Independent Lens: The New Black: Faith Gave Tonex the Courage to Come Out to Fans
This video extra from the Independent Lens documentary The New Black gives us an intimate look at how singer Tonéx, a.k.a. B.Slade, shifted gears in his life as a successful gospel artist when he revealed he was gay.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is join by Professor Elizabeth Alexander to discuss the black art aesthetic and whether hip hop is poetry. Professor Alexander is the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies, American Studies and English at Yale University. Professor Alexander was chosen by President Obama to compose and read a poem for his 2008 inauguration.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal visits with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar in the Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke University. Zollar and her dance troupe, Urban Bush Women are partaking in a two-week residency at Duke University. Urban Bush Women celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Professor Guthrie Ramsey Jr. to talk about how music today is made, shared, and studied. Prof. Ramsey is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania and recently published, "The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebob".
Left of Black with Regina Bradley and Julius Bailey
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined by Julius Bailey and Regina Bradley to talk about hip hop and the academy. Recently, Bradley contributed to and Bailey edited the volume, "The Cultural Impact of Kanye West."
All of Me - Vintage Soul John Legend Cover ft. Kiah Victoria
Meet Kiah Victoria. She's only 21 years old, but with a voice like that, she's going to be a huge star. I first heard her sing at The Manderley Bar in NYC, and knew she'd be perfect for singing a 1960's throwback soul cover of something.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz brought their son to the 10th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball in New York City. Alicia wore a fitted red gown and Swizz opted for a black suit, but it was little Egypt who stole the show in a red letterman's jacket and matching red Converse kicks.