“We Are The Drum” Wisconsin’s Largest Black History Program


 AUDITIONS


Auditions Announcement

Wisconsin’s Largest Black History Program

This year’s “We Are Drum” auditions will be held once again at North Division High School Campus. 

Auditions are open to children 7 and up, and adults 18 and up.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

Audition Dates and Times

• Monday, October 24, 2011 – 4:00pm – 8:00pm

• Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – 4:00pm – 8:00pm

• Wednesday, October 26, 2011 – 4:00pm – 8:00pm

• Thursday, October 27, 2011 – 4:00pm – 8:00pm

• Saturday, October 29, 2011 – 9:00am – 1:00pm

• Tuesday, November 1, 2011 – 4:00pm – 8:00pm

• Wednesday, November 2, 2011 – 4:00pm – 8:00pm

• Thursday, November 3, 2011 – 4:00pm – 8:00pm

• Saturday, November 5, 2011 – 9:00am – 1:00pm

 

Location

North Division High School Campus
Auditorium
1011 West Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 53206 

NOTE: Please enter off of the recreation entrance, just east of the tennis courts.

Dancers must arrive prepared to dance with the appropriate attire.

Contact:

Camesha Mullner

camesha@capitaproductions.org

414.429.6573

http://capitaproductions.org/

MLK Memorial Still Brews in Controversy for Building with Chinese Workers


While WW is busy fighting crime, I thought you would like to revisit this topic  the”Your Black World” July 2011 article since it is soon in coming. I think it is an outrage that the MLK Memorial looks Asian, appears angry, and is minus African American workers or artists!!

Peace Family,

WW

MLK Memorial Still Brews in Controversy for Building with Chinese Workers

July 5, 2011 By Staff of Your Black World

http://yourblackworld.com/2011/07/05/mlk-memorial-still-brews-in-controversy-for-building-with-chinese-workers/

 

Your Black World reports.

We have just two months before the August 28 celebration of a new memorial in Washington DC dedicated to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The site will be four acres, and cost $120 million to construct.   The memorial continues on in spite of controversy about the builders choosing a sculptor from China.

The King family is in support of the use of a Chinese sculptor, leaving many American and African American artists disappointed that their talents were not used by the family.  There are also some who believe that the 30-foot likeness of Dr. King appears too confrontational, contrasting with King’s non-violent approach to Civil Rights.

Ed Jackson, executive architect of the Martin Luther King National Memorial, said that the King family approved the likeness created by Lei Yixin.

“I’ve seen probably 50 sculptures of my dad, and I would say 47 of them are not good reflections — that’s not to disparage an artist,” said Martin Luther King III. “This particular artist — he’s done a good job.”

The critics of this decision include a sculptor who was on an earlier team.  Also, academics, union members and others were angered by the decision to bring a group of Chinese workers to Washington to put the statue together.  Those who support the monument are working to deal with the criticism as they seek ways to raise the last $6 million needed to finish the project.

“He had already created … three additional sculptures of Dr. King’s head,” Jackson said, referring to past work that had been done by Lei.

Jackson then brought pictures of four different heads to two of King’s children, who chose Lei’s as the best of the group.

“The response was the first one,” King III said. “I informed them that this was the one that had generated all that controversy about their father looking confrontational. Martin said, ‘Well if my father was not confrontational, given what he was facing at the time, what else could he be?’”

Ed Dwight, a sculptor who’d been on the project earlier, said that he thought that Lei Yixin would help him, but not that he would be doing the job by himself.   Dwight claims that King would be insulted to hear that a sculptor from a Communist country would be working on his likeness.

“Dr. King would be turning over in his grave if he knew,” Dwight said. “He would rise up from his grave and walk into their offices and go, ‘How dare you?’”

There are also some who would argue that Dr. King, a man who fought for the rights of American workers, might be concerned about the exclusion of black and white American workers on the project.  Bringing Chinese workers across the world to work on a King memorial is an interesting reminder of corporate globalization that is taking place in America today.  Throughout the economic recovery, American workers have been the least to benefit, while the wealthy and corporations have done quite well.  Part of the reason for this division is due to the fact that wages are kept low by using workers overseas.

Hidden Colors Documentary – Free Public Viewing


Hidden Colors Documentary – Free Public Viewing (NBUF)

Saturday, August 13 · 4:00pm – 7:00pm

7717 West Good Hope Road , Milwaukee, WI

Alkebulan Village Society

NBUF (National Black United Front) and Alkebulan Village Society will sponsor the public viewing of the dynamic documentary Hidden Colors. This event will be free to the public, food and drinks available.

Hidden Colors is a groundbreaking documentary about the real and untold history of people of color around the globe. This film will discuss some of the reasons why the contributions of African and aboriginal people have been left out of the pages of history. The film makers traveled around the country talking to scholars, historians, and social commentators who uncovered such amazing facts about things such as:

  • The original image of Christ
  • The true story about the Moors
  • The original people of Asia
  • The great West African Empires
  • The presence of Africans in America before Columbus
  • The real reason slavery was ended

and much more…

Hidden Colors is executive produced by New York Times bestselling author/radio host Tariq Nasheed.

http://hiddencolorsfilm.com/home.php

Please come out and support this event.

Vendors welcome – for more information call 414-248-4922

http://www.AfrikanSpeak.com

 

Blaxploitation Review: The Spook Who Sat By The Door


The Spook Who Sat by the Door a 1973 film, which is based on the novel The Spook Who Sat By The Door by Sam Greenlee.

It is both a satire of the civil rights struggle in the United States of the late 1960s and a serious attempt to focus on the issue of black militancy. Dan Freeman, the titular protagonist, is enlisted in the Central Intelligence Agency’s elitist espionage program as its token black. Upon mastering agency tactics, however, he drops out to train young Chicago blacks as “Freedom Fighters.” As a story of one man’s reaction to ruling-class hypocrisy, the film is autobiographical and personal.