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"Battle for the Hearts and Minds," DVD, Color, 10 minutes, 2006 (USA ); directed by Shani Peters and "Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness," DVD, Color, 57 minutes, 2006 (USA ); directed by Llewellyn Smith .

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October 23, 2011

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Battle for the Hearts and Minds depicts a battle of words between historical black legends W.E.B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey.  Relating elements of their documented 1920s era conflict to later century hip-hop and hip-hop beef, the ongoing ‘fight’ for social justice, and black disunity in general, the ‘event’ is presented as a cross between a title fight and a rap battle.

Brilliant, ambitious, high-minded, manipulative, pioneering, the meaning of Herskovits himself as scholar raises questions powerfully relevant today – who has access to the "production of knowledge?" What is "objective study" and when does it become politicized?  What happens when the scholar becomes the powerbroker?  What are the consequences when we deny a people the right to define themselves?

These films are presented in conjunction with The African Film Festival, New York.

Elevators access the 6th floor after 1:30 p. m.

This program is FREE and subject to last-minute change or cancellation.