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April 5, 2005

WPFW 89.3FM Tuesdays 11p-12am


This week The Blackademics welcome Adrienne Maree Brown for a
discussion of hip-hop organizing and electoral politics.  Adrienne
Maree Brown is a writer and singer living in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is
coeditor of the League of Pissed Off Voters' How to Get Stupid White
Men Out of Office: The Anti-Politics, Un-Boring Guide to Power and
program director for the League of Young Voters.  All that plus DJ
2-Tone Jones in the mix.  Listen to The Blackademics every Tuesday
night as part of WPFW 89.3FM (Washington, DC) and Decipher: The Music,
The Movement, The Message each weeknight 11p-12am.  Hip-hop and more
like you've never heard before.

Show: http://voxunion.com/realaudio/coupradio/Blackademics040505.mp3

Email: blackademics893@hotmail.com

Grassroots Media Conference

oooh who got the blessings? me! i got to see tony kushner live on sunday at BAM talking about angels in america, and then they did a marathon showing of angels. tony is adorable and brilliant and humble and one of the best specimens of human we have.  AND holly hunter was there, sitting in my row, emanating her holly hunterness, all tiny. i contained my adoration by sipping a snuck-in bottle of cote du rhone or something that sounds like that. everyone rent angels for some truth.

I’m speaking at this conference on Saturday:


April 9-10th, at the New School University
2nd Annual NYC Grassroots Media Conference
Register on-line!

The Democracy Now! workshop: Sunday, April 10th, 10am-11:30am
Members of the DN! Production and Outreach teams will present a
workshop about the nuts and bolts of how Democracy Now! is produced and
what role it plays in the larger movement for independent media.

The NYC Grassroots Media Conference is
the place to be if you’re a community organization seeking to reach a
larger audience with your message, a media maker looking to gain skills
and network or someone interested in learning more about NYC media
reform activism. It’s time to come together again to critique, build
and celebrate our local independent media.

Registration is now open. Visit www.nycgrassrootsmedia.org or Bluestockings Bookstore at 172 Allen Street in Manhattan to reserve your place and read more about the weekend of events.

The conference theme, forging stronger connections between independent
media and communities organizing around issues of justice and equality,
seeks to address pressing issues of representation and diversity within
the NYC community.

The conference will hold more than 50 hands on workshops and panels
including youth led workshops, do-it-yourself media workshops and media
policy workshops: hip hop and activism, grassroots press campaigns for
social justice, how to build your own web site, video production for
youth and more. A complete list of workshops and scheduling is posted
on our web site at www.nycgrassrootsmedia.org.

$20 Adults
$30 Day of conference registration
$8 Youth (21 and under)
Scholarships are available.
Group rates and discounts for youth are available.

Please contact info@nycgrassrootsmedia.org or call
Paper Tiger at (212) 420-9045.

See you at the conference!

War By Candlelight, Big Hearts, and AIDS Walk

Y’all – back in college I had the honor of editing a magazine called Roots and Culture with a brilliant young Peruvian writer named Daniel Alarcon. I thought he was as brilliant as could be. And his book of short stories is now out on Harper Collins and its beautiful and you need to get you some!!

go to amazon.com and search daniel alarcon. the book is called War By Candelight: Stories

in other news life is looking up. its spring and i went to sit in the park and my friend taught me to do a sun meditation and i heard desmond tutu and toni morrison speak the other day on the unlimited heart, compassion and reconciliation. i was thinking that there are things that are unforgiveable, but to see two people who have lived so long and seen so much, especially bishop tutu – to know what he’s seen and who he’s forgiven…he came and said thank you to the u.s. for their efforts in the anti-apartheid movement! to this shameful nation. but his grace is so unparalleled and visible. i was inspired to look at my relatively tiny dramas and let my heart become bigger. i feel humble and benevolent, its delightful.

and finally y’all need to sponsor me for the aids walk!!

go to: http://www.aidswalk.net/newyork/  and search adrienne brown or league of pissed off voters to donate.


Health Care Alternative

Watch this:


Read this:

The Problem:
Almost 44 million people in the U.S. are
totally uninsured, and another 40 million are uninsured during some
part of every year. Another 80 million are only partially covered.
Worst of all, most people who don’t have healthcare insurance have full
time jobs.

The Solution:
Secure a system of comprehensive national healthcare for everybody in the United States. If we join together, we can get the national healthcare system we need now. We can provide coverage for healthcare, prescription drugs, mental health, dental, optical and long-term care. We can afford it NOW. We can’t afford not to have it. All of this has been written into House Resolution 676, the United States National Health Insurance Act, now before Congress.



Lyrics of Current Favorite Nina song

My baby never treats me sweet and gentle the way he should;
I got it bad and that ain’t good!

My poor heart is sentimental not made of wood
I got it bad and that ain’t good!
But when the weekend’s over and monday rolls aroun’
I end up like I start out just cryin’ my heart out
He don’t love me like I love him nobody could
I got it bad and that ain’t good!

Like a lonely weeping willow lost in the wood
I got it bad and that ain’t good!
And the things I tell my pillow no woman should
I got it bad and that ain’t good!
Tho folks with good intentions tell me to save my tears
I’m glad I’m mad about him I can’t live without him
Lord above me make him love me the way he should
I got it bad and that ain’t good!

a poem from karynn

work has been remarkably emotionally trying lately, and my friend karynn just sent me this poem by miguel de unamuno – it’s his last poem, written after he was thrown out of
the university where he taught…:

Shake off this sadness, and recover your
Sluggish you will never see the wheel of fate
That brushes your heel as it
turns going by,
The man who wants to live is the man in whom life is abundant.
you are only giving food to that final pain
Which is slowly winding you in the
nets of death,
But to live is to work, and the only thing which lasts
Is the work;
start there, turn to the work.
Throw yourself like seed as you walk, and into
your own field,
Don’t turn your face for that would be to turn it to death,
And do
not let the past weigh down your motion.
Leave what’s alive in the furrow, what’s
dead in yourself,
For life does not move in the same way as a group of
From your work you will be able one day to gather

i heart vancouver

everyone let’s go to vancouver! its explosively beautiful – mountains oceans beaches cafes rain rainbows sunsets its just gorgeous and dope and amazing and chill and there’s endless ganja and everyt’ing is irie and socialized healthcare. sigh. i love canada! go check www.getyourvoteon.ca to see my hosts, who are doing dope prep work for their may 17th provincial election. big up olive and rubin, kevin, matt good, cass, sarahs g and d, and others who welcomed me with open arms.

me in vancouver



Get Your Vote On Hub
  and Volunteer Rally


9:30am – 5:00pm

  @ the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

580 W. Hastings St

. – Hastings and Seymour in Downtown







7pm – 9pm

Matthew Good and Adrienne Maree-Brown
  in a discussion on democracy, engagement and activism




Cultural Centre
  50 E. Pender St – Downtown




Workshops include


  • Outreach
           basics (how to get people to do what you want them to in five easy


  • Media
           training (what to say, how to answer only the questions you want to and
  • Electoral
           Reform (First Past the Post, BC Single Transferable Vote let’s figure it
           out together.)
  • Election
           nuts ‘n’ bolts (all the gory details you need to know)
  • Other
           ideas you send to us that we can get together before March 19th 






  Maree Brown, co-founder of the ‘League of Young Voters’ in the U.S.
  and co-editor of “How to get Stupid White Men out of Office” will join
  us to talk about recent youth voter trends and lessons learned from the U.S.



Great reflection piece

Hello friends and associates from around the world,

I just watched this short online film and was struck by how much can be communicated in a short.

I encourage you to give it a look.

This wont change your life but it will provide a moment of reflection.



10 seconds is a long time, 10 years is a decade.
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