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Oct. 12, 2012 -- An Evening In Harlem With Black Agenda Report & Friends

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Since 2006 our mission at Black Agenda Report has been to challenge the current crop of black political and cultural misleaders with a vision of a new black politics of struggle, one that takes into account class differences among blacks so as to confont the prison state, and deal with the many other oppressive aspects of everyday black life which our misleaders ignore.
On Friday, October 12 most of the Black Agenda Report team gathered at Harlem's historic Riverside Church to celebrate our sixth anniversary. We were joined by Dr. Cornel West, who took part in an extended dialog with BAR executive editor Glen Ford, and a panel discussion featuring Margaret Kimberley, Jemima Pierre, Richard Wolff, P. Sainaith, Anthony Monteiro and Marsha Coleman-Adebayo.
The celebration was organized and hosted by BAR's Nellie Hester Bailey, and sponsored by Riverside Church's Social Justice Ministry.
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Thank you BAR editors for this.

I have to watch it in sections.   It is wonderful:has the feel of being there.  I especially like that the sound quality is excellent and that the camera didn't just stay in a fixed position.  The content is exciting.  I hadn't realized BAR was so "young"-  To be continued.

@50minutes into video: I had the thought, after listening to Dr. Prof. Jemima Pierre's opening statement on the panel "I don't want this to end"; then I realized I can watch the whole thing more than once.  (I hope there is a way to have a transcript for people who are deaf or hearing disabled and for people who want to print it out to save.  And thanks BAR editors, for having an edit option; this site is so user friendly - says the slow learner of tech) To be continued...

@1:05 (one hour, five min.)-so glad I learned to slide the arrow along to pick up video further along.  This video is good education- from middle school to elders.  Dr. Coleman-Adebayo succinct summary in her opening statement is "must be told" stuff. To be continued.

@1:15- Prof. Richard Wolff is so clear, makes it so simple but the environmental pollution is killing my concentration and making me hit anywheres on the page. (Cheap cement paint just below, outside, fumes floating in and overpowering my air filter- Why is the renovation by the big corporate landlord going so long?, and there's no regs on the newer materials that I've found, nor enforcement of what regulation exists- slow on that due to one man is painting the outside walls of the store below, first coat taking 3 days, interrupting his painting the 2 interior stairwells that are over 24 floors high, instead of using more workers on that and other aspects of the "upgrade" to raise rents, including rent stabilized.)  --- I can't get past the burning in my chest (asthma) and eyes, so I'll end with comment I'd been mentally composing during my breakfast break-  I comment on what I know something about.  Not being Black, I keep quiet about Black experience and ditto for Latino and Asian.  I comment on what I have observed over the decades, what I've experienced and what I've learned.  I lucked into BAR shortly after getting my  first (used) computer in 2008, right around my 68th (or 17th leap year) birthday.  I learned some beginner skills on BAR comments. I started with a screen name on this, one of my first.  I use my whole name on www.notdeadyet.org for activist disability reasons. And about once a year, at a birthday, I stick my whole name in a BAR comment, so people can find my art online, not as much as I'd like but I haven't figured out Flickr. I am woman oriented.  So, to get back to the video: Margaret Kimberly is wonderful moderating but I do hope she gets some minutes to make her own statement.  To be continued...)@the finish: Nellie Hester Bailey needs her full name acknowledged.  My one word review: More!  And my small check is on the way.



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