptian. At the turn of the 21st century, there were perhaps 14 million in Morocco, 9 million in Algeria, and much smaller numbers in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Mauretania; in the Sahara of southern Algeria and of Libya, Mali and Niger, the  Imazighen Tuareg number about 1 million.

The Imazighen originally lived all over the Maghreb from western Egypt to the Atlantic. The culturally distinct Imazighen communities of today survive in pockets in the mountains and in the Sahara desert, scattered over a large area from the Siwa Oasis in Egypt to the Atlantic and from the Niger river and the Sahel in the south to the Mediterranean. Their density increases from east to west, Morocco being the state with most Berbers living in it.

Before the eleventh century, most of North-West Africa was a Imazighen -speaking Muslim area. The process of Arabization only became a major factor with the arrival of the Banu Hilal, a tribe sent by the Fatimids of Egypt to punish the Imazighen  Zirid dynasty for having abandoned Shiism. The Banu Hilal reduced the Zirids to a few coastal towns and took over much of the plains; their influx was a major factor in the Arabization of the region and in the spread of nomadism in areas where agriculture had previously been dominant. After the Muslim conquest, the Imazighen  ethnic groups of coastal North Africa became almost fully Islamized. 



Dihya or Kahina was a Amazigh queen, religious and military leader who led indigenous resistance to Arab Islamic expansion in Northwest Africa, the region then known as Numidia. She was born in the early 7th century and died around the end of the 7th century in modern-day Algeria.

Regarding the remaining populations that speak a Berber language in the Maghreb, they account for about half of the Moroccan population and a third of the Algerian, besides smaller communities in Libya and Tunisia and very small groups in Egypt and Mauritania.

Outside the Maghreb, the Tuareg in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso number some 600,000; 400,000 and 120,000 respectively, although Tuaregs are often seen as a distinct group. They are thought to be the founder population of the  Imazighen due to their high frequency of E-M81(E1b1b1b), the  Imazighen genetic marker.

Prominent  Imazighen groups include the Kabyles of northern Algeria, who number about six million and have kept, to a large degree, their original language and society; and the Shilha or Chleuh (French, from Arabic Shalh and Shilha ašəlḥi) in High and Anti-Atlas regions of Morocco, numbering about eight million. Other groups include the Riffians of northern Morocco, the Chaoui people of eastern Algeria, the Chenouas in western Algeria, the  Imazighen of Tripolitania and the Tuaregs of the Sahara scattered through several countries.

Though stereotyped in Europe and North America as nomads, most  Imazighen were in fact traditionally farmers, living in mountains relatively close to the Mediterranean coast, or oasis dwellers, such as the Siwa of Egypt; but the Tuareg and Zenaga of the southern Sahara were almost wholly nomadic. Some groups, such as the Chaouis, practiced transhumance.

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The Haitian Revolution - A short Reading List (of Anglophone scholars)

"More than two hundred years after Haitian independence was declared on January 1, 1804, it remains a challenge to perceive the spirit that fueled the first abolition of slavery in the New World and gave rise to the second independent nation in the Americas. As recently as ten years ago, the Haitian Revolution (1789-1804), which created “Haiti” out of the ashes of French Saint Domingue, was the least understood of the three great democratic revolutions that transformed the Atlantic world in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. That is no longer true. In the decade since the 2004 bicentennial, a genuine explosion of scholarship on the Saint-Domingue revolution has profoundly enriched our memory of what Hannah Arendt, in her comparative study of the American and French revolutions, called “the revolutionary tradition and its lost treasure”. It is not clear to what extent this development has affected broader public understandings of the Haitian predicament, however."

By Professor Malick W. Ghachem for the John Carter Brown Library online exposition: “The Other Revolution: Haiti 1789-1804.”

* Much more scholarship could have been included in this list. To find more monographs and articles on the Haitian Revolution or, for a general reading list on Haiti, see here and here.

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Famous Authors and What They Drank

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All Power To The People (Released: 1996)
Japanese-American Human Rights Activist Yuri Kochiyama

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»» The MLK that’s never quoted.

and it’s no accident that this segment is conveniently left out of our education

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Way Black When: My Favorite ‘Black’ TV shows from 1970s - 00s.

Good Times, Sandford and Son, The Jeffersons, Fat Albert, Diff’rent Strokes, 227, The Cosby Show, Amen, What’s Happening, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In the House, Hanging With Mr. Cooper, Homicide: Life on the Street, Moesha, Living Single, Martin, New York Undercover, The Hughleys, The Parenthood, The Steve Harvey Show, A Different World, Family Matters, Kenan & Kel, Cousin Skeeter, Smart Guy, Sister Sister, The Wayans Brothers, In Living Color, Static Shock, The Jamie Foxx Show, Girlfriends, Half & Half, One on One, The Proud Family, The Bernie Mac ShowAll of Us, My Wife & Kids, Eve, The Parkers, The Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris, and The Game.

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What are the chances that this photo will ever appear in the mainstream media?

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There is blood in the wind
unknown why, unknown where it will lead
the moldy metallic smell gives cause to object
for some reason withheld from my thoughts my eyes wont close
for some reason withheld from my thoughts my eyes wont shed a tear
how is it that my soul remains content

What is this new content
somehow depravity and my heart wind
righteousness and good rent and tear
letting this unknown lead
close, too close,
I don’t know but I must refuse, I must object

what is inside this soul that has become nothing but an object
this new thing that is forcing me to call it a soul, what is its content
this new soul’s hands will not close
this new soul’s speech rides on the back of the wind
this new soul’s heart has the heft and poison of lead
my old eyes still will not shed a tear

Take it from me even if it means you have to rip and tear
beat it out of me with a dull and blunt object
this new soul is poison, I will reclaim my lead
with this new soul I will not be content
There is blood in the wind
it comes to close

to close
this new soul will not have my tear
riding in the wind
I will object
I will not be content
I will not let this new soul lead

I lead
I will make all open paths close
I will craft the content
out of the tear
that object
that refuses to ride in the wind

Blood is the content of the wind
As it draws close, my tear becomes its desired object
As it draws close, it leaves me because I refuse to abdicate my lead.

©Christopher F. Brown 2014

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There is blood in the wind

unknown why, unknown where it will lead

the moldy metallic smell gives cause to object

for some reason withheld from my thoughts my eyes wont close

for some reason withheld from my thoughts my eyes wont shed a tear

how is it that my soul remains content

What is this new content

somehow depravity and my heart wind

righteousness and good rent and tear

letting this…

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