Events, Social Policy

13TH Film Review: Circumstantial Slavery Abolition and the Industrial Prison Complex, Director Ava Duvernay

This documentary style film takes a look at the direct relationship between the circumstantial abolition of slavery and the modern era of mass incarceration. Ava DuVernay, directed, wrote and produced the documentary, threading together interviews from Michelle Alexander, Angela Davis, Jelani Cobb, Henry Louis Gates Jr., David Keene, James Kilgore, with other activist and scholars. These interviews were paired with…

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Social Policy

A Letter to Gaza

A Response to Mahammed Alhammami’s A Letter to Black America Earlier today I read a letter from Palestine that relates oppression between Blacks’ in America and Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation. The letter urges both groups to unite in the fight against worldwide injustice. As a student I studied the Israeli occupation, heavily touched by this letter I felt…

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Events, Social Policy

Support Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka in the 2016 Election

September 27th,  2016 I made the mistake of watching only Donald Trump’s (Republican nominee) and Hilary Clinton’s (Democratic nominee) responses to Lester Holt’s questions during the 1st presidential debate. On September 27, 2016 I was one of 84 million people around the world who watched Clinton and Trump on television. A few days later, after seeing Stein’s responses to the debate, I…

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Social Policy

End Prison Slavery: September 2016 The Largest Prison Strike in American History

The largest prison strike in history is happening right now, the mainstream media refuses to circulate this information, but I can not be silent… I stand in solidarity with inmates detained in prison, as slaves under the 13 amendment. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist…

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Music Analyses, Social Policy

Music is our Power and We’ve Lost Our Fire

The radio disgusts me. No, not in a lighthearted sarcastic way that will still allow myself to listen to the radio because I’d rather hear something than nothing, but in the literal meaning of the word. I experience a feeling of, “revulsion or profound disapproval aroused by something unpleasant or offensive.” Like Webster describes, the radio is not only unpleasant…

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Social Policy

Buildings Blocking the Soul: Western (White) Culture’s Obsession with High-rises and Skyscrapers

I dream of a land with wide open spaces and no man-made structures for as far as the eye can see. I envision brown bodies loving each other and lifting each other up in harmony, praising the spirit that freed them. But buildings block my vision and irritate my soul. In college was a student worker and during my shift…

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