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COVID-19 is killing jobs
04/04/2020
Coronavirus is a jobs killer – BlackmansStreet.Today

COVID-19 is killing jobs

But this is just the beginning…   By Frederick H. Lowe The black unemployment rate jumped in March, sparked by the coronavirus pandemic which led to loss of 701,000 jobs. And guess what, the worst is yet to come. The jobless rate for blacks was a seasonally adjusted 6.7 percent in March compared ...

Coronavirus deaths will grow in the U.S.
03/27/2020
Coronavirus deaths will grow in the U.S. – BlackmansStreet.Today

Coronavirus deaths will grow in the U.S.

    The disease shines a light on the lack of paid sick leave here The novel coronavirus is expected to kill 200,000 to 1.7 million Americans by the end of the year, Ebony Jade Hilton, M.D., predicted Friday during the Congressional Black Caucus Telephone Town Hall. Dr. Hilton, an anesthesiologist...

Most blacks can't work from home during the pandemic
03/27/2020
Most blacks can't work from home during the pandemic – BlackmansStreet.Today

Most blacks can't work from home during the pandemic

  Some parents have been placed in a difficult position as schools have closed When almost everyone is being told to work from home during this pandemic so they won’t be infected by the coronavirus or inadvertently spread the disease, fewer than 20 percent of blacks have jobs that allow this. The...

Ho Chi Minh was influenced by Marcus Garvey
03/17/2020
Ho Chi Minh was influenced by Marcus Garvey – BlackmansStreet.Today

Ho Chi Minh was influenced by Marcus Garvey

Ho Chi Minh, president of North Vietnam and founder of the Indochina Communist Party, lived for a time in New York City, where he attended meetings in Harlem of the Universal Negro Improvement Trust, also known as the Universal Negro Improvement Association, founded by Marcus Garvey, according to th...

03/12/2020

Coronavirus benches the NBA’s season for now

The coronavirus has fouled out the National Basketball Association’s season until further notice.

The NBA announced Wednesday it was suspending the remainder of the season after a player for the Utah Jazz, identified by several sources, but not officially by the league, as Center Rudy Gobert, tested positive for COVID -19.

The next day, Donovan Mitchell, a 6-foot, 1-inch guard for the Jazz, tested positive for the coronavirus, according to unconfirmed reports.

On Wednesday, the league cancelled games between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings. The league also cancelled games scheduled for Thursday and Friday and into the future.

The league has 30 teams, and they play 82 games during the regular season—41 at home and 41 on the road. Five weeks remain in this year’s regular season with playoffs scheduled to begin April 18, but a resumption of the season has not been announced.

Flavor Flav is out of favor with Public Enemy
03/04/2020
Flavor Flav is out of favor with Public Enemy – BlackmansStreet.Today

Flavor Flav is out of favor with Public Enemy

Flavor Flav always wore a big clock hanging from his neck when he performed with Public Enemy, but time has run out on that relationship because Flavor Fav is no longer in favor. Public Enemy fired Flavor Flav after he slammed Public Enemy’s agreement with Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign. The a...

House passes legislation making lynching a federal crime
03/03/2020
Law to make lynching a federal crime passes the House – BlackmansStreet.Today

House passes legislation making lynching a federal crime

Similar legislation has passed the U.S. Senate   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation designating lynching, which was used by whites to murder and terrorize black men, women and children, a federal hate crime. The bill, (H.R. 6086), whi...

Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to three years in prison
02/28/2020
Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to 3 years in prison – BlackmansStreet.Today

Former Baltimore mayor sentenced to three years in prison

Judge orders her to pay $669,000 in restitution   Because of events over the last several years, it seems as though the Baltimore mayor’s office is a gateway to prison or probation. Catherine Elizabeth Pugh, “Charm City’s” 50th mayor, and its third black woman mayor, was sentenced to three ...

Penn State University to honor first black astronaut to fly into space
02/26/2020
Penn State to honor first black astronaut to fly into space – BlackmansStreet.Today

Penn State University to honor first black astronaut to fly into space

    By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Penn State University is expected to name a building in honor of alumnus Dr. Guion “Guy” Bluford Jr. , the first African American astronaut to soar into space. Bluford, who graduated in from Penn State in1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in a...

San Francisco prepares for coronavirus
02/26/2020
San Francisco prepares for coronavirus – BlackmansStreet.Today

San Francisco prepares for coronavirus

The city’s residents frequently travel to China By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Tuesday an emergency plan to strengthen the city’s preparedness to respond to the coronavirus because the global picture of the virus keeps changing. Additionally...

New York D.A. re-opens investigation into the assassination of Malcolm X
02/20/2020
New York District Attorney re-opens investigation into the assassination of Malcolm X – BlackmansStreet.Today

New York D.A. re-opens investigation into the assassination of Malcolm X

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Cyrus Vance, Jr., the Manhattan District Attorney, has agreed to review the conviction of Muhammad Abdul Aziz, who was arrested, convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Malcolm X although no physical evidence linked Aziz to the assassina...

Illinois governor calls for investigation concerning the arrest of black student athlete
02/20/2020
Illinois governor calls for an investigation into the arrest of a black college athlete – BlackmansStreet.Today

Illinois governor calls for investigation concerning the arrest of black student athlete

The athlete, a member of school’s swim team, is suffering trauma resulting from his false arrest   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has demanded a thorough investigation into the arrest of an Eastern Illinois University athlete, who police arrested and...

Black unemployment was 6 percent in January
02/12/2020
Black unemployment was 6.0 percent in January – BlackmansStreet.Today

Black unemployment was 6 percent in January

Nonfarm businesses added a better than expected 225,000 jobs in January, but the black unemployment rate rose although some businesses were scrambling for workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. The jobless rate for African Americans was 6.0 percent, compared to 5.9 perce...

Tidjane Thiam is leaving Credit Suisse
02/12/2020
Tidjane Thiam is leaving Credit Suisse – BlackmansStreet.Today

Tidjane Thiam is leaving Credit Suisse

    Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Tidjane Thiam will step down February 14 as CEO of Credit Suisse, the multinational investment bank and financial services company based in Zurich, following a spying scandal at the bank that an investigation showed did not involve him. Thomas Gottstein,...

California Governor pardons Bayard Rustin
02/12/2020
California Governor pardons Bayard Rustin – BlackmansStreet.Today

California Governor pardons Bayard Rustin

  the pardon is part of a clemency initiative   California Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a posthumous pardon to civil rights icon Bayard Rustin, who was arrested in 1953 for engaging in s*x with two men. The pardon is part of a clemency initiative by Gov. Newsome targeting individuals who were ...

Black men should confront Gayle King
02/12/2020
Black men should counter Gayle King – BlackmansStreet.Today

Black men should confront Gayle King

Black men have every right to criticize Gayle King for her questions about Kobe Bryant because of this country’s egregious treatment of black men. My only question is what took black men so long to begin openly fighting back? Was their silence part of a belief system that the meek shall inherit th...

Aircraft carrier will be named in honor of hero black sailor
01/25/2020
Navy names aircraft carrier in honor of a courageous black sailor – BlackmansStreet.Today

Aircraft carrier will be named in honor of hero black sailor

  The U.S. Navy on Monday named a future aircraft carrier the USS Doris Miller in honor of the African American World War 2 hero. The USS Doris Miller will be the first aircraft carrier named for an enlisted sailor and the first named in honor of an African American. The Doris Miller will be a Gera...

https://blackmansstreet.today/arts/biggie-smalls-whitney-houston-will-inducted-rockroll-hall-fame/
01/21/2020
Biggie Smalls and Whitney Houston will be inducted into the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame – BlackmansStreet.Today

https://blackmansstreet.today/arts/biggie-smalls-whitney-houston-will-inducted-rockroll-hall-fame/

  “The Notorious B.I.G.” and Whitney Houston will be posthumously inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2020. The other inductees, who are still very much alive, include Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, T.Rex and The Doobie Brothers. The induction ceremony is sched...

States sue to stop changes to Food Stamp Program
01/21/2020
States sue to block restrictive changes to Food Stamps Program – BlackmansStreet.Today

States sue to stop changes to Food Stamp Program

Nearly a quarter of the African American population receives food stamps   Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have filed a federal lawsuit to prevent the Trump Administration from cutting off nearly 700,000 Americans from participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program unde...

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Eddie Murphy's "Dolemite is My Name" is dynamite
11/24/2019
Eddie Murphy’s “Dolemite is My Name” is dynamite – BlackmansStreet.Today

Eddie Murphy's "Dolemite is My Name" is dynamite

print “Dolemite is My Name” and “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” are films about black men helping each other   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Comedian Rudy Ray Moore, played by Eddie Murphy in the film “Dolemite is My Name,” is trying hard to persuade local disc jockey...

Former Baltimore mayor pleads guilty to federal charges
11/22/2019
Book is almost closed on former Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh – BlackmansStreet.Today

Former Baltimore mayor pleads guilty to federal charges

printShe pled guilty to federal tax fraud concerning the sale of her children’s book Pugh is the second black woman mayor forced from office in Baltimore Today did not have a storybook ending for former Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, children’s book author, and now admitted tax cheat. Pugh o...

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PAR, Performing Arts Review, Taiwan, November 2008, Edition Nr. 191 Great accomplishments by a multi-talented artist regarding international exchange − Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith This May I participated in a multimedia dance performance entitled, “Time Flies”, a collaborative effort with German and Japanese artists. Before our performance, we had the pleasure of attending a telecast of The Collegium - Forum and Television Program on the Open Channel Berlin. I was quite impressed by Donald Muldrow Griffith, The Collegium’s producer, director and narrator, who shared a stunning biography and list of accomplishments. I trust through this article, the readers in Taiwan and elsewhere, will be afforded the opportunity to familiarize themselves with and appreciate this great artist, who has a profound influence on international culture. Prof. Griffith was born in Chicago. His father was a psychologist, his mother a classical pianist. He grew up in a middle class, well educated family which afforded he and his sisters loving support, an excellent education and protection. As a result of his family experience, he developed into a positive, active and competent person. Donald Muldrow Griffith majored in psychology and education through his University training. After graduation, he entered the professions as a group therapist and teacher. He was also a probation officer. During his work as a therapist, teacher and probation officer, he began his studies in voice, acting and dance. After many years training and performances in Chicago, the experiences enhanced his abilities as a performance artist. Subsequently, he performed in many musicals and theatre productions for instance "Pippin", "Stop the World I want to get off", "Contributions", “Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows" and he was awarded the most promising New Off Broadway actor award. He was also a soloist with the Rondo Dance Theatre and a member of the Fred Benjamin Dance Company. Donald Muldrow Griffith also served as a manager for the famous artist Oscar Brown Jr. With his handsome and tall appearance, he also became a favorite in the fashion and model industry. In time, he participated in a growing number of film and television productions, which expanded his performing skills and hence his career. He was also a narrator for international organizations, such as airline and automobile companies. In addition, he staged fashion shows for world famous fashion lines at many important locations such as Lincoln Center. As a result of his multiple professional abilities, Donald Muldrow Griffith became involved in many professional fields. In addition to his open minded character, he was very successful both in art and commercial fields. Although his career has reached high levels, he continues to explore creative directions in order to enhance his artistic possibilities. He accepted an invitation from Theater of the West in Berlin and arrived in Germany as guest artist for performing and choreography. In Berlin he established the company entitled Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre together with Ricky Powell, Linda Curry, a German colleague Detlef Bäcker and the very famous ballerina Gayle McKinney, who later became his partner. They devoted themselves to art, education and cultural exchange in Europe and America. Their aspirations are to confront racial discrimination, violence and prejudice through various cultural activities Prof. Griffith directed and choreographed "For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Su***de When The Rainbow Is Enuf" for the American army, which also toured and was awarded "Special Judge’s Award” for choreography and music. Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre has produced additional great works such as "Fountainhead Meets Mombasa", 1980 and "The Crazy Horse Suite", 1980. The Theatre also organized the cultural festival "Fountainhead and Friends", 1983. Furthermore, he has choreographed the theatre pieces "Tucholsky in Rock", "Cabaret" and the film "Die letzte Rolle". In 1986, Donald Muldrow Griffith produced and directed the first European Black Cultural Festival which included the Black International Cinema Berlin, with the support of many friends. For the past 20 years, he has overcome many difficulties and continues the Black International Cinema Berlin film festival without financial sponsors. Although the festival is entitled Black International Cinema Berlin, the subject matter of the films is not limited only to Black issues, but is open to international artists who apply to the festival with their films. When the screening committee selects the films for the festival, the result is that many of the chosen films are documentaries with profound significance. The film festival is not focused on commercial considerations for filmmakers, but is mainly focused on issues the filmmakers wish to address. The film festival has also been presented in other countries. Furthermore, Donald Muldrow Griffith has also published five Black International Cinema anthologies relating to issues of concern to the film festival. American scholars have travelled to Berlin to document the achievements of Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith. The Space & Times Dance Company is a creation of Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre and subsequently Fountainhead® invited Nana Shineflug and the Chicago Moving Company to Berlin for a joint three day performance at the Hebbel Theater. In order to facilitate the creation of additional cultural activities, Fountainhead® founded Cultural Zephyr e.V. in 1990. During the same year Donald Muldrow Griffith co-operated with the director Michael Andre in the creation of the film "Crossroads". As a result of their astonishing achievements, Donald and Gayle Griffith were invited to create a dance theatre department at Indiana University South Bend and were honored with professorships. During their tenure at the University, they also travelled annually to Berlin to produce the Black International Cinema Berlin and other cultural activities as well. Expanding upon his ideas and cultural activities, Donald Muldrow Griffith entered the media activity of television. In 1995 he founded The Collegium − Forum & Television Program Berlin in which he interviews people from cultural, artistic, educational, political and economic professions and so forth. During the same time frame, the program also provides an open space for performing artists. The television program is also broadcast in additional countries such as Poland, the USA, Togo and other European countries. Besides his busy schedule with the film festival and television program, Donald Muldrow Griffith directed and choreographed the musical "Woah Woah" and he has also organized a teenage dance exchange "Interactive Mirror" as well as an exhibition and poetry reading entitled "Odyssey". He was also honored as chairman of the Berlin American United e.V. Between meetings and activities, Donald Muldrow Griffith is often invited as a consultant for the organization of film festivals, art festivals, speaker and as a judge and participant in panel discussions. As I survey the world, it is unusual to meet a person, who combines the qualities of many professions such as the host of a television program, producer, choreographer, director, publisher, organizer, performer, writer, speaker, etc. I was joking with Prof. Griffith at our last meeting and I said: "Although you are not yet sixty, you have accomplished the activities, experiences and achievements of someone over a hundred years old. Besides never ending energy, you have a powerful determination, as witnessed through your unending activity." Prof. Griffith said, the words of famous artists and friends such as Sammy Davis Jr., "Yes, I can...!" and Oscar Brown Jr., "I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won't if I don't" are the dictums which he utilizes as a source of motivation to achieve his goals and he does not fear difficulties and sees the problems that occur, as merely challenges. I hope that in the near future, the readers and viewers in Taiwan and elsewhere have the opportunity to view his work via The Collegium − Forum & Television Program Berlin and participate in and screen films presented by the unique and annual Black International Cinema Berlin. Shiu-Chin Yu September 7, 2008 Mottoes: "I may not make it if I try, but I damn sure won´t if I don´t..." - Oscar Brown Jr. "Mankind will either find a way or make one." - C.P. Snow "Whatever you do..., be cool!" - Joseph Louis Turner “Yes, I can...!" - Sammy Davis Jr. “Yes, We can…!” - Barack Obama FOR INFORMATION Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith Fountainhead® Tanz Theatre Black International Cinema Berlin The Collegium - Forum & Television Program Berlin Cultural Zephyr e.V. 12101 Berlin/Germany Fax: 0049(0)30 - 7863466 e-mail: [email protected] http://www.fountainhead-tanz-theatre.de http://www.black-international-cinema.com http://www.blackinternationalcinema.de Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre/Black International Cinema Berlin/The Collegium - Forum & Television Program Berlin/"Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin/Cultural Zephyr e.V. We are an international, intercultural community of persons, engaged in achieving increasing understanding and co-operation between individuals and groups through art, education, culture and dialogue fountainhead-tanz-theatre.de Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre/Black International Cinema Berlin/The Collegium - Forum & Television Program Berlin/"Footprints in the Sand?" ExhibitionBerlin/Cultural Zephyr e.V. We are an international, intercultural community of persons, engaged in achieving increasing understanding and co-operation between individuals and groups through art, education, culture and dialogue We are an international, intercultural community of persons, engaged in achieving increasing understanding and co-operation between individuals and groups through art, education, culture and dialogue