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Black Arts Movement

Spanning the Period from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s

        By Kalamu ya Salaam



Photo: Troy Johnson of

Kalamu ya Salaam Table 

  Kalamu’s Feminist Erotica

  What Is Life?

The Negro Washerwoman, a Vanishing Figure

By Carter G. Woodson

The Negroes of this country keenly resent any such thing as the mention of the Plantation Black Mammy, so dear to the hearts of those who believe in the traditions of the Old South. Such a reminder of that low status of the race in the social order of the slave regime is considered a gross insult. There is in the life of the Negro, however, a vanishing figure whose name every one should mention with veneration. She was the all but beast of burden of the aristocratic slave-holder, and in freedom she continued at this hard labor as a bread winner of the family. This is the Negro washerwoman. More


 Sons & Daughters

 Amanda Smith Autobiography 

Washer-Woman Poem

There’s no big accomplishment in acting white (after being subjected to some third stream muzak) / I Choose Us: The African  Mosquitoes Fly Out My Head


Another Look at Israel

 Are the refugee camps of Gaza justified 

somehow by the Nazi concentration camps?

By Albert B. Southwick

  Another look at Israel Table   Poems about Palestine

“Somebody Blew Up America”  by Amiri Baraka

Babii Yar  by Yevgeny Yevtushenko

–from Kalafong Church

We proclaim our devotion to democracy, but we sadly practice the opposite  of the democratic creed. We talk passionately about peace and at the same time we assiduously prepare for war. We make our fervent please for the high road of justice, and then we tread unflinching the low road of injustice. But in the life of Jesus we find that the gulf is bridged. (Martin Luther King, Jr.) 

“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” James 2:26 

Love, truth, and the courage to do what is right should be our own guideposts on this lifelong journey. (MLK,  Jr.)   

“Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do  what it says.”  James 1:22 

 Keep your JOY.  Continue to pray for PEACE. Stay BLESSED. Rev. Dr. Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo



Romare Bearden’s Southern Sensibility / The song that lies silent in the heart of a mother sings upon the lips of her child. (Kahlil Gibran)

An interview with 

Dennis Leroy Moore

New York-based experimental guerilla filmmaker 

By Sharon Gates

Anthology Film Archives

Festival gives first-time filmmakers a forum

imagenation press release

As An Act of Protest Best Black Movie Nobody Will See This Year 

Serious Black Filmmakers

Exposing the Black Man’s Psyche

Portrait of Artist As Revolutionary

Most Daring Film Out Right Now

The Pushkin Effect

Strong Black Atavistic Image



Dennis Leroy Moore

NYC Independent Filmmaker, Theatre Director & Writer

Begins 10 Week Intensive Acting Training Program

May 3rd to July 13, 2003

Kam Interviews Dennis  Sharon Gates Interviews Dennis   As An Act of Protest Best Black Movie  Most Daring Film Out Right Now   Strong Black Atavistic Image




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