Tag Archives: Soul

African-Americans, women receive place of honor in ‘soul’ of W&M


The history of William & Mary etched on the walls of the Wren Building will finally include two groups of people who have been essential to the success of the institution — but largely invisible — since its founding 325 years ago.

Two plaques, one honoring African-Americans and the other recognizing women, were unveiled and dedicated Thursday afternoon during a ceremony held at what many consider the most important building on campus.

“By the plaques on the wall on the Wren just erected, we are recognizing the role of African-Americans and of women over the vast sweep of William & Mary’s history,” said W&M President Taylor Reveley. “They played significant parts since the beginning. The parts they will play going forward will only continue to grow.

“Indeed, for William & Mary to…

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African Soul, American Heart to celebrate 10th anniversary


Participants can enjoy live music, cocktails and appetisers as well as learn about plans for the African Soul, American Heart students and see the trailer for a new documentary, “Bright Soldiers,” scheduled for release next fall.

The event is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the third-floor Cityscape Room and Atrium at the Radisson Hotel, 201 5th St. N., Fargo. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Get tickets at ” target=”_blank”>asahinsudan.org/tickets.

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Good for the soul, bad for your health


My father went into surgery today.

It was a simple procedure to determine whether or not my father’s arteries are still clogged. A procedure that preps for four hours and takes less than half an hour to execute.

In April 2017 my dad, Kevin Dysard, had a heart attack. It was partly due to having clogged arteries. He is the type of person to eat a hearty meal after a day of hard work and he would always participate in the weekly Sunday dinners my family hosted.    

His typical meal consisted of what the black community calls ‘soul food.’ Soul food usually consists of foods such as macaroni and cheese, collard greens, fried chicken, corn bread, and yams.

These type of foods are a part of the African-American culture. Social gatherings and Sunday dinners were often complete with…

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Same-sex “soul” brothers (and sisters); gay/lesbian interactions in Africa and the Diaspora 


The issue of homosexuality and same-sex relationships as it pertains to people of African and Indian descent is an extremely divisive one. As I pointed out in my preceding article, regarding African people, it is as deeply contentious in Africa as it is here in the Americas.

Some of that has to do with the very legitimate issue of examining African and other non-Western cultural practices with Eurocentric cultural ideas, assumptions and knowledge production. The arrogance of European/Euro-American academia continues to contaminate the ways we examine ourselves and other peoples of the Global South, many of whom had sophisticated cultures that are far older than Europe’s. 

Photo: A same-sex couple in…

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The Original Drifters to headline “Reggae Meets Soul” : South Florida Caribbean News


SOUTH FLORIDA – It has been 67 years since The Drifters launched what would become a storied career on the streets of New York City. In 2018, the music that has made them one of soul/Rhythm and Blues’ legendary acts, carries on through The Original Drifters.

The latest edition (Russell Henry, Chuck Cockerham, Richard Knight Dunbar, and Roger Whitehead) is scheduled to headline the Reggae Meets Soul show, scheduled for April 8 at Coral…

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18th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival Aruba


The 18th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival hosted by Aruba is sure to have you seeing stars, Memorial Day weekend, May 23-28, 2018 with main stage concert headliners Alicia Keys, Maxwell and Marlon Wayans.

Alicia Keys, a 15-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of activism will set the stage on fire with her effortless grace and musical virtuosity to headline Saturday, May 26th. In 2016, Keys released her critically-acclaimed sixth studio album, Here. Featuring a composition of 16 songs, the album raises awareness around pivotal human rights issues at the forefront of controversy and debate. Keys launched We Are Here, a movement that empowers the global community…

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