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 in the studio with Rapsody to talk about her music, influences, and the gender dynamics in hip hop. Rapsody released her new single, 'Hard to Choose' this week, Rapsody's forthcoming album 'Beauty and The Beast" will be released on October 7th, 2014.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal sits down with Professor E. Patrick Johnson to talk about his play, Sweet Tea. Professor Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. Sweet Tea will be touring this spring at Williams College, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Brown University.
Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal is joined in the studio with composer and musician Neo Muyanga. Muyanga is the co-founder of the Pan African Space Station and is currently working on a libretto, Revolting Music.
Say What? Pedestrians Interpret Desiigner's "Panda"
Rapper Desiigner's hit song "Panda" is insanely popular with kids. The words go by so fast, it's almost impossible to understand. So in order to educate parents who might be listening to this song with their kids, we went out on the street, played the song for pedestrians and asked them to interpret the lyrics for us. (Jimmy Kimmel Live)
Assata Shakur Describes the New Jersey Turnpike Shooting
Shakur describes the series of events that took place on May 2, 1973, on the New Jersey Turnpike led to her being accused of killing New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, and gravely injuring Trooper James Harper. Shakur was shot twice during the incident, and maintains that she was treated inhumanely during her time in the hospital where she remained in custody.
Assata Shakur on Why She Joined the Black Panther Party
Shakur conducted research about a variety of social-justice organizations and explains why she ultimately decided to join the Black Panther Party. In her mind, reform was no longer an option. The U.S. government needed to be revamped from the inside out in order for African Americans to be treated equally.
Assata Shakur on Her Escape from Prison and Exile in Cuba
Shakur, who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey in 1979, speaks about why she chose to go to Cuba to continue to bring about political and social change for oppressed people.
Assata Shakur on how COINTELPRO Targeted the Panthers and Forced Her to Go Underground.
The Black Panther Party was targeted by the FBI’s COINTELPRO initiative, which sought to dismantle any organization or person deemed a threat to the “existing social and political order.” Shakur explains why she decided to leave the Black Panther Party and how the FBI began to target her specifically.