The day after Ava DuVernay’s new film, 13TH, opened the 54th New York Film Festival, subjects interviewed in the film came together for an extended conversation exploring the many issues explored in this powerful documentary about race and criminal justice.
From the portrayal of black men in popular culture, dating back to D. W. Griffith’s 1915 Birth of a Nation, to the progression from slavery to mass incarceration and the persistent demonization and killing of black men by police in our cities today, the discussion will consider how the past connects with our present reality. Participants will include Ashley Clark (BFI), Jelani Cobb (The New Yorker, The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress), Malkia Cyril (Center for Media Justice), Kevin Gannon (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning), and Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Harvard Kennedy School; former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture). 13TH is a Netflix original documentary.
I never set out to convert anybody. In my quest, some of them ended up converting themselves.
– Daryl Davis
So, go on and plan on watching the trailer above TWICE, because the first run will likely leave you breathless. This is the award-winning documentary about a Black musician, Daryl Davis, who befriends and engages members of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists in an extended dialog about race, hate, and how we can get past it. Turns out this all started as a bold an simple measure to get the KKK’s answer to this question: “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me?”
(Davis’ dialogs with Klan members have been so powerful that several members ultimately left the organization. You MUST watch!)
“Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America” comes to PBS on February 13, 2017.
“Today we look at another request for a presidential pardon, this one from the family of Marcus Garvey, a pioneering figure in the Black Freedom struggle in the early 20th century who inspired generations of civil rights activists around the world. In the 1920s, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover targeted Garvey for his political activity as a leader of the Pan-African movement. Garvey was convicted in 1923 on a charge of mail fraud and sentenced to five years in jail. His charges and conviction effectively ended Garvey’s political movement and eventually led to his deportation back to Jamaica. We speak to Marcus Garvey’s son, Dr. Julius Garvey, who is leading the Justice4Garvey effort.”
“Is it ‘redevelopment’ . . . or ethnic cleansing?
‘Gentrified’ is the first documentary ever to take an in-depth look at the effects of gentrification and provide statistical and social evidence that it targets the Black community in particular. When big business and big govt conspire to create so-called “redevelopment” it always leaves a richer, all white neighborhood in its wake. The old, Black residents are left to their own devices which include poverty and homelessness.
In ‘Gentrified’, we travel across the United States and interview activists, entrepreneurs and academics to give a brutally honest look at the way the entire country, and even the world, is being reshaped by the process of gentrification. In the 21st century the ‘haves’ are removing the ‘have-nots’ and it’s time we saw who they were.
They’re rich. They’re white . . . and they’re coming for everything you’ve got.
A special UK screening will be followed by a panel discussion in London on February 18th at 6pm at the Hackney Attic.“
The American criminal justice system is more about addressing the ‘criminal’ part rather than the ‘justice’ part of its moniker. A quick search on ‘prison’ on here will tell you that. But this “Victims Of Misfortune” shows how deep the dung is; addressing what happens to the imprisoned after they have served their time. Facts and nearly two decades of research folks. Don’t argue with folks who disagree, as this is no longer a debate. This is a documentary that exposes truths and shares knowledge.
Victims Of Misfortune is a feature-length, social change documentary that will give a historical and current look at America’s criminal justice system and the discriminatory policies that people with a criminal background face, post conviction/release. Victims Of Misfortune will also take a closer look at America’s system of indentured servitude putting the practice in proper historical context. The United States has 5 percent of the world population, with around 25 percent of the world’s prisoners (over 2.4 million people behind bars). Nearly $70 billion is spent annually on probation/parole, prison and detention centers for immigration detainees. Once these people are released from prison or have a criminal record, they are then discriminated against for employment, housing, education, governmental benefits and some even deported.
Someone is probably going to find a way to be mad at these vets about this, but oh well. I salute these troops who likely served proudly with reverence, demonstrated humility and purity of heart. They still serve, in a different way here, with this bold, sincere, and timely formal apology. On bent knees at Standing Rock. Watch and be moved.
“We fought you, we took your land, we signed treaties that we broke…we beg for your forgiveness.”
– Wesley Clark Jr.
Note the chosen pronoun ‘we’… not shirking the legacy (good & not-so-good) they joined when they joined to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. And they were granted forgiveness in front of those assembled. A largely symbolic ceremony to be certain; but still very powerful!
Lawsuit for millions and millions of dollars. Think that even makes an oil conglomerate blink? Hardly! Real question is… Where is the humanity?! If you got it for the clean-up, when the courts force you, why not spend the money PROTECTING the people?
(Wait. Don’t answer. I think I already know. Sickening…)
A Nigerian tribal king has taken oil giant Shell to court in London. Here’s why.
– Al Jazeera English
Long Live The Chief! Watch him work. Shame on you Shell! Immeasurable amounts of oil spilled. Land made wasteland. Militarization and the killing of Ken Saro-Wiwa. On you (and the Nigerian government)!
Another great segment checked in by Roland Martin. Dr. Hadiyah Green has me SPEECHLESS! BRILLIANCE! BEAUTY! She’s my new true crush. She is everything of the essence of Ernest Everett Just, Daniel Hale Williams, Charles Drew… all the pioneering geniuses of 20th Century medicine… carried into the 21st Century. I hope and pray that she, and folks like her, can continue to push through the b.s. and CURE CANCER NOW!
(Did you see the part where she got her treatment proposal ready, and “they” told her that no one would back her methods without including a drug??? ARE YOU $%&!ing SERIOUS??!! Maannnn… you MUST watch!)
The election is over & we all know the outcome of that, but Killer Mike is perfect in responding to a TMZ photographer who ran up on him in the airport….from Australia.
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Well, here it is… After about 8 years of cosigning, campaigning, contributing and cajoling… Bill Maher gets a sit-down with the President Of The United States aka POTUS aka President Barack Hussein Obama!
President Barack Obama sits down with Bill Maher on the eve of the election to discuss the issues Real Time viewers care about. Original air date: November 4, 2016.
Great conversation! Cannot say it was worth the wait because a lot of this talk has been said by the President and his administration all along. After watching, you’ll probably agree that (while a studio appearance would have been awesome & appreciated) this choice of format and venue (directed Q&A at the White House with plenty of time to talk) was the best way to go. We get to hear all of what the President had to say in response to all of what Maher wanted to ask on his viewers’ behalf.
You REALLY want to watch the ENTIRE interview, especially if you are an American (regardless of party, belief, etc.).
Political Pundit Alex Jones Interviews Danny Williams, Who Says He Is Bill Clinton’s Biological Son (Video)
When Bill Clinton was Arkansas’ Governor, Danny Williams recalls being a kid taken to the Gubernatorial Mansion, then dragged away abruptly by his mother (Bobbie Ann Williams); an encounter that parabolizes the Clintons’ supposed denial of then-Governor Clinton’s extramarital son… That is what the Williams story being played on this the Alex Jones Show clip above purports. Williams goes further to say that Hillary Clinton pretty much banished him from seeing his biological father.
Now, we cannot know the truth with 100% certainty, unless folks are ready to take that trip and see Maury (ha!). But consider the source, as you consider the above vid from all angles. Why put this out? Who is served? It certainly serves Jones’ need for eyeballs on his channel. And Williams, if what he claims is true, could be seeking a public remedy for a grievance that would never have likely been resolved privately. We already know President Bill Clinton’s past has extramarital activity in it. Hmmm…
Oh, wait… Isn’t Bill’s wife Hillary the presumptive favorite in a Presidential election? Would Jones, Republican opponent Donald Trump, and/or those aligned with either/both of them, like to muddy the waters on the Democratic candidate’s side given Trump’s poll plummet?
Who’s to say? One might say this, though… freeze-framing Williams and looking at a young Governor Clinton… there could be some resemblance. Interesting.
But what do YOU think? That is all that really matters; now, and on into November.
(And, “It is really not my concern,” is an acceptable answer. Just saying.)
Here at Jayforce.com we love Music Festivals and discovering new talent. So I was invited to cover Secret Stages 2016 a Music Discovery Festival in Birmingham, AL. This is a two day festival with over 75 acts performing on multiple stages. One of the artists I was looking forward to was Lando Chill a young talented Rapper, Singer, Songwriter. He is Chicago born and raised now living in Tuscon and recently signed with Mello Music Group. I caught up with him before his show and discussed his style, inspiration and putting new album out. I also have some live footage of his showcase that I caught while in Birmingham. His new album just released today “For Mark, Your Son” on Mello Music Group available on all digital outlets. I had the pleasure to discover him and his music after this interview you will want to discover more of his music as well.
The classic album Reachin (A New Refutation of Time & Space) was released in 1992/1993. This was an iconic year for me because I graduated high school in 1993. At this point I was a bonafide lover of Hip Hop and the Digable Planets helped to make that love stronger with this classic work. The only problem was at that time I lived in Montgomery and there was no way that the Brooklyn trio would be doing a show in the capital city of Alabama.
Fast forward 23 years and I continue to love Hip Hop and now even meet & interview artists that I love. While back home in Montgomery visiting family the planets align for me literally. I see that a show is listed to rock in Birmingham, AL an hour away Wednesday July 20th. Without hesitation I purchase ticket online hop in the ride 65 N bound to finally see one of my favorite groups live.
Release Of DNC Emails Proves Bias Against Bernie Sanders Campaign And Cost Party Chair Her Job (Video)
Bernie Sanders says the release of DNC emails underscore the position he’s held for months: party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz needs to go.
(UPDATE: And now she is. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been ‘quarantined’ and will resign her post.)
Damn, DNC. See why we #FeelTheBern now? Because we feel that y’all are full of that bullsh!t. To be certain, Debbie was just a cyst, the cancer is still within the Democratic Party. Damn and damn it!
To his credit, Senator Sanders is still being the grown up in the room of school gossips: He is still pledging still to back Hillary Clinton and help defeat Trump. Aligned with the party whose leadership tacitly backs those who would malign him.
Wow. Just. Wow. You KNOW the Conservative media and RNC will be all over this, as they should be. DAAAAMMMN!
Atlanta is known for being the place where Music is happening but the visual Arts scene is on the rise as well. From the Forward Warrior Mural project to the graffiti art covered Krog Tunnel & city commissions to enrich areas with Art. Magic is being created in Atlanta’s painting studios along with the music studios. Well one of the artist helping to push forward the scene in Atlanta is CP The Artist. Charlton Palmer a transplant of NJ who makes Atlanta his home talked with us about his upcoming solo show 7:30. (Show is on July, 30th starting at 7:30 585 Well St SW Suite B3 Atlanta, GA 30312) .We also talk what inspires him and what’s on his playlist when he is in the studio.
Full Interview after the jump