Black Power Week: Willie “Mukasa” Ricks Speaks

Willie “Mukasa” Ricks lowers his microphone from his mouth and projects it to the crowd, “We ain’t no Americans… what are we?” The crowd responds, “Africans!” “That’s right,” says Rick— a much grayer man than the one appearing on photographs held by nearly all of the students and faculty present at Tuesday night’s meeting. (The photo shows Ricks, Stokely Carmichael and …

Poem: Darker Than Blue

We people, who are darker than blue The evil man has evil plans to eliminate me and you! we people, who are darker than blue the evil man has evil plans to do evil things to us two Target bright Black women is what they do, break the connection between you two! To break the connection between woman and man! Pay HER more money so …

UCLA WAC Students Redefine Black Womanhood Through Dance Film

Neima Patterson, third year World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WAC) major, teamed up with fellow UCLA Bruins (Anna Awolope, Kristin Baylis, Guya Frazier, Janae Osby, Natalee Palmer, Kenya Simms, Irmary Garcia, Anjali Vaswani, and Keenan Park) to produce the dance film Sister Soldiers. As the filmmaker, editor, and choreographer of the film, Patterson addresses the stereotyped image of Black women as …

Poem: Untitled

A nation that deals death by drone, jails its own, kills for sport, and sleeps asses in seats with a spectacle of courtroom reports can offer no fair retort to innocent lives cut short. Puppeteers will profiteer from fear the mass media exports and bloody hands will be wiped clean at beachside resorts. WAKE  up there’s never justice in kangaroo …

Producer of “Dear White People” Visits the Bunche Center

This last Thursday, I was given the opportunity to attend an info session with up-and-coming director Justin Simien and the talented producer/writer Lena Waithe at the Ralph J. Bunche Library. I was fairly excited to meet the masterminds behind the highly anticipated film, “Dear White People,” to hear them speak about their motivations for creating the project, and what sort …