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Video: Black Owned — Jackson

Introducing Black Owned, a film series exploring the Black entrepreneurial spirit and its essential contribution to the American economy through the perspectives of business owners.

February 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mike Schneider: A Hammer not a Mirror

A Discussion with Anne Feeney & Utah Phillips

February 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Maurice

Everything would be fine. Maurice had made up his mind. Pick a date, announce his retirement, sell the car, see old friends, and empty the garage. Then, die with dignity.

January 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Ana Popovic | Blues Woman

Ana Popovic is widely regarded as one of the best blues performers in the world.

December 31, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: The Chicks | March March

“If your voice held no power, they wouldn’t try to silence you.”

December 26, 2020 · 4 Comments

Video: Buskers

Buskers is the story of Packo, a young Dubliner, and Milos, a Romanian immigrant, who battle to secure a space to beg at a Dublin train station. After a comical … Continue reading

December 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Bread and Roses | Joan Baez (lyrics included)

As we go marching, marching
We battle too for men
For they are women’s children
And we mother them again

December 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: A Mind Sang

In the last moments before childbirth, a mother sees how similar her life and her child’s life will be.

December 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Blue Notes

I think of Fats Waller whose left hand leaped down the keys, showing the path for every jazz pianist who followed, including the great Art Tatum and the minor Billy Joel.

November 28, 2020 · 11 Comments

Audio: Art Tatum | Tiger Rag

“I only play the piano, but tonight God is in the house” — Fats Waller, on Art Tatum

November 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Rising Appalachia | Resilient

These times are poignant
The winds have shifted
It’s all we can do
To stay uplifted

November 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Freed by Fire

“Freed by Fire” follows Molina, a 12-year old Malawian girl who becomes another child in a forced marriage. One female chief is tirelessly working to stop it.

November 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Club des Belugas | Straight to Memphis| Brenda Boykin

In this wildly original montage, Club Des Belugas pays tribute to African American entertainers in mid-century Hollywood.

November 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

George Drew: I Know You’re in Detroit

Aretha, I apologize for having never written a poem
for or about you, not in all the Hit Parades of years
I’ve grooved to you…

November 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

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