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Body Love – Mary Lambert — January 31, 2014
Saying Goodbye to Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger — January 29, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger

This month the world said goodbye to two great men who dedicated their lives to cultural activism through art. Amiri Baraka, poet and playwright of the Black Arts Movement and folk legend Pete Seeger will always be remembered for the way their art shaped public consciousness and provided the soundtrack to American movements against war and segregation and for social justice. We thank them for their life’s work during their time here and wish peace and power upon their beloved spirits.

In love and remembrance.

Amiri Baraka, Somebody Blew Up America

Pete Seeger, We Shall Overcome

Pete Seeger, Where Have All the Flowers Gone

We also recognize that it is just as important acknowledge the many ways their contributions to culture wouldn’t have been possible without the women in their lives. This article from the New Yorker sheds some light upon Hettie Jones, writer, mother and Amiri Baraka’s first wife, and her role in his artistic and personal development, as does this conversation with Amina Baraka, artist, activist, and his second wife.

Notts End-of-Year Open Mic — December 17, 2012
Sisters Talking Back (Challenging Dominant Narratives) — June 23, 2012

Sisters Talking Back (Challenging Dominant Narratives)

Sisters of Resistance have recently read some powerful sisters talking back, challenging racist, sexist stereotypes of the dominant white male power structure. 

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Lauryn Hill has spoken back against the poisonous nature of the music industry in a powerful statement available here.

Erykah Badu has directly addressed those who seek to badmouth her because of her third child here. 

Lastly, this in depth article analyses “respectability politics” and how they can be oppressive for black women in particular, making reference to the racist film The Help and Erykah Badu. 

SA-ROC on the Music Industry — June 7, 2012
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