The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Liberation Film Series presents a free screening of Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin, followed by the discussion, True Black History Refutes White Supremacy, with Professor James Small and Blanks Branick, in the Museum's General Motors Theater.
Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin is the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary about the untold history of people of African and aboriginal descent. This installment of Hidden Colors goes into topics such as: The global African presence; The science of melanin; The truth about the prison industrial complex; How thriving black economic communities were undermined in America; The hidden truth about Native Americans, and much more.
Released in December, 2012, Hidden Colors 2 features such presenters as: author Dr. Claud Anderson; Dr. Umar A. Johnson; KRS-One; “The New Jim Crow” author Michelle Alexander; director Tariq Nasheed; Professor of Black History James Small; researcher and early global Black Presence scholar Runoko Rashidi; Ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) scholar Tony Browder; Dr. Booker T. Coleman; and Dr. Phil Valentine. Hidden Colors 2 follows last year’s Hidden Colors: The Untold History of People of Aboriginal, Moor, and African Descent.
Hidden Colors 2 is directed by New York Times best-selling author and film producer Tariq Nasheed. Run Time: 2 hr. 32 minutes Documentary, Special Interest
Featured Panelists for the True Black History Refutes White Supremacy Discussion and Q&A
Professor James Small is a scholar activist, dynamic speaker, and organizational consultant. He is CEO of Sanaa Lodge Enterprise, Ghana, Ltd.; CEO & President, African-American Management Company, Ghana, Ltd.; President, Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), Priest of Oya, Babalorisha, Ifa Tradition; Vice-President, World African Diasporan Union (WADU); and past President of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization (ASCAC).
For eleven years, Professor Small served as principal bodyguard to the late Ella L. Collins, the sister of Malcolm X, the then President of the OAAU. Between the years of 1966 and 1980, Professor Small held membership in the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the NAACP, Uhuru Fighters, and OAAU. During this period, he had the opportunity to interact with such historical giants as Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Kwame Ture (Stokley Carmichael), H. Rap Brown (Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin) of SNCC, Eldridge Cleaver, Zaid Shakur, and Lumumba Shakur of the Black Panther Party (BPP), in which he served as a liaison between the BPP and the OAAU. Much of his expertise is found in African-American history and culture, Malcolm X, African traditional religions and the love for his people.
Professor Small taught for fifteen years at the City University of New York, including 13 years at the City College of New York's Black Studies Department and two years at New York City Technical College. Prof. Small has taught courses on Malcolm X, Traditional African Religion, Pan-Africanism, Crime in the Urban Community, Urban Crisis and Issues, and African Folklore.
Professor Small has lectured at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world, includingthe University of Manchester, England; University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, V.I.; University of the West Indies, Porte-Spain, Trinidad; University of West Indies, Kingston Jamaica; Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; Harvard University, Boston, MA; Yale University, New Haven, CT; Columbia University and New York University of New York, NY. Professor James Small has traveled extensively lecturing at churches, conventions, seminars, workshops, colleges, and universities, throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Africa. His informative, eye-opening and dynamic presentations have caused him to be recognized as one of the most distinguished activist scholars of our time.
Professor Small has also appeared on a number of network talk shows and newsmagazines. These include the Phil Donahue Show, the Rolanda Watts Show, the Geraldo Rivera Show, Matt Lauer's 9 Broadcast Plaza Show, the Charlie Rose Show, Tony Brown's Journal, Like It Is with Gil Noble, as well as numerous cable programs and local, national and international television and radio shows.
Professor Small is currently conducting educational and cultural tours throughout Africa and the United States. He is also working on two books, one a collection of his lectures on Malcolm X and the other on the topic of "Post Slavery Trauma Syndrome."
Blanks Branick, III, a life student of all things black and all things forward and progressive, is a native of Jackson, TN, with 20 years of Science, Mathematics and Engineering education and instruction experience. He has attended Xavier University of LA, Lane College, University of Zimbabwe and Fisk University. He has completed one year at Wayne State University as a Ph.D. student in the Chemistry Department. He earned B.S. and M.A. degrees in Chemistry. His research interests include melanin, African American history, polymers, anti-cancer compounds and energy. He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCCHe).
Mr. Branick is the creator of the M.A.S.A.I. program for African-Centered Institutions. He also encourages international educational exchange for all African American students in America. Mr. Branick has worked for Xavier University, Tennessee State University, Lane College, Fisk University, Meharry Medical College, and Rust College. He is currently teaching at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, LA in the Department of Chemistry. Mr. Branick is a world student who often expresses these views as avid poetry, essays, as well as lyrics and is currently working on his second album entitled The Catalyst. His artistic name is TROIS and the movement is called the Vanguard Benefactors. He has traveled the world including Zimbabwe, Gambia, Jamaica, Mexico, Canada, and briefly in England. He has sat at the feet of such greats as Dr. Jochannan, Dr. Welsing. Mr. Neely Fuller, Dr. Raymond Windbush, and Dr. A.J. Stovall while participating in the African American Student Leadership Conference held at Rust College in Holly Springs, MS from 1993 until 2009 as a student participant, and eventually as an Advisory Board Member. M.A.S.A.I. is solely designed to provide Academic Career Enhancement Solutions or A.C.E.S.
Recommended Reading and Viewing
African Glory - J.C. Degraft-Johnson African Origins Of The Major Western Religions -Yosef Ben Jochannan Africans At The Crossroads - Dr. John Henrik Clarke Before The Mayflower - LeroneBennet, Jr. Black Labor, White Wealth -The Search For Power And Economic Justice - Claud Anderson, Ed. D. Blueprint For Black Power - Amos Wilson Breaking The Chains Of Psychological Slavery - Dr. Na'im Akbar Chains and Images Of Psychological Slavery - Dr. Na'im Akbar Civilization or Barbarism - Cheikh Anta Diop Criminalizing A Race - Charshee C.L. McIntyre From "Superman" To Man - J.A. Rogers From Babylon To Timbuktu - Rudolph Windsor From Columbus to Castro - Eric Williams How Europe Underdeveloped Africa - Walter Rodney Introduction To African Civilization - John G. Jackson Isis Papers - Frances Cress Welsing Man, God And Civilization - John G. Jackson Pre-colonial Black Africa - Cheikh Anta Diop Stolen Legacy - George James The African Origin of Civilization - Cheikh Anta Diop The Afrocentric Idea - MolefiKete Asante The Black Jacobins - C.L.R. James The Community of Self - Dr. Na'im Akbar The Destruction of Black Civilization - Chancellor Williams The Mis-Education of The Negro - Carter G. Woodson The Philosophy & Opinions Of Marcus Garvey - Amy Jacques Garvey The Shaping of Black America - Lerone Bennett, Jr. The Wretched of The Earth - Frantz Fanon They Came Before Columbus - Ivan Van Sertima Up from Slavery - Booker T. Washington
Destruction of Black Civilization – Chancellor Williams Historical Origin of Chirstianity - Walter Williams Lost Cities of Africa – Basil Davidson Melanin: Chemical Key the Black Greatness, Jazzy Melanin – Carol Barnes The Ankh – Nur Ankh Amen The Biological Psychaiatry of Melanin – Richard King Protocols of Zion
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s Liberation Film Series: 2012-2013 Season entitled An Exploration in Youth-focused Intergenerational Conversations educates the youth, and others, about the real world and the Black people - many unknown - who struggled, globally, to make it better. This series offers the regional community a refreshingly new opportunity to experience a season of culturally important, conscious, enlightening, and engaging films. Immediately following each film, a speaker led interpretation and Q&A session will provide the audience deeper insights. No other theater in the region offers this type of focused programming and premiere educational opportunity. To encourage literacy, a bibliography, supplemental reading materials, and useful links for each film will be accessible on the Museum’s website, and the speaker’s books and related texts available at the venue.