The Obamas have shared their personal experiences with racism — and it’s a must-read 

"He was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee."

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle have opened up about their personal experiences with racism and prejudice in a candid interview with People, on newsstands Friday, joining a national conversation about race in America following the failure of two separate grand juries to indict white police officers responsible for the deaths of two unarmed black men.

Their stories will go a long way in showing how entrenched prejudice is in America


It’s impossible to watch ‘Selma’ without thinking of what’s going on in America today 

People have been demanding equal rights for black people in the eyes of the law since at least the time of slavery. And it’s certainly not new in Ferguson, where the past few months have transformed this quiet suburb into military-occupied territory.

The reality is, we’ve rarely seen such high levels of nationwide fervor around racial inequality since the time of the civil rights movement. For a remarkable illustration of how this is playing out today, look no further than the upcoming movie Selma.

Some of the colored men of the 369th (15th N.Y.) Who won the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action. Left to right. Front row: Pvt. Ed. Williams, Herbert Taylor, Pvt. Leon Fraitor, Pvt. Ralph Hawkins. Back row. Sgt. H. D. Prinas, Sgt. Dan Storms, Pvt. Joe Williams,. Pvt. Alfred Hanley, and Cpl. T.W. Taylor

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Cinematographers You Should Know: 1/∞

Jack Cardiff, BSC (9/18/1914 - 4/22/2009)

"The cinematographer is engaged to photograph a film, but he certainly doesn’t decide what to shoot; that is decided by the director, who has already worked it out from the script. The cinematographer then works with the director to achieve an atmosphere. It is up to the cinematographer to use his skills to produce that result. The closer the cameraman works with the director, the better the results will be. There has to be mutual trust and cooperation."

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not knowing who you really are and your history as a african in America is not good but not wanting to know who you are as a black person is even more dangerous. You have to know your self and a lot of times when I try and talk to my family and spread some knowledge about the Moors and African peoples history beyond slavery they say stupid things like “I just want to be an american and free.” I’m not no Moor, but how could you not want to be connected to a history full of great people?