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“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.”

Tweet is back! WURD Backstage host Stef Renée caught up with the “Southern Hummingbird” Tweet during her recent swing into Philadelphia for the first live performance of her own material in 10 years.

When I’m in the zone, deep in my cultural bag, I feel beautiful, powerful…damn near invincible. There are many aspects of how to convey this information to the masses that I have yet to refine. But I know my mission and will employ heroic efforts to see that it is accomplished.

Thanks to the release of the movie “SELMA” and the King holiday, there will be a lot of conversation about social justice, civil rights, and equality. But how many of us move beyond the Dr. King sound bytes to embrace the much more durable idea that love should be at the root of it all?

Our community is familiar with the annual shutout/snub typically handed down by the Academy Awards. Nominations of people of color in any category have been few and far between, and actual awards to Black actors, directors, or others in the film industry have been even more infrequent.

We’re back with another episode of “WURD Backstage,” where “The MOJO’s” Stef Renée interviews bassist/composer and Philadelphia native Chris McBride!

Selma,” director Ava DuVernay’s new film chronicling the lead-up to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, opens in select cities on Christmas Day followed by national release on January 8. Support Black film!!

Every 10 minutes, “Black” radio plays a song promoting sex and violence and glorifying topics like drug dealing, date rape, murder and misogyny. Join the movement to advocate for POSITIVE music on the airwaves!

As a single, unmarried and childless woman, I face more than my fair share of assumptions and questions about my motivations for something as simple as having a date to a social function.

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