R.I.P. Manning Marable

Scholar and Columbia Professor Manning Marable passed yesterday. With a new book about Malcolm X coming, this is such a shock.  To me, he was one of the three major Black intellectuals who reached out of the field of academia to bring knowledge to the people. Of course, those in the know realize that those other two are Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson. I spent last night actually looking at some of the books I have from him on my shelf.  Most know about his masterpiece, How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America, but I also encourage you to look up...

Amassing Knowledge vs. Building Community: The Expanded Possibilities in the Digital Age

This article was originally posted at: Writer’s Vibe Social media is a term that is often thrown around when people talk about the various sites and services available to them online. In the digital age we now find ourselves in, the way in which people go about gathering information has changed. Gone are the days where you have to read dozens of print newspapers and magazines to get a full sense of the available knowledge out there. The gathering of info used to be a solitary exercise; one that required an individual to dig and dig in isolation. To an...

Save Rice High School

Education is a topic that I feel strongly about.  On this blog, I focus a great deal on issues of politics, history, civic responsibility, and current events. This grouping of concerns was cultivated by the educational background that I am fortunate enough to have. I use this site as a vehicle to share the things I have learned in my years of study, and to keep people informed of what is going on in the Black community of New York City in particular, and the African-American community in general. On Thursday night, I got wind of a recent story in...

Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism

The ideas of Hubert H. Harrison live on. This site has learned of a tribute done for the early 20th century Black radical thinker by Pablo Ferrer. The video is in Spanish, with English subtitles translated by Daniel Rodriguez Torres. Produced by Pablo Zulu and Africana Sights and Sounds from the Soul, there is even some preliminary talk of a possible documentary around Harrison’s life work.  If realized, it would be a great contribution to the public knowledge available about this forgotten historical figure.