Former forklift driver/warehouse worker/janitor, Raymond Nat Turner is a NYC poet; BAR's Poet-in-Residence; and founder/co-leader of the jazz-poetry ensemble UpSurge!NYC.
A new four-part documentary series, “Exterminate All the Brutes,” delves deeply into the legacy of European colonialism from the Americas to Africa. It has been described as an unflinching narrative of genocide and exploitation
KRS-One has been rapping since 1987 — three decades of expressing radical Black politics and not selling out. His new album Between Da Protests is a manifesto for Black Lives Matter.
Whether they can admit it or not, they’re now coming to experience (just as he as) that free speech comes with a heavy cost: the response of others to that speech.
UMAW differentiates itself from similar unions through its vast scope, seeking systemic shifts industry-wide, inclusive of various genres and practices.
"This feeling of zozobra is commonly experienced by people who visit or immigrate to a foreign country: the rhythms of life, the way people interact, everything just seems “off” – unfamiliar, disorienting and vaguely alienating."
"...while The Trial of the Chicago 7 is sympathetic to Hoffman, it also softens him in a way that ultimately amounts to historical fabrication."
"What does “pride” really mean? The Greek word it translates is hubris, and pride doesn’t quite cover the range of the meaning of hubris. Vanity may well be part of hubris, but a more crucial sense of the word is terrible judgment, gross overconfidence, blindness, obtuseness, a failure to see what is staring you in the face – a failure to see it until it’s too late."
"Beethoven belongs, heart and soul, to the political left. Centuries after his death, his music still retains the power to transform, transfigure, and revivify, no matter how many political defeats its partisans and spiritual comrades suffer."
"The controversy over the new Netflix movie Cuties is so stupid, you never should’ve heard about it. But it’s gotten so hysterically overblown by this point, it can’t be ignored anymore."
"West described Du Bois—a co-founder of the NAACP and the first African American to earn a Harvard PhD—as an “intellectual giant and spiritual titan and freedom fighter” whose efforts to bring the experience of African Americans to the moral and intellectual attention of a society set on dehumanizing them spanned more than half the 20th century. Du Bois lived from 1868 to 1963."
"Due to his lack of experience with black people, cats or self-lubricating sexual organs, I’m sure Ben had to go on Urban Dictionary to find out what the lyrics meant"
"In my art, I reflected the party’s demand for community control of police, which required that law enforcement who patrolled our communities lived in our communities and would thus be held accountable for their actions and abuse"
Art as agitation and resistance...
"...no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”
“ESPN expedited the documentary knowing that Jordan has served as a reliable ambassador of U.S. capital.”