The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

By admin | April 17, 2012


The word mixtape, is one of those that has a loose translation, but essentially stands for a collection of songs or clips that reflect the tastes of the compiler and, most often than not, have a common theme. Occasionally, mixtapes are made not of just music, but of film as well. While mixtapes are becoming more and more popular since they first started appearing in the 80’s, there are still some mixtapes that have yet to surface. Last year, Swedish filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson produced one of the most compelling mixtapes using footage that had been long forgotten for more than 30 years. Most importantly he revealed the untold story of one of the most misconstrued movements that took place in American history- the Black Power Movement.

Olsson’s film, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, is an award-winning compilation documentary, displaying facets of the Black Power Movement and the African-American community during those critical years of 1967-1975. The motion picture  told with rare footage, which had been lost in Swedish archives for over 30 years, features some of the Civil Rights Movement’s most influential leaders (that we don’t often hear about) like Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver, and Stokely Carmichael. Read More


Educating America on Race Relations: An Interview with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

By Jeannette | February 29, 2012

Photo: Jeffrey Dunn

Photo: Jeffrey Dunn

By: Justin Chan

A distinguished professor at Harvard University and a celebrated scholar on African American studies, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has received a number of awards for his study on Black culture.  He currently directs the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African-American Research at the university and has been credited for transforming the school’s African American studies program. In 1981, he received the prestigious MacArthur Foundation grant to fund his research for Black Periodical Literary Project, a venture that collects and annotates Black newspapers and magazines.

A literary critic, Dr. Gates also served as an editor on several anthologies of African American literature and wrote several works in relation to literary theory, including Black Literature and Literary Theory and The Signifying Monkey: Towards a Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism. Aside from earning more than 50 honorary degrees, he was named as one of Time magazine’s 25 Most Influential Americans in 2007. Check out our interview below with Dr. Gates to learn more about his thoughts on race relations. Read More


A Piece of Black History at the Harlem Children’s Zone

By admin | February 29, 2012


On Monday, I experienced one of the most moving moments of my life. I was invited over to the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy, for a special honoring on their behalf for my accomplishments in the community during Black History Month. What was to be an honor in itself to be able to talk to the kids and spread my message a little more, turned into an event which truly humbled me and even left me inspired.

When I arrived at the Promise Academy II, I was welcomed by the Program Coordinator, Titus Mitchell and another very special guest that was also being honored that day- none other than Lt. Col. John Mulzac, an original Tuskegee Airman. Daddy John, as he’s affectionately called, was one of the original recruits to train and fly under what was known as the “Tuskegee Experiment,” the first all African-American pursuit squadron during World War II.

It was an honor just to get to meet Daddy John, but the chance to get to speak to him was life-changing! Read More


Empowering Blacks Through African Pride: Remembering Marcus Garvey

By Jeannette | February 28, 2012

Photo: ecarmen2020

Photo: ecarmen2020

By: Justin Chan

One aspect is quite evident when strolling the streets of Harlem, it’s the respect and admiration the neighborhood has for Marcus Garvey. With a park named after him and his face on various murals, to the day-long celebrations throughout Harlem on his birthday, Marcus Garvey and his accomplishments in empowering Blacks are not long forgotten.

Born in Jamaica, Garvey worked as a printer’s apprentice before becoming heavily involved in unions. He took part in a failed printer’s strike, but it encouraged him to engage in political activism. He traveled across Central America and documented the struggles of migration workers as a newspaper editor before enrolling at Birkbeck College in London. During his stay abroad, he also wrote for the African Times and Orient Review, where he promoted Pan-African nationalism.

Garvey soon returned to Jamaica with a determination to unite the African diaspora. Read More


The Ultimate Fight Against Discrimination: Remembering William Edward Burghardt Du Bois

By Jeannette | February 23, 2012

Photo: Cliffords Photography

Photo: Cliffords Photography

By: Justin Chan

Martin Luther King Jr. may have rewritten history as a civil rights activist, but William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was one of several African American pioneers who helped pave the way for the advancement of Black rights. Though Du Bois witnessed very few incidents of explicit racism while growing up, he took a special interest in the oppression of Blacks across the country. His doctoral dissertation for Harvard, The Suppression of the African Slave-Trade to the United States of America, 1638-1870, was published in 1896 and helped earn him a Ph.D. Du Bois was also a dedicated sociologist and produced the first case study of the Black community in the United States.

Initially a believer in the power of social science in solving race disputes, Du Bois realized later that the best method to tackle racial tensions was through protests. He was often at odds with Booker T. Washington, who often encouraged Blacks to patiently endure discrimination temporarily and work their way up the social ladder through hard work. The idea did not sit well with Du Bois Read More


George Washington Carver: The Agricultural Genius

By Michael Engle | February 21, 2012

Photo: Maia C

Photo: Maia C

Simple bar snack, M&M filling, a butter to pair with jelly on a sandwich…how many ways could you think to use a peanut?  George Washington Carver found over 300, while cementing the peanut’s legacy as an agricultural good and reestablishing Southern agriculture.

Born in 1864, Carver and his mother were sent to Arkansas by their master, Moses Carver, due to complications arising from owning slaves in Civil War-era Missouri.  When it was learned that George was Moses Carver’s only ex-slave not to have disappeared, Moses bought back George, where he was raised as a free person.  Back in Missouri, young George developed a keen interest in plants and animals, as he often sketched them.  George left home at approximately ten years of age, in pursuit of an education and employment. Read More


Remembering Joe Frazier’s Historic Fight

By Jeannette | February 14, 2012

Photo: Cause Ineedit

Photo: Cause Ineedit

By: Justin Chan

Muhammad Ali once said, “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” Well, he was definitely on the receiving end of the stinging when he first fought fellow boxing legend Joe Frazier. Frazier was two years younger and had compiled a 26-0 record prior to fighting in the “Fight of the Century.”

Meanwhile, Ali had come out of a suspension from boxing, after failing to report to duty during the Vietnam War. Though Ali had also come off a couple impressive wins over Oscar Bonavena, Jerry Quary and Zora Folley, he met his match against Frazier, who was peaking at the time. Ali was favored to win the match, but he struggled to keep pace with Frazier’s devastating blows. The fight lasted the full 15 rounds, and Frazier eventually retained his title as the undisputed World Heavyweight Champion. Read More


Honoring Dr. Maya Angelou

By Jeannette | February 8, 2012

Marcus with Maya Angelou and Ming Tsai

By: Justin Chan

It’s difficult for anyone to celebrate Black History Month and forget the achievements of Dr. Maya Angelou. An eminent civil rights activist and celebrated author, Dr. Angelou experienced the ugliness of racial discrimination firsthand while growing up in Arkansas. Despite her struggles, her rise as an African American pioneer began when she studied in San Francisco and became the city’s first African-American female cable car conductor. Maya, however, had a passion for the arts and soon found herself performing alongside renowned choreographer Alvin Ailey. She also recorded her first album, Calypso Lady.

What ultimately propelled Dr. Angelou to legendary status was her writing. In 1970, after working under the guidance of novelist James Baldwin, she published I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The autobiography detailed her battle with racism and family trouble and went on to win several notable accolades. Following its publication, the memoir has been heralded as a classic piece of American literature, especially that which concerns black feminist writing. Read More


Happy Black History Month

By admin | February 1, 2012

Marcus, Sanford Biggers, and Mos Def

This month, we’re all about Black History Month and will be featuring iconic African American figures throughout American history. Since African Americans make up the majority of the neighborhood of Harlem, it’s important for us to also raise the food issues that not only affect Blacks in the US, but also Harlem in particular.

Stay tuned as we feature some African American greats, as well as news during this festive month of February. Read More


Celebrating Brooklyn Museum’s Fund for African American Art at Red Rooster

By admin | January 30, 2012


Last week, Red Rooster had the pleasure of housing a benefit dinner for Brooklyn Museum’s Fund for African American Art. In 2010, the Brooklyn Museum created a fund to help build its holdings of precontemporary African American art and marked its inception with the purchase of an early work by Sargent Johnson.

Since then it has continued to raise funds to curate and display pivotal works of African American art. On Wednesday, January 18th, the Brooklyn Museum held a benefit dinner at our very own Red Rooster Harlem to continue its legacy in celebrating African American art.

Board members of the museum and patrons gathered at Red Rooster for our African American-inspired menu, jam to the beat of our house band- the Rakiem Walker Project, and gaze at contemporary art from our resident artists like Sanford Biggers and Delphine Diallo. Read More


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