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In the large building known as Kong Studios, the wild life of the well known band Gorillaz thrived. Here at their landfill mansion they recorded their top selling albums and lived their normal lives while not in the studio.
Among the other was the founder, boss, and bassist, Murdoc Niccals.
He had just rose from his bed, groggy and tired. He threw on a pair of jeans, zipping them up as he left his room, black shirt lazily thrown over his shoulder to put on later. For now he needed one thing: coffee. He brewed it pitch black, just the way he liked it.
He poured himself a cup and took a long sip from it.
“Mm…” A quick, short him came from him as he stared off, letting the black brew set in. He wondered what the other band members where up too.

Hey! My name is Lauren Springston. I’m an American currently living in NYC. My dream job as a kid was to become a nurse, and that’s my job today. I have two cats named Armani and Azunia, I love my cats more than anything, so if you’re not a cat person, swipe left!

I adore the color black, I wear it all the time. I’m currently learning photoshop and photography. I love adventures and trying new things. I think that’s pretty much it as I’m shitty when it comes to describing myself.

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Left of Black S3:E8 | Recalling the Legacy of Queer Gender-Bending Harlem Renaissance Performer Gladys Bentley

November 5, 2012

For many Gladys Bentley is a long forgotten footnote to the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Age.  Bentley’s willingness to challenge the racial, sexual and gender status quo of the 20th Century is recalled in the work of Durham-based artist Shirlette Ammons on her new recording Twilight for Gladys Bentley.  Ammons and Duke University Professor Sharon Patricia Holland join Left of Black Host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal in studio to talk about “Bentley Mode,” the tradition of “raunchy” Black Music (“f*ckable feminist”) and Holland’s new book The Erotic Life of Racism (Duke University Press).


Left of Black is a weekly Webcast hosted by Mark Anthony Neal and produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University.


Episodes of Left of Black are also available for free download in  @ iTunes U

Black Webseries pt.2

here are some other Black webseries that i’ve seen since the last post about Black webseries that deserve a little attention as well. as always, feel free to add to the list…

Our Imperfect Union

Left of Black, hosted by Mark Anthony Neal

How Men Become DOGS

Fly Guys: The F Word

That Guy

Hello Cupid

The Year After

Redemption: For Colored Boys

The Complex

Truth Unspoken

2nd Quarter

The Peculiar Kind

Circle of Revenge

Breach Drama

Out of the Blue

Not By Choice

Black Women Don’t Deserve to be Loved


Skye’s the Limit


Sunny Reign

Finding Me

The Marriage Tour

The Life and Times of Abigail Waller

Honey Do


Staying Together

Thirty Below

Shitty Fabulous Lives

African Time

Celeste Bright

Gidi Up

Hawaii, USA: This 23 image panorama captured what looks like some zodiacal light on the right side of the image, airglow, glow from Kilauea Cauldron, and the glow of Hilo on the left. Im not too sure about the red glow in the air on the left, writes photographer Shane Black.


Left of Black S3:E25 | The Enduring Legacy of Angela Davis

Left of Black Host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined, via Skype, by film director Shola Lynch in a conversation about her new film Free Angela and All Politics Prisoners and the enduring legacy of Angela Davis as an intellectual and cultural icon. 

Lynch’s credits include the award winning Chisholm ‘72: Unbought & Unbossed (2004).  Free Angela and All Political Prisoners opened in selected cities on April 5, 2013, and was executive produced by Overbrook Entertainment and Roc Nation.


Left of Black is a weekly Webcast hosted by Mark Anthony Neal and produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University.


Episodes of Left of Black are also available for free download in @ iTunes U

Prince, drawn in PS.

[Caption: A realistic digital painting of Prince from Purple Rain. Portrait is from the shoulders up. Prince is wearing a dark woolen coat with a high collar. A white driving scarf mingles with his white ruffled shirt collar. Both the scarf and collar glow purple in light coming from the left. His black curly hair catches the fiery light behind him. HIs large round sunglasses reflect a flying dove in each lens. The background is streetlight-orange with faint streaks of falling rain.]

Why I Left the 'Black Lives Matter' Movement
While I used to be a supporter of Black Lives Matter, I can't say that I stil...

“Black Lives Matter is doing nothing to solve problems”

“The majority of BLM’s foundation is founded on lies.” (hands up, don’t shoot)

“lets take a moment to understand how violent and racist the movement has been”

“How can a movement who has openly called for the killing of a group of people get its own emoji on twitter and be embraced by Hillary?”

“Embracing fear tactics and violence rather than opposing it under the guise of being progressive. When in reality BLM is regressive as fuck.”

“MLK is rolling in his fucking grave”

“BLM claims to fight for minorities. But if you are a minority that disagrees with them, you are just another dirty cracker.”

“The second someone with dark skin disagrees with them they are one of three things: An uncle tom, a house nigger, or a coon. Because they dared to think for themselves.”

Instead of promoting diversity and unity BLM is promoting racial segregation of minorities from white people.”

“Everything MLK fought for is being flushed down the drain because people are afraid to speak up while BLM becomes more and more violent every day.”

“What has BLM accomplished? (increasing) Racial tension” 

“The entire point of the civil rights movement was to integrate the races.”

“Don’t get me started on the lies. (Black on black crime isn’t a thing)”

“You don’t find it unsettling that despite blacks being outnumbered 5x over by white people they are still murdered at a higher rate by their own people. “

“why doesn't BLM focus on the culture of ghettos that make it appear to otherwise intelligent black men that their only avenues are drugs or ball?”

“Michael Brown was a thug and was justifiable. Hands up don't shoot is still being a lie told.”

“Gay pride events keep getting interrupted. BLM wants everyone to care about their social movement, but doesn’t give a fuck about others.”

“It’s gotten so bad, some BLM member are advocating to abolish the police.”

“We keep giving them (blm) a fee pass with they advocate for chaos and murder of people based on the color of their skin.”


I’m SO grateful for Mark Anthony Neal’s Left of Black series. The October 3, 2011 episode features interviews with filmmaker and author Julie Dash, whose groundbreaking, breathtakingly beautiful film “Daughters of the Dust,” stands the test of time; and vocalist extraordinaire Lizz Wright.


Left of Black Summer Special (vol. 1):  Poet and Yale Professor Elizabeth Alexander Talks Black Studies, Black Poetry and the Art of Archibald Motley

Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in the Left of Black studios by Elizabeth Alexander, the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies & Professor American Studies & English at Yale University. A widely published poet and essayist, Alexander is the author of the classic The Venus Hottentot, American Sublime (a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize), and the recent Crave Radiance.  She is also the author of the  collection of essays The Black Interior.


Left of Black is a weekly Webcast hosted by Mark Anthony Neal and produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University.


Episodes of Left of Black are also available for free download in @ iTunes U


Follow Left of Black on Twitter: @LeftofBlack

Follow Mark Anthony Neal on Twitter: @NewBlackMan

Follow Elizabeth Alexander on Twitter: @ProfessorEA


A phenomenal start to Socialism 2016!
The “Racism and resistance to the system - Socialism 2016 Opening Night” panel drew over 300 attendees to hear from Indigenous socialist Gavin Stanbrook, anti-Islamophobia activist Rahaf Ahmed, ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ activist Khury Petersen-Smith and refugee rights activist Liz Walsh.
The first full day of the conference kicks off tomorrow at 9:30AM. Tickets are available at the door!


Left of Black S3:E9 | Racial Passing and the Rise of Multiracialism

November 12, 2012

For many African Americans, the practice of ‘Passing’—where light-skinned Blacks could pass for White—remains a thing connected to a difficult racial past. In her new book, Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity (Baylor University Press), Marcia Dawkins, a professor in the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California provides a fresh take on the practice arguing that passing in the contemporary moment transcends racial performance.

Dawkins talks about her new book with Left of Black host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal, via Skype.  Neal is also joined by University of Washington Professor Habiba Ibrahim for part one of a two-part interview about her new book Troubling the Family: The Promise of Personhood and the Rise of Multiracialism (University of Minnesota Press) in which she links the rise of Multiracialism in the 1990s to the maintenance of traditional gender norms.


Left of Black is a weekly Webcast hosted by Mark Anthony Neal and produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University.


Episodes of Left of Black are also available for free download in  @ iTunes U