09.21.11 Documentary film 'White Wash' narrated by Ben Harper opens in New York 9/22

by kevin

Documentary film 'White Wash' narrated by Ben Harper opens in New York 9/22

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/action/story/2011-09-21/white-wash-surfin...

New film explores history of black surfing

Opening tomorrow in New York, the documentary film White Wash explores the history of black surfing in America, painting a contrast to the global sport that is dominated by white males.

The film canvasses the timeline of surfing as witnessed by Captain Cook in Hawaii to Olympic swimmer and Hawaiian surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku's advocacy in the 1920s to its current competitive landscape with few black participants. "White Wash" positions surfing as a sport and lifestyle that reflects modern racial complexity.

Drawing on expertise from scholars, writers, pro surfers and community leaders, the film connects the African slave trade, race riots in the 1960s, segregation at America's beaches and the stereotype that blacks are not strong swimmers, let alone surfers.

"White Wash tackles the absurd notion that African Americans have some genetic aversion to water sports and reveals something far more interesting about the effects of social engineering in America," said surfer and X Games TV personality Sal Masekela. more»

09.12.11 Ben Harper playing special fundraising concert Sept. 19th at The Mint

by kevin

http://www.examiner.com/music-in-los-angeles/ben-harper-playing-special-...

Adrian Garro
, Chatsworth Music Examiner
September 12, 2011

The Mint in Los Angeles just announced a special fundraising concert featuring folk/soul songwriter Ben Harper.

Set for Monday, September 19th, the show will be a fundraiser for Babette Ho Cancer Relief. Proceeds from the ticket sales for this special show go to Mrs. Ho and her efforts to battle cancer.

Tickets for this special event are $75 and will go onsale tomorrow.

This will be a special show for Ben harper fans, as he rarely performs in such a small venue as The Mint. View more information about the venue here.

http://www.themintla.com/

08.31.11 Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman - 'Save The Hammer For The Man' featuring BEN HARPER available now

by kevin

Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman - 'Save The Hammer For The Man' featuring BEN HARPER available now

Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman - 'Save The Hammer For The Man' featuring BEN HARPER

available at Amazon here:

http://www.amazon.com/Save-Hammer-Man-Feat-Harper/dp/B005FTQM1W/ref=sr_1...

& iTunes here:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/world-wide-rebel-songs/id454001704

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& here's a little press about the collaboration:

http://illinoisentertainer.com/2011/08/cover-story-tom-morello/ more»