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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler talks working with Kendrick Lamar

“Film director and Oakland native Ryan Coogler is earning stellar reviews for his work in the much-anticipated film “Black Panther,” with some critics going as far as to say the superhero film will “save blockbusters.” The action flick won’t be released to a wide audience until Feb. 16, but reviews have already started pouring in from film critics, who have …

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Rare 1955 Special Report: “The Emmett Till Trial”

“Two months ago I had a nice apartment in Chicago. I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the South I said, That’s their business, not mine.’ Now I know how wrong I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the …

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Carter G. Woodson – The Father of Black History Month

“In 1915, Carter G. Woodson helped found the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (later named the Association for the Study of African American Life and History), which had the goal of placing African-American historical contributions front and center. Woodson established the scholarly publication Journal of Negro History in 1916, and to help teachers with African-American studies, he created …

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Video: “The Issue Is Race: A Crisis in Black and White.” [1992]

Sister Souljah, author, rap performer and scholar who was taken to task by Gov. Bill Clinton for seeming to justify the black youths who helped burn and loot Los Angeles; Dhoruba Bin Wahad, a former Black Panther now described as an activist; Anna Deavere Smith, who wrote and performed a one-woman show about the 1991 race riots in Crown Heights, …

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Video: James Baldwin [1963]

A clip from, “Take this Hammer” “Who is the Nigger?” “James Arthur “Jimmy” Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America. Some of Baldwin’s essays are book-length, including The Fire …

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