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Robey Theatre Presents ‘Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Unity’
December 23, 2021
The Robey Theatre Company presents “Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Unity,” a free virtual play that explores how Kwanzaa can unite people on a global level and help them embrace their differences. ... read more »
Ranting and Raging Against Critical Race Theory: An Epidemic of Racist Reaction to Truth
November 18, 2021
In the midst of the pandemic of Covid 19 and the continuing pathology of oppression, there has emerged an epidemic of racist reactions to the truth of the real founding and functioning of the United States of America. ... read more »
Practicing Sankofa: Seasons of Struggle and Change
February 18, 2021
We move through February and March to celebrate Black History Month I and II as naturally and necessarily as men and women meet and merge for joy and life, and seasons change and bring some new and needed good into the world. Our history is a self-conscious and sustained struggle for growth, transformation and transcendence to ever higher levels of human life in ever-expanding realms of human freedom and human flourishing. ... read more »
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International Conference Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of The Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles)
October 8, 2020
A wide range of Black scholars, activists, teachers, students and community members from the national and global African community will join in discussions of critical issues confronting Black people nationally and internationally which begins this Sunday, October 11, 3:00pm at the virtual International Nguzo Saba 2020 Conference and will continue over the month. The conference marks the 55th Anniversary of The Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles), the Organization Us and the African American Cultural Center. Focus will be especially on the Nguzo Saba and their use by thousands of organizations and institutions in this country and throughout the world African community for value orientation, cultural grounding and programmatic initiatives.    ... read more »
Meditating on the Meaning of Struggle: Valuing Our Inward and Outward Striving
April 16, 2020
In reaffirmation. Those of us who still wage righteous and relentless struggle inwardly and outwardly to live a liberated, good and meaningful life will continuously find invaluable sources for grounding and growth in the enduringly relevant and deeply insightful sacred teachings of our ancestors found in the Odu Ifa, especially in this critical time. ... read more »
Wendy’s Window-Nia: Our Purpose Through Family
January 3, 2019
Growing up my primary caregiver was my paternal grandmother.  Time has a way of revealing the magnitude of someone long after they are gone.  My grandmother was the glue in our family and her home was the central focus that brought us all together. ... read more »
Message From Watts: Liberation is Coming From A Black Thing
August 16, 2018
The year 1965 began on an ominous and unsettling note—the assassination and martyrdom of Malcolm X, the Fire Prophet. Even in the white and winter cold of February, it was a sign of the coming fire. Indeed, it pointed toward the fiery fulfillment of prophecy which Malcolm, himself, had predicted. It was there, too, in the title of James Baldwin’s classic, The Fire Next Time. And it was the topic of countless conversations around the country. Baldwin had taken his title from a line in a Black gospel song which says: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time.” And this, for us, was the fundamental time of turning when the fire would be this time. ... read more »
Gleaning Marcus Garvey’s Lessons in Struggle:
 Questioning, Organizing and Liberating Ourselves
August 2, 2018
The Honorable Marcus Garvey (August 17, 1887—June 10, 1940) stands as a model and a monument of African liberational thought and practice and the human possibilities inherent it.  And thus, his life and work offer abundant lessons for us. He emerges in a time of triumphant European imperialism—Europe's political, economic and cultural hegemony throughout the world. He travels the world and sees Black people everywhere in various forms of domination, certainly less achieved than they could be and less assertive on the world stage than their ancient and glorious history demanded of them. ... 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 »
African Liberation Day: Everywhere a Battleline, Every Day a Call to Struggle
June 11, 2018
Let me sum up, then, with this fundamental Kawaida revolutionary understanding which we have embraced since the 1960s about African liberation. We maintain that the quality of life of a people and the success of its liberation struggle depends upon its waging cultural revolution within and political revolution without, resulting in a radical transformation of self, society and ultimately the world. ... read more »
Honoring August Wilson: Holding Hallowed Cultural Ground
April 6, 2017
In the month of remembering, reading and raising up the work and life of August Wilson (April 27, 1945-October 2, 2005), arguably the most successful and celebrated playwright in U.S. history, one is unavoidably impressed with his unswerving, deep-rooted love and appreciation of his people and culture as the central source of his grounding, his expansive grasp of human life and his impressive creative production. Indeed, he said of Black people and his work, “What I tried to do...in all my works is to reveal the richness of the lives of the people who show that the largest ideas are contained in their lives and that there is a nobility to their lives.” ... read more »
Malcolm’s Lessons of Life and Struggle: An Ethics of Service and Sacrifice
February 16, 2017
This is the month and year that marks the 52nd anniversary of the martyrdom and murder of Malcolm X, his assassination and ultimate sacrifice for the love and liberation of his people and the advancement of the cause of human freedom and flourishing in the world. For Us and our people, Africans everywhere, he will always be in the words of the sacred Husia: “a glorious spirit in heaven and a continuing powerful presence on earth. He shall be counted and honored among the ancestors. His name shall endure as a monument and what he has done on earth shall never perish or pass away.” ... read more »
Gleaning Marcus Garvey’s Lessons in Struggle: Questioning, Organizing and Liberating Ourselves
August 30, 2016
Garvey says that the first need is for men and women committed to and ready for the demands of history and struggle ... read more »
Kwanzaa: A Season and Celebration of the Good
December 23, 2015
This year marks the 49th anniversary of the pan-African holiday Kwanzaa, a celebration of family, community and culture. And all over the world throughout the global African community, African people will come together for seven days, December 26-January 1 to celebrate themselves and the good that they represent, create and enjoy in the world. ... read more »
USC Black Alumni Association to Honor Prominent Trojans at 40th Anniversary and Scholarship Benefit
November 18, 2015
The University of Southern California Black Alumni Association (USC BAA) will honor who they are deeming as six outstanding alumni at the organization’s 40th Anniversary and Scholarship Benefit on March 10, ... read more »
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