“Sing Your Song”: Harry Belafonte on Art & Politics, Civil Rights & His Critique of President Obama

Legendary musician, actor, activist and humanitarian Harry Belafonte talks to Amy Goodman about his battle against racism, his mentor Paul Robeson, the power of music to push for political change, his close relationship with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the U.S. role in Haiti and offers a critique of Pres. Obama. A new documentary chronicles his life, called Sing Your Song.

Not to be missed!

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SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference Now Available on DVD!

SNCC 50th Anniversary Conference Now Available on DVD!

Important document of the organization that started the Student Youth movement for which all student organizations owe a debt.

This complete collection of DVDs present formal addresses, panel discussions and programs that took place at a conference and reunion unfolding over four days at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (or SNCC).

SNCC emerged from student protests that erupted on February 1, 1960 when four college students from North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro launched a sit-in at a Woolworth department store lunch counter. This daring action sparked a wave of similar challenges to segregation by thousands of students across the South. On the weekend of April 15 1960, student leaders from the sit-ins gathered at Shaw University and SNCC was born. Soon students in the newly formed SNCC began leaving school to commit themselves to the organization.

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Sundance Highlights:The Black Power Mixtape, Pariah

The Black Power Mixtape

The Black Power Mixtape

“But everyone involved with us that we approached for interviews and participation have been so generous and giving including Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Sonia Sanchez, Bobby Seale and Questlove, who also provided the film with best imaginable music.”

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“The biggest surprise associated with making Pariah came after watching the first rough cut when we discovered that this was not a “black lesbian” movie. We had fought this BRUTAL uphill battle in funding the film with financiers and investors balking at the story because it was “too small and specific” (which is code for “too black and too gay”). After we screened the first cut, one of our early advisors went so far as to describe it as “commercial.” We didn’t know whether to slap them or celebrate.”

Dee Rees