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Ali: Champion for Hunger Relief and Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 06.15.2016 | Sports
Jack Healey

We remember Muhammed Ali today, on the 30th Anniversary of A Conspiracy of Hope. He championed the case for Human Rights Early on April 30,1976, I w...

What I Learned From The Greatest: Personal Reflections On Muhammad Ali

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Kennedy

It was the mid-1970s and Muhammad Ali was my new hero. To me, a grade-schooler, he was larger than life and yet so down-to-earth. My parents were in his inner circle, which gave me magical memories and personal insights on greatness.

Joe Morton on Stage

Yvonna Russell | Posted 05.27.2016 | New York
Yvonna Russell

Thespian Joe Morton commands the Westside Theatre stage as the bombastic comedian, activist, author and presidential nominee for The Freedom and Peace party Dick Gregory.

A Boomer Recalls 1968: My Upgrade From Beach Blanket Bingo to Citizen Kane

Amy Lennard Goehner | Posted 05.23.2016 | Fifty
Amy Lennard Goehner

In 1968 our country was in turmoil. And it was the year I grew a social conscience, thanks largely to my 25-year-old English teacher, Mr. Goggin. Mr. G. taught us there actually was a whole world outside of our little Newton, Mass. universe.

First Nighter: Joe Morton as Dick Gregory in "Turn Me Loose," The Irondale Ensemble Takes on Shakespeare in "1599," The Sluggish "A Better Place" and "Cal in Camo"

David Finkle | Posted 05.21.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Dick Gregory isn't playing himself in Turn Me Loose, at the Westside Theatre, although, at 83, he certainly could. Right now Joe Morton, whom current tv viewers know from Scandal, is impersonating Gregory in the Gretchen Law play that also has John Carlin taking on several roles, among them William F. Buckley.

The Whitewashing of Black American Icons: Who Is Writing Our History?

Erika Hardison | Posted 03.08.2016 | Black Voices
Erika Hardison

#BlackHistoryMonth REMINDER: Sojourner Truth - whose first language was DUTCH - never asked "Ain't I a woman?" Yes. That's a White Lady Lie.— Ra's a...

Dick Gregory Documentary Launching Kickstarter Campaign

Variety | Brennan Williams | Posted 09.09.2015 | Black Voices

The producers of a documentary on comedian Dick Gregory have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete the film....

Could a Baltimore Happen in Chicago?

Robert McKersie | Posted 06.03.2016 | Chicago
Robert McKersie

Recently we have witnessed the unfortunate sequence of legitimate protest actions being hijacked by those who use the crowd effect of many marchers as a cover for their criminal activities of looting and burning. This same juxtaposition occurred 50 years ago this summer in Chicago and there are some lessons to be learned.

This Is Dick Gregory's Response To 'Empire' And The N-Word

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.31.2015 | Black Voices

This article contains explicit language. When it comes to the use of the N-word, Dick Gregory is no stranger to explaining his candid thoughts on t...

Breaking Badder: Interviews with RJ Mitte, Robert Weide, Chris Bliss and Anne McCue, Plus Alexz Johnson and Michael Stec Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

photo credit: Daniel Martinez Matallana A Conversation with Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte Mike Ragogna: Hey, first of all I wanted to congratulate you on...

Dick Gregory On Receiving Hollywood Star: 'You Know Damn Good And Well Why It Took So Long'

Variety | Posted 02.09.2015 | Black Voices

It was more than half a century ago that Dick Gregory became the Jackie Robinson of stand-up comedy, arguably the first black comic to break through t...

Schools Should Show 'Selma'!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 03.21.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

It's oft been said that those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. But you need to know what your history is before you can learn from it. Selma DVDs in every classroom is a start.

On a Human Rights Attitude and Advocacy: The Gregory-Chappelle (or Angelou-Baldwin) Doctrine

Jack Healey | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Take Angelou's injunction seriously with regard to human rights and keep your anger to defend them and march it and vote it and let your representatives know that you intend to do so, wherever you may be.

New Portrait Honors Clyde Kennard, Forgotten Civil Rights Pioneer

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
The Zinn Education Project

After the terrorist attack on 9-11 and the nation's response, anger and grief overwhelmed artist Robert Shetterly.

Richard Pryor, Furious Cool, and an Early Thanksgiving

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In what is clearly (and beautifully) a labor of love, brothers David Henry and Joe Henry have brought Richard Pryor back to pulsating life, affirming ...

Listen to This Book: The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975

Tom Semioli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tom Semioli

Thomas infuses his passion for the music, poetry, and recorded rhetoric with a weighty reverence for the events and attitudes that shaped a generation. His mission started out quite innocently.

Iran Cooties: Will Obama Meet with Rouhani Tuesday?

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.19.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

On Tuesday, President Obama has a historic opportunity to end the "Iran cooties" policy. Iran's newly-elected, pragmatic, pro-diplomacy President Hassan Rouhani is going to be addressing the United Nations General Assembly. So is U.S. President Barack Obama.

ReThink Review: When Comedy Went to School - Comedy History in the Catskills

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.20.2013 | Comedy
Jonathan Kim

Comedy icons like Jerry Lewis, Jackie Mason, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, and even Woody Allen were able to work and hone material during weeklong stands in front of packed, tough crowds, creating the style and rhythm of what we now consider modern stand up comedy.

When Comedy Went to School: The Catskills Were a Boot Camp for the Greatest Generation of Comedians

Kristin McCracken | Posted 09.02.2013 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

The Borscht Belt, the Jewish Alps, the Sour Cream Sierras... From the 1940s to the 1960s, the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York (primarily Sullivan and Ulster Counties) were the place to be for the growing Jewish community in the Northeast.

Dick Gregory: "What I'm Running From" Bryn Mawr College Feb. 28

Lonna Saunders | Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices
Lonna Saunders

Mr. Dick Gregory -- presidential candidate, comedian, author, actor, army, postal worker, civil rights activist, entrepreneur in nutrition and the health food industry -- has done it all. What does he like doing best?

Dick Gregory: Spike Lee Is A Thug And A Punk

Posted 01.22.2013 | Black Voices

As the "Django Unchained" controversy continues this week, legendary Civil Right activist and comedian, Dick Gregory, is the latest public figure to o...

Happy Birthday to the World's Weirdest Comic: Professor Irwin Corey, the Gibberish Maven

Myra Chanin | Posted 09.29.2012 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

At the ripe age of either 98 (per Wikipedia) or 100 (per his faded driver's license), Professor Irwin Corey, "The World's Foremost Authority," is still a man of many words, usually multisyllabic and unintelligible.

The Hunger Games: Up Minimum Wage and Keep Your Tax Cuts

Lonna Saunders | Posted 08.11.2012 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Let's stop the hunger games. This is the Congressional compromise Washington should make. Let the one percenters keep their tax cuts and raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour.

World Bank Group President-Elect Jim Yong Kim: Tackling the World's Troubles

Lonna Saunders | Posted 07.15.2012 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

As Dartmouth's outgoing president, World Bank Group President-Elect Jim Yong Kim stressed the importance of interdisciplinary research. The need for students to engage with the rest of the world. To push beyond their comfort zone.

Our Exclusive Black History Month Comedy Roundtable

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 02.04.2012 | Comedy

Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Wanda Sykes, Dave Chappelle... say any of their names to a serious fan of comedy and you're likely to elicit a r...