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aberjhani's picture
Dec.27.2010
The first decade of the 21st century ended in 2009 with concerns expressed worldwide over the state of the economy, and the second decade kicked off the same way in 2010. Historically, whatever challenging conditions have impacted upon Americans in general tends to hit African Americans twice as...
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Aug.30.2010
This essay was my response to a question posted on the Black Science Fiction Society Website. The question was posted by William Landis on August 3, 2010 at 9:34pm in Black Internationale on The Black Science Fiction Society Website Any effort to convince young men and women of color to contribute...
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Mar.16.2010
Many modern audiences first became familiar with the name Nina Simone in 2005 after Canadian singer Michael Buble' recorded her 1965 hit song, "Feeling Good," and which finalists on the popular American Idol television show sang before world audiences in 2007. However, long before Buble'...
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Sep.06.2009
  When considering that an artist for the past twenty years has been producing and selling more than 100 original paintings per year, it becomes difficult to think of the individual as one of the South's best kept brilliant secrets. Yet, despite the fact that he was selected one of the "...
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Aug.27.2009
As what would have been the beloved iconic entertainer's 51st birthday approaches (August 29, 2009) the world community once again finds itself engaged in rediscovering, redefining, and re-devouring Michael Jackson. Some are feasting as they have been for years on continuous disclosures about...
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Aug.24.2009
"This world we live in is the dance of the Creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on." --Michael Jackson, The Dance       The black star zooms gold.Wings of white flame torch his throat.His voice has arrived. A nest of brothersand...
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Jul.25.2009
What is the extent of our capacity for imaginative empathy? When is it easy to put oneself in the place of other, and when is the stretch too far to manage? I don't have much trouble imagining how Henry Louis Gates felt earlier this week when he was arrested at the door of his own home. I was...
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Jun.12.2009
The following is presented in honor of Juneteenth, the traditional commemoration of the celebration that dates back to  June19, 1865, when African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned for the first time about the Emancipation Proclamation that had been issued to free them two years earlier...
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May.21.2009
Ask any student of American history what year the enslavement of African Americans ended in the United States and she or he will answer with cheerful confidence, "1865" (although President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the constitutional amendments that...
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Mar.28.2009
  It's always nice when a writer can acknowledge some minor connection to the subjects of a blog such as this. In regard to Ellington, I can only say it was a great pleasure to write the article on him featured in Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (Facts On File). However, where Mercer is...