Our need to honor Dr. King

March 4, 2010 0

In light of the coming and going of Black History Month, I recall a story my grandmother told me before, and of the lessons I have learned from it. On a warm May night in 1965, my grandparents sat around a table with their friends at the Golden Slipper Square Club in Philadelphia, and on stage was a man who no one will ever forget; a man who died to free others.

The Story Behind Black History Month

March 2, 2010 0

Some may argue a whole month devoted to celebrating and making people aware the history and struggle of African-Americans is irrelevant or archaic. Others may think that yes; we must embrace our widely diverse culture and learn more about our fellow Americans, listen to their story and feel their pain.

Voice of the Students on Black History Month

March 1, 2010 0

Black History Month is celebrated annually each February as a celebration and recognition of the contributions made by people of African descent in the United States and around the world. The concept of Black History Month was created in 1926 by Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, an African America historian from Kentucky. Woodson believed that documenting and educating the public about African American history was necessary for the progression of Black Americans.

The Black Balloon screening shows a struggle with Autism

February 28, 2010 0

Understanding the difficulties of a situation as complex as having a sibling or child with a disability is somewhat troublesome. Greater still is the grueling task of conveying such complexities through an artistic medium.

In her 2008 film “The Black Balloon,” director Elissa Down takes on the challenge. Through subtleties in cinematography, dialogue, and acting, she skillfully manages to take what can be a cluttered mess of a situation and translates it into an emotional experience one can relate to.

Black Maria Film Festival Encourages Creativity and Imagination

February 18, 2010 0

The 29th Black Maria Film Festival was held at Millersville on February 13-14t as part of a 70-venue stop promoting experimental, or avant-garde, filmmaking. From 50 minute films to three minute shorts, this year’s festival encourages audience members to embrace to their creative side and accept the challenge of viewing life in different ways.

"All Our Black Men Are Dying" performs at SMC

February 16, 2010 0

It’s not a rare thing for a person to be moved by a play.

It is, however, a rare thing to come out of a performance feeling emotionally touched, mentally stirred, provoked, humored, sympathetic, and, let’s face it, angry; but that’s precisely what “All Our Young Black Men Are Dying and No One Seems to Care” sets out to do.

Dr. Cornel West Salutes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

February 4, 2010 0

Uproarious clapping and shouting were the sounds heard coming from the Pucillo Gymnasium on Jan. 28. MU NAACP College Chapter and the Black Student Union presented one of America’s most provocative public intellectuals, Dr. Cornel West, a professor at Princeton University. Dr. West celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., race, and democracy.