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Last Updated: Apr 14th, 2014 - 09:01:02

Diaspora
Apartheid in Israel
A small delegation of African Americans traveled through Israel and Palestine to get a firsthand look at the daily lives of Palestinians. What they saw--apartheid-like and Jim Crow-era conditions for Palestinians--shocked and angered them.

Mar 30, 2014, 17:23

The 411
Warrior for the People
Fred Ho, who spoke truth to power through his music, books and activism, joined the ancestors on April 12. He was 56 years old. Inspired by the Black Arts Movement, Ho formed many bands, including the Afro-Asian Music Ensemble. He also authored compositions dedicated to the Black Panthers and Muhammad Ali.

Apr 14, 2014, 08:35

Movies/TV
Spies of Mississippi
"Spies of Mississippi” tells the story of Mississippi’s Sovereignty Commission, a state, tax-payer supported agency established to maintain, at any cost, Jim Crow segregation and a totalitarian system of white supremacy.

Mar 30, 2014, 17:08

The 411
Justice for LaVena Johnson
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: The Military-Spy-Prison-Complex:Father of Black Teen Killed in Iraq Continues Quest for Justice in What He Believes was Her Violent Rape, Torture and Murder on a U.S. Army Base..Accused U.S. Servicemembers in Japan Evading Punishment for Sex Crimes...U.S. Vets Shunned by Army Racism Awarded Medal of Honor..NSA, FBI, DIA Sued over Refusal to Disclose U.S. Role in Imprisonment of Nelson Mandela..U.N. Urges Probe of Drone Strikes..U.N. Committee Criticizes U.S. Record on Human Rights...Snowden: NSA "Setting Fire to Future of Internet"...Study: U.S. Drones Killed Up to 4 Civilians in Pakistan, 29 in Yemen During 2013...And MUCH more. Check THE REAL NEWS!

Mar 28, 2014, 17:10

Movies/TV
Too Painful to Watch?
Iverem joins Stephanie Dunn and Mark Anthony Neal on "Left of Black" to discuss Black film in 2013. She points out that many Blacks considered "12 Years a Slave" too painful to watch.

Mar 30, 2014, 16:48

The 411
The Sixth Extinction...
New Report: When Tyrone Hayes discovered the the pesticide atrazine was dangerous to humans and the planet, the company Sygenta started a smear campaign against him.
SeeingBlack.com 411: The Planet: The Sixth Extinction: How Humans Are Causing Largest Die-Off Since Dinosaur Age...Ailing U.S. Sailors Sue After Exposure to High Radiation Levels During Fukushima Mission... Black Scientist Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta..Are Any Plastics Safe? Industry Tries to Hide Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Bottles, Containers..AP: States Confirm Oil, Gas Drilling Contaminates Well Water. And MUCH more...Check out all the real news.

Mar 23, 2014, 23:05

Movies/TV
The Lesson of '12 Years'
Perhaps the long-lasting value of "!2 Years a Slave" extends beyond its depiction of the brutality of slavery to its depiction of the economic tentacles of slavery in the building and foundation of the United States.
By Esther Iverem

Mar 30, 2014, 16:31

The 411
The Murdered and Missing
And More SeeingBlack.com 411--Social Justice:U.S. Attorney to Probe Mysterious Death of Georgia Teen..Chicago Cop Faces No Charges for Shooting Unarmed Black Man 7 Times..Charges Filed Against Homeowner in Shooting of Renisha McBride..Family Says African American Slain by Georgia Police Was Unarmed..Marissa Alexander Freed on Bond Ahead of Trial..Wealthy Texas Teen Gets Probation for Fatal Crash After "Affluenza" Defense..Alabama Pardons Last 3 of "Scottsboro Boys" And MUCH more...Check the news!

Dec 28, 2013, 00:36

Literature
Baraka's World Children
Baraka’s world (and word) children, have a sworn pact with our tongues, pens, keyboards to tell the true story of not only our killing but of our beauty, triumph and ability to win.
By Esther Iverem

Jan 17, 2014, 08:53

Diaspora
The Mandela Legacy
Photo by Chester Higgins. All Rights Reserved
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: Nelson Mandela Madiba laid to rest in home village..African-American workers at Polaroid in Massachusetts helped launch the divestment movement against apartheid South Africa in the early 1970s..How the CIA helped the South African government track down and capture Mandela in 1962..The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa...

Dec 27, 2013, 21:36

Movies/TV
Top Film Picks
"12 Years a Slave" tops SeeingBlack.com's top ten films of 2013. See what else Esther Iverem put on her list as we head toward the awards season

Dec 26, 2013, 15:51

The 411
Is Drone Use a War Crime?
Nabila Rehman, who saw her grandmother killed by a drone in Pakistan, testified before Congress.
And More SeeingBlack.com 411--The Military-Industrial-Spying-Prison-Complex: Amnesty Report: U.S. Drone Killings in Pakistan May Amount to War Crimes... NSA Collecting Location Data on Cellphones Worldwide..Report: NSA Secretly Breaking Into Google, Yahoo Data Links..Reports of Military Sexual Assault Increase by 46%..Report: CIA Will Retain Control over Drone Strikes..Spooky Business: U.S. Corporations Enlist Ex-Intelligence Agents to Spy on Nonprofit Groups...And much more...

Dec 27, 2013, 23:28

Music
Top Jazz Picks
Ahmad Jamal, Steve Coleman & Five Elements and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society top Gene Seymour's jazz picks for 2013--and he gives props to Branford Marsalis for sticking up for jazz listeners and lovers.

Dec 26, 2013, 15:29

The 411
Cuts to Pensions, Jobless
And More SeeingBlack.com 411--Economy and Politics: JPMorgan Chase to Pay $13 Billion in Record DOJ Settlement over Mortgages..Johnson & Johnson to Pay $2.2 Billion to Settle Fraud Charges..Bank of America Found Liable for Countrywide Fraud..U.S. Faces Opposition on Pro-Corporate Agenda in TPP Talks...Study: 7 in 10 College Students Graduating With Loan Debt...AND MUCH MORE...CHECK THE REAL NEWS.

Dec 28, 2013, 01:11


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We Gotta Have It
Order Esther Iverem’s We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies. 1986-2006. An essential overview of the “New Wave” in Black cinema—a complex, often surprising perspective on art, society, and history.  More than 400 reviews, plus essays and interviews from your favorite movie critic.

Early raves for We Gotta Have It:

"Esther Iverem brings a voice that is deft, insightful and good-humored to the subject of African American culture."
      --Tavis Smiley

"Esther Iverem… is, hands down, one the smartest cultural critics of her generation. This wonderful romp through the last two decades of black-subject films will have you visiting your local video store on the regular.  It’s one of those book we gotta have."
      --Robin D. G. Kelley

"The work of African American filmmakers continues to out pace critiques and commentary by African American film critics. Esther Iverem closes this gap.
      --Warrington Hudlin


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