The revolutionary potential of Black Forum Records

Panelist Professor Michael Dinwiddle, James Mtume, Sadie Barnette and Rich Medina HERB BOYD PHOTO   Motown Records and its galaxy of musical stars are permanent fixtures in American culture, but very little is known about the company’s subsidiary label, Black Forum. Sunday evening at MOMA PS1, a panel that included Professor Michael Dinwiddie, James Mtume, Sadie […]

Learning from Legendary Activist Bobby Seale Founder of Black Panther

By Philip Lipson Growing up as a teenager in the 1960’s one of the most horrifying sights I witnessed on television was the gagging of Bobby Seale at thetrial of the Chicago 8. Referred to as the Chicago 7, Bobby Seal was the eighth defendant. This was a trial of eight Activists for the disruption […]

The rise and fall of Alexandre Dumas, the black author who ruled European literature in the 1800s

Photo: Wiki CC He was known for his illustrious career as an author and literary pioneer of the 19th century, but this came at a high cost since Alexander Dumas was a Frenchman of African descent. Born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie to Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, a renowned soldier in France, and Marie-Louise Élisabeth Labouret in 1802, Dumas rose […]