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Paul Robeson

Appreciating Paul Robeson, a True Global Citizen

Murali Balaji | Posted 06.10.2014 | Black Voices
Murali Balaji

Just five days after many Americans observed the 46th anniversary of the death of one civil rights icon, the 116th birth anniversary of another icon went largely unnoticed.

Chuck D of Public Enemy to Receive Paul Robeson 'Here I Stand' Award in D.C. This Saturday Sept 7

Head-Roc | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
Head-Roc

Chuck D! Public Enemy!! Possibly, no -- definitely the most culturally influential Hip-Hop group of all time! For his role as lead MC in Public Enemy, Chuck D is the pure definition of an artist activist.

Celebrating Progressive Patriotism on the Fourth of July

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans have an equal right to claim the flag as their own. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.

Deep Rivers, Souls, and the Enduring Artistic Challenge: A Reflection on Paul Robeson and Rob Murat

Charles Howard | Posted 10.13.2012 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

Beyond his legendary athletic abilities and his brilliant scholarship, Robeson is best known as an Artist and as an Activist. His deep baritone emerges from a deep resolve to fight against oppression everywhere.

Saul Alinsky Elementary School? How We Honor America's Radicals and Reformers

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A society that really wants to celebrate the life of an important figure -- to keep his or her memory alive in our collective psyche -- must do so publicly and permanently.

Progressives Should Take Back the Flag

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans -- across the political spectrum -- have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.

An Open Letter to Black Male Athletes

Kevin Powell | Posted 12.03.2011 | Black Voices
Kevin Powell

So I come to you not simply as a fan, but also as someone who knows well the inner workings of sports and entertainment and as someone who wants to see you live up to your full potential, not just as elite athletes, but as men.

The 50 Most Influential Progressives of the 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day. Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history.

A Prayer

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Reverend Billy

Aung San Sun Kyi, Nelson Mandela, Chief Joseph, Harvey Milk -- teach us! Revolution aint what it used to be.

Free Flick Fridays: Song of Freedom

Tribeca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tribeca

It's shocking, really, that there hasn't been a biopic of the legendary Paul Robeson as of yet. Much, much more than "the guy who sings "Ol' Man River" in Showboat," Robeson was a towering American figure and one of the few people who can accurately be called a Renaissance man.

Touring Harlem, Lost and Found

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

Are you wistful for that old-time Harlem?

You and I Hate My Name

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

At a time when financial bigwigs have made a mess of the U.S. economy, the deserved scorn heaped upon these greedy "masters of the universe" poses a problem for people with blue-blood monikers like mine.

Yes We Did!

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Forget about the Bradley effect, Republican voter suppression tactics and October surprises. Obama won a clear and resounding victory last night.

Frank Marshall Davis and the Deception of Pornography

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lisa Derrick

I wrote pornography to pay for my addiction to books and fancy face cleansers.