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Mastering the Beatles
Did you know a student can receive a master’s of arts degree in the Beatles? Well, Liverpool Hope University in England offers a curriculum titled “The Beatles, Popular Music and Society.” The description states: “This MA will examine the significance of the music of the Beatles in the construction of identities, audiences, ethnicities and industries, and localities; by doing so it will suggest ways to understand popular music as a social practice, focusing attention on issues such as the role of music in the construction of regional identities, concepts of authenticity, aesthetics, meaning, value, performance and the use of popular music as a discursive evocation of place. READ THE ONLINE VERSION HERE.

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Cassius Clay Story- Published in South Africa -

In 1964, the circus-like theatrics in Miami centered around 'The Scowl' versus 'The Mouth'. It was Sonny Liston battling Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali - think Mike Tyson times two facing a whirling comet. Liston was a frightening ex-con meeting the new kids on the block; Clay was an upstart boxer with an Olympic gold medal, who ultimately became a once-in-a-lifetime lord of the ring.

Still, old-school Liston was viewed as a menace to the other boxers; the anti-establishment Clay was viewed as a menace to society during a time when most athletes were seen and not heard. If you were that old-school guard of the media and public you preferred Liston, black and white citizens alike. The new school of the young and revolutionary types preferred Clay during a time of much racial strife and social upheaval in the US. READ MORE.

 

 


Cassius Clay StoryIf a picture is worth a thousand words, then this photo is a book. Try a humongous one. Try “War and Peace.” Literally. There are 12 distinguished gentlemen in this picture, all of whom are black. Some of them possess transcendent qualities from a U.S. perspective. But only one of them was a global magnet capable of worldwide reach. His name is Muhammad Ali. The photo in question was taken on June 4, 1967, yes, during the civil rights movement. The occasion was a news conference in Cleveland for Ali, with his supporters shoulder to shoulder, to announce why the boxing champion was rejecting his being drafted by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Ali sat in the foreground, flanked by NBA star Bill Russell, NFL great Jim Brown and college basketball standout Lew Alcindor. The back row featured NFL stars Willie Davis and Bobby Mitchell.

Ali, formerly known as Cassius Clay before his Islamic conversion in 1964, in some ways, is akin to his last name — clay. That is to say, like clay, he could represent many variables/images to observers, supporters and detractors, and, as a result, could be molded to fit several paradigms. Ali, who has a star on Hollywood’s acclaimed “Walk of Fame,” once said he was the “onliest boxer to be asked questions like a senator.” Many have molded/sculpted him into the image of their own comfort zone, their own political views. A fascinating dichotomy, indeed.

Famed talk show host Phil Donahue said of Ali on PBS on April 17, 2012, “I think he’s THE athlete of the 20th century, and I also think he should have won the Nobel Peace Prize.” However, if someone wanted to view the loud and charismatic Ali as a deeply flawed black separatist, well ... there is evidence of that, too. In 1971 during an appearance on a BBC telecast featuring talk-show host Sir Michael Parkinson, Ali said comparatively: “We are altogether different ... Bluebirds fly with bluebirds, redbirds want to be with redbirds, pigeons want to be with pigeons, buzzards want to be with buzzards. READ MORE.


A Rare Queen In The 'Sport Of Kings'


 

A Rare Queen in the 'Sport of Kings' - True Story | OZY

If you’re walking in the Arizona desert early in the day, say around 6 a.m., the air will still be cool for a little while longer. In every direction, you’ll see only greens and golds, scrub and boulders. All of it dwarfed by an immensity of sky. If you’re lucky, you might come across a figure. And it’s just some fellow wanderer to you until you notice that one arm is sheathed in a stiff, medieval-looking glove. On that glove? Something that belongs to the sky.

You’re not on a Game of Thrones set. You’ve stumbled across a master of falconry — a Black woman, no less. These days, falconry is a little-known club of people blurring the lines of hobby, history, pet ownership and hunting. It’s also an ancient art that dates back thousands of years and was once practiced by Genghis Khan. But a handful of people... READ MORE


Across from the White House, a time-capsule moments
The Fourth of July came early on a cool spring night in the nation's capital on Sunday. There were people entrenched in front of the White House joyously waving the American flag; there were people across the street perched in trees and draped with Old Glory at Lafayette Park in a scene of immense pride. One guy shouted, "We killed the (blankety-blank)." That "blankety-blank" was Osama bin Laden. READ MORE


Cuban Flag Day At Embassy In Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON ---- An honor guard trio of men dressed in regal uniforms and sporting stern facial expressions delicately manipulated taut rope-cords as a red-white-and-blue flag reached its zenith atop a flagpole on Monday. Then a sun-baked delegation of ladies and gentlemen joyously sang the Cuban national anthem in front of a gated mansion on 16th Street, about 2.5 miles north of the White House. READ MORE


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Freedom Summer Of Hope In 1964
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
The Ku Klux Klan, the most vile domestic terrorist organization of the 1960s, accosted three civil rights workers while they were driving near Philadelphia, Miss. The workers’ offense: trying to register southern black folk to vote and leading boycotts of segregated establishments. READ MORE

The Book of Cosby
By: Gregory Clay
It almost came tumbling down . . . . . .
for Bill Cosby, that is. The year was 1965. Cosby had been cast in NBC-TV’s new prime-time drama “I Spy.” Except there was one problem: Cosby couldn’t act. The network wanted him gone. But Sheldon Leonard, the show’s acclaimed executive producer, aimed to salvage Cosby, who at the time was known moreso for being a popular stand-up comedian.... READ MORE

No Video Means No Outrage
By: Gregory Clay
It happened several years ago on Bill Maher’s late-night network talk show, “Politically Incorrect.” Rapper-actor-so-called activist Ice Cube essentially surmised during the panel: NFL players are violent on the field so don’t expect them to be... READ MORE

Taping Richard Nixon
By: Gregory Clay
Marvin Kalb, moderator of the anniversary panel and elite CBS News diplomatic correspondent in the 1960s and '70s, posed the question this way: “Why are we so fascinated with Richard Nixon --- even 40 years later?” Perhaps it’s the negativity that the former president conjures up by the mere mention of his name. READ MORE

Don Lemon and Bill O’Reilly told the truth
Journal Sentinel
There was an attack this past weekend. No, not with bullets and guns, but with angry, vengeful words. But with angry, vengeful words. Don Lemon, a news anchorman for CNN, issued what he hailed as "No Talking Points" on five ills that plague much of the black community. READ MORE

O.J. Simpson: 10 Years After The Verdict
The Augusta Chronicle, October 3, 2005
The tension was palpable. The anxiety was immense. The date was Oct. 3, 1995. The time was 1:07 p.m. EDT. That's when the court clerk announced Orenthal James Simpson was found "not guilty." It's been 10 years since that Tuesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom; has it really been that long already? READ MORE

The City's A'Changin'
McClatchy-Tribune Wire Special Sections, July 2, 2012
WASHINGTON - It's a four-minute bus ride. That's all. It takes four minutes in the heart of Washington to see night and day, a city of stark contrast. We're talking neighborhoods here. Like many major cities, the nation's capital is defined by "pockets." READ MORE

A timeline of civil rights anniversaries from 1963
McClatchy Tribune, August 21, 2013
The date is when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his game-changing "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He started speaking at 3:01 that afternoon for 16 minutes. Timeless ... The year 1963 was a landmark time during the era of the civil rights movement. Here we are, remarkably, 50 years later. READ MORE

Sheryl Sandberg effect – Lean In or Lean Out
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Sheryl Sandberg created a national firestorm earlier this year when she said women should “Lean In” aggressively to maximize their careers. The $64,000 question, though, is how realistic is that for most women? Not every woman is like Sandberg, who is the Harvard-educated chief operating officer for Facebook. READ MORE

Guest opinion: Journalist Aynesworth has covered historic day for 50 years
Originally published November 22, 2013, Billings Gazette
The conspiracy theories are endless. They seem to multiply like locusts. Just who REALLY was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? READ MORE

The Five Phases of B.J. Thomas - and the 'Raindrops'
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
The year was 1969. What was the "it" list? The upstart New York Jets shocked the world by rocking the vaunted Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. READ MORE

Making Their Marks - Historical and Cultural Contributions of Black Women
Prospectus News
Most of us know prominent black women in Hollywood - from Cicely Tyson to Halle Berry to Kerry Washington. We know superstar black athletes, such as the tennis-playing Williams sisters, and we remember bronze medalwinning figure skater Debi Thomas from the momentous Calgary Winter Olympics of 1988. READ MORE

 

 

 

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