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Art for Social Change

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Afi-Tiombe Kambon, "Black Diamond"

Publisher: Damon Brooks Associates
Format: VHS
Runtime: 5 mins (excerpt)

"Black Diamond" is the story of a young slave mother who gives birth to a child with a disability. It becomes a passionate story of emotions when the young mother faces the reality that she will lose her son as there is no place in the community for a child with a disability.

Chicano Rock! The Sounds of East Los Angeles

Publisher: Wilkman Productions/PBS
Format: DVD
Runtime: 60 mins
Captions: Yes

Narrated by Edward James Olmos, this lively one-hour documentary combines intimate interviews, rare archival film and photographs with exuberant music. Chicano Rock! is also an entertaining and informative journey through more than half a century of America's multicultural past. The story begins with Lalo Guerrero, a National Medal of the Arts honoree known as the Father of Chicano Rock. Arriving in Los Angeles in the late 1930s, Lalo found a city bursting with ambition, even in the last days of the Great Depression. During the war years that followed, many young Mexican Americans defied prejudice and stereotypes, adopting zoot suit fashions and a Spanglish slang called calo. Lalo Guerrero and his friend bandleader Don Tosti captured their spirit in music, mixing swing and boogie woogie in a cross-cultural dialog between African American, Anglo and Mexican American influences.

Cornel West: Street Knowledge

Publisher: ROC Diamond Records
Format: 2 CD / DVD set
Runtime: 10 tracks per CD / 21 min DVD
Captions: no

Street Knowledge makes one dance, sing, laugh, think, meditate and look at new ways of taking responsibility.

The Evergreen Student CD Project

Publisher: ROC Diamond Records
Format: 2 CD / DVD set
Runtime: 10 tracks per CD / 21 min DVD
Captions: no

Street Knowledge makes one dance, sing, laugh, think, meditate and look at new ways of taking responsibility.

Excerpts From: "A Slice of Rice, Frijoles & Greens," "A Grain of Sand," & "To All Relations"

Publisher: Great Leap Inc.
Format: DVD
Runtime: 8 minutes
Captions: No

Great Leap, Inc. is a Los Angeles-based, multicultural arts organization which uses art as both performance and creative practice to deepen relations among people of diverse cultures and faiths.

A Grain of Sand

Publisher: Nobuko, Great Leap Production
Format: VHS
Runtime:
Captions: No

In a poetic fusion of story, song, and video imagery, Nobuko Miyamoto breaks through the forces of silence in search of her own song.

Harry Belafonte - Sing Your Song

Publisher: Docurama Films
Format: DVD
Runtime: 104 mins
Captions: yes

A documentary that surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte.

Slingshot Hip Hop

Publisher: Fresh Booza Productions
Format: DVD
Runtime: 94 minutes

Captions: No
Languages: English, Arabic and Hebrew

Slingshot Hip Hop weaves together the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank, and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. Follow Tamer, Suhell, and Mahmoud of DAM, the first ever Palestinian Hip Hop group, from their early awkward studio recordings, through the outbreak of the second Intifada, to fiery sold-out shows all over the world. Through DAM we meet Mahmoud Shalabi, an irreverent rapper from Akka, along with R&B singer Abeer and rap duo Arapeyat, rising female artists determined to express themselves.

Meanwhile, Mohammed, Kan”aan and Mezo of PR have begun emulating DAM. Trapped in Gaza, one of the most heavily populated places on Earth, PR longs to escape its confines and finally meet their fellow rappers. From Separation Walls to gender norms, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that divide them

Suheir Hamad

Publisher: The Evergreen State College
Format: DVD
Runtime: 2 min
Captions: no

Spoken-word performance "What I Will", TESC Lecture Hall, October 2007.

Suheir Hamad - On 21st Century Identities

Publisher: The Evergreen State College
Format: DVD
Runtime: 1hr 03min
Captions: no

Spoken-word performance, International Woman's Day 2006

Ulali

Publisher: Corn Beans and Squash Music
Format: VHS
Runtime:
Captions: no

Ulali is a Native American women's a cappella group. Founded in 1987, it includes Pura Fe, Soni, and Jennifer Kreisberg. Ulali's sound encompasses an array of indigenous music including Southeast United States choral singing and pre-Columbian music. Ulali's live peformances address Native struggles and accomplishments.





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