"I'm an American who is infinitely prouder to be of African descent."
Let's look at how Hollywood and capitalism use a film about communism to foster anti-communism at a time when people are once again seeing through and challenging the system itself.
The foundation of leadership is courage. Civil rights pioneer, Mr. Paul Robeson, exercised courage by leveraging his moral strength to challenge racism and promote racial equity.
There's a very visual and historical table book out that showcases posters the depicts beautiful and haunting images of black thespians in cinema over a course of 100 years.
Steve McQueen's Bio-Pic of Paul Robeson Will Help Restore the Reputation of the 20th Century's Most Talented Individual
McQueen revealed his plans last week at the Hidden Heroes event in New York, held by the Andrew Goodman Foundation, named after one of the civil rights workers killed in Mississippi in 1964. Harry Belafonte, who was Robeson's protégé and friend, is working with McQueen on the project.
Despite the conventional wisdom that patriotism means "my country -- right or wrong" and is best displayed by blind flag-waving, to many Americans patriotism means loyalty to a set of principles, and thus requires dissent and criticism when those in power violate those standards.
When he found the story of a little-known but highly successful black filmmaker from the 1920s, music producer Bayer Mack knew he had to correct history. Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood is the result of Mack's work. The film tells an important story and places race relations and black history.
Chuck D! Public Enemy!! Possibly, no -- definitely the most culturally influential Hip-Hop group of all time! For his role as lead MC in Public Enemy, Chuck D is the pure definition of an artist activist.
The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans have an equal right to claim the flag as their own. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.
Beyond his legendary athletic abilities and his brilliant scholarship, Robeson is best known as an Artist and as an Activist. His deep baritone emerges from a deep resolve to fight against oppression everywhere.
A society that really wants to celebrate the life of an important figure -- to keep his or her memory alive in our collective psyche -- must do so publicly and permanently.