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Nike's Larry Miller, His Story of Redemption and Building The Jordan Brand
by Mark Anthony Neal / 2d
' Larry Miller has been a top executive in sports and athletic wear for decades. As the Chairman of Nike's Jordan Brand, he's in charge of a multibillion-dollar global apparel juggernaut. But as a teenager growing up in West Philadelphia, he made a violent mistake that haunted him for decades: he murdered an 18-year-old man, Edward David White .'

FEB 02

The 'Double-edged Sword' of Being a Black First
by Mark Anthony Neal / 2d
' Code Switch talks about Constance Baker Motley — a trailblazing civil rights judge who paved the way for many to come after her (including, perhaps, the next Supreme Court justice?) But, as we learned, Motley's life was full of contradictions, and her many achievements also came with many costs.'
Analog Players Society - Home In America (feat. Masta Ace)
by Mark Anthony Neal / 2d
'“What is Home?” is the enormous question legendary Brooklyn rapper Masta Ace poses on “Home in America”. In this music video by director Olise Forel , Masta Ace skillfully exposes through verse and animation the devastating multi-generational impact of systemic racism on Black Americans and proposes a “what-if?” counterfactual history of the January 6, 2021 Capitol Insurrection.'
Enslaved People Imagine Freedom and Beyond in Jabari Asim's 'Yonder'
by Mark Anthony Neal / 2d
'Author Jabari Asim 's novel called Yonder follows a group of enslaved men and women who are forced to work on a plantation by day but dream together about freedom – and what's beyond the world they know – at night. Asim told NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer that he always writes with his ancestors looking over his shoulder: "I feel like I have a responsibility to honor that legacy of labor and sacrifice by
Rep. Barbara Lee Isn't Done Speaking Truth to Power
by Mark Anthony Neal / 2d
'The documentary Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power premiered on Starz. The film profiles Congresswoman Barbara Lee , representative for California’s 13th Congressional district, and her iconoclastic political career. Rep. Lee joined The Takeaway to speak about her life-long commitment to activism and the new film.'
Beyond Black History Month Podcast: The Legacy and Future of Black Comedy
by Mark Anthony Neal / 2d
'The history of black comedy, albeit complex, is both important and often overlooked. From the painful days of blackface to the storied styles of Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy , and even Kevin Hart , black comedians have had an undeniable impact on humor as a whole. In this episode of the Beyond Black History Month Podcast, listen as we unpack all the hurt and humor with both the assistance of stan
The Silencing of Black & Queer Voices: George M. Johnson on 15-State Ban of “All Boys Aren’t Blue
by Mark Anthony Neal / 2d
'School districts and Republican-controlled state legislatures are rapidly intensifying efforts to ban certain books about race, colonialism, sex and gender identity from public classrooms and libraries. The wave of book bans — with more than 70 educational gag order bills being introduced in legislatures over the past month alone — have been largely led by right-wing groups funded by Charles Koc

FEB 01

“Consecrate the Obscene… Condemn The Sacred” O'ahu Water Protectors on US Military, Water Contamination and Colonialism
by Mark Anthony Neal / 3d
'In this conversation Mikey Inouye and Shelley Muneoka discuss the crisis posed by the decrepit fuel tanks at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, above the Pearl Harbor Naval Base. They sit just 100 feet above the aquifer which provides the water supply for the island of O’ahu, the most populous island in Hawaii. Just a few months ago, the drinking water of 93,000 residents was contaminated
Edge of Sports: Talking ’90s Knicks With Chris Herring
by Mark Anthony Neal / 3d
'On this episode of Edge of Sports, host Dave Zirin talks with to Chris Herring , New York Times best-selling author of Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks. They talk about the interesting personalities on the team, Pat Riley ’s decision to stick with John Starks during a crucial postseason stretch, and pose some probing hypothetical questions.'
Larry Irvin: A Program to Empower Black Teachers in the US
by Mark Anthony Neal / 3d
'TED Fellow and education innovator Larry Irvin envisions a world where every child can see themselves reflected in their teachers. With his team at Brothers Empowered to Teach, Irvin is providing pathways to careers in education for Black men, who currently make up less than three percent of all teachers in the US -- offering training, personal and professional development and job placement. He

JAN 31

Sheryl Lee Ralph Talks Education, the Arts, and Abbott Elementary
by Mark Anthony Neal / 4d
'ABC mockumentary Abbott Elementary takes us to a public school in Philadelphia, where the teachers do their best to educate their students in spite of a lack of resources and funding. Sheryl Lee Ralph plays a no-nonsense, veteran teacher and mentor to second-grade teacher Janine Teagues, played by the show’s creator Quinta Brunson . While the reality of the public school system is no joke, Abbot
Amber Mark: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
by Mark Anthony Neal / 4d
'In her Tiny Desk (home) concert, singer-songwriter and producer Amber Mark expresses more than once that performing for the series is a "bucket list" moment for her. Upon our first meeting, she came with the concept for her performance entirely laid out. "The band is gonna sing backup, and we can cut to my family in the audience at the restaurant," she said. "We'll make it beautiful." With detai

JAN 30

Chibeze Ezekiel: A Vision for Sustainable Energy in Africa
by Mark Anthony Neal / 5d
'Africa needs new energy sources to fuel its development, but the continent should invest in renewable energy instead of cheap, polluting alternatives like coal, says climate inclusion activist Chibeze Ezekiel . In this TED talk, he tells the story of how he worked with local communities in Ghana to halt the construction of the country's first coal power plant -- and encouraged the government to
Actors on Actors: Regina King and Aunjanue Ellis
by Mark Anthony Neal / 5d
'In their Actors on Actors conversation Regina King ( The Harder They Fall ) and Aunjanue Ellis ( King Richard ) compare notes on how they prepare for films, review Regina's iconic roles in Jerry Maguire and Ra y, and talk about how King Richard 's script was being changed on set. (This interview was conducted before King confirmed the sudden death of her son, Ian Alexander Jr. He was 26.)'
Azzurra Cox: Landscapes of Belonging: Grounding Black Memory, Sowing Black Futures
by Mark Anthony Neal / 5d
'The story of being Black in America is, in many ways, the story of forced removal from home. Home is contested ground. The right to claim land, to feel one’s ancestors in the yard, is tantamount to the right to self-determination. And the removal of that right is a means for rupturing communities, breaking ties to people, culture, and the land. In this talk, Azzurra Cox explored how American nar

JAN 29

The Real Ballers Read Podcast: How Earthquakes and Sunrise Missions Gave Birth to the New Black Man with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal
by Mark Anthony Neal / 6d
'In December of 1984, a young Mark Anthony Neal read a book that jumpstarted his political and cultural awakening, Earthquakes and Sunrise Missions by Haki Madhubuti . The book's honest discussion of Black culture and the relationships between Black men and Black women laid a foundation for inquiries that have guided his journey since. In response to a variety of different questions from us, Dr.
Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: W. Kamau Bell on 'We Need to Talk About Cosby'
by Mark Anthony Neal / 6d
' W. Kamau Bell , a comedian and host, directed a new documentary series. It's called We Need To Talk About Cosby . It's about Bill Cosby – who he is, what he's done, and how we deal with that. It's a complicated, difficult topic. One that intersects with the fabric of the American entertainment system, with race, the justice system, the MeToo movement and so much more. In this conversation we ta
What Makes an American Songbook?: The Story of “Everything Must Change” by Mark Anthony Neal
84by Mark Anthony Neal / 6d
What Makes an American Songbook? The Story of “Everything Must Change” by Mark Anthony Neal | @NewBlackMan | NewBlackMan (in Exile) “Rain comes from the clouds Sun lights up the sky And hummingbirds do fly.” – Benard Ighner The “American Songbook” is best described as a canon of songs, largely written by White, male ethnic lyricists, and songwriters in the early-to-mid-20th Century, who literally
André De Shields On Living With His Shadow
by Mark Anthony Neal / 6d
Self-proclaimed “professional charmer” André De Shields has performed on stage for more than 50 years. “I’m the slowest moving entity on the stage, which mesmerizes people,” he told me. “They want to know, ‘Why is this person moving so monstrously slowly? He must know something.’” André shared some of his immense knowledge with me: stories about his coming of age sexual awakening with a woman twi
'Brown Girls': Debut Novel from Daphne Palasi Andreades
by Mark Anthony Neal / 6d
' Brown Girls , the debut novel from author Daphne Palasi Andreades , tells the story of a friend-group of brown girls in Queens, and their experiences of growing up together through the various stages of their lives. Andreades, who was born and raised in Queens, is with All Of It to discuss the novel which The New York Times calls a "daring debut".'
The Radical Connections Between Art and Incarceration
by Mark Anthony Neal / 7d
' The Takeaway speaks with Nicole Fleetwood , inaugural James Weldon Johnson professor of media, culture, and communications at New York University and 2021 MacArthur Fellow, and Russell Craig , a painter based in New York City, about how art is made and displayed in prisons and jails in the U.S.'

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