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Friday Nite Videos | April 9, 2021

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The “Dark Money” Playbook. Nina Simone | Backlash Blues. How a Billionaire Team Owner Pays a Lower Tax Rate Than LeBron James. What’s in the 4% of Our DNA That Makes Us Different From Chimps? Debunking the Myth of the Lost Cause.

Friday Nite Videos | July 3, 2020

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The CIA Is Hiring | Trevor Noah. The Dangerous Ones | #VoteForOurLives. Native Americans Protest Trump Trip to Mount Rushmore. “Make AMERICA Again” | Langston Hughes Poem Let America Be America Again. Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel: Commentary

“Make AMERICA Again” | Langston Hughes Poem Let America Be America Again

This Op-Ed celebrates Langston Hughes’ iconic poem, "Let America Be America Again,” by situating it in the context of current political traumas: the Trump administration’s assault on American values of equality, pluralism, and human dignity. Featuring found media footage and excerpts from public poetry readings by activists Nikki Giovanni and Michael Moore, this Op-Ed is a rallying cry for all Americans to join the Resistance.

How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

Angela Flournoy New York Times
In his famous essay “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain,” Hughes expresses fondness for “the low-down folks, the so-called common element.” Poor African-Americans made up a majority of the black population but were rarely depicted as fully realized characters in the serious literature of the day.

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Labor, Movement and Change

Gwen McKinney Huffington Post
Trump is one of the manifestations of national discontent. To his slogan “Make America Great Again” my response – as a tribute to Labor and working people – draws from one of our truly great Americans, Langston Hughes, who proclaimed “Let America be America Again! Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain, seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.)”

Friday Nite Videos | June 30, 2017

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The Hamilton Mixtape: Immigrants (We Get The Job Done), Vaccines (John Oliver), Let America Be America Again, Cancion del Mariachi | Maan Hamadeh, From Russia, With an Apology for Trump (Stephen Colbert)
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