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.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BlacklifeBlackProtest

Source: https://lafilmfest.com


"Bridging content creation and social justice issues, this curated selection of socially relevant short films precedes a public dialogue among noted artists, activists and educators. In the age of ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬, mass die-ins and other new forms of activism spreading among millennials and communities of color, ‪#‎BlackLifeBlackProtest‬ looks at the ways in which film and digital content can be used as an effective tool for social change. The event includes a screening of socially relevant short films exploring themes of police violence, implicit bias, black identity and human rights by some of the most compelling voices in film today, followed by a public dialogue with noted artists, activists and educators."

Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jai-tiggett/social-justice-at-the-forefront-of-la-films-fest-_b_7530002.html

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

STREET DANCE ACTIVISM


STREET DANCE ACTIVISM in front of LA MAYOR GARCETTI'S HOUSE. Teaching the Black Lives Matter: Los Angeles Occupiers THE WHIP and the NAE NAE!!!!

#OccupyLAMayor BLMLA Street Dance Activism

STREET DANCE ACTIVISM in front of LA MAYOR GARCETTI'S HOUSE. Teaching the Black Lives Matter: Los Angeles Occupiers THE WHIP and the NAE NAE!!!! We were NOT performing for Mayor Garcetti, we were being unapologetically Black and disrupting that predominantly white space of Hancock Park. No business as usual. Most significantly, dancing (all forms of art) is a significant aspect of our self care. We are cultural producers and that has never been separated from our politics. Look at this unity. The different generations dancing to the black youth's latest dance craze is powerful. Our youth's cultural production and witty dances are not "ratchet" and must we even engage in respectability politics when we are dancing for our own liberation, pleasure, and sustainability? Context is key. We werent drunk and being "ratchet". This "ratchetness" or dances displayed in this video connects with youth and we meet them where they are. The "nae nae" and "whip" are current dance crazes that were simple enough to bridge generational gaps. We are not here for the white gaze, or the "new black" gaze, thanks. Maybe we should have done Alvin Ailey's "Revelations" out there...or nah. We also uploaded videos of our drum circle and what went viral is what connected with the Black youth. #allblackculturalproductionmatters Patrisse Marie Cullors-Brignac Deidra Krucial Cooper Melina Abdullah #occupylamayor #blacklivesmatte #LAwakeupcall

Posted by Shamell Bell on Monday, June 8, 2015

Attack of the 14 Year Old Black Girl!


"Coming soon from McKinney Texas Police Productions, it's the next summer horror science fiction cop flick, Attack of the 14 Year Old Black Girl! A frightening teen girl in a bikini terrorizes the police force of a small Texas suburb, making them respond with excessive force and brutality reserved only for the worst of America's swimming thugs! Who will protect our nation's pool parties from this monster? Rated R for Racist! Featuring Emma Stone as the Asian Neighbor." Lalo Alcaraz 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Playwrights on Glass Mind's Brainstorm Vol 5: The Ties That Bind

Glass Mind's Brainstorm Vol 5: The Ties That Bind playwrights' photos + mini-interviews. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the No Boundaries Coalition. http://www.noboundariescoalition.com/about/mission/



"I participated in this years BRAINSTORM by writing Good Morning Baltimore because I love to hang out with my friends and make art," says Mike Smith, a new graduate from University of Baltimore. "This Brainstorm is important because it can help you process your feels into something adorable." 



Julie Lewis, Theatre Coordinator at The Community College of Baltimore Countyand BRAINSTORM veteran, calls this year's BRAINSTORM, “an opportunity to respond artistically to a moment in history as soon as it happened. It was also a way to document my experiences as a protester and citizen of Baltimore during the Uprising,” she says.

“BRAINSTORM is quick and dirty theatre-making without any fussiness, but filled with raw and immediate ideas that are drawn from the community.”



Brainstorm playwright Mattie Bayne is a senior at St. Paul's School for Girls, and will be heading to USC in the Fall to study Cinematic Arts. Fun Fact: She finished writing her BRAINSTORM play on the way to prom! 

“Talking about the Baltimore riots was really interesting,” Bayne says.  “This is important to me because it brings light to a topic that makes people nervous and something I don’t think people fully understand. This is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of many different perspectives. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this process.”



GMT alum Alexander Scally has been involved with every single BRAINSTORM! This is his first time writing for the event.

"Baltimore is filled with strong storytellers," says Scally, "And Brainstorm is a creative and inspired way to activate and enhance the city's voice."
 







Justin Lawson Isett is a longtime pal and collaborator of GMT's, and this is his first time writing for BRAINSTORM!

"This event is in the pocket of the times. We're in rhythm with it; that's the best time to hit the beat, right? That's the great thing about theatre. You can see something, be present, stand in front of an audience and say 'let me tell you a story.'





 

Sarah Weissman is Glass Mind Theatre's Marketing & Communications Director.

"I was signed on to do BRAINSTORM for a few months," Weissman says. "When the company changed the topic, I’ll admit the subject matter made me nervous, especially since I'm a pretty green playwright. Which is exactly why I decided I should do it. I’m thrilled and grateful that Baltimore theatre has given me and other less-experienced artists the space and opportunities to dive right in."




Award-winning playwright Rich Espey's show THE REVELATION OF BOBBY PRITCHARD premiered at Iron Crow Theatre Company this March. He is also on the Board of Single Carrot Theatre.

“As I've developed as a playwright I have become committed to making social justice the foundation of my writing,” says Espey. “The opportunity to write about now in Baltimore is so welcome and so necessary.”

Espey has written twice for BRAINSTORM before this year and said he “would never say no to GMT!

Director's on Glass Mind's Brainstorm

Glass Mind's Brainstorm Vol 5: The Ties That Bind directors' photos + mini-interviews. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the No Boundaries Coalition. http://www.noboundariescoalition.com/about/mission/

Brandon Rashad Butts is the Artistic Director's Intern at Center Stage. He served as Assistant Director on our production of THE DUM DUMS and is directing for Cultural DC's Source Festival.



"As a member of police brutality's most frequently targeted demographic, I have an urgent need to get involved," says Butts. "I never would have guessed I would eventually land in the heart of a rioted city, but since I am, the impulse to join the fight has never been more visceral. My hope is that this BRAINSTORM is successful in a way that invites the Baltimore theatre community to the discussion and charges them to take action."






Director Trustina Fafa Sabah just received her MFA from Towson University Department of Theatre Arts!

Sabah believes BRAINSTORM is "useful to what is happening in Baltimore. It deals with actual and sensitive issues in diverse ways through the skill of talented actors and directors," she says. "My recent work has centered around actual events in my life so I relate to the theme on many levels.




BRAINSTORM director Vince Constantino has acted in a show with GMT since the company's first season! This his first time directing with us.

"I'm always looking for new challenges as a theatre artist," says Constantino. "This Brainstorm is important to me because I believe that theatre is has the power to help us better ourselves, our community, and our society.





Director Josh Thomas hails from Mississippi. He is the Education and Community Programs Fellow at Center Stage.

“I wanted a chance to engage racist injustices and conflicts in Baltimore/America/The World in a thoughtful and artful way, and Brainstorm offered that opportunity," says Thomas, who calls Brainstorm "necessary. It is necessary for people in the arts to address these situations and to bring them to the social conscious through storytelling, whether it be through drama, comedy, metaphor,etc; and that is the power of what we do."

Monday, June 8, 2015

robbed of my happiness

I was going to do one of my "poems of the state" based on Kalief Browder's original arrest when he was accused of stealing a backpack.  After hours of research I found his records are all sealed  so this text is sourced from this article from the New Yorker.

Before the Law:  A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life. by Jennifer Gonnerman 


robbed of my happiness (draft 1)
by claudia alick

2010
16 years old
alleged crime
theft of backpack
on or about May 2
or May 8th
arrest
Seventy-four days
Seventeenth birthday
the end of his sophomore year
half the summer
Grand Jury Indicted
robbery
grand larceny
assault
Robbery in the second degree and other crimes
How do you plead, sir, guilty or not guilty?
not guilty
remanded him without bail
In order for a trial to start
both the defense attorney and the prosecutor
have to declare that they are ready;
then
the court clerk
then
the trial judge
then
the jury
then

Notice of Readiness
the People are ready for trial
solitary confinement
December 10th
January 28
two-hundred-and-fifty-eighth day in jail
The prosecutor said,
The People are not ready. We are requesting one week.
March 9th
not one week away but six
June 23 People not ready, request 1 week.
August 24 People not ready, request 1 day.
November 4 People not ready, prosecutor on trial, request 2 weeks.
December 2 Prosecutor on trial, request January 3rd.
solitary confinement
solitary confinement
2012, prosecutors offer a deal
three and a half years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea
not guilty
February 8, 2012
six-hundred-and-thirty-fourth day
I can’t take it anymore. I give up.
suicide attempt
February 17th
prosecutor offer a new excuse
Your Honor, the assigned assistant is currently on vacation
The prosecutor asked for a five-day adjournment;
his’s lawyer requested March 16th
suicide attempt
high-school graduation
enrolling in college
Prosecutors offered him a new deal
if he pleaded guilty, he’d get two and a half years in prison
with time served he could go home soon
‘Nah, I’m not taking it.’
June 29, 2012: People not ready, request one week
September 28, 2012: People not ready, request two weeks
November 2, 2012: People not ready, request one week
December 14, 2012: People not ready, request one week
'These guys are just playing with my case.'
17 months solitary confinement
March 13, 2013
Plead guilty to two misdemeanors
 equivalent of sixteen months in jail
go home now, on the time already served
'I’m all right'
'I did not do it.'
'I’m all right.'
'I want to go to trial.'
May 29th, the thirty-first court date
The District Attorney is really in a position right now where they cannot proceed
It is their intention to dismiss the case.

No trial, no jury, no verdict.
six months after his release
November
attempted suicide
“I feel like I was robbed of my happiness."

June 2014
suicide

RIP Kalief Browder

Source: http://claudiaalick.blogspot.com

Infant responsible grenade thrown face

Infant responsible grenade thrown face
By Claudia Alick
Text sampled from
CIVIL ACTION FILE) NO.: 2:15-CV-0024-RWS

No response is required
law enforcement officers
acting under color of law
executed
a "no knock" search warrant
a noise flash
diversionary device
inadvertently landed in a playpen
occupied
by plaintiff
"Bou Bou"
defendants deny
allegations
specifically denying they did anything unreasonable
specifically denying their actions were unreasonable or incompetent.
defendants can neither admit nor deny the allegations
for want of sufficient information to form a belief as to the truth
Bou Bou is a minor

No response is required
Long is a Sheriff's reserve deputy
acting in the course and scope of his employment
a member of the Special Response Team
under color of state law at all times
material to this action
Wurtz is a Sergeant
with the County Sheriff's Department
a member of the Special Response Team, and under color of state law at all times material to this action
Wurtz instructed Long
regarding his discretionary duties
during the pre-operational planning
regarding deployment of the noise flash diversionary device

evidence of the presence of children at the residence was obvious
to anyone who went in or near the residence
where the warrant was the be executed
the potential use of the noise flash diversionary device
was pre-planned by Sergeant Wurtz
due to the violent history of
the possibility of weapons on scene
due to information known by the officers involved
in the execution
of the search warrant
in accordance with reasonable precautions
and proper police procedure
they are trained generally
not to deploy a diversionary device "blindly" into a room
specifically deny 
proper police practices 
violated
Bou Bou
Bou Bou
Bou Bou
Bou Bou

Read more about the settlement here: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/report-family-of-baby-bou-bou-county-reach-964k-se/nkzmb/

Source: http://claudiaalick.blogspot.com

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Fly - Raury ft. Malik Shakur




Source: Youtube.com
Published on Apr 21, 2015
Directed by Malia Murray
Song Produced by: Raury Tullis, Jeff 'Gitty' Gitelman, Willy Linton, Luisa Lee, Jordan 'DJ Swivel' Young

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Pool Party Incident

Pool Party Incident (draft 1)

Text sourced from
1. and 5. McKinney Police Department facebook post
2. Brandon brooks youtube description
3. Buzz feed interview 
4. invite to party


1.
McKinney Police Department
Government Organization
8,753 Likes
Pool Party Incident
Craig Ranch North Community Pool
The initial call came in as a disturbance
involving multiple juveniles
who do not live in the area
have permission to be there,
refusing to leave
McKinney Police received calls advising
juveniles were now actively fighting
First responding officers encountered a large crowd
that refused to comply with police commands
Nine additional units responded to the scene
Officers were eventually able to gain control of the situation

2.
A fight between a mom and a girl broke out
when the cops showed up everyone ran,
including the people who didn't do anything
So the cops just started putting everyone on the ground
and in handcuffs
for no reason
This kind of force is uncalled for
especially on children
and innocent bystanders

3.
Teens at the pool party
told News
the police were called
after a fight broke out
between adults and youths
at the pool
after the adults
made racist comments
telling the black children
to leave the area and return to
“Section 8 [public] housing.”

4. 
Dime piece X Ttwinzz promotions
Dimepiece cook out
Image of sun dappled pool
Pink water tube
DJ reign
Location Date time
Free Entry

5.
McKinney Police learned of a video
taken at the scene
by an unknown party
This video has raised concerns
that are being investigated
by the McKinney Police Department
one of the responding officers
has been placed on administrative leave
pending the outcome of this investigation

Source: http://claudiaalick.blogspot.com