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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Optimal Health for Black Men Conference

2014 Optimal Health for Black Men Conference Rites of Passage as Preparation/Rites of Passage as Prevention November 4th 2014 Morgan State University 8:30am-4:30pm Sponsored by the Black Men’s Optimal Health […]


We Remember and Honor Chokwe Lumumba

We pay tribute to the late Chokwe Lumumba (August 2, 1947 – February 25, 2014) by reposting this classic speech of his from African Liberation Day in Washington, DC 2008. […]


Hip-Hop Against the World!

Hip-Hop is no different than any other cultural expression in that when not organized, “nationalized,” or conscious of its particular use at any given moment, it too can become an […]


Malcolm, Martin and Mass Media

Over the years I’ve developed versions of this presentation and have been asked for copies.  I just started messing with Prezi and put the latest version there.  These are visuals […]


Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. DuBois Battle in the Press

At this year’s DOPE (Dialogue On Progressive Enlightenment) Conference we were fortunate to hear this powerful lecture on the historic media battle waged between Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. DuBois by Dr. Todd Steven Burroughs.   Dr. Burroughs put […]


The Politics Behind Exporting Hip-Hop

(Symposium) Edutainment: The Limitations of the Form from Words Beats & Life on Vimeo. This was a panel convened by Words, Beats and Life in 2012. “This panel seeks to […]


Drawing Some Political Lines: Ideology in Hip-Hop

Rosa Clemente and Jared Ball addressed the topic of “The Rap on Politics” during the second annual “Is Hip-Hop History?” conference at the City College of New York’s Center for Worker Education.  In […]