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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

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

Delonte giving a word!! #listenlosangeles

Sound check #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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“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin. ・・・
#TyrekeSmith, at just 17 years old has 40 scholarship offers, and is juggling offers from top schools on college football. As a four-star defensive, he's one of high school football's top recruits. He's been sought after by Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Texas, UCLA and USC! Wow! And he's now decided to use the platform he has to draw attention to pressing issues.
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"I decided to wear the shirt because I wanted to bring attention to the epidemic of blacks being killed at an alarming rate,” Tyreke said. “What we would like to do is have people talk about these issues to reduce the murder rate of African Americans.” #Repost @kojosweet.


#JamesBaldwin #BlackLivesMatter #StayWoke #ResiStance #SocialJustice #BlackBoysDeserveToGrowUpToo #DontShoot #Melanin #LegalizeBeingBlack #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject

To those without fathers because the system has failed you
To fathers who have lost children because the system has failed them
We acknowledge that this day especially for you and is another reminder of a life gone too soon
To Frederick Douglass the "Father of the Civil Rights Movement," we thank you
It is in the memory of all of these we commit to continue to activate for change •



#FathersDay #SayTheirNames #InMemory #FrederickDouglass #Activist #Abolitionist #PublicSpeaker #Author #CivilRights #WomensRights #HumanRights #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #RestInPower

"This incident seemed so egregious and avoidable that we hoped that this time, it might be different -- that this time, justice might be served," Ifill said.
"Because if the government can take your life and no one is held responsible, you are a second-class citizen, if not fully dehumanized in the eyes of the law," she said. "That is the devastating message this verdict, along with all those similar acquittals before it, sends to communities of color across the nation." - Sherrilyn Ifill (Director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund) @CNN. •

#PhilandoCastile #BlackLivesMatter #Dehumanized #NoJusticeNoPeace #LegalizeBeingBlack #ListenLosAngeles #SilenceIsViolence #StayWoke #DontShoot #Enough #Illustration #SystemicRacism #Minnesota #TwinCitites #Devestated #CNN

Our #WCW is the badass Ida B. Wells who was an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement and said “Our country’s national crime is lynching. It is not the creature of an hour, the sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury, or the unspeakable brutality of an insane mob.” (Civil Rights Activist. Educator. Feminist. Journalist. Suffragist. NAACP). •


#IdaBWells #HERstory #Activist #Educator #Writer #CivilRightsMovement #NAACP #JimCrow #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #SpeakUp #StayWoke #Memphis #Badass #Black #Women

"Come celebrate with me that every day something has tried to kill me and has failed." (Won't You Celebrate With Me) •


#LucilleClifton #Writer #Poet #Activist #Educator #Celebrate #BlackLivesMatter #Resistance #CivilRights #SocialJustice #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #BlackGirlMagic #Melanin #ArtAsResistance #StayWoke #BlackPoet #Babylon

In working to defeat the monster, we must never become monsters ourselves. •


Get angry. Be outraged. Be disappointed that this is our system, but don't let it turn you into something you're not. Rather let it propel you towards action and activism for change. •


#BlackLivesMatter #Change #FridayFacts #NewCivilRightsMovement #Activism #EnoughIsEnough #SocialJustice #LegalizeBeingBlack #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #Melanin #Photography #1963 #ChildrensMarch

"As long as people are still judged by the color of their skin the problem is not solved."- @oprah.


• *** Illustration by the talented @nichollekobi. ****



#BlackLivesMatter #DontShoot #Oprah #Illustration #BlackArt #SocialJustice #LegalizeBeingBlack #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #Melanin #ArtActivism

"It's been a long, a long time coming but I know a change is gonna come. Oh yes it will." - Sam Cooke (The King of Soul)***#Sunday 's are for singing.

____ Repost of the talented @jdmccrary ____

#SamCooke #JDMcCrary #Musician #Soul #Change #Hope #BlackLivesMatter #SayHisName #SayHerName #CivilRights #LegalizeBeingBlack #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #SocialJustice #BlackBoysDeserveToGrowUpToo

"You've got to learn to leave the table when love's no longer being served." - Nina Simone (Artist. Activist. Musician)

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It is okay for you to protect your mental health, spiritual health, and physical health from those who cannot learn because they are unwilling to listen. If you don't, who will?

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#NinaSimone #Activist #Artist #WalkAway #DoYou #Truth #FridayFacts #CivilRights #BlackLivesMatter #Melanin #BlackGirlMagic #BlackMindsDaily #SelfCare #Resistance #Intersectionality #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." - Alice Walker (Writer. Poet. Activist). •


#AliceWalker #Writer #Poet #Activist #BlackLivesMatter #Resistance #CivilRights #SocialJustice #ListenLosAngeles #ListeningProject #BlackGirlMagic #Melanin #ArtAsResistance #StayWoke

"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

"Just having paid for a seat and riding for only a couple of blocks and then having to stand was too much. These other persons had got on the bus after I did. It meant that I didn't have a right to do anything but get on the bus, give them my fare, and then be pushed wherever they wanted me.... There had to be a stopping place, and this seemed to have been the place for me to stop being pushed around and to find out what human rights I had, if any." - Rosa Parks (The Mother of the Freedom Movement).
... Happy Mother's Day to some of the mothers of the Civil Rights Rights Movement! We are forever thankful for your risks, sacrifices, actions, and hope. Thank you for not giving up! -

#MothersDay #RosaParks #EllaBaker #JoAnnRobinson #FannieLouHamer #DianeNash #HerStory #CivilRights #HistoryHasItsEyesOnYou #Freedom #BlackLivesMatter #ListenLosAngeles #LegalizeBeingBlack #BlackIsBeautiful #BlackGirlMagic #ListeningProject #Melanin #StayWoke #Black #EnoughIsEnough #Listen #Equality

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

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