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No More Excuses

Too many have sacrificed for us to give up now
Most of the excuses we make up make it hard for our life on this earth. Everything that really matters we make excuses for: excuses why we won’t go to school, why we don’t listen to our parents, why we don’t stay out of trouble, why we end up in jail, why we have a criminal record, why we have felonies. More excuses: I don’t have a job because I won’t work for less than $10 an hour. I don’t have a job because no one will give me a chance. If you don’t listen to your parents and drop out of school, your chances of being successful are slim to none without education. Continue Reading →

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That’s My Face depicts a journey seeking African images, affirmation

 
Filmmaker finds himself reflected in Afro-Brazilian culture

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Thomas Allen Harris did what his grandfather always wanted to but didn’t get the chance — embark and complete a mythic journey to the motherland. “My grandfather emphasized Marcus Garvey and always wanted to go to Africa, but he wasn’t able to go because my grandmother refused to let him go,” says Harris, who was born in the Bronx. “So he passed on his dream to all of his kids, and they all went to Africa.”

Harris’ mother accepted a short-term teaching job there, and took him and his brother with her when they were youngsters. “My mother imagined Africa as a place that would accept us,” said the filmmaker in That’s My Face, which was shown on the PBS World channel during Black History Month in February. “When it was time to come back to the States, none of us wanted to come back. Continue Reading →

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Our history is the shield of our resistance

 

A month or so ago, a wonderful woman reached out to me on Facebook to invite me to a screening of the new documentary Slavery by Another Name. It so happened that I saw the chance to preview it tonight as I was thinking about what to offer in this column. It documents powerfully, painfully, magnificently the history of the Negro/African American, and it tells the truth about this country’s planned, systematic economic segregation of Black people. This week, to my dismay and surprise, I heard a show on our radio station talking about how our young people don’t want to know our history. What are the consequences, real-life consequences, for that lie? Continue Reading →

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Black wisdom: for our collective prosperity in 2012

Critical thinking in the Black Independence Movement
 

“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends,” a lesson from Mary McLeod Bethune. This year, we can work to broaden our own experiences and, when possible, to broaden the experiences of those around us. Our kids need to know that there is more to the world than Minneapolis and St. Paul. If our kids never see a play at the only Black theater in the Midwest, our very own Penumbra, how will our people help to shape and create the next August Wilson? Continue Reading →

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