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Introducing The 1619 Project

The Fourth of July in 1776 is regarded by most Americans as the country’s birthday. But what if we were to tell you that the country’s true birth date, the moment that its defining contradictions first came into the world, was in late August 1619?

That was when a ship arrived at Point Comfort in the British colony of Virginia, bearing a cargo of 20 to 30 enslaved Africans. Their arrival inaugurated a barbaric system of chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years and form the basis for almost every aspect of American life. The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times memorializing that event on its 400th anniversary. The goal of the project is to deepen understanding of American history (and the American present) by proposing a new point of origin for our national story. In the days and weeks to come, we will publish essays demonstrating that nearly everything that has made America exceptional grew out of slavery.

Join us for an evening of conversation and performance, streamed below, featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones, Jamelle Bouie, Mary Elliot, Eve Ewing, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Wesley Morris, Jake Silverstein and Linda Villarosa.

Remember to look out for our “1619 Project” on August 18 which examines how the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/13/magazine/1619-project-livestream.html

Thanks for posting. I'd say that this swindle can be traced back to FDR, as well.

The last sentence in this excerpt is telling. Marshall is Thurgood Marshall. Walter White led the NAACP from 1929 to 1955.


Afrofuturism: Still representing our way into the Future

A bit dated but the point is still relevant.

Just a few I've enjoyed this year includes, Spike Lee's full length See You Yesterday on Netflix and the short Watch Room.

High school best friends and science prodigies C.J. and Sebastian spend every spare minute working on their latest homemade invention: backpacks that enable time travel. But when C.J.’s older brother Calvin dies after an encounter with police officers, the young duo decide to put their unfinished tech to use in a desperate bid to save Calvin. From director Stefon Bristol and producer Spike Lee comes See You Yesterday, a sci-fi adventure grounded in familial love, cultural divides and the universal urge to change the wrongs of the past.

Meanwhile in another garage ...

Countless nights of creative problem solving have brought longtime friends and scientists NATE, BERNARD, and CHLOE as far as they've come. Collaborating from Nate's ramshackle garage, the trio has blazed a trail to the frontier of Artificial Intelligence - to KATE, a self-aware AI designed to behave like a human, contained to and tested within the safety of a computer program that interfaces with the real world via bootstrapped virtual reality technology.

When Kate fails a key experiment, Bernard and Chloe insist they shut her down and go back to the drawing board, but Kate has other plans.

Unfortunately Octavia Butler's opus magnum Kindred as a motion picture is still too hot to handle. I think there's a connection with Toni Morrison's widely panned magic realism masterpiece Beloved. Though the movie was faithful to the book, I think that it was too honest for the white gaze to accept because it's based in brutal reality. But Butler's Dawn, another masterwork, is in the works directed by my girl Ava Du Vernay. Hopefully her treatment of Dawn will move Du Vernay more than just centering PoC as in A Wrinkle in Time.

Here's a good little chitchat about Afrofuturism, Butler, the writers she's influenced and excitement for Dawn.

Lastly, I'm looking forward to Nigerian American author Nnedi Okorafor's brilliant post-apocalyptic African Futurism book Who Fears Death is in development at HBO with Game of Thrones mastermind George R.R. Martin as executive producer.

In this video, she talks about her novel, Who Fears Death and her world of Ginen and other books.

Posted by Kind of Blue | Fri Aug 9, 2019, 05:29 PM (0 replies)

Bo Diddley with the Fabulous Lady Bo, You Crackin' Up

Good to the last drop.

Posted by Kind of Blue | Fri Aug 9, 2019, 02:35 PM (0 replies)

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am - Official Trailer

"Navigating a white male world was not threatening. It wasn't even interesting. I was more interesting than they were and I wasn't afraid to show it"

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.

Posted by Kind of Blue | Thu Aug 8, 2019, 11:17 AM (0 replies)

The Good Ol' Days "because I don't think anybody thought he would be as bad as he is"

No one in this group needs further explanation nor the need to watch the following videos, save for the fact of whitewashing the past and our present for the sake of white innocence that renders the basic questioning of white privilege and systemic racism unworthy of reflection.

These are from October 2016

If you haven’t seen the Netflix documentary 13th, you should. It’s about more than just mass incarceration: director Ava DuVernay (Selma) makes a powerful comparison between America’s prison system and slavery, while offering one of the most succinct and clear explanations of why Black Lives Matter and the current election matters. In one of the most powerful sequences, DuVernay puts the spotlight squarely on Donald Trump.

The Republican nominee for president has come under fire for one thing or another since he first began his campaign, but one of the larger issues is his hostile words, which often times incite his supporters to violence. To address the larger repercussions of this kind of political and cultural environment, 13th cuts between footage from these aggressive Trump rallies with archival footage from the Civil Rights era.


Ava DuVernay ('The 13th') at NYFF 54: Why Donald Trump needed to be included

As DuVernay said in her latest tweet today, "He told you who he was when he ran for President. This is no surprise now."
Posted by Kind of Blue | Tue Aug 6, 2019, 10:01 AM (8 replies)

How to Respond to Interview questions, Deliver a Slight, and Still Come Off Graceful

Case Study 1: Simply ignore it

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour appeared to throw subtle shade at Melania Trump when she was asked about the first lady’s style, but turned the conversation to former FLOTUS Michelle Obama instead.

In a new episode of “The Economist asks” podcast released on Friday, host Anne McElvoy asked Wintour if she “valued” the fact that Trump wore several British-inspired outfits during her husband President Donald Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom in June.

Wintour sidestepped the question and made it all about Obama:

I think first lady Michelle Obama really was so incredible in every decision she made about fashion. She supported young American designers. She supported designers, indeed, from all over the world. She was the best ambassador that this country could possibly have in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion.

“But she’s not the first lady now,” McElvoy responded. “So what about the one that you’ve got now?”

“To me, she (Obama) is the example that I admire,” Wintour replied.

More: https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/anna-wintour-melania-trump-michelle-obama-110502797.html

Case Study 2: Just turn the page

Case Study 3: Confront the Affront

"Fear is Your Enemy. Be Free or Die."

Cynthia Erivo stars as, troublemaking badass real super hero, Harriet Tubman in the biopic, which tells the extraordinary tale of Tubman's escape...

Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles and Clarke Peters also star in the biopic of the abolitionist who led scores of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.


Women continue to contribute in record numbers heading into 2020

Almost 100,000 women have given more than $200 to a presidential candidate so far during the 2020 presidential elections — nearly four times the number of women donors at this point in the 2016 elections. Who benefits has yet to be determined, but where women are putting their money provides insight.

Democratic presidential candidates have raised $41 million from women so far this presidential cycle while the Republicans have raised $12 million, based on an OpenSecrets analysis examining publicly available data from contributions for candidates who have raised more than $100,000 reported to the Federal Election Commission.

The second-quarter fundraising figures indicate that women, who are neither a monolithic voting base nor donor base, are spreading their money widely among the 2020 presidential candidates. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Harris, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Warren and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro reached gender parity in the percentage of women in their overall donor base — at 55 percent, 52 percent, 51 percent, 50 percent, and 50 percent respectively. Williamson has overwhelming support from women with more than 71 percent of her donors, a first for a presidential candidate.

Of all the presidential candidates during the second quarter, President Donald Trump has the highest number of women donors at 13,537. Currently, 36 percent of all his contributions come from women. Trailing Trump in second-quarter total donors are Sanders at 9,701 women and Warren at 8,123 women.

However, it appears that many networks of prominent donors, including powerful women, are staying out of the presidential fundraising race for now, giving money to groups and causes outside the primary. With a field of two dozen contenders at this early stage, many voters are still reluctant to give support and reluctant to give support to a woman.

Looking at the total fundraising so far this cycle, Democratic women are receiving 52 percent ($17.5 million) of their contributions from men and 48 percent ( $15.9 million) of the contributions from women. Democratic men are receiving 64 percent ($43.7 million) of the contributions from men and 36 percent ($25 million) of the contributions from women.


To paraphrase Maya Wiley, "Then I don't know what we're fighting for."

In what I think is a powerful discussion on Chris Haye's All In the other night, Harry Seigel, senior editor of The Daily Beast, Zelinda Maxwell and Maya Wiley spoke to a lot of what I think are your concerns, TexasTowelie. And I don't mean concerns in a sarcastic way at all. But please have a listen to Zerlinda Maxwell and Maya Wiley's responses to his fears about dealing with racism now. They speak for me and I think for a lot of people who are not afraid anymore. The panel discussion, imho, is excellent. But my focus here starts at about 11:37 to about 19:20. I think at the end, unless I'm terribly mistaken, Siegel could only summarize the situation but had no good response, again imho, to the case Maxwell and Wiley make.

I did the best I could with the transcript following this video.

Hayes: What's the right way to characterize a crowd that-- overwhelming a white crowd, not exclusively but overwhelmingly a white crowd chanting "Send Her Back," about a black woman who is a U.S. congressman and U.S. citizen?
Seigel: Racist, xenophobic, cruel, un-American. The question is what the rest of us are going to do about this as these animal spirits, if you like, have been unleashed. Look, Trump won a very weird-- had a very weird path to victory. In a lot of ways he did not win the popular vote and he's aiming for that same path again. Except now he has a tremendous war chest and the power of the incumbency that the further excites all of these people who, if they thought these ways weren't chanting for the most part, were quiet about it. I think it's going to take a tremendous political force and the next year and change to hopefully get us back to that sort of moment. But people are not ashamed of shameful behavior right now, they're chanting it.
Hayes: Yeah, I mean it's-- I also think it's-- well, there's two things here. I think he's radicalizing people. I mean it's happening in real time like we're watching it happen. it shows up in the public opinion polling data. The antecedents were there. we know they were there. It's not like Donald Trump invented racism and even his tactics if you read "Nixonland," Rick Perlstein's great book about Nixon, like it's just kind of a dumb, more vulgar version of Nixon. It's not that-- it's not something like--
Wiley: Well, actually he broke Nixon's playbook because remember, Nixon was the Southern Strategy done right. And the Southern Strategy done right was we will code it. We will not be explicit. In fact, we think explicit racism is the third rail. We won't touch it because we'll be electrocuted. What we will do is veil it so that it's acceptable. And what Trump has really done is said if we pair economic populism with racism, overt explicit, we think we win and that's what we have to say no, you don't.
Hayes: But he's also making-- I think he's making people worse. He is making-- like there's an idea that there's a sort of question of like is he just unleashing what people want to do anyway or is he-- and I think he keeps setting a bar for people and leading them towards things that--
Maxwell: I mean the saddest thing is when you have this conversation, I'm sure all of us have this week in particular with white people who are like, well, you know, the economy is doing great. You know,, they don't want to jump into this conversation about racism. But when are we gonna have it? Because black people are being shot by the police, nobody is getting in trouble. Eric Garner was just-- that case just-- the Justice Department just decided they're not going to pursue it. And that's just a reminder to people of color in this country that our lives are not as valuable as everyone else's. And I'm tired of being reminded of that. I'm tire of being reminded by the president of that every single day from his tweets and from his words. And so, I think this is a come-to-Jesus moment for the country. Are we gonna deal with racism or not?
Seigel: I am worried that if we deal with racism that we are gonna end up with more Donald Trump. I think that's absolutely right that these aren't things you can just put off or be patient or let's just wait until a few more people get shot. But Hillary Clinton ran a campaign where she was bringing up mothers who've lost their children. She went as far in that direction as any mainstream Democrat at that point and Trump was American carnage and there was a response to that. And I don't know where the--
Wiley: But that’s not why she--
Maxwell: We won the popular vote so the ting that I think about all the time is that when people say, "This is why Trump won," every single reason listed is correct on that front. But, again, he won by such a slim margin with so many weird factors in this election that I don't know that we can then predict out that, you know, the racism is working for him as if we're not an emerging majority of people of color in this country.
Wiley: What are we trying to win? I think fundamentally we're trying to win democracy. And so where I get concerned is both these points, which is to say we have to recognize we're talking about all of us but that can't exclude people of color. And I don't think that was Hillary Clinton's mistake. I think I was to --
Maxwell: We could have went further.
Wiley: We could have gone further. Remember that Wisconsin was fundamentally about voter suppression and trying to bar black people from the ballot and Latinos and others. We're seeing that now in the citizenship fight, the Muslim ban. Everything we're being told is about who is America and I think it isn't working and that's part of what we saw in the in the 20--
Hayes: 2018.
Wiley: 2018 midterms and we shouldn't forget the call to our better angels. And if we don't my concern is I'm not sure what we're fighting for.
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