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Alondra Nelson: Discussion on “Body and Soul: Politics of Race and Medicine” today at Dana Library

4. March 2015

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Alondra Nelson recovers a lesser-known aspect of The Black Panther Party’s broader struggle for social justice: health care. Nelson argues that the Party’s focus on health care was practical and ideological and that their understanding of health as a basic human right anticipated current debates about the politics of race and medicine. “In Body and […]

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Birth of a Nations Celebrates 100 years

2. March 2015

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By Hillel Italie NEW YORK (AP) — One hundred years ago this spring, Hollywood came of age in a blaze of wonder and fury. D.W. Griffith’s three-hour Civil War epic, The Birth of a Nation, was released in March 3 1915 after a special showing in March at President Woodrow Wilson’s White House. It is […]

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Royals and Regalia:Inside the Palaces Nigeria’s Modern-Day Monarchs, In Pictures

27. February 2015

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(photo by George Osodi), His Royal Majesty (HRM), Agbogidi Obi James Ikechukwu Anyasi II, Obi of Idumuje Unor, 2012 Nigeria’s Modern-Day Monarchs, In Pictures A PHOTOJOURNALIST SEEKS TO “DOCUMENT AFRICA FROM AN AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE” WITH HIS UPCOMING EXHIBIT.Showcase the most recent body of work by acclaimed Nigerian photographer George Osodi in his first solo exhibition […]

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Lula Washington Dance Theatre to perform tomorrow at NJPAC

25. February 2015

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  One of the most admired African-American contemporary dance ensembles in the West is coming to Newark later this month for a special Black History Month Program. The Institute and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) are co-presenting a special concert by The Lula Washington Dance Theatre, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2015, in conjunction with the […]

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The Passing of Cephas Bowles, an advocate of Jazz, dies at 62

25. February 2015

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Its is with sadness to report the passing of Cephas Bowles, an invigorating force behind Newark’s WBGO, dead at 62.  Cephas Bowles, the president and CEO of Newark’s WBGO Jazz 88.3, died. Bowles passed away Saturday at Hackensack University Medical Center following complications from a stem cell transplant, said his wife, Linda Arrington-Bowles. Bowles, 62, lived […]

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Artwork by Aaron Douglas showcased at the Newark library

24. February 2015

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The Newark’s library Black history month celebration, included art pieces from harlem renaissance artwork by Aaron Douglas, the first African-American to explore modernism and to reflect African art in his paintings, murals, and illustrations. Aaron Douglas (1899-1979),was a leading artist of the Harlem Renaissance, also known as the New Negro Movement. Douglas—along with the philosopher […]

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Healing Through the Arts

24. February 2015

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Wednesday, February 25 @ 2:30-3:50 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Galleries – Main Gallery, there will be a panel discussion on Healing Through the Arts: An Interdisciplinary Discussion on the Benefits of Engaging in the Creative Experience. Many artists have experienced art-making as a healing tool to help them navigate through life’s physical and emotional difficulties and to improve […]

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Fifty years after the assassination of civil rights icon Malcolm X, family members gathered to remember the leader, just steps from where he was gunned down in New York City in 1965.

23. February 2015

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Saturday February 21st, marked the 5oth anniversary of the assassination of  El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz[A] (Arabic: الحاجّ مالك الشباز‎), was an African-American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against […]

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Black Ice the autobiography of Val James

19. February 2015

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Wow its is cold outside.  With plugging temperatures and Black history month, we thought it fitting to share a book about Black Ice.  No, not the icing black top that is cause of many traffic accidents in this wintery season, but the story of Val James.  Since Newark is a hockey town, we thought this […]

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The little Gospel Concert that could

18. February 2015

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In a frantic hurry from a typically busy day, I rushed into Prudential Hall last Thursday night just as the flashing lights signaled showtime. NJPAC presented Hezekiah Walker & Friends: a celebration of gospel featuring a local choir, gospel acts and a couple powerhouse spirit filled headliners. As i took my favorite box seat in […]

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