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Amandla Stenberg

Amandla is a nonbinary African-American and Danish-American activist, actor and singer. Amandla is known for their acting prowess in films and performances such as, Colombiana (2011),  The Hunger Games (2012),  Sleepy Hollow (2013), As You Are (2016), and Beyoncé: Lemonade (2016).

Amandla Stenberg was born on October 23, 1998 in Los Angeles, California to parents Karen Brailsford and Tom Stenberg. Amandla’s name means power and strength in Zulu and Xhosa. At the age of four, Amandla made their public debut when they were featured in a Disney catalog and went on to star in numerous commercials for brands including McDonald’s and Walmart.

Amandla made a transition into film in 2010 when they began filming the action-thriller Colombiana (2011). Since then they have demonstrated an innate ability to capture the hearts of viewers worldwide. For their role as Rue in The Hunger Games (2012), Amandla was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. Amandla is also a talented musician and can play the violin, drums and guitar. In 2013 Amandla began performing violin and singing at venues across Los Angeles. Later the same year, they dropped their self titled EP.

Amandla Stenberg is a voice for young, Black, and LGBT millennials. Amandla is passionate about fair and diverse representation evidenced by their viral video “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows” which unpacked the baggage of cultural appropriation. Amandla was invited to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation to participate in the dedication ceremony where they paid tribute to the four young girls who were killed in the tragic Birmingham church bombing. Amandla is one of the most brilliant and outspoken actors of their generation. They take a multimedia approach to activism using film, social media, and music to bring more diversity in media, to build safer spaces, and to create more political agency for all people.

Dazed Magazine called Amandla Stenberg “one of the most incendiary voices of [their] generation.” Time Magazine named Amandla one of the 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015 and again in 2016. They have been interviewed by Solange Knowles for Teen Vogue and have been deemed an “icon of change” by ELLE UK. Oprah Winfrey recognized Amandla’s work and invited them to talk about authenticity in activism for Super Soul Sunday. Amandla is also the recipient of the BET Awards’ Young Stars Award. They have also been named Feminist Celebrity of the Year by the Ms. Foundation for Women. Amandla is a youth ambassador for No Kid Hungry and supports the Ubuntu Education Fund.

Tonight, let's take advantage of laylutul qadr and pray for our communities, and all other minority communities. May we 'bow down with those who bow down,' in humility and in the togetherness of a community, may we fight with ferocity for the rights of ourselves and our neighbors, may we remember every single loved one in our prayers and cherish every moment we are blessed with them, and may we honor all those who become victims of hate - from systematic injustice that killed Philando to islamophobia that may have killed Nabra - by being the best of what they needed then and the best of what they would want us to be now.

‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’ - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Murdoch Mysteries Calendar 2018


Righty ho! Since @mariannenorway requested to have the entire calendar posted, and I am always one to grant people’s wishes, I’ve got the entire calendar here for you!

And don’t worry if you can’t read the writing on the pages, underneath each photo will be the title of the page, notable dates, birthdays and the writing from the bottom of each page! So let’s begin!

Note: For the different phases of the moon, it should be obvious what they are but if not, here you go:

First Quarter - First Quarter of the moon’s phase

Last Quarter - Last Quarter of the moon’s phase

New Moon - Moon phase starts again

Full Moon - The moon should be completely full in the sky

Current 2017 Months from September to December

Notable dates:



Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century during the age of invention, Murdoch Mysteries is a one-hour drama series that explores the world of Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective who pioneers radical forensic techniques to solve some of the city;s most gruesome murders. Murdoch’s colleagues include his wife, the fiery and fiercely intelligent Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy); Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Murdoch’s eager but sometimes naive right-hand man; Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Murdoch’s skeptical yet reluctantly supportive boss; and morgue assistant Rebecca James (Mouna Traoré), a resourceful young medical student taken under Ogden’s mentorship.

One of Canada’s most successful and longest-running drama series, Murdoch Mysteries is watched around the world in 110 countries and territories. The Season 10 finale ‘’Hell To Pay’’ marked 150 episodes of the series! Do you recognise and of your favourites in the collage above? Season 11 of Murdoch Mysteries will premiere in 2017/2018.


Notable dates:

January 1st - New Years Day

January 2nd - Full Moon

January 4th - 1 Year Anniversary of the Henry Higgins Trash Club

January 6th - Epiphany

January 7th - Orthodox Christmas

January 8th - Last Quarter

January 14th - Orthodox New Year

January 15th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the USA

January 17th - New Moon

January 24th - First Quarter

January 31st - Full Moon


In the series premiere, ‘’Power’’ (Episode 101), the electrocution of a young woman finds Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) in the middle of warring rival electricity suppliers, one being Nikola Tesla (Dmitry Chepovetsky) himself! In a case that’s further complicated by bribery, scandal and dirty backroom dealings, Murdoch must find out who killed the woman - and why. This month marks the 10th anniversary of the world premiere of Murdoch Mysteries!


Notable dates:

February 7th - Last Quarter

February 12th - Georgina Reilly’s Birthday and Family Day in British Columbia, Canada

February 14th - Ash Wednesday and Valentines Day

February 15th - New Moon

February 16th - LACHLAN MURDOCH’S BIRTHDAY WOOOO! (Also Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog)

February 19th - Provincial Holiday in the following Canadian provinces:



Nova Scotia


Prince Edward Island


It’s also President’s Day in the USA

February 23rd - Heritage Day in the Yukon and the First Quarter

February 28th - Purim begins at sundown


In Episode 714, ‘’Friday the 13th, 1901′’ Crabtree (Jonny Harris) drunkenly challenges Leslie Garland (Giacomo Gianniotti) to a curling match and is forced to hurriedly assemble a team. Unfortunately, Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) is hardly in the mood for games after his proposal to Ogden (Hélène Joy) was rejected, leaving Crabtree and Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) to appeal to Murdoch’s affinity for science in hopes of luring him out to the rink. This February, at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, Canada will defend its gold medals in both Men’s and Women’s curling.


@sibylle1898 you’ll like this month’s photo :)

Notable dates:

March 2nd - Full Moon

March 9th - Last Quarter

March 11th - Daylight Saving Time Begins

March 17th - New Moon and St. Patrick’s Day

March 20th - Spring Equinox

March 24th - First Quarter

March 25th - Palm Sunday

March 30th - Good Friday and Passover begins at sundown

March 31st - Full Moon


In Episode 701 ‘’Murdoch Ahoy’’, a new passenger liner bound for Rochester is about to set sail, and Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) are called aboard by the owner, who is concerned about threats. When Murdoch spots Ogden (Hélène Joy) amongst the guests, he suggests they stay and monitor the situation. This episode was filmed aboard the S.S. Keewatin, the only remaining Edwardian passenger steamship in the world, which is now moored in Port McNicoll, Ontario. Built five years before the RMS Titanic, the S.S. Keewatin utilizes similar machinery including a quadruple expansion steam engine and Scotch boilers.


Notable dates:

April 1st - Easter Sunday and Orthodox Palm Sunday

April 2nd - Easter Monday

April 8th - Last Quarter and Pascha (Orthodox Easter)

April 16th - New Moon

April 22nd - First Quarter and Earth Day

April 23rd - Maureen Jennings’ Birthday and St. George’s Day in Newfoundland and Labrador (as well as over here in England)

April 30th - Full Moon


In Episode 1002, ‘’Great Balls of Fire, Part 2′’, a massive fire consumes Toronto, complicating Murdoch’s (Yannick Bisson) investigation into the murders of two young women. When Ogden (Hélène Joy) is trapped by the intense fire, Murdoch braves the flames to rescue his wife. On April 19th, 104, Toronto’s business district was consumed in flames in what is known as The Great Fire of 1904. While no lives were lost in the fire, the cause of which was never determined, more than 250 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze. Over 100 buildings were destroyed and 20 acres of the city levelled.


Notable dates:

May 5th - Cinco De Mayo in the USA

May 8th - Last Quarter

May 13th - Mother’s Day

May 15th - New Moon and Ramadan begins at sundown

May 16th - Yannick Bisson’s Birthday!

May 21st - Victoria Day all across Canada and National Patriot’s Day in Quebec

May 22nd - First Quarter

May 28th - William and Julia’s Wedding Anniversary and Memorial Day in the USA

May 29th - Full Moon


In Episode 804, ‘’Holy Matrimony, Murdoch!’’, wedding bells finally ring for Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and Ogden (Hélène Joy) in the landmark 100th episode of the series. When best man Crabtree (Jonny Harris) loses the ring, Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch) comes to the rescue by finding it just in time for the nearly derailed ceremony. Despite a case nearly getting in the way of the wedding, everything comes happily together for the lovebirds in the end. The two were wed on May 28th, 1902.


Notable dates:

June 6th - Last Quarter

June 13th - New Moon

June 14th - Eid al-Fitr begins at sundown

June 17th - Father’s Day

June 19th - Henry Higgins Trash Club’s Birthday! (aka my birthday)

June 20th - First Quarter

June 21st - Summer Solstice and National Aboriginal Day in Northwest Territories of Canada

June 24th - National Holiday of Quebec in Quebec

June 25th - Discovery Day in Newfoundland and Labrador

June 28th - Full Moon


In Episode 1008, ‘’Weekend at Murdoch’s’’, after two witnesses in a murder trial are killed while birdwatching, Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and Crabtree (Jonny Harris) must protect the third witness. Much to Crabtree’s dismay, the witness is Roger Newsome (Cyrus Lane), the obnoxious playboy who flustered him during previous investigations into crimes at his automobile, golf and puzzle-solving clubs. Unfortunately, Newsome fails to grasp the risk to his life and when he sneaks out and is shot and killed by a sniper, Murdoch devises an outlandish ploy to keep the case alive and smoke out the killer by faking Newsome’s survival.


@detectivewatts I believe this is your month :)

Notable dates:

July 1st - Canada Day

July 2nd - William Murdoch’s Birthday! (born in 1863)

July 4th - Independence Day in the USA

July 6th - Last Quarter

July 9th - Nunavut Day in Nunavut and Orangemen’s Day in Newfoundland and Labrador

July 13th - New Moon

July 19th - First Quarter

July 27th - Full Moon


In Season 10, the rumpled and gruff Llewellyn Watts (Daniel Maslany) arrives from Station House No. 1. Upon hearing about Brackenreid’s temporary departure, in addition to being asked to leave his home station over personality conflicts, Watts decides that Station House No. 4 needs another detective and decides to make himself comfortable in the Inspector’s office.


@crabtreee your month I presume?

Notable dates:

August 4th - Last Quarter

August 6th - Civic Holiday in every Canadian province except the following:


Newfoundland and Labrador


August 11th - New Moon

August 18th - First Quarter

August 20th - Discovery Day in Yukon

August 21st - Eid al-Adha begins at sundown

August 26th - Full Moon


In Episode 912, ‘’Unlucky In Love’’, the electrocution of an elderly groom leads Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) to suspect a black widow, while Crabtree (Jonny Harris) meets Lucy Maud Montgomery (Alison Louder) at a writing class he teaches. While the charming constable is arguably a romatic at heart, it seems that he hasn’t quite found the right person at the right time, though at the end of Season 10 he may be falling back into the arms of Nina Bloom (Erin Agostino)…


Notable dates:

September 3rd - Last Quarter and Labour Day in Canada and USA

September 9th - New Moon and Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown

September 10th - Muharram begins at sundown

September 16th - First Quarter

September 17th - Daniel Maslany’s Birthday!

September 18th - Yom Kippur begins at sundown

September 21st - UN International Day of Peace

September 22nd - Jonny Harris’ Birthday!

September 23rd - Autumn Equinox

September 25th - Full Moon


In Episode 1005, ‘’Jagged Little Pill’’, James (Mouna Traoré) has been studying to become a doctor at the Medical College for Women at Ogden’s (Hélène Joy) urging. But when one of her fellow students is found drowned from an apparent suicide, she is convinced something is amiss and begins her own secret investigation. She soon discovers some unsettling information with repercussions for Murdoch’s investigation, leaving her in a quandary over whether to reveal her meddling or stay quiet.


Notable dates:

October 2nd - Last Quarter

October 8th - Thanksgiving Day in Canada and Columbus Day in the USA

October 9th - New Moon

October 13th - Arwen Humphrey’s Birthday!

October 16th - First Quarter

October 21st - Hélène Joy’s Birthday!

October 24th - Full Moon and United Nations Day

October 25th - Kristian Bruun’s Birthday!

October 31st - Halloween and Last Quarter


In Episode 1016, ‘’Master Lovecraft’’, the discovery of a young girl’s dead body and some grotesque sketches lead Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) to suspect a gang of death-obsessed teenagers, which includes a young H.P. Lovecraft (Tyler East). Meanwhile, the macabre seems to be spreading to civilized society when Margaret Brackenreid (Arwen Humphreys) finds out her reading group has chosen Dracula. After a creepy run-in with Lovecraft, Margaret soon finds him haunting her subconscious when literature’s most famous vampire (East) pays her a visit… in her nightmares!


@tommy-two-cakes this is your month I imagine :)

Notable dates:

November 4th - Daylight Saving Time Ends

November 7th - New Moon

November 11th - Mouna Traoré’s Birthday, Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the USA

November 15th - First Quarter

November 22nd - Thanksgiving in the USA

November 23rd - Full Moon

November 30th - Last Quarter


In Episode 1006, ‘’Bend It Like Brackenreid’’, as Murdoch investigates the strange death of a footballer, the player’s death puts his team’s run for the Olympics in jeopardy. Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) gets caught up in the team’s training, and finds himself in a position to coach Galt F.C. and the opportunity to bring Olympic glory to Canada. Galt F.C. went on to win the gold medal at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis in a tournament played from November 16-23, 1904.


Notable dates:

December 2nd - Advent and Hanukkah begins at sundown

December 4th - Thomas Craig’s Birthday!

December 7th - New Moon

December 15th - First Quarter

December 21st - Winter Solstice

December 22nd - Full Moon

December 25th - Christmas Day

December 26th - Boxing Day

December 29th - Last Quarter


In the holiday special ‘’Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas’’, brazen robberies target Toronto’s wealthiest businessmen just days before Christmas. Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) realise that their jobs are under fire if they don’t quickly solve the case. Meanwhile, Jackson (Kristian Bruun) and James (Mouna Traoré) team up to bring Christmas spirit to the Station House with a police choir, Crabtree’s (Jonny Harris) latest novel finds some unlikely fans, and Ogden (Hélène Joy) is stalked by two street urchins who need her help. All the while Murdoch works to surprise Ogden with a mysterious gift.


The Truth about the MLK Assassination

In 1999, Martin Luther King’s family and attorney won civil trial “King Family vs Jowers,” which found US government agencies guilty in the wrongful death of Martin Luther King, Jr..  The jury decided it did not believe that James Earl Ray, who was convicted of the crime, killed Dr. King, and that King had been the victim of assassination by a conspiracy involving the Memphis police as well as federal agencies. The King family believes the government’s motivation to murder Dr. King was to prevent his plans of mobilizing a poor people’s campaign to occupy the national lawn in Washington D.C. until the economic system changed.  The evidence of government involvement includes: the attendance of US military intelligence groups and special forces sniper teams at the site of the assassination; police bodyguards and regular police protection being removed prior to the shooting; and King being relocated from a secure 1st floor room to an exposed balcony room. This historic trial was widely ignored by the media.  After the trial Coretta Scott King stated: “We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you…to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.”


THINGS TO SEARCH: King Family vs Jowers, Loyd Jowers, Lt. Earl Clarke Memphis

In the final analysis, racism is evil because its ultimate logic is genocide. Hitler was a sick and tragic man who carried racism to its logical conclusion. He ended up leading a nation to the point of killing about 6 million Jews. This is the tragedy of racism because its ultimate logic is genocide. If one says that I am not good enough to live next door to him; if one says that I am not good enough to eat at a lunch counter, or to have a good, decent job, or to go to school with him merely because of my race, he is saying consciously or unconsciously that I do not deserve to exist.
—  | Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, The Other America
Get Uncomfortable

I primarily use social media to be my goofy self and not express too many internal thoughts that swim about my head throughout the day, but this week was overwhelming.  It’s really nothing new; unarmed black people being killed with cameras rolling by those sworn to protect their very lives, but I’m tired of the reaction to these murders.  I continue, over and over, to see the same show.  Black person is killed, black people cry out.  White people post a “what is the world coming to?” comment and their contribution is over.  “Good thing I wrote blacklivesmatter!  I’ll sleep like a baby tonight!”

What happened this past week was probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen.  Alton Sterling’s death was an execution, plain as day.  I spent the day in a daze, stupidly reading comments about it, the frustrations at a peak for black people.  It’s always at a peak.  Then I went to bed, not really sleeping, and the video Philando Castile was popping up all over the place.  The consoling of Philando’s daughter to her mom has not escaped my mind since I heard her.  If your heart wasn’t shattered hearing a child tell her mom “it’s okay” after her dad was just killed, then you simply are not human.

Right now, we need to change lots of things.  Like, pretty much everything.  The first thing we need to do is get uncomfortable.  Very uncomfortable.  We need to have the awkward conversations with people who don’t look like us.  We can sit here all day and say how we are the same—how our blood is all red or whatever, but the fact is, we aren’t.  I’m not black.  I am white.  I will never, ever, ever understand what it is to be living as a black person.  This does not mean I can’t attempt to understand.  And who better to understand what it’s like to be black, than to listen to a black person.  Black people are literally shouting in the streets right now, and all you have to do is listen.

It’s not just protests outside, it’s on the Internet.  We have the Internet.  Read the essays, read the tweets, read the statuses…donate, share, learn.  If you think a Kardashian invented Bantu knots, you’re learning from the wrong sources.  Knowing that a black man invented peanut butter is not enough knowledge.  I think we have this blockage right now for several reasons.  I think the tensions are at an all time high, and that makes the dialogue even harder to have.  That little girl in the video who had to comfort her mom after he dad was killed in front of her probably can’t even tie her shoes yet, and there she was doing what was her natural, loving instinct.  Comfort those who are mourning and those who are struggling.

The constant argument of whose life matters needs to stop, too.  Blacklivesmatter is a direct cry and a movement by black people who are oppressed.  We are all important, yes, but until you get shot for taking out your driver’s license when asked to by a cop, you need to shut up.  There’s no such thing as reverse racism, too.  Can a black person be a complete dick to you?  Sure, why not!  Is that racism though?  No.  Racism isn’t a word you’re allowed to throw around when you feel like a wrong-doing has been done to you by a person of color, white friends.  Racism is you being followed around a store while you’re trying to shop for clothes with your child…because you’re white.  There’s no “reverse racism” going on.  So stop that, too.

I’m really tired and I kind of don’t even have a point to this.  I’m seeing so many people say, “Well, I don’t do that!” or “My dad is a police officer and he never does that!” because it has nothing to do with anything.  That’s the equivalent of someone’s dog attacking you and as your sit in the hospital bleeding, people start bringing up how their own dog would never do such a thing, how their dog is a good dog; rather than offering condolences and wanting to know what happened, if you’re okay.  We get it; there are good cops.  There are lots of really good cops.  Just like there are good dogs out there.  Lots of really good dogs.  But we aren’t focusing on how there are so many good cops there are, because there’s a rather large group that aren’t.  These aren’t shitty McDonald’s employees who aren’t giving you extra sauces, these are men and women sworn into a job that means them protecting and serving you, the public.  Not shooting you because you are trying to sell some CDs.

Help, listen, get uncomfortable.  Black people are simply asking for equal treatment and are trying to live in peace.  They’re literally asking for peace.  If you’re at this part and are smiling because you have three or four black friends, you aren’t fighting anything.  “I have black friends, how can I be racist!?”  Remember, you don’t have to go out in the street and protest, you don’t have to post a picture of Martin Luther King Jr., you have to listen carefully and understand that we aren’t the same.  Do you really know your friends?  Your black friends being upset at people who look like them being treated like garbage is something you need to work on understanding.  Have the uncomfortable talk; we are different.  If we were the same, this wouldn’t be happening.  It’s okay to have oranges and apples in the same bowl though.

Watch movies that black people share, read books, look at the art, admire the music, embrace the difference and know the history.  Don’t steal it.  Reading To Kill a Mockingbird isn’t enough.  Watching a movie with Denzel Washington in it isn’t enough.  We aren’t getting along because we aren’t understanding each other.  “But Sam, if I’m learning about black culture, shouldn’t they learn my white culture?”  No, black people know ALL about white culture, trust me.

Right now, I think we are all a little tempted to unplug and disconnect.  That’s normal, that’s healthy.  Do not assume that by doing-so means you’re throwing in the towel.  Never feel guilty for that.  Nobody should feel like if they don’t speak out immediately they are horrible people.  Don’t shove the feelings down though, and don’t talk about it while it’s a hot issue in the press.  These things are happening every day—take note of that.  The fact that some of my black friends have thanked me for “speaking up” makes me incredibly sad.  They thank me.  I couldn’t tell you how sad that makes me that my acknowledging them, acknowledging something so obvious as the mistreatment of black people in America is grounds for a fucking thank you.  What does that say about how bad the interactions are?

Go and listen.  Go be uncomfortable.  We are too comfortable right now and that’s why nothing is changing and nothing is working.  We are comfortable with the violence and the mistreatment because we are used to it.

Collecting Receipts: Why POCs Should ALWAYS Talk About Race

White people have a funny way of remembering history.

“You’re not even a slave, so how would you know how bad the slaves had it?!”
“But the Black Panthers were just as bad as the KKK!”
“I think Martin Luther King Jr. would be ashamed if he saw you race baiting!”

History is written by and for white folks, romanticizing one side of history while shading the other. They’ll plaster images of sad, poor white folks during The Great Depression but will omit stories of those same white folks stealing and killing Black folks. They’ll loath the existence of the L.A Crips and Bloods but will fail to recognize why these gangs formed in the first place (they were young, poor Black kids who were denied entry into the Boy Scouts.)

Now, people of color (POC) have an opportunity to change that. The more we write, rant and discuss, the more receipts we collect so if one day, 30 years from now, a white dude says, “oh yea, the Baltimore riots started because Blacks were attacking the police!” we POCs can be like,


Then we’ll pull out our iPhone90, show them this blog and be like:

I don’t exactly know how to articulate this thought/feeling, but here it is: it is very off-putting to see white people quoting Martin Luther King, Jr. in response to the snipers killing policemen in Dallas. It’s all over my Facebook feed, from folks who were otherwise silent the past few days. And like.. I understand the sentiment. I get what you’re going for: violence only begets violence, peaceful protest is the answer, we must work together, etc. I get it.

But there’s something tone-deaf in it. MLK is not ours to quote. White people don’t get to throw his words back on the black community, especially not in such a selective way. For one, we are responsible for creating the culture that killed him, the culture he was pushing back against, fighting against. But also: he was not speaking to us. Violence cannot be the answer, end stop, but white people using MLK’s words to chastise when the tension boils over and violence turns back in the other direction? It’s tone deaf. Or something. I don’t know.


5 Stars
Directed by: Ava DuVernay
Written by: Paul Webb
Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmed Ejojo, Tim Roth,

Review by Naomi

When Selma was released, I had many discussions with my friends about it. Did we need another civil rights movie? Did we need to keep being reminded of the past? Do we need to see more brutality against people of color? All good questions. I for one love historical films. I think they are important. Especially projects like 12 Years A Slave, A Normal a Heart,  Lincoln, Brokeback Mountain and , because I believe that we should never forget. Never. Not for a second.

Going to see Selma, I went to see a civil rights movie. I went to see a film directed by the first woman of color to be nominated in the director category of the golden globes. I went in for politics.

The moment the film begins it becomes so much more than that. This movie is a masterpiece. A film as brilliant as its story. I immediately researched all of Ava D’s movies, because this woman with three films under her belt is a master filmmaker.

She knows exactly where to place her camera. How much to show and how much to withhold. She knows exactly when to leave a scene and when to keep us in a physical space until the tension has grown so high you lose your breath. The fear so strong it’s as if you are standing behind these characters, as if a police man’s club is about to come directly at your head.

From a filmmaker and cinephile perspective this is one of the best directed films of 2014. Just artistic and action packed and emotional. It pulls your emotions out of you as if you are a puppet on a string. It’s that powerful. You can not fight against it. You simply feel. And yet the film is enjoyable. Through the tears and the anger there is joy. There is the presence of the strength of the human spirit.

This film tells the story of the struggle for the right to vote. Black Americans technically had the legal right to vote, but not the physical and personal right to vote. Especially in George Wallace’ Alabama.

The name George Wallace has always given me the angry churning in the pit of my stomach that Hitler, Castro, Stalin and Kony give me. A devil who is responsible for the death and persecution of innocent people.

And, he in many ways is the main villain of this film. Sure, there are the sheriffs and guards and majors and police officers with their guns and dogs and water hoses and tear gas. But, he is the captain of the ship and Eli Roth plays this man with this sort of indolent charm that shows the reason he was elected governor. The disregard for black lives that illustrates the very idea that people like George Wallace absolutely believe in the superiority of white skin.

One thing that this film demonstrates expertly is that the civil rights movement is not just a black thing. It is an American movement. This isn’t a black film , it is an American film.

This is proved by the white characters who are featured in the film. They are not on the edges, they don’t just stare and shout slurs in the streets. We see them in their homes, we see them with their families and in their churches. And we see when they decide to risk their lives in Selma, Alabama and join their black brothers and sisters in the fight for equality. We see them be beaten and killed for their beliefs. This is something that we forget. And we shouldn’t. There are moments when the Baptist MLK stands with Catholic priests, Jewish leaders and walk arm and arm toward waiting armed soldiers and police officers.

Martin Luther King Jr. is the hardest person in the history of the world to play. I will not argue this point as it is true. We know that voice. I know it better than I know the voices of my friends, my family, etc. Ever had a moment where you go “who is this?” When you hear a voice on the other end of a line. If MLK spoke you would know him.

We know his voice. We know his face and we know his dream. He is one of the most beloved people in world history. Unless you are racist, what could you possibly dislike about the guy who led the civil rights movement for 13 years? (Led, not was the movement. A distinction most people forget.)

That being said, David Oyelowo was Martin Luther King. It’s not the kind of performance that you are not aware that you are not actually looking at MLK, because that is quite frankly impossible. No, it’s the kind of performance where you are aware it’s a performance and you just don’t care. His performance is beautiful. He encompasses the legend as well as the man. You are looking at the leader, the noble prize winner, the man who sits across from presidents and tells him what black Americans need and want for the first time in history. David Oyelowo is all of that. He is also a man. A man who struggles. A man who falters. A man who fails. And a man who feels the weight of his responsibility to a people and to the world.

For the first time, I actually thought “how difficult it must have been for him.” When I think of MLK I think of a man standing in America’s capital giving the greatest speech ever written and inspiring the world with words. I am a pacifist. I believe in the power of words and he is my hero, because he is the prime example that words are the strongest weapon there is.

That’s what I always think about, but after “Selma” I think, how heavy the crown must have been for that man. He walked into a room and he was either a beacon of hope or the bullseye for hate. He had to live his life just so, in order to be above criticism. Because if people lost respect for him, they lost respect for the movement.

This film also shines the light on the power of Malcolm X. People often wonder what he did for the movement. Well, despite galvanizing young black people to respect themselves, to be more, to be tough, and to be proud. Malcolm X was the antithesis of MLK. To be frank, white people feared him. If MLK’s vision failed then people would turn to Malcolm and the world as we knew it would be over. He was the devil, so that MLK could be the angel. MLK’s voice was heard because white lawmen understood that if he was not heard then Malcolm’s would be. By being the militant, MLK could be above approach. Also, Malcolm X was just one badass motherfucker.

There is so much I want to say about this film. Like, the amazing blocking of the action sequenxes. Or, the costumes which were both elegant and authentic. Or, the perfect pacing. Or, the music, but I will let you experience all of that for yourself.

This movie is not basic. It is not civil rights film by numbers and it is not simple. This is complex with brilliant storytelling and a well written script. The dialogue is so magnificent I had sentences running through my mind hours later.

See this film.

Written by Naomi

Looking for someone to blame? You could start here.

While the blame for the murder of two cops in Brooklyn ultimately and rightly rests with the one who pulled the trigger, the right has been eager to blame everyone short of Martin Luther King, jr. for the crime. Supposedly, being critical of police drove Ismaaiyl Brinsley to “assassinate” the officers – and somehow, his African-American girlfriend. How everyone else in the world somehow avoided being driven to do the same is likewise a mystery.

But if you really do need someone to blame for violence, look to the people trying to pick fights. These t-shirts, mocking the dying words of a man killed by police, are meant to provoke outrage and anger. In short, it’s an incitement to violence. On twitter, racist terms like “chimping out” are used to describe protests and riots. Hashtags like “pants up, don’t loot” are an obvious racial slur. Random parents are told to raise their children better. Others are told to get a job and get off welfare, with the assumption being that all black people are on welfare. People are taunted with images of fried chicken and watermelon.

As I say, all of the blame lies with Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the murderer. But if you really feel you have to blame someone else, why don’t you go ahead and blame these assholes and those like them who are out there every day, stirring the pot and trying their damnedest to provoke a violent reaction.


Some things must be understood as we move into a time that has already shown itself to be violent, as Trump supporters have killed protesters, attacked Muslim women, and more.

Progress is not the same as liberation. After centuries of progress, the United States elected Donald Trump as president. After centuries of progress, the now president elect got half of white women’s votes after talking about how he could “grab them by the p***y” because he was a star. After decades of progress, our president elect is officially endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan.

The thing we should be aiming for is not progress, not trying to get laws passed and then patting ourselves on the back. We must seek liberation, and that cannot happen through mere minor changes.

Liberation requires and overthrow of the very system that creates oppression. Liberation is not easy, but it is the only way to recognize, fully, the desires we have as people who are anti-oppression.

Progress is NOT good enough. It never has been, and it never will be.

That being said, liberation isn’t easy. It requires a fight to get what we want. And those fights are not always pretty.

To those who, in the face of a world where many people are scared for their lives, want to organize and protest, but insist on speaking love to those who actively fight to belittle, harass, threaten, or kill us: Peace is not always the answer that will lead to change.

The revolutions that have really changed people’s lives have never been bloodless. In order to wrench the power from the hands of those people who so easily and completely beat us down we must be willing to be violent.

That violence can take many forms, and what form an individual engages with depends on the person. But no exceptional change has ever come from peaceful acts.

To go to a protest where those who swear by their 2nd Amendment Rights to defend their guns and Trump and think that singing a song or putting your hands up….that is privilege.

Those of us who have been actively dealing with oppression know that drum circles, guitar songs, and asking the (not militarized) police to march with us isn’t going to change anything.

The Trump supporters, the cops who are “sworn to protect” the right for bigots and those who actively seek the death of people different from them….those people don’t care if you’re singing a sweet song to them.

Their role under capitalism is to harm you. Often, that means killing you, because they see NO difference between those holding hands and walking across a bridge and those holding guns and providing foods to their communities.

If that last paragraph makes no sense to you, look up the timelines of Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Black Panther Party.


kirschteins-delivery-service  asked:

Wait so how have people been whitewashing MLK? I believe you I've just not seen this before,, any examples?

“The idea for these memes came about last year in the midst of so many unarmed black men dying at the hands of police,” Rarela said in an email interview with Mic. “I noticed that several people I was connected with on Facebook had nothing to say about their deaths; although some would occasionally point out character flaws with the victims as if to justify their deaths somehow.”

According to Rarela, the memes really came to life after the peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas in July turned deadly. Five police officers were killed and seven others were wounded by Micah Xavier Johnson, a military veteran who served in Afghanistan.

“I saw those same Facebook friends suddenly posting quotes [and] memes about love and peace from Martin Luther King Jr.,” Rarela continued. “My first thought was, ‘Oh, so it’s ok for you to quote MLK and care when police officers die, but not when others die at the hands of police brutality?’ The selective compassion really rubbed me the wrong way, as well as people trying to promote love and peace through Martin Luther King Jr. without talking about the racial and economic justice he championed.”

That drove Rarela to design the memes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“As a graphic designer, I wanted to shatter this false image of a Martin Luther King who everyone loved, never got arrested, was universally popular and made zero privileged people feel uncomfortable or angry enough to want to kill him.”


Brown family’s lawyer Anthony Gray tells TIME that noted forensic pathologist Michael Baden will examine remains of the teenager killed one week ago Saturday

An attorney for the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. one week ago, said Saturday that the family’s legal team had hired a well known forensic pathologist to conduct an independent autopsy of the teenager’s body.

Brown’s body is in the process of being prepared for Michael Baden, who has worked on such high-profile cases as John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and O.J. Simpson, and is the host of HBO’s Autopsy, said Anthony Gray, the St. Louis-based attorney for Brown’s family.


Elizabeth Warren just gave the speech that Black Lives Matter activists have been waiting for
'None of us can ignore what is happening in this country,' Warren says. 'Black lives matter.'
By https://www.facebook.com/wesley.lowery.9

In a Sunday speech on racial inequality, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called for broad policing reform — including de-escalation training and body cameras for all police officers — and likened the current Black Lives Matter movement to the civil rights movement that won black Americans the right to vote in the 1960s.

“None of us can ignore what is happening in this country. Not when our black friends, family, neighbors literally fear dying in the streets.” Warren said. “This is the reality all of us must confront, as uncomfortable and ugly as that reality may be. It comes to us to once again affirm that black lives matter, that black citizens matter, that black families matter.”

In the address, a copy of which was provided to The Washington Post prior to her delivery, Warren draws direct parallels between the civil rights movement and the current anti-police-brutality movement, and it sought to link issues on economic inequality with systemic racism. She traces racial economic inequality, citing inequities in the housing system, as well as decrying restrictions to voting rights.


“Economic justice is not — and has never been — sufficient to ensure racial justice. Owning a home won’t stop someone from burning a cross on the front lawn. Admission to a school won’t prevent a beating on the sidewalk outside,” Warren declared. “The tools of oppression were woven together, and the civil rights struggle was fought against that oppression wherever it was found — against violence, against the denial of voting rights and against economic injustice.”

Warren’s address, delivered at the Edward Kennedy Institute in Boston, was perhaps the most full-throated endorsement to date by a federal lawmaker for the ongoing protest movement, and it drew immediate praise from some of the most visible activists.

“Senator Warren’s speech clearly and powerfully calls into question America’s commitment to black lives by highlighting the role that structural racism has played and continues to play with regard to housing discrimination and voting rights,” said DeRay Mckesson, a prominent activist who said he hopes to meet with Warren to further discuss racial injustice. “And Warren, better than any political leader I’ve yet heard, understands the protests as a matter of life or death — that the American dream has been sustained by an intentional violence and that the uprisings have been the result of years of lived trauma.”

Born out of the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting of Michael Brown last summer, the current protest movement has upended the efforts of Democratic presidential candidates to reach out to black voters. The three candidates have faced protests and interruptions at some of their campaign events. Both former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have met with some of the most visible activists, and former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mckesson have agreed to meet soon.

The activists have called for a host of police reform measures, including body cameras, de-escalation training, special prosecutors in cases of police killings and a review of police union contracts.

“It is a tragedy when any American cannot trust those who have sworn to protect and serve,” Warren said. “This pervasive and persistent distrust isn’t based on myths. It is grounded in the reality of unjustified violence.”

But the topics of police violence and reform have yet to gain significant traction in the Republican primary. In a three-hour debate held earlier this month, the topics weren’t brought up once — by either the moderators or candidates.

At times, Warren’s speech read as if it could have been authored by the activists themselves — unyielding in its criticism of police violence and even invoking the phrase “hands up, don’t shoot,” a Ferguson rallying cry that conservatives have attacked as a lie because the Justice Department concluded that Michael Brown’s hands were most likely not up in the air when he was shot and killed by Darren Wilson.

“We’ve seen sickening videos of unarmed, black Americans cut down by bullets, choked to death while gasping for air — their lives ended by those who are sworn to protect them. Peaceful, unarmed protesters have been beaten. Journalists have been jailed. And, in some cities, white vigilantes with weapons freely walk the streets,” Warren said. “And it’s not just about law enforcement either. Just look to the terrorism this summer at Emanuel AME Church [in Charleston, S.C.]. We must be honest: 50 years after John Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out, violence against African Americans has not disappeared.”

As for Dr. King’s murder, I think white America made its biggest mistake when she killed Dr. King last night because when she killed Dr. King last night, she killed all reasonable hope. *** When white America killed Dr. King last night, she opened the eyes of every black man in this country. When white America got rid of Marcus Garvey, she did it and said he was an extremist, that he was crazy. When they got rid of Brother Malcolm X, they said that he was preaching hate, that he deserved what he got.

When they got rid of Brother Martin Luther King, they had no reason to do so. He was the one man in our race who was trying to teach our people to have love, compassion, and mercy for what white people had done.

When white America killed Dr. King last night, she declared war on us. There will be no crying, and there will be no funeral.

—  Stokely Carmichael

Let me just say this, to clear some things up: I don’t like violence. Violence doesn’t make me happy. I don’t think violence is fun. I grew up in a violent place, and I know how beautiful and wonderful peace is. I truly do. Like I said last night, two of my idols are Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis; I understand the importance of non-violent action. I’m a man who believes in the power of reason.

But when civil disobedience does not work, when the rule of law fails people who are constantly pummeled by it, when reason escapes us, and when regular direct action or economic boycotts won’t make a difference, there is an unfortunate necessity to change tactics. I’m tired of seeing people killed by police because of the color of the skin, or due to police tactics that you wouldn’t find soldiers using in war zones. And when that happens, and somebody is killed, and the same thing happens – nothing – to the killer cop, I find it difficult to be reasonable.

Everything about this situation is tragic. Revolutions are tragic. But tyranny is absolutely unacceptable to me. And while I don’t like violence, I have been conditioned to fight back when necessary, and believe that other people should defend themselves and their rights when necessary, as well. Injustice is wrong. It cannot stand, ever, especially in this country. Human rights are not something that we should have to earn; human rights are inherent, for everybody, from birth. I don’t want violence, but I will fight for our rights and our people, if necessary. I’m not proud that this is what needs to be done, but I want justice.

American Sniper one week total box office: $93.6 million

Selma four week total box office: $25.9 million

A film about a guy who killed in war as many as 255 people crushes in a single weekend the four week box office of a film about Martin Luther King, Jr., the most important American advocate for using non-violent civil disobedience as a means of positive change… and on the weekend before the federal holiday honoring King.

These figures probably more accurately reflect the nature of humanity than I ever could with words.

funnyfrogs01  asked:

Do you think violence and robberies will send a good message for the cause? "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." And what do you think about this quote from Martin Luther King Jr.? There seems to be a lot of hate directed towards the law enforcement. And how can you automatically prejudice someone (the police) in a group without knowing them, isn't this sounding familiar? -Btw I will respect all opinions : )

I would respond with two things. One is an unsourced quote from memory about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pacifist who was involved in a plot to kill Hitler.

Let me say that again: A pacifist, who was involved in a plot to kill Hitler. (He was also a pastor in the confessing church in Germany.)

When he was asked about his involvement, he said something like this:

“As a Christian, if I see a madman riding a horse through a crowd of people, it is my responsibility not only to care for the injured, but to stop the man on the horse.”

(I may have the wording wrong, but you get the idea.)

To Bonhoeffer, at a certain point, failure to respond to the source of violence is to be complicit in violence.

As far as MLK, Jr., there have been many people quoting him out of context, and failing to identify that his views were not as simplistic as it might seem.

For example, here’s a quote from MLK, Jr. in 1968 about non-violence and rioting (emphasis mine):

I would be the first to say that I am still committed to militant, powerful, massive, non-violence as the most potent weapon in grappling with the problem from a direct action point of view.

I’m absolutely convinced that a riot merely intensifies the fears of the white community while relieving the guilt. And I feel that we must always work with an effective, powerful weapon and method that brings about tangible results.

But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention.

And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.

(Source: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “The Other America”, Grosse Pointe High School - March 14, 1968. Full speech available at: http://www.gphistorical.org/mlk/mlkspeech/.)

46 years later, and white America is still in denial of the plight of the poor, especially poor minorities.

46 years later, and large segments of white society are still more concerned about keeping the peace and the status quo than they are about justice and humanity.

46 years later, and we still won’t listen.

The most troublesome aspect of the Ferguson case to me is how clear it was the entire department was working to cover for Wilson from the beginning.

No incident report was taken.

Wilson’s name was not released for a week, and then (against DOJ recommendation) they released the videotape from the convenience store at the same time as Wilson’s name.

They claimed they “had to” release the video because of FOIA requests. Turns out, there were no FOIA requests. It was a smear campaign.

They said that Wilson didn’t know that Brown was involved in the robbery. Wilson later testified that he did know, but his testimony is beyond un-credible. Yet there was no cross-examination. The so-called prosecutor acted more like a defender.

Justice is supposed to be equal and impartial. That isn’t what happened. This is the deck being stacked in favor of the person who has all of the power.

This is, yet again, a white police officer shooting an unarmed black boy.

It is outrageous. People should be outraged. To not be outraged by this is to turn a blind eye to it.

It would have been one thing if there had been a trial and he was found not guilty. The whole process was disgusting, from the beginning when they left Mike Brown’s body in the street for 4 hours until the end.


1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass (Park Slope)

As cynical as we are about national politics today – polarization, government ineffectiveness, and the epidemic of torpor in Washington – it is worth recalling the dramatic events that unfolded the year this Oldsmobile was new.

In March of 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had grown unpopular with his own party, surprised the country by announcing, in a televised address, that he would not be a candidate for re-election. Five days later, Martin Luther King Jr., was shot to death in Memphis. Then in June, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed at a campaign event. In August, former Vice-President Richard Nixon, who had narrowly lost the Presidency in 1960, and then lost his bid to be Governor of California in 1962, returned as the GOP’s Presidential nominee. Rioting and police brutality marred the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. All the while the electorate was deeply divided over Vietnam, civil rights, and crime.