by Taki S. Raton
A marathon showing of the DVD “Hidden Colors II – The Triumph of Melanin” is planned for Wednesday, January 23 at five area locations beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Viewing venues include the African American Women’s Center at 3020 West Vliet Street; Coffee Makes U Black, 2303 North Teutonia Avenue; Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters, 7717 West Good Hope Avenue, and the Wisconsin Black Historical Society at 2620 West Center Street, and Club Timbuktu, 520 East Center Street.
This showing is patterned after last year’s “Hidden Colors I – The Untold History of People of Aboriginal, Moor, and African Descent ” viewing on Feb. 15, 2012 at four of these centers. Club Timbuktu was recently added this year.
“Hidden II” vividly explores such topics rarely discussed openly such as the origins of the ancient Olmecs and Mayans, the cultural, spiritual and medical warfare against peoples of color, how thriving Black economic communities were undermined in America, the truth about the prison industrial complex, and the untold American history.
Released in December, 2012, “Hidden II” features such presenters as author Dr. Claud Anderson, ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) scholar Tony Browder, Dr. Booker T. Coleman, Dr. Umar A. Johnson, KRS-One, “The New Jim Crow” author Michelle Alexander, “Hidden II” director Tariq Nasheed, professor James Small, researcher and early global Black presence scholar Runoka Rashid, and Dr. Phil Valentine.
“In Celebration of Nia – Reclaiming our Colors” is the chosen theme for an inspired national viewing of “Hidden II” at the same Central Standard Time showing of the Milwaukee marathon viewing. Families are encouraged to purchase the film and share with family members, friends and associates in their home, accompanied perhaps with a festive dinner serving. “Nia” is the fifth of the seven Principals of the Nguzo Saba, the Black Value system created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga.
“Nia” mean Purpose: “To make as our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.” African American families and individuals in Chicago, Louisiana, New York, Cleveland, Detroit, and Omaha has already committed to this unique “Celebration of Nia” occasion.
For any additional information on the Milwaukee “Hidden Colors II” marathon showing, please contact Oshi Adelabu at (414) 324-5796. For updates on the national inclusionary viewing, contact this writer at: [email protected]