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There is a thread on Black Twitter called #HappyBlackGirlDay, where posts are used to uplift and celebrate Black femininity. In the wake of Sandra Bland’s death and so many other insults and insensitivity toward sisterhood, this social media practice feels more like urgent necessity.

The documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” plucked the scabs off of old wounds around the often tortuous fate of Black genius. We cannot rewrite history, but we can do a much better job of surrounding, protecting and nurturing it for future generations.

There are many more people waking up in America today, in light of the Charleston church shooting, feeling anxious and afraid about the safety of Black folks in this country. A gunman’s bullet has reminded us that most of us really are homeless in the world.

Sara Lomax-Reese, our president and general manager, and Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies at Lehigh University, speak with NBC-10’s Vai Sikahema about WURD’s Black Music Month 2015 panel discussion, WURD Speaks – Black Music Matters: The Blue-Eyed Soul Takeover?

Rachel Dolezal probably had no idea that she would become the new face of White Privilege in America, because of making a conscious decision to mislead the public into believing that she is Black. But what exactly is Black (or White), anyway?

Black Music Month is like a second birthday celebration. It is a wonderful reminder of the role that music has played not just in my own development, but as a vehicle for expression and success for my entire family.

My Son Matters is a moving solo portrait exhibition by photographer Denise Allen that showcases images of Black mothers and their sons. The show runs through May 31, 2015 at the Mt. Airy Art Garage, and will then be on display at Art Sanctuary.

Forgive me if I seem a little sassier than usual on the air this week. I’ve been inspired by Dee Rees’ amazing new HBO biopic BESSIE, starring Queen Latifah. It’s time for me to reclaim some of my artsy edge.

The 31st annual Celebration of Black Writing (CBW), one of the most prominent African-American literary events in the nation, puts the spotlight on black literary, visual and performing arts. Takes place the entire month of May!


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