Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Phase One Oct 20-24, St. Louis County

A Real Life Superhero

Bree Newsome became an Internet and media sensation when she did what many were longing to do but didn’t dare. She scaled a flagpole outside South Carolina's statehouse and brought the flag down, while police officers waited to arrest her below.

Every 28 Hours One-Minute Play Festival

Coming soon across the nation! Oct 20-24!

What is The Ferguson Moment?

We call on artists across the nation to share their responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance to racially motivated police brutality

Resources

Marcia Chatelain, an assistant professor in the Department of History, created the #FergusonSyllabus in response to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Last Words from Stlfilmmaker

Shared via The Ferguson Moment Facebook group by Phillip Johnson
"20 thousand have heard this young man's cry for justice have you?"
‪#‎Lastwords‬ ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ https://vimeo.com/115691544

Posted on Vimeo by DJ Palistine



Last Words from Stlfilmmaker on Vimeo.

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Artist to Watch: Michael Uzowuru

From Huffington Post

Artist to Watch: Michael Uzowuru by Kitty Cash

"The tragedy of black men and women being killed by police weighs heavy on my heart and mind. The repetition of tragedy that my community endures is painful, and to live with the reality that our lives are being valued less and that our stories are unable to be told is devastating. Our lives do not deserve to be cut short, especially at the hands of those who swore to protect and to serve.

In the midst of the catastrophe of Ferguson and the non-indictment decision of the police officer who killed Eric Garner, I'm reminded of my own haunting experience with police. When I was 19, I was wrongfully and brutally assaulted by a police officer. Being profiled and assumed to be something that you're not -- a threat to society -- based on the color of skin is something that nearly every black person experiences in their lifetime. I did nothing wrong and was undeserving of being assaulted, and the realization that my life could have easily ended that day is one that haunts me. If I had been killed that day, if mercy was not ultimately shown to me, my story would never have had the opportunity to be told. And I can't stand the thought of that.

So many stories aren't given the chance to be told. We will never hear Mike Brown's account of what happened, we will never hear Eric Garner, or 12-year-old Tamir Rice, or Aiyana Jones, or Rekia Boyd relive their assaults. Instead, they lost their lives and their murders were turned into ethical and political debates. Their stories, in their own voices, will never be heard. It amazes me that I feel fortunate that my life did not end, and that I can tell my story. It is incredible, in the worst way, to realize that surviving an encounter with the police is considered to be a fortunate experience. There's a major problem with that.

When I began writing this, I wasn't quite sure what the purpose of this was supposed to be. I felt compelled to write and express myself. The further along I got, the more I understood what it was that I was trying to say. My ideas evolved; they grew to be less centered around myself and more about us. I hope more of my sisters and brothers lives can be lived and I hope that our stories are no longer silenced. I know that when given the chance to fully blossom into who we are meant to be, to define, and redefine, who we are, we thrive.

Through strength, we have power. Our inspiration has long come from sources of pain, and we have always translated that energy in creative and inspiring ways. The spirit of those we have lost is never far from us. Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, and a painfully long list of other black men and women who've been killed by police, did not die in vain. I refuse to let their deaths be reduced to that, and I will continually dedicate myself and my energy to dismantling the very things that kill us. My story, and your story, is able to be heard. Loudly, confidently, proudly--no one can silence us anymore."    Michael Uzowuru

Read the full story here
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kitty-cash/artist-to-watch-michael-u_b_6356080.html 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Hands Up Dont Shoot

Shared by Mickey Rowe on the Ferguson Moment Facebook group 
"These kids made a brilliant music video. ‪#‎ART‬ ‪#‎MUSIC‬ ‪#‎HANDSUPDONTSHOOT‬"



Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High

Published on Aug 22, 2014

Pearl Star Student, Queen McElrath, shows love and talent for Michael Brown and the people of Furgeson. A great song!!!!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Petty - I Can't Breathe [ft. Samuel L. Jackson]


Samuel L. Jackson challenges celebs to sing the ‘I Can’t Breathe’ song and call out the ‘violence of the racist police’


Published on Dec 23, 2014
Nashville, TN's Petty (@Petty615) takes Samuel L. Jackson up on his challenge and portrays his views on the societal issues we have been facing the last few months.
(Prod. By Zuki Mondunkwu)

Directed by: Petty
Edited by: Devo B. (@DevynBetancourt)

‘WE’RE HERE! WE’RE QUEER! BLACK LIVES MATTER!’


From Senior Editor-at-Large Joel B. Pollak

read more on Breitbart California

"The demonstrators staged a “die-in” at one of the Castro’s major intersections, where they placed a large pink triangle, a gay rights symbol, in the middle of the road. The protest had been cleared by police peacefully by mid-morning. On Facebook, activists had called for demonstrators to turn out on Christmas Eve morning to “create a visible, united front speaking out against the racist forces of police and vigilante violence against Black and Brown people, many of whom are queer or trans.”

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

D.C. Artist Covers the City in #BlackLivesMatter Christmas Ornaments

FROM Washington City Paper Arts Desk
D.C. Artist Covers the City in #BlackLivesMatter Christmas Ornaments
Posted by Lang Kanai and Sarah Schaffer on Dec. 23, 2014 at 11:31 am

"“I go to art first,” says McCallister. As a textile and conceptual artist, her first step in Ferguson was to process her experience with other artists on the ground. As a community arts programmer, her next step was to create a project that could be a first step for others. She thought, “What if I take that tradition of decorating a space for Christmas and turn it on its head?”



Video from Reese Bland

Read the full article at
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/visual-arts/2014/12/23/d-c-artist-covers-the-city-in-blacklivesmatter-christmas-ornaments/

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

LAPD celebrate Michael Brown’s killing with racist song

Art is a powerful tool. Here we see it being used in a very ugly way.

In the video below, Gary Fishell, former federal investigator, sings a parody of the song “Bad, bad Leroy Brown“:

“Michael Brown learned a lesson about a messin’
With a badass policeman
And he’s bad, bad Michael Brown
Baddest thug in the whole damn town
Badder than old King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog.

Two men took to fightin’
And Michael punched in through the door
And Michael looked like some old Swiss cheese
His brain was splattered on the floor

And he’s dead, dead Michael Brown
Deadest man in the whole damn town
His whole life’s long gone
Deader than a roadkill dog.”



Read more about it on Salon http://www.salon.com/2014/12/23/deader_than_a_roadkill_dog_disgusting_racist_song_about_michael_brown_performed_at_lapd_officers_charity_event/

I Can't Breathe Challenge "ReKnewed Dance Ministry" (and children)

I Can't Breathe Challenge "ReKnewed Dance Ministry" (and children) -- Kameelah Whitaker


Published on Dec 22, 2014
We are ReKnewed Dance Ministry (and children), and this is our "I Can't Breathe Challenge". ReKnewed Dance Ministry focuses not only on being renewed in the spirit as a born again Christian, but coming into the knowledge of who we are in CHRIST! We decided to do this challenge to help raise awareness and to teach our children that it's okay to speak out against hate and violence in a safe and non-violent manner. God bless.

Please Share and Join the Movement....Here are the lyrics:
I CAN HEAR MY NEIGHBOR CRYING I CANT BREATHE
NOW I'M IN A STRUGGLE AND I CAN'T LEAVE
CALLING OUT THE VIOLENCE OF THESE RACIST POLICE
WE AIN'T GONNA STOP 'TIL OUR PEOPLE ARE FREE
WE AIN'T GONNA STOP 'TIL OUR PEOPLE ARE FREE

I Can't Breathe Challenge - Jessica Anderson and Tyler Brooks


I Can't Breathe Challenge - Jessica Anderson and Tyler Brooks



Published on Dec 23, 2014
Our own interpretation of the I Can't Breathe song.
Thank you Yvorn 'Doc' Aswad for asking us to take this challenge.

Monday, December 22, 2014

#Museumsrespondtoferguson

Museum professionals/students/professors took to twitter to discuss Ferguson and Race 
by Aleia Brown 

Our colleagues created buzz for #museumsrespondtoferguson before the Twitter chat started... 

 Read more here: https://storify.com/aleiabrown/museumsrespondtoferguson

Sunday, December 21, 2014

I can't breathe- Jovans (We ain't gonna stop till people are free)

I can't breathe- Jovans (We ain't gonna stop till people are free)
by Jovans Lorquet


Published on Dec 20, 2014
 Challenge accepted

 Music by: Jovans Lorquet
 Video: Bacheler Jean Pierre
 #weaintgonnastopchallenge #blacklivesmatter

Friday, December 19, 2014

From the Stage to the Streets: Chicago Artists and Activists Respond to “We Must Breathe”

From Howlround by Isaac Gomez who organized the event at Victory Gardens

"On December 18, more than 350 Chicago artists and community members (and another 1,120 Livestreaming from six different countries) gathered at Victory Gardens Theater to bear witness and respond to performance pieces created in the wake of the national outcry stemming from the deaths and verdicts of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and countless others.
...
The mere fact that every single person stood in the theatre to have this dialogue following the performance is a testament to the space they collectively crafted for solidarity, open-mindedness, and respect that is vacant for several communities. So much so, that towards the end of the dialogue, several members from Chicago Artists Against Injustice stood up from their seats and began to sing:

“I can hear my brother crying, ‘I can’t breathe.’

So now I’m in the struggle singing ‘I can’t leave.’

Calling out the violence of these racist police

And we ain’t gonna stop till our people are free.”

It was in this moment that the artistry transformed into activism. Patrons were handed fliers by several members of the group and were encouraged to sing alongside them. And as a collective, they poured onto the mainstage to create an altar made of toys to honor the black lives lost and to empower the black youth of our communities.

Several members encouraged attendees to join them in an act of civil disobedience. Some stood behind, though many joined them in the streets outside Victory Gardens. From the artistic, to the dialogue, to the die-in that took place in one of the busiest intersections in Chicago, scholars, activists, and artists alike will have many names for what took place at Victory Gardens that night.
Read more here... http://howlround.com/from-the-stage-to-the-streets-chicago-artists-and-activists-respond-to-we-must-breathe

I can't breathe challenge ALi steele


I can't breathe challenge #icantbreathechallenge
ALi steele

One Struggle KC is holding two 'Black Lives Matter' events in Kansas City this weekend


One Struggle KC is holding two 'Black Lives Matter' events in Kansas City this weekend
By David Hudnall
Exerpt "We invite you to a free family event to create art as a collective, and process the pain we feel as a community due to state violence and abuse of power as seen in Ferguson, Mo and Ayotzinapa, Mexico [where 43 students disappeared in September]. There will be all kinds of art materials for your use, at no cost. Lead organizers of One Struggle KC will facilitate conversation, including ‘report-backs’ from individuals who have traveled to Ferguson to participate in community actions, as well as those who have been affected by events in Ayotzinapa." Read more on http://www.pitch.com/FastPitch/archives/2014/12/18/one-struggle-kc-is-holding-two-black-lives-matter-events-in-kansas-city-this-weekend

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stop Resisting: How to Get Arrested at an Eric Garner Protest

This story shared from young artist Daźay Burnett reveals much about what it is like to protect and what people are protesting about.

Daźay Burnett is a 17-year-old Harlem native. A senior at Beacon High School in Manhattan, he is actively involved in performing arts, songwriting, and youth activism groups (New York Youth for Justice). He plans to attend college in the fall of 2015, with Theater Arts as his intended major.

FROM GAWKER: Stop Resisting: How to Get Arrested at an Eric Garner Protest

http://gawker.com/stop-resisting-how-to-get-arrested-at-an-eric-garner-p-1672447442

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Can't Breathe (Samuel L. Jackson Challenge)

Can't Breathe (Samuel L. Jackson Challenge)
by Jeremy Franklin


Published on Dec 16, 2014

This video is a response to Samuel L. Jackson calling out "celebrities".. Hopefully this idea trends as much as those other meaningless "challenges" everyone participated in.. #AwakeAndAtWar

The Ferguson Theatre Syllabus

Megan Sandberg-Zakian has been crowdsourcing content from The Ferguson Moment Facebook group and with Claudia Alick published some exciting content for educators and theater makers! 

"Immediately following the events of Aug. 9, 2014—when the unarmed Michael Brown was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson—we worked with a group of artists from around the country to bear witness, to serve and to collaborate artistically with the community of Ferguson, Mo. We used a Facebook group, a hashtag (#TheFergusonMoment) and a blog to communicate and connect to more than 1,000 other artists and organizers around the country creating art in resonance with this moment in American history.

The breadth and depth of artistic actions around the country is inspiring. From new play commissions to community conversations, from guerrilla street performances to casts of Off-Broadway plays standing in solidarity at curtain call, theatre artists and institutions around the nation are stepping forward to join the new civil rights movement inspired by the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, John Crawford and many others (and by the failure thus far to see any indictments, let alone prosecutions for their deaths).

This December, as theatres and drama departments are deciding what plays to present in their 2015-2016 seasons, we have an unprecedented opportunity: Which plays can we program, read and teach that will be in resonance with this moment and this movement?"

Read More here...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I Can’t Breathe François Bessing

From François Bessing

"I was tagged by a friend, Crystal Williams on Facebook on 12/15/2014 to take part in 102.5 Radio Challenge by Darlene McCoy protesting the miscarriage of justice in the Eric Garner verdict. Samuel L. Jackson started the challenge off and I felt that it was important for me to add my voice to the outcry.

This song was based off the lyrics by Darlene McCoy. I expanded on the lyrics and wrote "I Can't Breathe" and arranged the melody. My good friend Ariel Delgado played the piano part. We wrote, played, and recorded the song in about 7 hours on 12/15/2014."




I Can’t Breathe
(Original Lyrics by: Darlene McCoy; Lyrics & Melody by: Francois N. Bessing
Copyright 2015)

I can hear my brother crying I can’t breathe,
Now I’m in a struggle dying; I can’t leave,
Calling out the violence of these racist police,
We’re not gonna stop till our people are free.

Not too long ago, he said, I have a Dream,
All the children black and white, play in the street.
Times have changed the people riot, there is no peace,
Till we join our voices and we let freedom ring.

I can hear my brother crying I can’t breathe,
Now I’m in a struggle dying; I can’t leave,
Calling out the violence of these racist police,
We’re not gonna stop till our people are free.

All the things we value most like life, liberty,
Shot and choked to nothing as the wicked go free,
How can we be one if we cannot stand with thee,
Raise your hands proclaim the Word: I Can’t breathe.

I can hear my brother crying I can’t breathe,
Now I’m in a struggle dying; I can’t leave,
Calling out the violence of these racist police,
We’re not gonna stop till our people are free.

Bridge:
I have lifted up mine eyes; justice we’ll see,
Heaven’s eyes are ever watching o’er you and me!

I can hear my brother crying I can’t breathe,
Now I’m in a struggle dying; I can’t leave,
Calling out the violence of these racist police,
We’re not gonna stop till our people are free.

Demi Day - Video Response to Darlene McCoy's "I Can't Breathe" Challenge

Demi Day - Video Response to Darlene McCoy's "I Can't Breathe" Challenge


Published on Dec 15, 2014
Video Response to Darlene McCoy's "I Can't Breathe" Challenge...
(Prod. JaySanon)

IG: @demidaymusic
Twitter: @demidaymusic
FB: Demi Day

Monday, December 15, 2014

Rights of Passage by Michelle T. Johnson

From Michelle T. Johnson

"For anyone who'll be in Springfield, Mo. and wants to see a play directly inspired by the events in Ferguson. It's a one-hour play with three characters. A white police officer has shot and killed a black teen. He goes to a law firm to see what his options are if the situation unfolds along the lines of Darren Wilson. He is unpleasantly surprised to find that one of the two people in the firm he meets with is a black woman. There is definitely drama that unfolds."


"Rights of Passage" draws passionate, pensive crowd
http://www.midwestdramatists.org/2014/10/rights-of-passage-draws-passionate.html

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America.

Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America
by LEIGH WILSON SMILEY in DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
http://www.tcgcircle.org/2014/11/collidescope-adventures-in-pre-and-post-racial-america/

Ping Chong, a visionary citizen- artist and six-time NEA grantee, connects racial history to our current unrest in his recent play, Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America.
- See more at: http://arts.gov/audio/theater-director-playwright-and-video-artist-ping-chong#sthash.3oE1Cubv.dpuf


NEA PODCAST
http://arts.gov/audio/theater-director-playwright-and-video-artist-ping-chong

Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America November 7-14, 2014 

http://theclarice.umd.edu/events/2014/collidescope-adventures-pre-and-post-racial-america

Saturday, December 13, 2014

"Koolhaas may think we're past the time of manifestos, but that's no reason to play dumb"

From De Zeen Magazine--Mimi Zeiger Opinion: why have architects and designers been so quiet about America's recent clashes over race and police violence? asks Mimi Zeiger.

My father, a UC Berkeley grad who was arrested in the Free Speech Movement protests of the 1960s, pushed back his chair and went to the window. Later, he would report he counted some 30 white vans each holding six to eight officers in riot gear. (The San Francisco Chronicle the next day reported 150 protesters, but not the number of officers.) My Bronx-raised mother unlocked the door and walked out to take photos with her phone.

And I sat frozen over our uncleared plates. Dumb. Furious at the overabundant force and shaken by a mirror held to my own privilege and comfort. My everyday is not framed by an intimidating relationship with the police and security structures.

Artists responded immediately with works and actions In the days that followed, I struggled to decipher what all these events meant for architects and urban designers. Artists responded immediately with works and actions. Damon Davis' striking black and white posters went up along West Florissant Avenue, wheat-pasted across plywood-boarded storefronts — the liquor stores and laundromats that took the brunt of rioting. Depicting the "hands up" gesture made by Brown before he was shot, they quickly become a unifying graphic and sign of resilience.

In New York City, Willing Participant, a participatory art group that "whips up urgent poetic responses to crazy shit that happens", organised an action called "disarm". According to three of the group's ringleaders, Niegel Smith, Ben Weber, and Todd Shalom, the action directly engages the police in conversation in the hopes of making visible the humanity of both the police and citizens. Pairs of participants were encouraged to approach police officers around Times Square and start a conversation with the question: "Where can I go to find some peace and quiet around here?"

Read More here ... http://www.dezeen.com/2014/12/12/mimi-zeiger-opinion-urban-unrest-police-violence-race-architecture-urbanism-ferguson/

#WhatDigitalHumanitiesLookLike: "You Can't Win" (for #TrayvonMartin)


Students in the "Michael Jackson and the Black Performance Archive" re-create the last moments of Trayvon Martin's Life to the backdrop of Michael Jackson's "You Can't Win" (from The Wiz, 1978)


Friday, December 12, 2014

This Is Not Justice

From Shasti O'Leary Soudant "This file can be printed at any size and is free to anyone who wants it, no attribution necessary"




"Our Lives Matter" by Say Word Designs

From Khalilah L. Brown-Dean


"I'm honored to announce the launch of "Our Lives Matter" by Say Word Designs. The design honors the lives of Black girls and women killed by law enforcement. http://bit.ly/1wn8EIB PLEASE BUY and help spread the word. It's easy to choose your size, shirt color, fit (tailored for men and women), and sleeve length (short or long). It's the perfect gift for the men AND women in your life who care about justice. Inbox me if you're local and want to guarantee delivery in time for the holidays. The campaign ends on Tuesday, December 16th so PLEASE order NOW!  http://bit.ly/1wn8EIB"


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Behind Titus Kaphar’s Ferguson Protesters Painting


To capture the impact of the Ferguson protests, Kaphar created a 4-ft by 5-ft oil painting he titled, “Yet Another Fight for Remembrance.” Kaphar, who lives and works in New Haven, Conn., and New York, mixes the work of Classic and Renaissance painters. Time magazine captures his process http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-ferguson-painting/



Find out more about the artist here... http://tituskaphar.com/ 

We Must Breathe

Be Free by J Cole

Tribute song to Mike Brown performed on David Letterman Show by J Cole

   

Be Free
by J Cole

And I'm in denial
And it don't take no x-ray to see right through my smile
I know, I'd be on the go
And it ain't no drink out there that can numb my soul
No, no

All we want to do is take the chains off
All we want to do is break the chains off
All we want to do is be free
All we want to do is be free
All we want to do is take the chains off
All we want to do is break the chains off
All we want to do is be free
All we want to do is be free

Can you tell me why every time I step outside
I see my niggas die,
Ooh, I'm letting you know
That it ain't no gun they make that can kill my soul
Oh, no

All we want to do is take the chains off
All we want to do is take the chains off
All we want to do is be free
All we want to do is be free
All we want to do is take the chains off
All we want to do is break the chains off
All we want to do is be free
All we want to do is be free

Are we all alone fighting on our own
Please give me a chance
I don't wanna dance
Something's got me down
I will stand my ground,
Don't just stand around
Don't just stand around

All we want to do is take these chains off
All we want to do is break the chains off
All we want to do is be free
All we want to do is be free
All we want to do is take these chains off
All we want to do is break the chains off
All we want to do is be free
All we want to do is be free

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"I Can't Breathe" CaTrina Brooks

Published on Dec 9, 2014
CaTrina Brooks joined as apart of the #PeacefulProtest on social media for the #ICantBreatheChallenge by Darlene McCoy.

Catrina arranged the harmonies to the song written by the Peace Poets and this video has become a viral sensation. Catrina plans to continue taking a stand for Eric Garner and challenging others to take a stand on social media for injustice.


Follow Catrina on Social Media: Twitter: @CaTrinaDorian Facebook: facebook.com/CaTrinaBrooksMusic Instagram: @TrinaTrinaTrinaaa Booking:Catrina.Brooks@ gmail.com

Sunday, December 7, 2014

YOU CAN'T DIE HERE

From Paul Notice

YOU CAN'T DIE HERE - SEASON 1, EPISODE 1
The Millennial Group LLC

Friday, December 5, 2014

'I Can't Breathe' - Congressman's Incredible Tribute to Eric Garner on House Floor

From YouHotNews



Dem Rep. Recites ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Poem for Eric Garner on House Floor. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), one of several congress members who did the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture on the House floor this week, used his one minute speech Thursday to recite a poem that used Eric Garner’s “I can’t breathe”

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Trayvon Martin, Black Life Inspire Art Africa In Overtown

From WRLN Miami Florida

Trayvon Martin, Black Life Inspire Art Africa In Overtown
 

On Thursday night in Overtown, artist Doba Afolabi was showing his work at the Art Africa show. Afolabi is from Nigeria. He used to live in Miami, but left for Brooklyn a while ago. Up close, his paintings look like abstracts in brightly-colored oil paint. But stand a few feet back, and a cellist in a top hat emerges. Or two saxophone players against a fiery background. One painting is called “Ride the Storm.” That’s the piece he did after his house burned down. Painting, he says, is what keeps him happy and centered.

“I want to make something that gives my spirit and soul and makes me stable in this insane world,” he said.

Another Nigerian artist living in Brooklyn, Laolu Senbanjo, has a piece here called “Black Lives Matter” he created in 2013. That title is the same as the popular Twitter hashtag and slogan that emerged after the recent killings of unarmed black men.

Close-up of 'Black Lives Matter' by Laolu Senbanjo. Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

Senbanjo's "Black Lives Matter" is a charcoal drawing of Emmett Till, Martin Luther King, Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin. A confederate flag is on one side. The U.S. flag on the other.

Visit http://wlrn.org/post/trayvon-martin-black-life-inspire-art-africa-overtown to Listen to descriptions of works by two artists in the Art Africa show, with comments from each artist. Laolu Senbanjo discusses a piece he made after Trayvon Martin's death, and how he feels like he needs to keep adding to it.

Last Words by Jason Fotso

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MISSOURI G'DAMN

"Inspired by Nina Simone. Would love for any artist to record these lyrics."


Going home now

Florida had me so upset
And New York made me lose my mess
Now, everybody knows about Missouri
Got D***

If California wasn’t a litmus test
Ohio should have made them confess
Cause everybody knows about Missouri
Got D****

Wake Up
Can’t you see it? You’ve got to feel it?
It’s burning in the air
It’s the pressure fighting to maintain
While mama down on her knees in prayer

Texas gotten me so upset
Illinois made me lose my breath
And everybody knows about Missouri
Got D*****

This is: Life the Musical
But the book ain’t been written yet
Law no longer on my side
It’s against my head
Speak out, two shots in the dark
Like Huey you’re dead
Brown and Black bodies riddled with bullets
Hanging from a Sycamore Tree
The voice of Cinque echos“give us free”

Lord, have mercy on this land of mind
None of this makes sense. There’s no reason or rhyme
I don’t belong here. I don’t belong there!
I look suspicious,
I’m too empty full of prayers of despair

Don’t tell me, I’ll tell you
Me and my people just about due.
Media says they’re looting, and shooting,
Rioting too. Barbarism is all they use to.
Although Fire consumes it purifies too
Illuminates the 400 years of lies
Do we have your attention now?
Look how you muffle out cries.
I live it. I breathe it. I know!
Yet you keep telling me to wait
I don’t know what I know
But I know that the prison system is your New Jim Crow
Not now, wait go slow, that’s all you say I do know
That’s the trouble, do it slow
Picking the cotton, do it slow
Justice Now, do it slow
Affirmative Action, just go slow
Restoration, do it slow
But There’s a Black President now, Do it slow
You’re too darn lazy, go slow
All you know is welfare and babies, go slow
That thinking, is crazy, do it slow

Where am I going? What am I doing?
I don’t know, I don’t know
Lord Knows I can’t rest!
How long will it be before a bullets’ in my chest.
Smile, forgive, and do your best
Stand up and be counted with all the rest
But everybody knows what’s happening in Missouri
Got D***

It’s never over
Don’t worry about if I’m protesting in peace
Just recognize my humanity
All I want is justice and equality
For my sister, my brother, my people and me
Bombs, chalk lines, and hands up
When will enough be enough?
They trying to say it’s an anti-American plot
But its Americans getting killed and shot

Yes, you lied to me, after all these years
Said if I got a higher education, a high credit score,
It would wash away your bitter black demon fears
To smile, talk sweet, be meek and polite,
I could live in any neighborhood I like
And get ahead, and be a lady,
I could have what’s right.
You keep saying go slow.
But that’s just the trouble, do it slow
Equality now, go slow
Fair housing, do it slow
End racial profiling, do it slow
Mass participation, do it slow
Unification, do it slow
Do things gradually, do it slow
But increase the tragedy and pain as we go?
Why don’t you see it? Why don’t you feel it?
I don’t know, I don’t know?

You don’t have to usher me into the promise land
Just recognize my right to be treated like a human
Cause now the world knows about Sanford
Now the world knows about Los Vegas
Now the world knows about Lima
Now the world knows about Chicago
Now the World know about Fruitvale
Now the World Knows about Brooklyn
Now the World knows about New Orleans
Now the world knows about FERGUSON
GOT D****
That’s it


Edited by Claudia Alick

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Stolen Children (For Ferguson)

Shared by Angela Kariotis



Made in ipad mini with internal mic... wanted to make something about this more enduring than tears. Produced/Composed/Written/Performed by Gemma Weekes. Hit me at www.twitter.com/gemmaweekes https://soundcloud.com/sewkee-mmega www.gemmaweekes.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black Lives Matter: A Roundup of Worthy Reads

A list of links from the Poetry Foundation

"In the wake of the Michael Brown grand jury non-indictment, this poetry-news day is a slow one. Or is it? Some links we feel might be worth a moment of your time"

1. Audre Lorde’s “Power.”

5. Video made in collaboration with John Lucas of Claudia Rankine’s “Situation #6″ from Citizen:

Read more at
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2014/11/black-lives-matter-a-roundup-of-worthy-reads/

Monday, November 24, 2014

Soooo...no skittles- a poem by many

this is a crowd-sourced poem form the Ferguson Moment facebook group


Soooo...no skittles, no hoodies, no loud rap, no whistling, nocking on doors for help, no asking cops for help post an auto accident, no saying no to advances,no standing your own ground, no selling loosies, no... AND NOW I can't even eat a sandwich??? If you're Black apparently these all warrant DEATH.

no running, no shopping, no ticket, no mental health diagnosis

no justice! no peace!

"no angel"

No admitting the problem today, no fixing it by tomorrow!

No justice no peace!

no innocent until proven guilty

no justice no peace!

no common ground? NO! COMMON GROUND!

no justice no peace!

no smashing pumpkins. no throwing pumpkins. no holding pumpkins. no pumpkins!

no murals!

No stopping, keep walking

no selling loosies

no sitting on benches

no breathing

no entering your home

no fighting back

carry a pumpkin, carry a gun, one gets you jailtime, and its not the gun

no justice no peace!

no justice no peace!

No POINTING! 

no playing on the stairs

no being a child

no justice no peace


(last updated Nov 24)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ferguson: 100 Days | 100 Seconds


In 100 seconds, Ferguson resident and filmmaker Christopher Phillips steps out of his front door and captures his raw experience during the first 100 days in Ferguson since Michael Brown, Jr.'s shooting death from Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014.
Please visit 100daysinferguson.com for additional content and updates as the saga continues and the whole world awaits the grand jury decision whether to indict Darren Wilson.
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E-mail: fergusondoc@gmail.com



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Finding Ferguson - by Nikkolas Smith

Racial Tension never dies in this town...
Frustration builds internally...
Fear... Paranoia... Violence...
An endless cycle, all too familiar.
Music: 'Find Me' by Gungor


Monday, November 17, 2014

HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments

The New Black Fest's HANDS UP: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center was unforgettable. Despite the weather, it was a packed house with people turned away at the door. Director Carl Cofield and Jaime Lincoln Smith, Bjorn DuPaty, Terrell Donnell Sledge brought to life some of the most daring, honest, fearless black male testaments I've heard in a very long time. And the testaments… Nathan James, Nathan Yungerberg, Idris Goodwin,NSangou Njikam, Eric Holmes, Dennis A. Allen II… you six men shared your hearts, fury, love, humor, hope in such incredible, life-changing ways. I thank you. We all thank you! Wow." ---Keith Josef Adkins








Ferguson protesters hold “die-in”

"A crowd of a couple hundred demonstrators, angry about the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, took to the streets of St. Louis on Sunday, briefly blocking a major intersection in protest."



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/16/michael-brown-protesters-louis_n_6167714.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000047

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2836948/Protesters-stage-peaceful-die-downtown-St-Louis.html

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/17/ferguson_protesters_hold_die_in_in_preparation_for_grand_jury_decision/

Sunday, November 16, 2014

100 Days


On Sunday November 16 at 12:01 p.m. it will be 100 days since Mike Brown was shot and killed by Darren Wilson. One hundred days of no indictment. 100 days of protests.One hundred days of chanting for justice and for our government to do what is morally right instead of tear gas us in the street. We want this day marked for all to hear. We are asking churches across this country to ring their bells at 12:01 p.m. for Mike Brown and all other victims of police violence who came before him. We are asking people to ring bells, blow a whistle, beat pans 100 or scream Mike Brown's name 100 times at 12:01 p.m. in solidarity. Walk out your door and do it. Or gather all our friends and march to a corner and do it there. The point is to mark that day and time at the exact time everyone else is. This is a national effort!!! Pass it on --Elizabeth Vega


Tibetan bell rung 100 times at The Peace Wall

https://vine.co/v/O5IPOdJZYnX


Mike Brown Tribute - "On The Line" by Michael Jackson

"There are a lot of people who are nameless but are standing for freedom and justice. These people are on the front lines day in and day out standing, fighting and putting there lives on the line. I say thank you to you all. We want JUSTICE AND WE WANT IT NOW!!! God bless you all Rev. Jason Keith Coleman."

Friday, November 14, 2014

Activists Hold Silent Protest Over Police Brutality at UN Meeting

A group of young people at a meeting of the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva refused to back down during testimony about police brutality in the U.S.



http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/11/no_backing_down_activists_hold_silent_protest_at_united_nations.html?wpisrc=topstories

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ferguson protesters are using wood meant to board up shops as shields


"

As stores are being boarded up in anticipation of unrest, some protesters have turned plywood into an act of protection and defiance."


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/storyline/wp/2014/11/13/for-ferguson-protestors-the-rise-of-plywood-shields/

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Hand Up Dont Shoot- Germeny

"Hands up dont shoot" - Studenten der Bauhaus-Uni Weimar zeigen ihre Solidarität für Ferguson in St.Louis - gegen das Vergessen, was im August geschehen ist und weiter geschieht. ‪#‎HandsUpDontShoot‬ ‪#‎FergusonNovember‬ ‪#‎time4change‬&justice



‪#‎HandsUpDontShoot‬ - Students of the Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany show their solidarity for Ferguson in St. Louis - against the forgetting of the happenings in August and for the awareness of the same ongoing happenings in the US. ‪#‎FergusonNovember‬

from Hanna Aschenbach and Anna Asche

Thursday, October 30, 2014

#Ferguson October



#Ferguson October from Stlfilmmaker on Vimeo.


shared by Phillip Johnson

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

#AmeriCAN, a powerful short film directed by #Blackout Member Nate Parker

MUST WATCH: #AmeriCAN, a powerful short film directed by #Blackout Member Nate Parker featuring J.Cole's 'Be Free', was inspired by #Ferguson, #MikeBrown, and other recent events that divided our country over racial lines: http://bit.ly/1xEpYIj



SHARE this to help spread the word and learn more about Blackout for Human Rights here: http://bit.ly/UnitedBlackout

#AmeriCAN is a short film and public service announcement that comes in response to events that have divided the country over racial lines. With the influx of violence against black males in America over the past few years, the piece strives to offer a unique perspective in examining the value of lives of the country’s citizens. The intention of the message, “all lives matter,” is to pull people together from both sides of the disparity and inspire the kind of empathy and mutual understanding necessary to promote meaningful discourse and domestic reconciliation. The goal is to bring all people together, without exception to race, religion, gender or age, and send the message that all blood flows red.

#AllLivesMatter

Nate Parker – Director/Writer.
James Lopez – Producer/Story By. 
Kay Madsen – Director of Photography.
Valerie Bleth Sharp – Producer.
Mo McRae – Producer/Actor.
Hernany Perla – Producer.

Featuring La La Anthony, Andre Royo, Affion Crockett, Brian White, Omar Benson Miller and David Franzoni

Song by J.Cole – Be Free

SLAM FOR FERGUSON


http://www.powerpoetry.org/poetry-slams/slam-ferguson

"Mike Brown is not alone in his cruel death, and Ferguson is not alone in its response. Do what you can; write your thoughts, write your protest piece. Share with us your view of Mike Brown, and all our #SonsAndBrothers who have come before him, and will come after, and the injustices they have been handed. You can also share your opinion on the issue of being able to film police activity--or police brutality more generally."


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

St. Ann Fright Night

"St. Ann Fright night because truth is often scarier than any horror flick. So yeah projected a short documentary on abuse within St. Ann Police Department on their own big white wall. Black and brown solidarity. Chants in both Spanish and English. Good night even though we need to work literally on our projection power." ---Elizabeth Vega


Friday, October 24, 2014

Demonstration at the University of Pennsylvania

A powerful image from recent #FergusonFridaysolidarity protests! 

(Demonstration at the University of Pennsylvania, 10/24/2014)



Shared by Don McClendon
 from Cultures of Resistance

Monday, October 20, 2014