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Hugh Masekela: 75th birthday celebration tour

South African trumpeter and activist Hugh Masekela has entertained audiences with his special blend of jazz and world music for over 50 years.

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A dramatic meditation on freedom: "The Whipping Man"

It's1865. Slaves are being freed, soldiers are returning home, and in Jewish homes the freedom festival of Passover is being celebrated. Into war-torn Richmond comes a young, severely wounded Jewish Confederate officer.

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Go see Duke Ellington’s sweet, tangy “Queenie Pie”

Ellington was one of the most versatile figures in music of the 20th century, but most people do not know that from the 1930s on,  Ellington worked intermittently, all the way up to his death in 1974, on an opera.

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We Shall Be Free!: Black Communist Protest in Seven Voices

In his preface, Walter T. Howard writes that, he hopes to "break new ground in the scholarship of the African American left."

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Pan African Film Festival opens Feb. 6 in L.A.

One of L.A.'s leading annual cinema showcases and the biggest and most prestigious Black-themed film festivals, will take place February 6-17.

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Hollywood doesn't recognize complexity of black life

This should have been the year that black directors dominated the Oscars.

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Black-themed films lead Progie nominations

Riding a wave of black-themed films, movies about slavery, apartheid, and police repression dominate this year's nominations for best progressive films.

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“Negro Comrades of the Crown” should be required reading

Horne focuses on the reactionary nature of U.S. slavery and racism, and demonstrates the vanguard role of African Americans in the struggle for freedom.

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“Black Revolutionary” explores life of William Patterson and global freedom fight

In Gerald Horne's new book, "Black Revolutionary: William Patterson and the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle," we are privy to William L. Patterson's transformation from well-to-do lawyer to a revolutionary.

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"The Butler" brings civil rights era to life

Forest Whitaker Is incapable of anything that isn't stellar. The rest of the cast, basically everybody in Hollywood, Is completely stunning.

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