Black Agenda Report for 28 August, 2013: The "Dreamer" With a Kill List, the "Dreamer" as Zombie, Syria Enters American Hell

28 August 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Gary Younge points out that King’s “I Have A Dream” speech wasn’t offered as the penultimate moment of his career till after his death. Those who offer it were the same corporate media honchos who first elevated, then slimed and slandered King the last year of his life. “The Dreamer” too is their construct, as far from the man who lived and died as an ordinary person from a brain-eating zombie. Continue reading

Black Agenda Report July 4 2012: GOP Healthcare In Effect / GA Prison Strike / Frisco Stop-and-Frisk

4 July 2012Black Agenda Report – News, commentary and analysis from the black left

Obama Bound for Mount Rushmore?

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Obama‘s healthcare plan, now vetted by the U.S. Supreme Court, is the spawn of Republican reactionaries, “based on the principle that people should pay for their own bodily maintenance.” It bears no resemblance to world-class healthcare systems, “expanding the healthcare compact only for those who are destitute, while turning everyone else into profit-centers for corporations.” Obama has locked in the past, and put up a roadblock to the future – just as the right-wingers that invented the “individual mandate” intended.

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New Atlantis – Part Two: How musicians rebuilt New Orleans

24 August 2011 — Jazz on the Tube

More from the interview with jazz writer John Swenson. How jazz musicians pulled together to save New Orleans the city after the federal levee failures. Includes footage from one of the first big second line parades after the flood, a memorial parade for a murdered artist, and musician Glen David Andrews speaking at  the Silence Is Violence rally.

Black Agenda Report 4 May 2011: Obama Killing Spree / Brazil in Haiti / Obama Needs Birthers

4 May 2011 — BAR – News, commentary and analysis from the black left

Osama, Obama and Bush: Apt Comparisons, Missed Opportunities

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
bush-to-obama.jpgIllustration by Leon Kuhn. More of his work at http://www.leonkuhn.org.uk/
This weekend the White House announced the extrajudicial killing of Osama Bin Laden, and the secret disposal of his body at sea. Are we any safer now? And would it be any different if George W. Bush were making the same announcement four years ago?

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Promo: Tradition is a Temple

6 January, 2011 — Tradition is a Temple

TRADITION IS A TEMPLE explores New Orleans’ unique musical culture and the fragility of tradition in the modern world. The movie weaves together intimate personal discussions shot over a four year span with once-in-a-lifetime studio performances by New Orleans greats, such as Shannon Powell, Lucien Barbarin, Jason Marsalis, Topsy Chapman, Steve Masakowski, Ed Petersen, Roland Guerin, The Tremé Brass Band and many more.

This portrait of New Orleans music culture highlights the musician’s upbringing, how tradition shaped their identity and continues to inspire young people today.

We’re currently fundraising for post-production costs through a crowd funding website called Kickstarter.com. Please consider pre-ordering the DVD or Motion Picture Soundtrack by making a pledge. This is your chance to make this film happen. To learn more about our Kickstarter.com campaign click here.

Early supporters include The University of New Orleans, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, The Allan Houston Legacy Foundation and The Idea Village.

This is an artist-owned production.