Strike Freedom


MoodBoardmix support #J20 Art Strike on Inauguration Day! 

 We must take sides. 

Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. 

Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. 

Elie Wiesel

MoodBoardMix Rejects All Forms of Domination and Oppression, Particularly those based on Racism, Poverty, Gender & Sexuality.

Anakin Skywalker: Freedom

Anakin: I want to be free.

Watto: no, you’re my slave.

Anakin: I’m a person and my name is Anakin.

Anakin: I want to be free…

Obi Wan: no, you’re a slave to the Jedi.

Anakin: I want to be free!

Mace Windu: no, you’re a slave to the counsel.

Vader: I want to be free!!

Tarkin: no, you’re a slave under me because your master has allowed it.

Vader: I want to be free!!!

Emperor: No, you will never have freedom. You will always be my slave.

Vader: I WANTED TO BE FREE!!!!!!

Luke: you still can, and I will love you until you are, and long after.

Anakin: But I’m a slave.

Luke: No, you’re a person and your name is Anakin.

She’s the Hollywood Power Behind Those Seeking a Voice

Lupita Nyong’o calls her “badass.” Ava DuVernay says, “She’s a big part of my creative process.” The ballerina Misty Copeland has her to thank, in part, for the ads that made her a household name, not to mention her namesake Barbie doll. And Raoul Peck, the director of the bold documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” says that he couldn’t have made his film, a current awards season contender, without her.

Unknown to those outside Hollywood, the lawyer Nina L. Shaw is a secret weapon, a behind-the-scenes power player adept at striking deals that cultivate freedom of voice, especially for black members of the creative class whose mission it is to be artist and  advocate.

“When I started making films, she was the first person I called,” said Ms. DuVernay, the director. “Not just for legal advice — she’s really a bit of a consigliere in all things.” Well-connected and well-liked enough to navigate the industry, Ms. Shaw is also someone “who really has power behind her punch,” Ms. DuVernay said.

Even through the country’s current political upheaval, she said, representation in entertainment still matters, “because ultimately the audience matters, and the audience is an inclusive, diverse audience.”

Ms. Nyong’o shares that attitude. Suddenly in need of representation after her Oscar-winning debut in “12 Years a Slave,” she met with several lawyers before choosing Ms. Shaw. “Her being African-American and being at the top of her game and having that cultural perspective on top of the smarts that it takes was very important to me,” Ms. Nyong’o said. With a multicultural upbringing and perspective, she added, “I needed a team that appreciated that — did not just see it but deeply understood it.” [X]