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“Throughout my career, the recurring theme is social consciousness music overall … but this song is just definitive of what I want my voice to be and who I am. I look at it like a call to action song more than anything. Even though I’m discussing the issues, it’s like empowering us to say, ‘Man, what are we going to do to contribute toward black American history in a positive way? Who are we going to be within the new story that we’re writing?’” –Common, Grammy and Academy award-winning musician on his new single “Black America Again,” Bank of America Auditorium, Oct. 24, 2016
“Russell Simmons talking about what ‘The Jeffersons’ meant to him—it had nothing to do with glitz. George Jefferson was writing a check. Before [Simmons] saw that on television, he didn’t know a black man could write a check. So it’s not the glitz, but the moments that made [viewers] feel like aw … I’m not alone.” –Noman Lear, television producer and creator of “The Jeffersons” commemorating the 40th anniversary of the longest running primetime sitcom to date with African American leads, at book signing of his memoir Even This I Get to Experience, Nov. 30, 2015. Pictured with actress Marla Gibbs.
“You have an obligation to know history, and you have an obligation to make history. Do not make the mistakes Kwame (Ture) and I did. We made history, but we did not write history.” –Bob Brown, former Black Panther Party leader, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party Movement with fellow leaders Bobby Seale and Kathleen Cleaver, Crown Forum After Dark, Bank of America Auditorium, Sept. 28, 2016 WINTER 2016 WINTER 2017
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