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Protest at PEN Festival, PEN International Expresses Concern over Israeli Government Funds
The opening of PEN American Center’s annual World Voices Festival in New York City was met with a protest Monday evening focusing on the call for PEN American Center to reject Israeli government funding for the festival due to Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights and freedom of expression. Also on Monday, PEN International expressed “concern” over the festival’s Israeli government funding, saying it would develop guidelines “regarding funding from countries with a poor ...
Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:28AM
Rights advocates meet PEN Director to discuss call to drop Israeli government funding
A delegation from Adalah-NY, O/R Books and Verso Books held an impromptu meeting with PEN American Center Executive Director Suzanne Nossel on Tuesday regarding the call for PEN to reject Israeli government sponsorship of the World Voices Festival due to the Israeli government’s human rights abuses and suppression of Palestinians’ freedom of expression.
Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 10:35AM
Underdog Victories in History
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:56PM
22 Writers Explain Why PEN American Center Should Reject Israeli Government Sponsorship
Twenty-two literary figures who signed a letter calling on the PEN American Center to reject Israeli government sponsorship of its World Voices Festival due to Israel’s human rights abuses have elaborated on their decision in quotes below. The Festival is being held in New York City from April 25-May 1.
Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:10AM
Over 100 Writers Call on PEN American Center to Reject Israeli Government Sponsorship
In a letter made public today over 100 writers, including Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Díaz, Richard Ford, and Alice Walker, and award-winning author Louise Erdrich, have called on the PEN American Center “to reject support from the Embassy of Israel” for PEN’s annual World Voices Festival. PEN lists the Israeli Embassy as among the “Champions” of the Festival, and as a sponsor of one of the Festival’s panels.
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 12:16PM
An Evening with Zadie Smith, Spring 2016 (audio/mpeg 14.8MB)
Reading and interview with author Zadie Smith. From the event, "An Evening with Zadie Smith, Spring 2016 Newcomb College at Tulane University, Zale-Kimmerling Writer in Residence" on March 1, 2016.
Posted: Sun Mar 6, 2016 1:06PM
NYers release video asking Taylor Swift to “Shake Off” diamonds of settlement-builder
New York human rights advocates today released a parody video of a Taylor Swift song that called for the pop star to publicly distance herself from Israeli diamond and settlement mogul Lev Leviev. Swift wore Leviev diamonds in photos in the September 2015 edition of Vanity Fair. The video release followed a Saturday afternoon musical protest at the Leviev diamond store in Manhattan in the run-up to Valentine’s Day, with protesters arriving for the third time in a row to find the store close...
Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:21AM
Wtul News and Views interviews Nyx from Total War Puppets (audio/mpeg 13.0MB)
"DIY art is like an open pit mine for mainstream culture. " Wtul News and Views interviews Nyx from Total War Puppets Nyx from Total War Puppets dropped by to talk about the end of tour blowout--four shows at the Mudlark, starring Pharoah, the founders of Paypal, and a long-dead '96 Toyota Tercel. Saturday night saw a full house at the Mudlark. There remain two shows Tuesday and Wednesday. The show takes on cybernetics, free-market capitalism and occultism.
Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:54PM
Interview with Jackie Sumell on Solitary Gardens Project (audio/mpeg 25.4MB)
DJ Habi of WTUL News and Views interviews artist and prison reform advocate Jackie Sumell about her in-progress exhibition called The Solitary Gardens. Sumell discusses Herman Wallace, who sparked her interest in the abolition of solitary confinement, and who was the focus of one of her previous projects titled Herman's House. She explains the symbolism behind the project, as well as the medicinal and healing values it will have.
Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:47AM
Leviev’s New York diamond store closed again on day of Israel boycott protest
On Saturday, New Yorkers sang anti-apartheid carols outside the the store of Israeli diamond and settlement mogul Lev Leviev. Leviev's store was closed for the second year in a row on the day of the protest, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The protesters also sang a song highlighting their call for Taylor Swift to never wear Leviev diamonds again, after she wore them in September's Vanity Fair.
Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:58PM
People React To Being Called Beautiful -- Finding Beauty in the Everyday with Shea Glover (audio/mpeg 14.1MB)
WTUL News and Views Kezia Kamenetz sits down with Shea Glover, a young filmmaker and artist about her viral video, People react to being called beautiful. She speaks about the reactions and her experience creating the video, as well as her philosophy about beauty and happiness more generally.
Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:28PM
Deaf Community Welcome - Kyle Laitenin to interpret at Native American event
American Sign Language interpreter and southern straight dancer Kyle Laitenin is volunteering his time to insure that the deaf and hard af hearing community can enjoy Redbird's 20th annual Blanket, Toy and School Supplies Drive and Mini-Powwow. The event welcomes everyone, with or without a donation.
Posted: Thu Dec 3, 2015 8:10AM
Politico Pop Up Art Show (audio/mpeg 23.2MB)
WTUL News and Views Speaks with Leona Strassberg Steiner about the upcoming Politico Pop Up art show in New Orleans, featuring over 40 artists from around the country and the world showcasing their political art.
Posted: Wed Dec 2, 2015 7:13AM
Interview with WBOK Black talk radio host and cartoonist John Slade (audio/mpeg 22.3MB)
Janet Hays interviews the imitable John Slade - New Orleans native, black cartoonist/author of Afro Brother Spacemen, WBOK Black talk radio host
Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:45AM
Songwriter, Author, Philanthropist P F Sloan Died On Nov 16
Los Angeles resident P F (Philip) Sloan was born in New York in 1945. He died on Nov 16 of 2015.
Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:12PM
Interview with Phil Yiannopolous of Razors Edge Solo Performance Festival (audio/mpeg 7.3MB)
Interview with Phil Yiannopolous of Razors Edge Solo Performance Festival
Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:00PM
Protest song for Paris Climate Talks
Ahead of the Paris Climate March on November 29th, The Beholders have released 'Che Che', their remake of the cover 'Hasta Siempre'.
Posted: Sun Nov 8, 2015 8:32AM
Rebecca Mwase talks about Looking at a Broad her one woman show (audio/mpeg 32.8MB)
Rebecca Mwase talks about her upcoming one woman show looking at a broad. Also looking at themes of travel, home, misogyny and oppression.
Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:02AM
Palestinian Film Festival in New Orleans (audio/mpeg 27.6MB)
Lugine, Shareen and Maria talk with Gahiji Barrow about the first annual Palestinian Film Festival. Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement and progress against the occupation and link the connection of the Palestinian struggle with those of other brown people globally.
Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:51AM
First Annual Palestinian Film Festival in New Orleans (audio/mpeg 27.0MB)
Kezia speaks with Lugine Gray about the first annual Palestinian film festival, taking place in New Orleans from October 18th - October 25th and featuring a multitude of popular films.
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:40AM