Tag Archives: African diaspora

Akosua Report: James Brown

“I’ve outdone anyone you can name – Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Strauss. Irving Berlin, he wrote 1,001 tunes. I wrote 5,500.” James Brown On May 3, 1933, James Joseph Brown, Jr., singer, songwriter, and “The Godfather of ...

Akosua Report: Richard Wright

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.” —  Black...

Akosua Report: William Dawson

“Politics with me is a full- time business, it is not a hobby to be worked on in leisure hours, it’s a job – a full-time job that pays off only if a man is willing to apply the energy, start from scratch and profit from his ...

Akosua Report: Charles Mingus

“I say, let my children have music. For God’s sake, rid this society of some of the noise so that those who have ears will be able to use them someplace listening to good music.” Charles Mingus  This date marks the birth of Charle...

Akosua Report: Percy Julian

“…may I humbly submit to you, the only thing that has enabled me to do the creative work, was the constant determination: Take Heart: Go Farther On.” Percy Julian April 19, 1975: Percy Lavon Julian, research chemist and pioneer in...