Documentary Reveals Heroisim of Independent Haitian Journalists

Black and Cuba cinematographer, Ashley Panzera, is currently in Haiti working on Noise Runs, the forthcoming documentary about a team of young, Haitian journalists who spark social change in the tent camps of Port-au-Prince as they produce a radical Kreyol-language newspaper.


The FBI vs. People of the United States

Richard Aoki gives Black Power salute at Black Panther Party rally.

Beloved Japanese-American Black Panther Party member Richard Aoki was recently accused of being a FBI informant by investigative journalist Seth Rosenfeld in his new book, Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power.  Aoki passed away in 2009 and is therefore unable to defend himself against these accusations.  However, a number of activists and scholars, including Professor Diane Fujino, Aoki’s biographer, question whether Rosenfeld presents conclusive or even sufficient evidence to support his claims.

Progressive Pupil Board Member featured on the Huffington Post

Drug Wars Abroad, Prescription Pain Killers at Home

This article was originally published on the Huffington Post on July 12, 2012.

By Samuel K. Roberts, PhD

Masked by our continuing drug war in Mexico, and the administration’s recent expansion of U.S. drug enforcement into Central America and the Caribbean, is the more serious problem of prescription drug abuse, especially opioids, the class of psychoactive drugs used for pain management which includes codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, among others. By all measures, the illicit consumption of prescription opioids today exceeds any of our previous drug crises, including heroin in the 1960s and 1970s, and crack cocaine in the 1980s and 1990s. Because those addicted to prescription opioids often take far in excess of safe doses or ingest them in a dangerous manner (chewing, smoking, injecting, or mixing with other drugs), rates of overdose also have exceeded anything we saw with heroin or cocaine. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), reports a 100 percent increase in emergency room visits associated with prescription drug misuse since 2007. After marijuana, prescription drugs comprise the majority of illicit drug abuse among 12th-graders in the United States, according to a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) study.


Brooklyn to Beirut: Art and Theater against AIDS

Join Black and Cuba community partner Sophia Dawson for an evening of Fine Art and Theater at Brooklyn’s South Oxford Space on August 18th. Dawson’s latest works will be auctioned off at Brooklyn to Beirut, an event that will include a talk-back, a solo dance performance by Fela! cast member Danny Soto, and a performance by Paige Gilbert and Khiry Walker. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to HIV/AIDS research, outreach and provide scholarships for students studying Fine and Performing arts. If you are unable to attend, donations are greatly appreciated, and encouraged.