Articles tagged with: Nikki Giovanni
When Edward Garnes joined Spelman as an adjunct professor of public speaking in August of 2010, he purposely requested a smart classroom to show videos on YouTube and to have access to the Internet. Professor Garnes regularly has his students view YouTube videos during class. Nine videos are listed on his syllabus, which includes group assignments like discussing social media’s effects on ethics and free speech.
Amiri Baraka once wrote that Black music, “to retain its freshness, its originality, its specific expression of its own history and contemporary reality in each generation creates a “new music.” This was yet another articulation of what Baraka once called the “changing same”—the thing that links Black expressive culture to a commitment to innovation, while remaining wedded to the traditions that birthed it. No one understood that better than Nikki Giovanni, when she went into the studio in 40 years ago to record Truth is On Its Way.
With mega churches more concerned with tax returns than spiritual bankruptcy, absentee parents content on living second childhoods instead of raising competent adults, and ego driven leaders jockeying for a seat at Master’s table, it’s easy to understand why shallow billboard hits are all pretense and no power.