August 26, 2010

Ethnic Studies week

The first Ethnic Studies Week will be October 1-7, 2010. Ethnic Studies Week is a nationally coordinated week of actions to defend ethnic studies programs and academic freedom.

August 20, 2009

"Being Branded" cultural education concert

On September 17 and 18 the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce will bring to the Twin Cities a cultural education concert, "Being Branded," to generate awareness around the branding that minorities have had in their past and to stimulate individuals to move beyond those stereotypes. The cultural and education concert is a contemporary fusion of two art forms (modern dance and figure skating) allowing for movement explorations to take place on the ice where traditionally performed jumps and spins adopt an entirely new contextual significance. The concert's purpose is to inspire the audience to witness and feel something they have never seen or experienced before: stories and complexities of racial and cultural identity being told on the ice by national and international competitive performers of color.

A free performance is offered to high school and college students:

September 17 at the University of Minnesota's Ridder Ice Arena, 1901 4th St., SE Minneapolis, MN 55455. Performance and Post-concert Discussion: 9:30 a.m. - noon.

Contact Ashley Blocton at 651-777-9119 to register for the free concert. For additional info visit

July 16, 2009

Black in America 2

CNN will air two new shows in the series Black in America on July 22 and 23, 2009.

July 1, 2009

2009 Black Non-theism Conference

The first annual Black Non-Theism Conference will be held August 7-8, 2009, in Atlanta, GA. African American pantheists, deists, agnostics, and atheists will gather to discuss what it means to be an African American non-theist in the United States.

November 5, 2008

President Obama

On November 4, 2008 Senator Barack Obama became President-Elect Obama, noting that "on this date in this election at this defining moment, change has come to America." Indeed, hopes are high, but we should consider that Obama can be our Nehemiah, not our Moses.

November 4, 2008

Election Day 2008

November 4, 2008 is an historic Election Day: we will elect either the nation's first African American President, or our first female Vice President. Find your polling location and vote before 8:00PM! Minnesota has a same-day registration system, so a voter can register in one line and then get in another line to cast a ballot.

September 26, 2008

Trouble the Water

The documentary Trouble the Water "opens the day before Katrina makes landfall, just blocks away from the French Quarter but far from the New Orleans that tourists know. Kimberly Rivers Roberts is turning her video camera on herself and her 9th Ward neighbors trapped in the city. 'It's going to be a day to remember,' Kim says excitedly into her new camera as the storm is brewing. It's her first time shooting video and it's rough, jumpy, but dense with reality. Kim's playful home-grown newscast tone grinds against the audience's knowledge that hell is just hours away. There is no way for the audience to warn her. And for New Orleans' poor, there is nowhere to run."

"As the hurricane begins to rage and the floodwaters fill their world and the screen, Kim and her husband Scott continue to film, documenting their harrowing voyage to higher ground and dramatic rescues of friends and neighbors."

Trouble the Water is now playing at Minneapolis' Lagoon Cinema.

May 24, 2008

conference: The Poetics and Politics of Blackness

France Noire &mdash Black France: The Poetics and Politics of Blackness
June 6-7, 2008 &mdash Paris, France

Colloquium Mission
The last few years have seen an extraordinary flowering of Black consciousness in France. Individuals and collectives have organized around questions pertaining to the memory of slavery, "race" and anti-Black racism, the Black condition, and what it generally means to be Black in contemporary French society. At the same time, there has been a new wave of scholarship on Blacks in Europe and a (re)theorizing of "blackness" in the African diaspora relative to European society and history. Paris, in particular, has always been a center of Black life worldwide, from the Negritude movement of the past to the myriad formations of Black empowerment specific to this moment. On June 6 and 7, 2008, a gathering of leading international scholars will meet in Paris to examine "Black France," that is, the Black presence and condition in French society. Madame Christiane Taubira, the esteemed member of the French Parliament whose very name is now synonymous with legislation that recognizes slavery and the slave trade as crimes against humanity &mdash The Taubira Law &mdash will deliver the keynote address as the prelude to an exciting and stimulating series of discussions. All who are interested in the African diaspora and French society are encouraged to attend what will be an historic event.