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Danny Glover & Kathleen Cleaver on “Black Power Mixtape”

Based on the film with the same name, the extraordinary new book “The Black Power Mixtape” chronicles the black freedom movement in the United States using found footage of top African-American leaders between 1967 and 1975. Shot by Swedish journalists and discovered in the basement of Swedish public television 30 years later, the film features some of the leading figures of the Black Power movement in the United States, including Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver. Renowned American actor, film director and political activist, Danny Glover; and Kathleen Cleaver, professor at Emory Law School, who is featured in the film during her stint as communications secretary of the Black Panther Party, talk about the film.

I saw this film at http://www.laemmle.com/ in Los Angeles, purchased the DVD when made available and I try to make as many friends watch it as possible. It is a must see, it is an eye opener, it is my history. These people featured in the film along w| many other names unknown made it possible for my sister, brothers and I to have careers, go to school, sit down in restaurants and much more. We owe much homage to them.

See the Democracy Now video clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZIzby9F6eY
Be sure to also visit https://www.freespeech.org/ and http://www.democracynow.org

The author, activist, and intellectual Angela Y. Davis is this year’s UC Regents Professor and Professor of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary PhD program, and Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz. The event is sponsored by the Gender Studies Department.
She will be giving a lecture titled “Feminism and Abolition: Extending the Dialogue”
at UCLA Los Angeles, Ca in the Royce Hall
Thursday May 8th, 2014
5:30pm to 7:00pm

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Black Star Crescent Moon book by Sohail Daulatzai

Black Star Crescent Moon book by Sohail Daulatzai

Had the once again pleasure of hearing Sohail Daulatzai (My sister’s old Professor of African American and Film & Media studies at UC Irvine, Ca) at his book signing at Eso Won Books in Leimert Park. He is one of the most well versed, intelligent, personable, accomplished scholar I have came across.

No wonder my sister loved being a student of his! His new book Black Star Crescent Moon, The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond American just released & is deep look into this political & cultural history of Black Islam, Black radicalism, and the Muslim third world.

In 1962, Malcolm X said “the same rebellion, the same impatience, the same anger that exists in the hearts of the dark people in Africa and Asia, is existing in the hearts and minds of 20 million black people in this country who have been just thoroughly colonized as the people in Africa and Asia.” Fifty years later, in 2012, with a Black President who’s middle name is Hussein as the face of American empire, Muslim hip-hop artists such as Yaslin Bey (aka Mos Def) and Lupe Fiasco have continued to carry on Malcolm’s legacy of Black internationalism in their music, connecting white supremacy/racism in the U.S. with American war abroad against Muslims and other non-white peoples in a post-9/11 world.

As Sohail Daulatzai reveals in Black Star,Crescent Moon, Islam and the struggles in the Muslim Third World have played a central role in shaping the Black radical imagination throughout the 20th century and the global struggle against imperialism. Whether it be through Malcolm X or Muhammad Ali, the poets of the Black Arts Movement or jazz musicians, Black Power activists or filmmakers, novelists or hip-hop artists, Daulatzai tells the story of how Black artists and activists linked discontent and unrest in Harlem, Los Angeles and Chicago to the anti-imperialist movements of the Muslim Third World for inspiration and solidarity in their struggles for social justice.

By resurrecting a past when the national liberation struggles in the Muslim Third World occupied a central place within the Black radical imagination, Black Star, Crescent Moon explores explores the significance of this forgotten history for contemporary politics and arts when Black artists and activists imagined themselves not as national minorities but as a part of a global majority.

Reviews by Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos def), Michael E. Dyson & Robin D. G. Kelley