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TIDAL & Harry Belafonte’s SANKOFA.ORG Premiere Visual EP “17”

Today SANKOFA.org, the social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte, has announced that the audio version of its new Visual EP “17”, featuring music by artists Ty Dolla $ign, Raphael Saadiq, Mali Music and Elijah Blake, is now available on all DSPs. The Visual EP, which made its official February 17th premiere on TIDAL, seeks to raise funds to support grassroots organizing efforts around issues of racial and social justice. Read more

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What to Watch Instead of the Inauguration

If you plan to join the thousands (if not millions) of people across the U.S. in boycotting the soon-to-be-President of this doomed United States’ inauguration, you’re likely seeking out counter-programming to drown out the 24-hour news and social media hell that comes along with it. Thankfully there are alternatives to this Orangeade onslaught that will not only keep you distracted, but that offer some beacon of light, hope and inspiration, which will no doubt come in handy over the next four (or more, but for God’s mercy, I hope not) years. Read more

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Come Behind The Scenes of “MLK Now 2017!”

Yesterday (MLK Day) more than 3,000 people gathered at The Riverside Church in Harlem, New York for the 2nd Annual “MLK Now” hosted by Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), with presenting partners Sankofa.org and PICO National Network. The special program, which was live broadcast online, celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., exploring through speeches, musical performances, and a panel discussion how his message and vision continue to resonate in today’s racial, social and political landscape. Read more

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6 Ways NOT to Comfort People About the Election

This opinion piece authored by Janet Dickerson was originally published on November 11, 2016 on Medium.

In many ways, conversations in the aftermath of Trump’s electoral win have felt almost like how people try (and fail) to offer condolences and comfort after the death of a loved one. Trying to talk to others about how to make sense of the shock of it all has been a minefield of well-intentioned but woefully misguided advice, religious pontificating, and tone-deaf sympathies that, frankly, only piss people off more. Here are a few of the absolute worst:

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No, Patton Oswalt, America Is Not More Sexist Than It Is Racist

This opinion piece authored by Janet Dickerson was originally published on November 10, 2016 by The Root:

On Tuesday night, as the world watched in shock and horror with the realization that Donald Trump had, in fact, won the presidency, it didn’t take long for a new narrative to take hold. A tweet by Patton Oswalt, in which he stated that the election results affirmed that America is far more sexist than it is racist, quickly went viral.

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Go Backstage At The “Many Rivers To Cross” Festival in Atlanta!

[avia_codeblock_placeholder uid=”8″] For the thousands who attended the “Many Rivers to Cross Festival” this past weekend, just outside of Atlanta, it was a historic musical event. Entertainment Icon and activist Harry Belafonte sang for the first time in 12 years. The performance was part of the grand finale musical presentation called “Stir it Up,” which he curated […]