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Monday
Sep012014

[VIDEO] Georgia Anne Muldrow - 'Pop Iconz'



Popular singer/producer Georgia Anne
Muldrow has made a name for herself
and her creative stylings for years either
on her own or with Stones Throw Records.
In this new video, she calls out the growing
corporate movements that depend on
taking advantage of the youth. In her own
words:

We as parents have to walk a very fine line between being
watchful and overprotective of what our kids are exposed to
…and that job is being made even more difficult by the
hyper-sexual, consumerist and vain aesthetic packed with
visual associations that are intentionally targeting the pre-teen
generation. I’m placing the blame on the corporate agenda that
abuses the minds and souls of talented or even aspiring artists.

To represent an awareness that is willfully avoidant of self-realization
is the bottom line for these influencers of consciousness; if someone’s
life goals are completely external his/her mind can easily be subdued
and controlled.

Art means too much to me, i ain’t having it.

Monday
Aug112014

[SPORTS] Mo'ne Davis Pitches Her Team to The Little League World Series



Last night, Mo’ne Davis became a truly
great story as she led her Taney Dragons
from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the
Little League World Series last night. The
12 year-old pitcher threw a three hit
shutout against the Delaware team,
enabling her to be the 17th girl to play
in the late summer classic. 

Sunday
Jul132014

[NEWS] Malala Heads To Nigeria to Aid the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign



Malala Yousafazai speaks to The Telegraph in
advance of her trip to Nigeria to speak with
President Goodluck Jonathan and other groups
in efforts to help bring back the girls abducted
by the extremist Boko Haram group. 

Thursday
Jul032014

[VIDEO] Lupita Nyong'o Braiding Hair



The actress talks about her love of 
braiding hair with a few friends and
Vogue Magazine in this video. 

Monday
Jun092014

[ENTERTAINMENT] Audra McDonald Speaks On Winning Her Sixth Tony Award



Audra McDonald speaks to the awaiting press
after capturing her historic sixth Tony Award
last evening. (Thanks to Gold Derby for the
video) 

Monday
Jun092014

[TV] Maya Rudolph Speaks to Ellen Degeneres About Her Variety Show



The comedienne speaks to Ellen on her show
and the process in bringing it to NBC.

Monday
Jun022014

[NEWS] Farewell, Yuri Kochiyama


The world reeled a bit late yesterday evening with the 
news that prominent Japanese-American freedom fighter
Yuri Kochiyama made her transition in Berkley, California
at the age of 93. Kochiyama dedicated her life to activism
early on after she & her family were detained in a WWII
internment camp, where she met her late husband, Bill
Kochiyama. They soon moved to New York City and
took up the cause of fighting for civil rights living among
their Black and Latino neighbors. That led Yuri to working
with Black Nationalists and Malcolm X. A fateful alliance
that ended with his assasination and Yuri running to him
at that moment, cradling his head in her lap. She was a
staunch activist from that point for the rights of all people
and an inspiring figure for all Americans, if not all citizens
of the globe.

Here are a few clips of Yuri Kochiyama imparting her
wisdom:

Yuri on her WWII Internment experience and
her association with Malcolm X for Democracy Now


Yuri Kochiyama ‘Freedom Is A Constant Struggle’

 

Yuri Kochiyama at Laney College, 2002.
 

Wednesday
May282014

[NEWS] Dr. Maya Angelou Passes Away 


It’s a heavy heart that we have at Manifesto to 
bring you news that the majestic Dr. Maya Angelou
has made her transition this morning at the age
of 86. Dr. Angelou was truly magnificent as a
poet, activist, author, teacher and dancer among
many other talents. Her work and life illustrates
just how important she was to all of us. The world
will miss her, but still learn from her. May she rest
in power.

Below are only a few video clips chock full of her
wisdom.

 
‘Love Liberates’ 

Dr. Angelou at Hampton University, 1996:
http://www.c-span.org/video/?74636-1/maya-angelou-perspective-life 

Dr. Angelou’s Interview with Reserve, Jan.2014:

 

Friday
May022014

[News] Good Magazine's Women of War Infographic


Good Magazine has released an infographic fully
detailing exactly what role women do have in
our military. Eye-opening. 

Sunday
Apr272014

[ART] Carrie Mae Weems: An Artist Reflects



Here is video of the opening lecture for the 
artist’s 2013 exhibition at the Portland Art
Museum, entitled “Carrie Mae Weems: Three
Decades of Photography and Video” where 
the artist expounds on the issues of race,
class and gender in her work.