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Manhood, Mission and the Million Man March: Transformative Practice and Policy in Struggle
October 28, 2021
The meaning and mission of manhood, especially Black manhood, is an ancient and ongoing question, for it is not only about a presence, but also about a process and practice, and not only about just being, but also about constantly becoming. In a word, it is about ever striving and struggling to be our best and come into the fullness of ourselves as men, African men and human beings. ... read more »
Haitian American Artist Brings His Vision, Gift to State’s COVID Campaign
July 15, 2021
California’s “Your Actions Save Lives” art campaign recently unveiled two “Safety First” murals in San Francisco. The artworks, created by the Grammy-nominated visual artist Serge Gay Jr, were commissioned to encourage people to continue to take safety precautions against COVID-19 even though the state reopened last month, according to the governor’s office. ... read more »
Justice, George Floyd and Unforgivable Blackness: America on Trial As A Repeat Offender
April 8, 2021
Regardless of the obvious legal language, focus and maneuvering in that Minneapolis courtroom that is being watched by the world in horror, hope, trauma and righteous anger, there is in it all a larger moral meaning. ... read more »
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NNPA President and CEO Dr. Ben Chavis Named Among 100 Most Influential Blacks Today
February 11, 2021
The CORE 100 honorees, which include changemakers like Stacey Abrams, Attorney Ben Crump, NBA superstar LeBron James, and Oprah Winfrey, mark and remind the world of the beauty, boldness, and brilliance of Black Excellence at a time when the cultural, economic, and political landscape in the United States has grown increasingly more hostile towards Blackness. ... read more »
TEACHABLE MOMENTS REGARDING THE NATION’S CULTURE: IS IT TIME FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS TO HELP PLACE GENUINE EQUALITY FRONT AND CENTER IN OUR NATIONAL DISCOURSE?
January 14, 2021
January 6th, 2021 was intended to be a day of ceremonial ritual that underscored the strength of our democracy, and the commitment we as a nation have to a set of principles, values, and ideals that anchor our embrace of the constitution of the United States. Students in universities and colleges, in K-12 institutions, and even mature adults could treat it as a civics lesson, for there were many teachable moments in this season of election politics. ... read more »
“Full Dissidence” Examines Racial Disparity in America
April 9, 2020
Senior ESPN writer and author Howard Bryant released his ninth book “Full Dissidence: Notes From an Uneven Playing Field” earlier this year. The book consists of ten essays that explain the different ways in which American Society shows their disdain for Blackness and Black people. ... read more »
Righteous Reflection On Being African: A Kwanzaa Meditation
December 12, 2019
Kwanzaa is a time of celebration, remembrance, reflection and recommitment. It requires these practices throughout the holiday. But the last day of Kwanzaa is dedicated to deep reflection, meditation on the meaning and measure of being African and how this is understood and asserted for good in the world in essential, uplifting and transformative ways. ... read more »
Righteous Reflection on Being African: A Kwanzaa Meditation
December 27, 2018
As Kwanzaa draws to an end and the old year meets and merges with the new, we are, as always, obligated and urged by ancient custom and ongoing current concerns to sit down and seriously engage in righteous reflection on being African in the world. To speak of righteous reflection is, in an Ebonics sense of the word righteous, to talk of thought that is real, ethical and excellent. That is to say, thought that is free from the artificial, false and formulaic and comes from the heart as well as from the head. What is aimed at here is thought which is informed by an ethical sensitivity to the subject under consideration. And this holds true whether in our concern for each other or for the health and wholeness of the world; for the loss of human life or the mutilation of historical memory; and for the deprivation of material needs or the denial of dignity and rights due everyone. ... read more »
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Righteous Resistance: Upholding the Good, Uplifting the People, Upturning the World
July 19, 2018
There is an increasing sense among those most thoughtful and active among us that the important issues raised and the struggle rightfully waged against the tragedy and catastrophe we call Trump, marginalizes and misses the major issues that define and drive our own righteous and relentless struggle as a people. ... read more »
Cultural Grounding, Unbudging Blackness and Steadfastness in Struggle
September 8, 2016
This September 7th marks the 51st Anniversary of the organization Us, born in the struggle, nurtured in the storm and sustained through unyielding dedication, discipline, sacrifice and service. ... read more »
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