Sterling-Martin

Black Panther Full Cast and Synopsis

“Black Panther” follows T'Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as king. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa’s mettle as king and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.

Over the summer I created and worked on a project called Black Bodies on Pavement. It was my first ever public art installation and it was a mental and physical process. I researched 60 cases of unarmed (with a few exceptions) black men, women and children who have been murdered by the police (exception to Trayvon). I watched videos of press conferences given by their families, read the articles, learned the details and for some, watched the videos of their deaths. When we speak about #blacklivesmatter only certain cases or names are put in the spotlight or given media coverage. We’re familiar with Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown etc..and while these are still very important cases - My project was about highlighting and honoring the many people, including women who have lost their lives. 

“He shouldn’t have resisted.”

“He shouldn’t have carried a gun.”

“He shouldn’t have run.”

“He shouldn’t have been wearing a hoodie.”

“He shouldn’t have had a toy gun.”

“He shouldn’t have been selling movies.”

The list of excuses used to justify the murder of black men by police is neverending, but they all have the same meaning at their core:

“He should have been white.”

“In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”

A Letter to My Son

On the one-year anniversary of the release of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ second book, “Between the World and Me,” here’s an excerpt that is more timely and pertinent than ever:

There is nothing extreme in this statement. Americans deify democracy in a way that allows for a dim awareness that they have, from time to time, stood in defiance of their God. This defiance is not to be much dwelled upon. Democracy is a forgiving God and America’s heresies—torture, theft, enslavement—are specimens of sin, so common among individuals and nations that none can declare themselves immune. In fact, Americans, in a real sense, have never betrayed their God. When Abraham Lincoln declared, in 1863, that the battle of Gettysburg must ensure “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” he was not merely being aspirational. At the onset of the Civil War, the United States of America had one of the highest rates of suffrage in the world. The question is not whether Lincoln truly meant “government of the people” but what our country has, throughout its history, taken the political term people to actually mean. In 1863 it did not mean your mother or your grandmother, and it did not mean you and me. As for now, it must be said that the elevation of the belief in being white was not achieved through wine tastings and ice-cream socials, but rather through the pillaging of life, liberty, labor, and land.

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Brigadier General Sterling Alexander Martin Wood and staff, C.S.A.

– Before his appointment to brigadier general, Wood had been a colonel of the 7th Alabama Infantry, C. S. A. Wood is seated on the right in the front row.

Commonly referred to as S.A.M. Wood, was an American lawyer and newspaper editor from Alabama. He served as a Confederate general during the American Civil War until 1863, and resumed practicing law, served as a state legislator, and later taught law.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._A._M._Wood Photo: Credit Alabama Pioneers

Somalis Are Black

My name is Hamza Abukar and I am a Somali. Our families came to this country to escape war. We came here to become a part of something new and for us to say that you have to fight this one on your own is disgusting. It could of been any of us that got gunned down; Somalis who think your black skin doesn’t make you like the rest of our black brothers and sisters in the community. I’m pretty sure y'all stood up in class in elementary school during the pledge right hand across ya chest and uttered the words “Liberty and justice for all”. We are black. We are a part of the black lives matter movement. We are Alton Sterling, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, and those who didn’t get coverage in the media.

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Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition, 2015. To celebrate over 50 years of Aston Martin-driving James Bonds and previewing the release of Spectre, the latest James Bond film, a special edition of 150 cars based on the DB9 GT. The 6.0-litre V12-engined grand tourer features unique Spectre Silver paint; sterling silver Aston Martin badges front and rear; and discreet ‘007 Bond Edition’ exterior badging

Note this day people! On Friday, July 8, 2016 is the day I said, “Shit Ends Now!”

I am a Latina with dark skin that has always lived in neighborhoods where the majority of people were Caucasian. Naturally, I have heard a ton of racist comments over the years. I usually just let it slide. I usually ignore it to avoid the argument. I change the subject. I just let it be.

I don’t know why, but seeing this post by Tomi Lahren just made me snap. I thought of all the times I excused racism against me. All the times I just stayed quiet to be cordial. I just can’t do it anymore! I’M DONE BEING NICE! I’M DONE LETTING IT SLIDE! SHIT ENDS NOW!!!!

With that in mind, here are some comments that people have said to my face, many within the past year:

“Why do you bother being smart & getting good grades when you’re just going to end up working in an orange field anyway?”

“You should be the villain for the play. It just looks better that way.”

“Oh, your ethnic is showing.”

“Are you mad over the treatment of immigrants because you’re here illegally?”

“I’m surprised you live here. There’s not a lot of your people in this area.”

“I don’t know if I can trust you on good suggestions. Your people eat pig’s feet.”

“You can’t call me racist. I have black friends.”

I’m done excusing racists!