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

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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.

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