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New Ebola Patient Identified, Kim Jong Un Returns to Public, Moon Volcanos

Colorlines - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 07:06
New Ebola Patient Identified, Kim Jong Un Returns to Public, Moon Volcanos

Here's what I'm reading up on this morning:

  • What would marijuana legalization look like in Washington, D.C., where roughly half the population is black?
  • August is a $250 smart lock connected to your phone through an app. Not like hackers would ever want to figure out how to break into your house or anything. 
  • Wow. Volcanos on the moon seem to have erupted much more recently than first thought--maybe within the last 50 million years (estimates were in the billions before that). 
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Palliative Care: How Chinese Americans Find Comfort at Death’s Door

New America Media - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 01:00
Learning to Bring Comfort “I missed two chances. Life is short and I don’t want to see that happening again,” stated Catherine Lan, who became a hospice and palliative care volunteer after feeling helpless when death visited two close friends.... Geoff Chin http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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New America Media - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 00:05
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Room For Debate Frees Up But Bloggers Remain Imprisoned In Vietnam

New America Media - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 14:20
 Incarcerated for the past six years in poor prison conditions, Nguyen Van Hai (Nguy?n V?n H?i) has suffered dearly for his critical views on China. First detained on trumped up tax evasion charges in 2008, and subsequently convicted in 2012... Vietnam Right Now http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Steven Yeun On How Korean Parents React To A Career In Acting

New America Media - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:42
 Steven Yeun recently went on Ellen as a first-time guest to promote the return of The Walking Dead. During his interview, he talked about his parents as well as the blood poisoning injury he received on set. After Yeun admitted... New America Media http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Young Black Men 21 Times More Likely Than Whites to Be Shot Dead by Police

New America Media - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:11
 Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings.The 1,217... Propublica http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Giant Rubber Duck To Visit Seoul Amid Construction

New America Media - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:00
 The world-famous, giant rubber duck will visit Seoul in what may be the highest-profile foreign visit to Korea since Pope Francis arrived via Kia Soul in August.Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s 300-kg (~660 lbs), 54-foot tall giant rubber duck will be... Koream Journal http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Misty Upham's Father Fears She May Have Committed Suicide

New America Media - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:54
 Charles Upham, father of award-winning actress Misty Upham, who has been missing since last Sunday, says he fears she may have committed suicide.Charles describes his daughter's behavior as "erratic" following a change in medication she was taking. "She told me... Indian Country http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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UC-Backed State Loan Program Will Provide Aid to Undocumented Students

New America Media - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:40
Undocumented UC students who qualify for in-state tuition but are ineligible for federal assistance soon will be able to borrow up to $4,000 a year to make up the shortfall, thanks to a new law supported by the University of... Katherine Tam http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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New America Media - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:28
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Indigenous Peoples' Day, New Ebola Case, Evo Wins Again, Nobel in Economics

Colorlines - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:11
Indigenous Peoples' Day, New Ebola Case, Evo Wins Again, Nobel in Economics

Here's what I'm reading up on this morning: 

  • A high school in Sayerville, New Jersey, cancels football season after allegations that seven players sexually assaulted four of their teammates. 
  • The Nobel Prize for economics goes to Jean Tirole, probably best known for his work on the ways in which regulators can tame privatized industries.
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Why Candidates Shouldn’t Ignore Asian American Voters

New America Media - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 01:00
Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) are a fast-growing population and as a voting bloc, their numbers have nearly doubled since 2000, but political candidates continue to ignore them, according to a new study.APIs are the fastest growing population in the... Andrew Lam http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Filmmaker's Debut ‘Purgatorio’ Brings New Look to the Border

New America Media - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 01:00
After screening in more than 40 festivals around the world, Purgatorio will finally be premiered at the Laemmle NoHo in Los Angeles this Friday October 10.“The movie, it’s a journey to the heart of the USA-Mexican border. It’s like you... Eduardo Stanley http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Teen Girls Learn to Create Assisted Living Website at Summer Business Camp

New America Media - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 00:45
 Photo: Teen entrepreneurs, from left, Inés de Lestapis, Molly Leifer, Sofia Remez are shown making their “pitch” to a panel of venture capitalists during last summer’s Entrepreneurs in Training camp. (Courtesy: Barnard College)NEW YORK, N.Y.--This summer, I was introduced to... Elizabeth Isele http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Cinematographer Bradford Young on Lighting Dark Skin and the 'Subversive' Power of the Black Church

Colorlines - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 05:25
Cinematographer Bradford Young on Lighting Dark Skin and the 'Subversive' Power of the Black Church

Every cinematographer's job rests on how they're able to manipulate light. For Bradford Young, a black Brooklyn-based cinematographer from Louisville, Kentucky, the task is especially important. "When you underexpose [dark brown skin tones], they pop and resonate and shine in a particular way that you're not going to see when a face is lit in a conventional way," he told me over the phone recently. "You're doing black folk a great disservice when you overexpose their skin."

Young's approach is currently on display in "Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine: Radical Black Brooklyn," an exhibition produced by the public art nonprofit Creative Time in conjunction with Weeksville Heritage Center. The four-part "walkable" exhibit explores the concept of black self-determination. Young's "Bynum Culter," an experimental film starring members of one of Brooklyn's oldest black churches, Bethel Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church, is among the most powerful parts of the exhibition.

Young's feature film work has earned him plenty of fans: His cinematography in "Pariah," "Mother of George" and "Aint Them Bodies Saints" won him awards at the 2011 and 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The New York Times' Amanda Peterusich called his work on Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" "a triumphant, signature moment." Colorlines spoke to Young about his installation and his approach to filmmaking in general.

Your "Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine" project features elderly members of one of Brooklyn's oldest black churches. Why was it important for you to tell this part of their story?

When I started doing my research on Weeksville, [one of America's first free black communities], I thought about the whole idea of the homesteader, the black settlement and black nationalism. At the core of all of those movements was spirituality. I grew up in the AME church, and I have my own feelings about the church, but I felt like [during the mid-19th century], the church wasn't just a place where folks went to ask God for favors. The church was an active participant in what I would call black subversive activity.

Subversive activity?

The Civil Rights Movement started out in the church, and the Black Panthers had a lot of their community initiatives come out of church basements. When you look at the Chitlin' Circuit, a lot of the musicians who weren't allowed to play in integrated facilities played at small black establishments in the community or some of them played in the church.

I thought setting my project in the church would allow me to explore not just its sacred nature, which is very important to me, but also the subversive, secular nature of it. One of the ways I thought I could connect to this subversive nature was to connect with elders because they have a much more subversive history. With [Bethel Tabernacle AME] in particular, if you've belonged to that church 50 years or more, you're called a Living Legend. That means you've got to New York in the 1940s or 1950s. ... I thought I could connect to them in the sense that people of their generation often left the South because they were tired of Jim Crow. But when they got to New York, they realized that it wasn't all that different. They had to put their elbows out in order to survive. I figured they would say they got a lot of strength from being an active participant in the church.

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Scene from "Bynum Cutler"

The setting of the film is really, really powerful. Viewers are in this dilapidated church, which was housed in a school building. It's got a chilling effect. You talk about black nationalism and black Brooklyn of 50 years ago, and then you're in this space that's ravaged in a neighborhood that's gentrifying faster than any other in New York City. Tell me about the space. It's haunting.

I was interested in an exploration of black American ruins--black architectural ruins, especially, because they speak to how much America has divested from black people's interests. They show how hard it is, economically, for us to handle pieces of infrastructure just because we don't have the economic power. And then on the other hand, it just shows you how much our reality in America is laced with so much blight.

Why are you interested in black ruins?

If you walk into an older piece of black architecture, let's say a church or an old insurance building somewhere in America, you find these ruins. On one extreme, the ruins speak so much to how we just don't have the power to sustain ourselves, infrastructure-wise. The other extreme is that there aren't any ruins at all. You go to Auction Street in Memphis and the building where they sold black folks is gone. It's that mentality of forgiving and forgetting. Black folk are not part of that conversation.

We don't own the bulldozers to knock down the auction block houses, but it's done supposedly on our behalf because America is afraid to have a conversation about slavery and the Middle Passage. It hits on two extremes: Either we don't have any residue at all or the residue that we do have tells you about how disempowered we are. 

I'm really fascinated by how you use light in your work. It's often dark and somber. What are you trying to convey about the experiences of black people through your use of light?

We're all sort of brainwashed on many levels, so part of the reason why I've always thought about lighting black folks in a particular way is because there are levels, right? I'm trying to decolonize my mind from all the images of black folks in American cinema that have bombarded me since I was a kid. All of these images since "Birth of a Nation" still sit with us because we haven't had an opportunity to change them. How many black films get made each year? You can't change the image of black folk when you only make five films each year that are at least trying to push back against that imagery.

I light some stuff unconsciously because I'm just fed up and tired and feel like things can be done better. It also goes back to the pedagogy I came out of Howard [University] with, which was: You gotta' do your people right. If not, we won't be here." But purely from an aesthetic perspective, some of it is just that it looks good. 

[I] had a great opportunity to workshop those ideas because [on] the films I shot before I got to New York, I had 10 to 12 black folks in the room and I got to figure out what looked good. All of it has an intention. When I shot "Pawn Sacrifice," I was one of the only black people on set for like three months. We were shooting in Montreal and I hadn't seen another black person in months. The one day [a] brother showed up, I just lit the hell out of him. I was on a mission to show white folks how black folks can look really beautiful.

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Exhibit-goers watch "Bynum Cutler"

"Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn" ends on October 12. 

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Amid Nationwide Propane Shortage, Natural Gas Flared in Bakken Oil Fields

New America Media - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 01:00
“Every single day more than 100 million cubic feet of natural gas is flared away,” Ft. Berthold tribal member and anti-fracking activist Kandi Mossett explains. “That’s enough to heat half a million homes. That’s as much carbon dioxide emitted as... Winona LaDuke http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Estudiante de la UC Davis estableció el centro para estudiantes indocumentados

New America Media - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:05
EnglishUna dura realidad separaba a Ana Maciel de Soledad, California, de su sueño de una educación universitaria: Es una inmigrante indocumentada.Ahora, tan solo unos cuantos años después, la estudiante de tercer año de estudios universitarios vive ese sueño en la... Julia Ann Easley http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Weekend Reads: Ferguson, Young Black Men And Resistance

Colorlines - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:18

Not many people know the modern history in the video above. Head into the weekend with actor Jeremy Renner on "The Daily Show" discussing "Kill the Messenger,"the new film about the CIA's role in bringing crack-cocaine to urban America. The opening clip about which kids America cares about is particularly prescient given the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations' War on Drugs policies, in particular harsh sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders, of course.

But this week also saw St. Louis' third deadly police shooting of a young black man in two months. As Ferguson's Weekend of Resistance gets underway, a related selection of reads all in the vein of #BlackLivesMatter:

Faith leaders are among those most capable of bridging stark racial divides in St. Louis. Ahead of an interfaith dialogue this Sunday at St. Louis University's Chaifetz Arena, evangelical Christian and founding editor of Sojourners magazine, Jim Wallis, touched on the most segregated spaces in America in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

...I think white Christians and white churches have to pay attention here. There shouldn't be some terribly different conversation going on in our white churches and black churches. So, this is a challenge to the white churches to pay attention, to listen to our brothers and sisters, to care as much about our brothers and sisters who are black, as much as we care about our own kids who are white.... [When] we divide along racial lines -- that's a denial of the Gospel.

"[A] path can be traced from slavery to the killing of Michael Brown," Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts writes in "The Worth of Black Men, From Slavery to Ferguson."

Just out today, ProPublica's analysis of 32 years of "[more than 12,000] killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males." Note: That number is a "minimum count" of police homicides as violence researchers have long complained that the FBI's database of police shootings "is terribly incomplete." Read ProPublica to learn how.

And ahead of the midterms (and in the long lead-up to 2016), labor leader Richard Trumka continues to speak up about racial justice. He talked about race and Mike Brown in St. Louis last month and today, in California, he discussed drawing down mass incarceration. On the state ballot this November will be Proposition 47, which reduces harsh penalties for simple drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor.

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'Kill The Messenger' Movie Revisits the CIA and How Crack-Cocaine Exploded in the US

Colorlines - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 14:10

I came of age in New York City overhearing older folks who'd lived through the crack era, ask a series of open-ended questions that began like this: "We didn't own no planes. How you think crack got here?" How, indeed. That's the subject of a new film opening tonight called "Kill The Messenger." Actor Jeremy Renner plays investigative journalist Gary Webb whose controversial 1996 three-part newspaper series opens like this:

For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury New investigation has found. 

The drug network opened the first pipeline between Colombia's cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the "crack" capital of hte world. The cocaine that flooded in helped spark a crack explosion in urban America and provided the cash and connections needed for L.A.'s gangs to buy automatic weapons.

The series rocked the country. One 1997 article described it as, "the most talked-about piece of journalism in 1996 and arguably the most famous--some would say infamous--set of articles of the decade."

So what happened after? Three major newspapers--The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times--some in collaboration with the CIA, The Intercept reports--set out to discredit Webb. They did. In December 2004, Webb, an award-winning investigative journalist and 49-year-old father of three who reportedly suffered bouts of clinical depression, took his own life.

"Kill the Messenger," largely viewed as a vindication of Gary Webb, opens nationwide tonight. It's sure to stir memories for familes displaced by civil war in Nicaragua and those in the U.S. who not only came of age under crack-cocaine but, who also sought to rebuild their communities in the decades after.

As for the truth of Webb's claims, from Nick Schou, author of the biography on which the movie is based, in The Intercept:

"I think it's fair to take a look at the story objectively and say that it could have been better edited, it could have been packaged better, it would have been less inflammatory. ... But these are all kind of minor things compared to the bigger picture, which is that he documented for the first time in the history of U.S. media how CIA complicity with Central American drug traffickers had actually impacted the sale of drugs north of the border in a very detailed, accurate story. And that's, I think, the take-away here."

 

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Malala, Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize

New America Media - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:50
 A Pakistani girl who was shot on a school bus by a Taliban gunman in 2012 is one of two recipients of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.Malala Yousafzai, 17, an education activist from Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan,... Washington Informer http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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