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From poem to short film.
I met Matthew (@mojoking_) almost two years ago now, all starting with a mutual connect & a message on twitter. He immediately expressed his passion and desire to take my words and turn them into a film. I agreed and let him work without really knowing how beautiful and impacting this could really be.

Now it's time to share it all with you. So come be part of it.
May 27 | 4:30p
@downtownindependent LA $20 suggested minimum donation
10% of all proceeds will go to #blacklivesmatter || link in my bio. See you there ❤️

“For far too long, these names, these black girls and women, have been just numbers, ...I’m here to say ‘Never again’ for those girls, too.” -Naomi Wadler •

#representationmatters
#naomiwadler
#neveragain
#marchforourlives
#activist
#blacklivesmatter
#listenlosangeles
#racialequality
#socialjustice
#blackgirlmagic

#Repost @tamikadmallory
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On May 20th we will march in Saraland, Alabama to call for the CRIMINAL CHARGES against #chikesiaclemons to be dropped. First: I NEED everyone in the Georgia, Florida & Alabama area to join us if you believe that our sister deserves justice. Second: I NEED everyone who can or can’t be there to POST THIS FLYER (to your page, not just your story) several times between now and Sunday and stay alert for live updates! THIRD: please send whatever big or small donations to womensmarch.com to help us with water and shuttles.
I’ll be doing a live video later today to talk about the importance of this action. THANK YOU FAMILY!
#justiceforchikesiaclemons



#justice #itdoesnthavetobethisway #change #civilrights #blacklivesmatter #listenlosangeles #standup #blackwomen #hopeful #justice #chikesiaclemons #enough #bebetter #whileblack

Nah. -Rosa Parks 1955
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Known as the “Mother of the Freedom Movement,” this Mother’s Day we honor and remember Rosa Parks.

#happymothersday
#rosaparks
#activist
#naacp
#montgomerybusboycott
#nah
#blacklivesmatter
#listenlosangeles
#resistance
#trustblackwomen

“Policing of black people’s property and bodies is nothing new, and is embedded in this country’s DNA. The methods in which policing has happened has looked different through different generations. Whether through, slavery, Black codes, convict leasing, redlining, Jim Crow, or mass incarceration, the act itself is nothing new. The implicit bias and mistreatment for existence is something people of color have been writing, speaking, and teaching on for decades. With the use of technology, day to day actions of injustice are more accessible to non people of color and are seen as happening at such an alarming rate that one cannot deny their existence. Before it was just someone’s narrative but now they are physically able to see with their own eyes through these videos, thus giving themselves permission to acknowledge it as true. That being said while these incidents may or may not be happening “more,” it does appear as if some officers and civilians (i.e., Airbnb neighbors, Yale classmates, fellow golfers, Starbucks employers, Waffle House employees, etc.) are even more emboldened to continue to perpetuate the need to “control” black bodies with our current administration in office. I think that for so long it felt more comfortable to believe we live in a post- racial society, as a way to advert facing the pain of the past. The problem is only half the society was privileged to believe that while many of the other half have been experiencing something completely different.” -@mackenz_e
#itdoesnthavetobethisway
#thisisamerica
#blacklivesmatter
#listenlosangeles
#whileblack
#staywoke
#tanehisicoates
#thecaseforreparations

"So the question today is, what will you make of that inheritance? What legacy will you leave for your children and grandchildren?”
-Michelle Obama •
#foreverfirstlady
#michelleobama
#history
#courage
#hope
#legacy
#blackgirlmagic
#blacklivesmatter
#listenlosangeles

Our #wcw is the incredible activist, playwright, artist, professor, and sociologist @funmi_lola. She will be awarded with the 2018 AfroBall’s congressional award May 19th for her dedication to educate, empower, and create effective dialogue and change in Black and African communities!
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#Repost
Wowww who knew that a quick 16 that I wrote in 10 minutes as a tribute to little black girls would resonate with so many. Honored. Thank you @nowthisnews for the feature. Empowering black girls is movement work.
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I dedicate this piece to my spirit-niece @yung_arteest who embodies #blackgirlbrilliance on the daily.
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Thank you for the 📽 Unc! @photoham
#blackgirlfly
#blackgirlbrilliance
#brilliance
#beauty
#think
#critically
#question
#everything
#power
#purpose
#wealth
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Keep up the great work @funmi_lol we see you!✨ 🙌🏽🙌🏾🙌🏿 To check out the full piece go to her page!
#playwright #sociologist #professor #artist #activist #listen #blacklivesmatter #listenlosangeles #blackgirlmagic #supportblackart

#thisisamerica #triggerwarning “In times of great crisis, we create great art. Donald Glover’s video for his latest single This is America is great art. It’s not because it’s trying to be overly subtle to where only art connoisseurs can defuse the meaning. It’s that it trusts us to pick up what it’s dropping, so it drops a lot for us to hold. And I tried to pick it all up, although I’m sure I drop a few.
...The clear overall statement here is that we are too busy being distracted by what is shiny, and dancing and right in front of our faces to pay any real attention to what is happening that is destroying us.” —Luvvie Ajayi
Follow @luvvie click the link in her bio and read the full article titled, “This is America: Donald Glover’s Video is a Stunning Read,” as she breaks it down.


#childishgambino #donaldglover #luvvieajayi #art #jimcrow #blackjoy #resistance #charlestonmassacre #gunviolence #blacklivesmatter #listenlosangeles #storyteller #musician #actor #songwriter #artist #dancer #director #songwriter

Where are we?
What the hell is going on?
The dust has only just begun to form
Crop circles in the carpet
Sinking, feeling
“Hide and Seek” -Imogen Heap


Two weeks ago today Chikesia Clemons was brutally assaulted by four white police officers at a Waffle House. They tackled her to the ground, ripped her dress down and exposed her, choked her, and threatened to break her arm. Her “crime” asking for the managers number, when Waffle House tried to charge her for requesting plastic silverware to eat her meal. We should have the same outcry, boycott, dialogues, and frustration for this unjust incident in the same manner as the Starbucks one, and yet there hasn’t been. Individually and collectively we should be asking WHY?! Who will stand up for Black Women?

What you can do!

1. Read “Who Will Stand Up for Chikesia Clemons?” by Brittany Packnett @mspackyetti https://www.thecut.com/2018/04/chikesia-clemons-assault-waffle-house-video.html
2. Go to the link in our bio and sign the petition requesting Waffle House drop the pending charges against Ms. Clemons, issue a public apology, and denounce the way she was assaulted
3. Listen and believe Black Women when we choose to share our experiences with you, instead of questioning the validity
4. Continue to educate yourself by following black female activists speaking on this stuff. In addition to reading books, engaging in art and media, and other avenues of work created by Black Women
5. Ask your friends, family members coworkers, and yourself to demand #justiceforchikesia and all Black Women and figure out what that looks like for you



#justice #itdoesnthavetobethisway #change #civilrights #blacklivesmatter #listenlosangeles #standup #blackwomen #hopeful #justice #chikesiaclemons #enough #bebetter #whileblack

"It takes a little bit of courage to tell the truth, but when it's done right, there's something so much better on the other side." - Bryan Stevenson * The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration (@legacymuseum) tells the truth about our nation's history of racial injustice with the hope of reconciliation. Repost: @eji_org



#eji #bryanstevenson #truth #hopeful #reconciliation #identity #history #liberating #racialjustice #legacy #blacklivesmatter #listenlosangeles #civilrights #equaljusticeinitiative

“As a student of history, what gives me hope in these tenuous times is the knowledge that there is precedent for change and there’s precedent for hope. Hope has bred change again and again. To be hopeless is to disregard history. It is to foreground the present moment in a distorted way, one that is pedestrian and unelevated. For we know that the world isn’t only happening now. Everything has happened before. And everything will happen again. And so that’s what gives me hope: to know that this present moment will be the past soon and the future is what we will make it. A future of voices lifted and visions realized. A future of declaring our presence and sharing our opinions unfiltered and unafraid. A future built on reclaiming what has been taken and what has been lost. A future shaped by our striving to answer to the question “remembered for what” with the very best within us.” - Ava DuVernay •

#hope #avaduvernay #director #producer #screenwriter #13th #selma #awrinkleintime #femalefilmmaker #thefutureisfemale #envision #equality #blacklivesmatter #listenlosangeles #wcw #herstory #change #remember #reclaim

Our #WCW is this force of nature, Nina Simone!

“An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. As far as I’m concerned, it’s their choice, but I CHOOSE to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That, to me, is my duty. And at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when everyday is a matter of survival, I don’t think you can help but be involved. Young people, black and white, know this. That’s why they’re so involved in politics. We will shape and mold this country or it will not be molded and shaped at all anymore. So I don’t think you have a choice. How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.”
🎥 RP: @iamderay
#NinaSimone #activist #artist #singer #songwriter #musician #unstoppable #unchallengeable #unforgetable #civilrightsmovement #choice #thehighpriestessofsoul #melanin #blacklivesmatter #listenlosangeles #listeningproject #painter #sculptor #poet #dancer #hopeful #change

“On this day, 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered—shot down on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, TN.
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That fact is often lost on people—that King did not die peacefully in his sleep, nor did he simply finish his work and ascend into heaven. He was still fighting injustice when a bullet tore through his body. His work was interrupted, not finished. His dream has yet to be realized.
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When confronting the religious leaders of his day, Jesus pointed out the hypocrisy of a people that refused to listen to and assassinated their prophets only to speak reverently of the messengers afterward. He’s right. We do that with King and it’s hypocritical. King was not a beloved figure during his lifetime. He did not simply preach that we should come together. He preached that we should stop the war in Vietnam, that America needed drastic changes in economic policies, and that there needed to be a radical revolution of values that would change the very fabric of American society. To praise this man for his courage but ignore his message is hypocrisy.
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But it doesn’t have to be this way. We could actually listen to his entire dream speech (you know the “I Have A Dream” part is the *end* right?). We could read his work, especially the work from his later life. We could commit to actually implementing what he said rather than just celebrating that he had the courage to speak. 50 years later, the dream still needs to move forward.” - @theandrehenry

Check out @theandrehenry ‘s latest singles, “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way,” and “The Endless Violence,” by clicking the link in his bio or going to Spotify. •


#martinlutherking #mlk #ihaveadream #civilrights #activist #blacklivesmatter #listenlosangeles #resistance #antiracist #solidarity #equality #hope #justice #mlk50

To Harriet, From Your Friend, Frederick Douglas. “The difference between us is very marked. Most that I have done and suffered in the service of our cause has been in public, and I have received much encouragement at every step of the way. You, on the other hand, have labored in a private way. I have wrought in the day – you in the night. I have had the applause of the crowd and the satisfaction that comes of being approved by the multitude, while the most that you have done has been witnessed by a few trembling, scarred, and foot-sore bondmen and women, whom you have led out of the house of bondage, and whose heartfelt, “God bless you,” has been your only reward. The midnight sky and the silent stars have been the witnesses of your devotion to freedom and of your heroism. Excepting John Brown – of sacred memory – I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than you have. Much that you have done would seem improbable to those who do not know you as I know you. It is to me a great pleasure and a great privilege to bear testimony for your character and your works, and to say to those to whom you may come, that I regard you in every way truthful and trustworthy.”
Repost @vanessatreks


#HarrietTubman #hero #abolitionist #escapeartist #freedomfighter #persistent #trustblackwomen #girltrek #womenshistorymonth #blackhistory #revolutionary #undergroundrailroad #blacklivesmatter #listenlosangeles #harrietsgreatescape

What if this didn’t keep happening? What is it going to take for this to stop? Asking for a friend, sibling, cousin, grandparent, child, coworker, and parent #whatifwednesday
Repost @mspackyetti
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#StephonClark was shot twenty times and killed by the Sacramento Police on Sunday in his grandparent’s backyard.
What was he armed with?

A cell phone.
You can’t possibly be more tired of hearing this story than we are of telling it. •

#dontshoot #whatwillittake #sayhisnane #enoughisenough #itdoesnthavetobethisway #tired #blacklivesmatter #listenlosangeles

For when we are willing to speak our truth we give others permission to do the same. When all of our voices and stories come together as a collective shifts begins to happen and the status quo changes. Though you may not have the same connections, money, and resources as them, what you do have is your voice. Never forget that this is your most powerful tool yet. •


#oprah #producer #actress #philanthropist #lightworker #truthteller #supersoul #influentialwomen #oprahwinfrey #womenshistorymonth #listenlosangeles #blacklivesmatter #blackwomenatwork #speakyourtruth #reclaimingmytime #trustblackwomen

We couldn’t agree more @michelleobama, we couldn’t agree more! Happy International Women’s Day! Here’s to strong, empowered, and brilliant women. May we know them, may we be them. •


#michelleobama #firstlady #queen #icon #lawyer #trustblackwomen #equality #blackgirlmagic #activist #equalrights #womenshistorymonth #internationalwomensday #listenlosangeles #blacklivesmatter

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