Millennials: Continue the Fight for Reparations

September 28, 2016 WI Webstaff 0

A recent Associated Press poll showed that 62 percent of those polled ages 18-35 opposed the U.S. government providing reparations to African-Americans for slavery while 32 percent support the measure. However, the poll is much different among racial lines. Sixty-two percent of Black Americans and 40 percent of Latinos want reparations while 21 percent of White Americans are in favor. […]

D.C. Youth Connect With Young Ethiopians

November 24, 2015 Sam P. K. Collins 0

In the centuries after the end of Maafa — the worldwide separation of African people via the Transatlantic Slave Trade — people of African descent have struggled to foster a collective consciousness under a global system that favors everything European. […]

Visitors Share Their Take on Artworks in Dialogue

November 24, 2015 Brianna Rhodes 0

For more than a year, visitors at the Smithsonian National Museum of Art have had the opportunity to talk about the connection between African and African-American history. They’ve done so through “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue,” an exhibit that highlights various interpretations of African and African-American culture. Spirituality counts among those topics that bridges the gap between the two groups. […]

Kelela Pushes R&B in New Direction

November 24, 2015 Adolf Alzuphar 0

Singer and songwriter Kelela is one of R&B’s new rising stars. Two years after releasing her critically acclaimed EP “Cut 4 Me,” she’s back with “Hallucinogen.” In half a dozen tracks, she lets her personal tastes and that of her collaborators distance herself from the mainstream contemporary R&B pack all the while rooting herself in the tradition. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, she said that she focuses more on “resonance than on sound [unlike others]” to balance out her own individuality with that of the feature artists. Her rhythms, melodies, and lyrics cause us to hallucinate, as great R&B has always done. […]

Viola Davis Emmy Win Raises Hollywood Diversity Question

October 21, 2015 WI Webstaff 0

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” said Viola Davis in her Emmy acceptance speech last month. Since 1982, five black women have been nominated for best actress in a drama series but Davis is the first to win an Emmy for her lead role on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” (HTGAWM). “Many of our artists could win these awards, but the opportunity is lacking for black actors and actresses. We are in some ways being oppressed,” said Kyris Brown, 32, director of International Affairs and Admission at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.

Swaliga Promotes STEAM-Centered Education

October 21, 2015 WI Webstaff 0

For two years, the Swaliga Foundation has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington (BGCGW) to give students an education that integrates science, technology, engineering, and math curricula with the arts. This collaboration has become part of the national STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) movement, which aims to help children adapt and function in modern-day America by coupling what have been considered vastly different subjects.

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