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Thank you @listenlosangeles for creating a space for truth, honesty, love, and art. Thank you for setting an example of how the church should respond. Thank you standing in the gap. Words cannot express... "How many years can a mountain exist before its washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist before they're allowed to be free?
Yes 'n' how many times can a man turn his head pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer my friend is flowing in the wind...The answer is blowin' in the wind

How many times must a man look up before he can see the sky?
Yes 'n' how many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry?

Yes 'n' how many deaths will it take til he know too many people have died?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind the answer is blowin' in the wind"

#listenlosangeles #fightforjustice #lovealwaysinallways #bobdylan

Jesus when you come back can you just tell them one thing , you created us too, you made us too ✊🏽@arielleestoria #blacklivesmatter #listenlosangeles

Yesterday, thanks to @theandrehenry's vision, I had the opportunity to carry a weight that is normally invisible. I took this boulder everywhere I went.... #ListenLosAngeles #BlackLivesMatter #MassIncarceration #WhiteFragility #SayTheirNames

An important thing happened last night. @mackenz_e with @listenlosangeles and five other African American artists asked us to just sit and listen. To listen to their experience of being black in America. I hope we did. I hope we figure out how to carry this load with them. #listenlosangeles #blacklivesmatter

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My God, My God, when does this end?
The law-enforced killing of family and friend?
These bones, after centuries trying to bend,
Have now broken. Will You allow just allow them to mend?

Top: A memorial at tonight's #listenlosangeles event, of black people killed by police officers.
Bottom: the memorial of JR Thomas, who called Pasadena PD for help today. They killed him. #jrthomas

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
-Maya Angelou ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿#WomensMarch #mayaangelou #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles #IRise

Delonte giving a word!! #listenlosangeles

Repost from @listenlosangeles : "A note to my white friends who marched. You might be tempted to think that the lack of arrests were because of general "good behavior," and good organization. Don't fall for it. If these marches had been largely people of color, we would have encountered the police out in force and geared up. We don't have time to be coy about the racism that exists.
But now we have a tool. Now we know that the police are still cautious about being too forceful with those they perceive to be white women. Let's use that. Let's be strategic and cunning and use every tool we've got." -Leslie Foster (Writer.Filmmaker.NomadArtist) #BlackLivesMatter #WomensMarch #ListenLosAngeles #ArtistsForChange #HereToStay

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"For those who actually have to make decisions about real violence being enacted upon them, their decision to endure it--in hopes of exposing the evil of it, or subverting it in some way--can be noble and effective. But only they get to make that decision since they are the only ones who will bear the consequences. It is downright problematic for onlookers to demand that victims simply endure their suffering, even to the point of death---because, why are those onlookers standing by and witnessing a murder!?" - Andre Henry. •

*** Check the full piece by #subversive activist, #writer, and #musician @theandrehenry titled "Happy Birthday Brother Malcom" by clicking the link in his bio, or going to: http://www.andrerhenry.com/thoughts/2017/5/19/happy-birthday-brother-malcom ***. •


#MalcomX #Activist #BlackPantherParty #BlackLivesMatter #HumanRights #SocialJustice #CivilRights #Resistance #RestInPower #LegalizeBeingBlack #BlackIsBeautiful #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #Melanin #StayWoke #Black #EnoughIsEnough #BlackHistory

"How you managed to shift a conversation about young black men who were losing their lives to a corrupt system to yourself and your own insecurities is beyond me. But somehow, your fragility and denial managed to leave a fragile, broken situation in a more fragile state; pushing them back to the margins with your false showing of concern you use to drape your savior complex and narcissism like a silk scarf; an accessory you choose to purchase so that others can make an assessment of your value. You parade your education and religion around as if you deserve credit for something you learned that you can't seem to apply. You walk away feeling violated when you are unaware of the wreck you have left in your wake." -Tamisha Tyler. ---- An excerpt from #artist #activist, #writer, #theologian, and #poet, @tamisha_tyler 's blog this week titled: "Fragile." Click the link in her IG to check the full piece, or go to www.tamishatyler.com and find it under Intersections.



*** Image/ Poetry by the amazing @kimbjanes ***




#BlackLivesMatter #WhiteFragility #Ego #NotToday #DearWhitePeople #Stop #Listen #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #Black #Melanin #WeWontStop #WeWontBeShaken #WeWontBeSilenced #Resilience #HerStory #DoTheWork #Systemic #SacredResistance #Intersection

Yes to all of this 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾.
Repost @simonemariposa ・・・
Stop telling us we're being dramatic.
Stop gas-lighting us.
Stop telling us you're color blind and race doesn't matter. Because it does.
See us.
Hear our experiences. Don't dim our lights. Don't shut us up.
It is real. It is systemic. It needs to change.


#Stop #Whitesplaining #BlackLivesMatter #JordanEdwards #DontShoot #HumanRights #SocialJustice #CivilRights #StopShootingUs #SayHisName #SayHerName #LegalizeBeingBlack #BlackIsBeautiful #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #Melanin #StayWoke #Black #EnoughIsEnough #Systemic #Listen #Change

Jesus when you come back will you just tell them one thing. Tell them I created them too, I made them too, their bodies are not taking up more space than they have intended to. Our bodies do not spell war so please hands up, DON'T SHOOT- @arielleestoria "Human" (Writer. Poet. Artist. Teacher. Author. Public Speaker)
• *** Illustration by @richartiste ***


#BlackLivesMatter #Human #HandsUpDontShoot #HumanRights #SocialJustice #CivilRights #StopShootingUs #SayHerName #SayHisName #LegalizeBeingBlack #BlackIsBeautiful #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #Melanin #StayWoke #Black #EnoughIsEnough #BlackArt #Illustration #Yellow #SacredResistance

"If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, that’s not progress. If you pull it all the way out, that’s not progress. The progress comes from healing the wound that the blow made. They haven’t even begun to pull the knife out. They won’t even admit the knife is there." -Malcolm X .



One of the many reasons it's hard for Black America to "just get over it."
***Portrait by @dooga_art ***



#MalcolmX #Activist #BlackLivesMatter #HumanRights #SocialJustice #CivilRights #StopShootingUs #Innocent #SaveOurSons #RestInPower #LegalizeBeingBlack #BlackIsBeautiful #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #Melanin #StayWoke #Black #EnoughIsEnough #BlackArt

"While I feel accumulation of grief at the loss of yet another Black life, my Black brothers and sisters experience this same violence exponentially. Each new death is ten times, a hundred times, the weight of the last one. I sit in the reality of it and truly mourn what I see, but they sit under the reality of it and are crushed, exhausted, demoralized. In trying to understand the weight of their grief, I've been using privileged math--addition rather than multiplication, single digits rather than exponents. No wonder, in all candor and generosity, they say their work is not to make this easier on me. Imagine survivors trapped under a collapsed building being concerned that their cries will disturb a passerby--it's their shouting that tells me they are still alive under all that rubble. It's my job to dig with all my might toward the sound." -Lauralee Farrer (StoryTeller.Filmmaker.Humanitarian).
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#BlackBoysDeserveToGrowUpToo #BlackLivesMatter #SayHisName #JordanEdwards #JusticeForJordan #StopShootingUs #Innocent #SaveOurSons #PoliceBrutality #RestInPower #LegalizeBeingBlack #BlackIsBeautiful #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #StayWoke #Black #EnoughIsEnough #BlackArt #Dope_Black_Art

@Regrann from @listenlosangeles - Fridays are for flexing our #RESISTANCE. A response to the killing of 15- year- old Jordan Edwards by @mackenz_e (3/3). --- In an online piece from #TIMEmagazine they said: Edwards, a high school freshman, was leaving the party with his two brothers and two other teenagers Saturday night. Police arrived at the scene to investigate an underage drinking complaint and spotted the vehicle leaving. Oliver opened fire as the teenagers were driving away.

Shots from his rifle pierced the front side passenger window, hitting Edwards in the front seat, according to Edwards’ family attorneys, Lee Merritt and Jasmine Crockett. His 16-year-old brother was driving. ....Friends have described Edwards as a good student and popular athlete. Edwards and the four people with him decided to leave what was becoming an unruly party as they heard gunfire and police were arriving, Merritt said, citing what witnesses had told lawyers.

As they drove away from the party, Crockett said, the brother driving the vehicle heard multiple gunshots that were close enough to leave his ears ringing. It took a few moments before the people inside in the car noticed Edwards slumped over, she said. They couldn’t tell if he was already dead.

The brother who was driving pulled over and tried to motion to police for help, she said. Instead, Crockett said, he was detained and handcuffed. Crockett said the driver wasn’t formally arrested, but a separate statement from the family released through Merritt says the two brothers were arrested.

Link to full article- http://time.com/4764484/jordan-edwards-balch-springs-dallas-roy-oliver-fired/ •

#Melanin #BlackLivesMatter #JordanEdwards #JusticeForJordan #StopShootingUs #Innocent #SaveOurSons #PoliceBrutality #RestInPower #LegalizeBeingBlack #BlackIsBeautiful #ListenLosAngeles #Fridays #StayWoke #EnoughIsEnough - #regrann

Fridays are for flexing our #RESISTANCE. A response to the killing of 15- year- old Jordan Edwards by @mackenz_e (3/3). --- In an online piece from #TIMEmagazine they said: Edwards, a high school freshman, was leaving the party with his two brothers and two other teenagers Saturday night. Police arrived at the scene to investigate an underage drinking complaint and spotted the vehicle leaving. Oliver opened fire as the teenagers were driving away.

Shots from his rifle pierced the front side passenger window, hitting Edwards in the front seat, according to Edwards’ family attorneys, Lee Merritt and Jasmine Crockett. His 16-year-old brother was driving. ....Friends have described Edwards as a good student and popular athlete. Edwards and the four people with him decided to leave what was becoming an unruly party as they heard gunfire and police were arriving, Merritt said, citing what witnesses had told lawyers.

As they drove away from the party, Crockett said, the brother driving the vehicle heard multiple gunshots that were close enough to leave his ears ringing. It took a few moments before the people inside in the car noticed Edwards slumped over, she said. They couldn’t tell if he was already dead.

The brother who was driving pulled over and tried to motion to police for help, she said. Instead, Crockett said, he was detained and handcuffed. Crockett said the driver wasn’t formally arrested, but a separate statement from the family released through Merritt says the two brothers were arrested.

Link to full article- http://time.com/4764484/jordan-edwards-balch-springs-dallas-roy-oliver-fired/ •

#Melanin #BlackLivesMatter #JordanEdwards #JusticeForJordan #StopShootingUs #Innocent #SaveOurSons #PoliceBrutality #RestInPower #LegalizeBeingBlack #BlackIsBeautiful #ListenLosAngeles #Fridays #StayWoke #EnoughIsEnough

On #Thursdays we remember, the consequences of having black skin. "The officers believed the young black male to be in possession of a future." A response to the killing of 15- year- old Jordan Edwards by @mackenz_e (2/3). ---
Americans need to come to grips with the fact that this is the type of society we are living in: where people continue to suffer because of the color of their skin, where people are literally hunted by those who have been sworn to serve and protect, and where there are systems and policies in place to protect that social order and those who participate in it and profit from it.

It is time we wake up to the reality that America has yet to live up to its great creeds and songs about liberty, justice, equality, and democracy. It’s time we wake up and realize that the world doesn’t have to be this way, and that people have the power to change things if we resist the current program. But people can’t solve problems they’re unwilling to admit they have. -Andre Henry.
---- An excerpt from #activist, #musician, #speaker, and #writer, @theandrehenry's vlog this week titled: "A Black Boy Was Lynched This Week." Click the link in his IG to check the full piece. •

#Melanin #BlackLivesMatter #SayHisName #JordanEdwards #JusticeForJordan #Innocent #SaveOurSons #PoliceBrutality #RestInPower #ListenLosAngeles #EnoughIsEnough #WakeUp #Remember #BlackBoysDeserveToGrowUpToo #StayWoke

On Wednesday's we wear BLACK. A response to the killing of 15- year- old Jordan Edwards by @mackenz_e (1/3).
--- In a piece by #TeenVouge they said: This weekend #JordanEdwards was killed by police in Texas. The 15- year- old, a popular student and football player, was leaving a party when an officer shot into the vehicle he was riding in, because the car was allegedly driving in an "aggressive manner." But yesterday after a review of body cam footage it was revealed that the killing did not unfold the way authorities originally claimed - the car was simply "moving forward as the officer approached." Speaking through their lawyer Jordan's family told Teen Vogue that he shared an "indescribable" bond with his siblings, like his brother, who was with Jordan when he was shot and witnessed his, "violent, senseless, murder." They are asking the world for time and space to grieve, saying, "this entire ordeal has been inescapable." Jordan is the 331st person killed by police in 2017, 83 of whom have been black. •

#BlackLivesMatter #SayHisName #JusticeForJordan #SaveOurSons #PoliceBrutality #RestInPower #ListenLosAngeles #EnoughIsEnough #BlackBoysDeserveToGrowUpToo

"Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy." Ta-Nehisi Coates -

Yet, we are still here. We are stronger, than expected, we have more strength than realized, for we are full of the sun! 📷: @poppyhill_flowers #Resilient #NotGoingAnywhere #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #TaNehisiCoates #DinosChristianopoulos #SacredResistance #StayWoke #MovementForBlackLives #CreativeActivism #Seeds

"I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance." -Bell Hooks
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Repost by @leslie_muse from a still shot of his newest project. He recently said, "@_sarah_supertramp_ and I had the incredible opportunity to shoot with @iamxenophon a few Sundays ago on the penultimate #project59 film. #experimentalfilm #ritual Thanks to all the amazing extras who came and helped make this magic. @neutrinos thanks for lending your home and @timtationn, thanks for your strong vision, as usual." - * Check out the gallery installation May 26th at @space15twenty


#LeslieMuse #BellHooks #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #BlackArtist #Filmmaker #ArtistInResidence #SacredResistance

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