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UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Delta Music Lab – Healing With A Groove

UNDER CONSTRUCTION is a multimedia online exhibit showcasing some of the best and brightest organizations working with males of color. The UC team of filmmakers, photographers, writers, and nonprofit experts worked directly with each of these organizations for several weeks. The collaborations yielded comprehensive portraits of the services men of color receive. Each profile features a short video, a photography exhibit, a visual program model, and a narrative essay detailing the efforts of these organizations. The Delta Music Institute - Healing With A Groove program is the ninth organization to be featured.

The Delta Music Institute (DMI), an independent center of music industry studies at Delta State University, offers the "Healing With A Groove” program, with the mission of promoting racial healing through the creation and production of original songs and recordings.

The Delta Music Institute and DMI Mobile Music Lab provide instruction in commercial songwriting, audio engineering and music technology for young men of color in Bolivar and Sunflower counties, giving them opportunities to explore and promote racial healing through the creation and dissemination of original songs. The project works with youth, ages 12-17 to create original songs/musical works exploring and promoting racial healing.

The young men generate ideas by engaging in open dialogue sessions before crafting original songs and producing audio recordings using the professional studios and equipment of the Delta Music Institute and the DMI Mobile Music Lab.

Directed by Sabrina Thompson. Photography by Jamaica Gilmer. Story by Janelle Harris. Co-Produced by Khayla Deans and Jordan Thierry at Frontline Solutions with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Be sure and check out the...

  • Full write-up about this program model, here
  • Photo exhibit, here
  • Program Logic Model, here


Jaiya John – I’m Going to Make You See Me – An Affirmation of Black Youth Everywhere

Jaiya John Photo

Dr. Jaiya John / Author, Speaker, Artist /


American Policing: The War on Black Bodies @ The Schomburg / #Ferguson

Last month, The Schomburg Center hosted an enlightening and timely conversation about the increasingly troubling pattern of abusive policing practices with respect to African American communities, especially our youth.

The various perspectives pulled together for this panel created a context for what I thought was one of the more thoughtful conversations about the racialized post-Trayvon Martin, post-Jordan Davis, post-Renisha McBride, post-Michael Brown, post-(you name the person) climate we live in... charged with both the overt and subtle expressions of racism, reinforced by public demonization of Black folks of all walks of life.

It's a lengthy discussion, but one that provides a lot of opportunity for post-viewing group conversation and reflection.

From the event description...

...a forum to discuss police brutality, racial discrimination, stop and frisk policies, and the responses of media and local communities regarding Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others in recent news.

Recorded on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 @ The Schomburg Center


Rachelle Ferrell – Peace On Earth – The Healing Begins With You and Me

We all have to be the healers of the world, and we have to start that healing in our own lives. The world existed before we came forth in this life, and it will continue after we are gone. Far better to contribute to making it a better place for those who will come next, rather than consume and dominate, while leaving our mess for others to clean up.

Healing won't happen because of the work of others. It has to start with each one of us... you and me alike.

Via Rachelle Ferrell...  "How can we heal the wounds of the world?"

Well, there's too much talk about it
And too many walk without it
Where is the love?
Where is the God in your life?
To my left a woman abuses her children
To my right somebody's beating his wife
Tell me, where is the love?!!
Where is the God in your life?!!

August 18, 1994  @  The Newport Jazz Festival


Amnesty International Releases New Ferguson Report Documenting Human Rights Abuses

More documentation and international condemnation of the horrendous abuses by law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri. This time from Amnesty International...

Following the initial protests in Ferguson, Missouri sparked by the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, Amnesty International USA dispatched a human rights delegation which included observers to monitor the protests and police response. Today, the human rights organization has released a new report, On the Streets of America: Human Rights Abuses in Ferguson, documenting the human rights concerns witnessed first-hand by Amnesty International while in Ferguson from August 14-22, 2014. The report also outlines a series of recommendations that need to be implemented with regards to the use of force by law enforcement officers and the policing of protests.

Also check out the related coverage at The Guardian...


Mali Music – Beautiful

Beautiful music. Beautiful video.

Affirming an absolutely beautiful people.


Should Morrison’s Paper Go To Princeton?

The conversation shared below was a very insightful one... about the ways in which people make decisions about what institutions to leave their personal papers with, and more importantly, about the intellectual and cultural vision for HBCUs - both past, present and future.

In my perspective, this was one of the richer of the discussions hosted and facilitated by HuffPost Live.

Toni Morrison's collections of writings will be permanently housed at Princeton University, but some critics believe the Nobel prize-winning author's papers should live at her alma mater Howard University. Where would they serve more purpose?

Originally aired on October 22, 2014

Hosted by: 

  • Marc Lamont Hill


  • Anti Intellect  (Washington, DC) Writer, 'Young, Gifted & Ratchet'; Wrote Open Letter to Toni Morrison
  • Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.  (Lawrenceville, NJ) Chair of African American Studies, Princeton University
  • Dr. Greg Carr  (Washington, DC) Associate Professor of Africana Studies & Chair of Afro-American Studies at Howard University
  • Dr. Susana Morris  (Atlanta, GA) Associate Professor of English at Auburn University & Co-Founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective


Domestic Violence and African American Fathers – Monday, October 27th @ 1 PM Eastern Time

Please join Black Administrators in Child Welfare (BACW) on this coming Monday, October 27th, at 1:00 PM Eastern Time, for this timely and important discussion about the role of fathers in the experience of domestic violence in African American families and communities.

Featured during this discussion will be Dr. Oliver Williams, who is a Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota, and the Executive Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC). Dr. Williams is also a Co-Editor of the book, Parenting by Men Who Batter: New Direction in Assessment and Intervention (available in hardcover and via e-book).

Please share far and wide with others who may also be interested.

Click here to register.

Or click/share the full link:

Oct 2014 BACW Webinar Flyer - Fathers and DV


Pennsylvania’s ‘Mumia Bill’ Silences Prisoners – Very Dangerous Implications for American Society At-Large

This is a very dangerous law. As Marc Lamont Hill highlights in the discussion, there should be no competing claims of victim's rights vs. the right of prisoners to speak openly and honestly about their experiences, and to offer their continuing critique of the context and conditions of their incarceration. Moreover, this law has the potential to infringe upon the existing rights of everyday citizens and advocacy organizations to speak out about the same.

Be clear, if prisoners - and others who are concerned about the experience of prisoners - are not able to talk about their experiences, then the public will have very limited information about the imprisonment experience in this country.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law a bill barring prisoners and former offenders from public addresses that may cause "mental anguish" to their alleged victims. Does the bill reinforce victims' rights or infringe on free speech?

Originally aired this afternoon, October 22, 2014 - Via HuffPost Live

Hosted by: 

  • Marc Lamont Hill


  • Johanna Fernandez  (New York, NY) History Professor, Baruch College; Writer & Producer, 'Justice On Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal'
  • Vic Walczak (Pittsburgh, PA) Legal Director, ACLU of Pennsylvania


Bryan Stevenson – One Lawyer’s Fight For Young Blacks And ‘Just Mercy’

Bryan Stevenson discusses his new memoir, Just Mercy, detailing the influences that drove him to a career bringing justice to many that others tend to ignore. This discussion was aired Monday on NPR's Fresh Air (approximately 38 minutes).

When Bryan Stevenson was in his 20s, he lived in Atlanta and practiced law at the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee.

One evening, he was parked outside his apartment listening to the radio, when a police SWAT unit approached his car, shined a light inside and pulled a gun.

They yelled, "Move and I'll blow your head off!" according to Stevenson. Stevenson says the officers suspected him of theft and threatened him — because he is black.

The incident fueled Stevenson's drive to challenge racial bias and economic inequities in the U.S. justice system.

"[It] just reinforced what I had known all along, which is that we have a criminal justice system that treats you better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent," Stevenson tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "The other thing that that incident did for me was just remind me that we have this attitude about people that is sometimes racially shaped — and you can't escape that simply because you go to college and get good grades, or even go to law school and get a law degree."

Stevenson is a Harvard Law School graduate and has argued six cases before the Supreme Court. He won a ruling holding that it is unconstitutional to sentence children to life without parole if they are 17 or younger and have not committed murder.

His new memoir, Just Mercy, describes his early days growing up in a poor and racially segregated settlement in Delaware — and how he came to be a lawyer who represents those who have been abandoned. His clients are people on death row — abused and neglected children who were prosecuted as adults and placed in adult prisons where they were beaten and sexually abused, and mentally disabled people whose illnesses helped land them in prison where their special needs were unmet.

Listen below.  Read more at Fresh Air.