This event convened by the Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and their Eddie Conway Liberation Institute in Baltimore, MD. was a great honor and pleasure to participate in.  The goal was to try to help link the history of the Counter Intelligence Program to the historical shifts in hip-hop, popular culture and media.



Hip-Hop and Critical Consciousness

Many thanks to The Africa World Now Project, Dr. James Pope, Mwiza Munthali and Tim Jones, Tim Hicks of The Cornel West Theory and Ka’ba Akintunde for this event and conversation.


Words Matter: History and Rebellion at the Smithsonian

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Panel 3 #WordsMatter: Mobilization & Expressive culture

Moderators Jared Ball, Associate Professor of Communications, Morgan State University, Founder and Host, iMiXWHATiLiKE! (@imixwhatilike); and Mark Bolden, Asistant Professor of Counseling, Trinity College; with Sheila Pree Bright (@ShePreeBright), Photographer and Community Activist, Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux), Senior Editor Digital, Ebony; Jef Tate, DJ, Founder of Dogon Society; Jasiri X (@Jasiri_X), Emcee, Community Activist


Finding Joy In Resistance: Rosa Clemente

This was a talk given by Rosa Clemente April 26, 2015 in Colorado Springs at The Butler Center for Diversity and Inclusion.


Black America In the Global Economy: A Virtual Lecture Series with Dr. Robert Rhodes

In collaboration with Mr. Tom Porter we’ve attempted to chronicle the brilliance and analyses of our elders by launching this virtual lecture series with Dr. Robert Rhodes.  Rhodes is a legendary behind the scenes “idea man” of the Black Liberation Movement who represents many suppressed radical strands in our history.  Here Rhodes joined us for an overview conversation about the state of Black America in the global economy.  Stay tuned as we announce future sessions!

Some Key Points Addressed:

Radical Re-segregation

Axial Age

Civilizational Crises and Historical Stages

Arab Spring / Ukraine

Clarity of anti-colonial struggle / absence today

Concepts of History

Europe’s Eastern (non-Western) Origins

China’s Multiple Rises to Power

Clashes and Alliances of Civilization

BRICS Nations

Nation states as stages of History

Religion As More Important Than Race in Settling 21st Century International Disputes

State Capitalism as a Stage to Socialism

Chinese Investment in Africa and their “Win-Win Strategy”

Is Pan-Africanism Relevant?



Malcolm X, The Mixtape and Obamamania

This was a talk given as part of Goucher College‘s Peace Studies series on Black Lives Matter.



American Dilemma / American Denial: Gunnar Myrdal's "Mystical Approach" to Race

From Community Cinema:

“The Q&A of Community Cinema DC’s presentation of “American Denial” was one of the rare moments when the entire audience remained in their seats after the film and yielded most of their questions and comments time to the speakers —  Dr. Mark Bolden and historian/journalist Todd S. Burroughs, Ph.D. Both speakers gave contrasting yet complimentary analysis of Gunnar Myrdal’s study “American Dilemma,” the film and its potential to move a conversation on race forward. “It’s a step,” said Burroughs.  Attendees were interested in Dr. Bolden’s recommended readings about the original “American Dilemma” study: a review written by sociologist E.B. Reuter, and NAACP co-founder, writer, and sociologist W.E.B. DuBois, published in the Clark Atlanta University Phylon Journal in 1944. And a second review and analysis written by sociologist Oliver C. Cox in the Howard University Journal of Negro of Education — “An American Dilemma: A Mystical Approach to the Study of Race Relations” — published in 1945.  It’s always good to leave a Community Cinema event hungry for more.”

Moderator: Michon Boston, national coordinator of Independent Lens’ Community Cinema.


Killing the Idea After the Man: Revolution as an Idea 50 Years After Malcolm X

This was a talk given February 26, 2015 at California State University, Dominguez Hills.


Branding Malcolm X

Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, was quoted recently as saying that, “It was when I was watching the second Obama inauguration that I started to really worry that my father was being written out of history…” Her comment speaks to the concern discussed in this presentation by Dr. Jared Ball, the branding of Malcolm X and the revolutionary ideas with which he worked.

A special thanks to Dr. Conrad Worrill and The Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS) for the invitation and a wonderful event.


More Discussion of Manning Marable's Malcolm X

Our recent book talk at the University of Maryland (2-18-15)

Get a copy of A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X from Black Classic Press!

– More from Dr. Todd Steven Burroughs can be found at Drums In the Global Village.


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