Critical consciousness is a practice, like yoga or a mastery of anything. It's not just knowing definitions of words, or noting every news incident or simply being 'woke'...it's an everyday rigor for yourself. To speak up, to share, to be critical of your own thoughts, actions and acknowledging your shortcomings. Not pointing out others' shortcomings... it's less about righteousness or intellectual mumbo jumbo. More about listening, understanding context - navigating SELF. The integrity of this can often feel lonely, surround yourself with others who are also in practice. This is the longterm plan for thriving and survival.
Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter at the New Museum
“Simone Leigh, the current artist in residence at the New Museum, convened this group in response to the continued inhumane institutionalized violence against black lives. The group will hold a public event in solidarity with Black Lives Matter at the New Museum on September 1.
This dynamic evening will feature collectively organized healing workshops, performances, digital works, participatory exchanges, displays, and the distribution of materials throughout the New Museum Theater, Lobby, Fifth Floor, and Sky Room.
BWA for BLM focuses on the interdependence of care and action, invisibility and visibility, self-defense and self-determination, and desire and possibility in order to highlight and disavow pervasive conditions of racism.” Via the New Museum. Learn more about BWA for BLM here.
The Wake Up! Morning Dance Party - Creative Activism
The Wake Up is a morning dance party event started in 2015 by Tanisha Christie and Natasha L. Johnson as a creative response to the death of Sandra Bland and the ongoing police brutality in the black community.
Over the course of a year, the pop-up event was held at C’mon Everybody as a dry event from 6:30a-10a for anyone who desired to “wake up” the mind and body as a creative form of communal healing, protest and liberation. The event feature an MC; DJ’s spinning the dope beats from Hip-Hop-R&B-Funk-Pop-Reggae-Soul; coffee, water and some light eats. Proceeds from the event go to a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit organization.
Artists from previous events: MC Cav Manning of the Wonderground Party, DJ Dick @ Nite, DJ Reborn, JD Urban – photography; DJ Amir, Brian Polite; DJ Natasha Diggs and Manchild Black
Organizations: Black Lives Matter – NYC; Black Alliance for Just Immigration; Globalizing Gender; The Brooklyn Movement Center
Sponsors: Joe Coffee, Chef Cynthia, Roots Hummus
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Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Everyday, people of color in the United States are being criminalized. But we didn't get here overnight... Join the discussion, check out more resources, and let's build beyond #therealcrime together. Donate : All proceeds will benefit BAJI's work to stop mass incarceration and mass detention.
Written and Co-produced by Opal Tometi, Tanisha Christie, and Line Break Media
Graphics by Gazino Scott
Animation by Justin Meredith and Line Break Media
Voiceover by Tanisha Christie
“ABC’s of Child Labor” for Child Labor Coalition
ABC’s of Child Labor... 15 products touched by child labor and child slavery. How many do you use? Engaging kids tell us about the the wide range of products that 168 million children trapped in child labor produce.
“Washington, DC—The Child Labor Coalition (CLC) is releasing today the “ABC’s of Child Labor,” a short film exploring how widespread child labor is globally and how many products are touched by it. The film, featuring four elementary school children discussing the exploitation of children, is being released in anticipation of Universal Children’s Day this Sunday, November 20. Universal Children’s Day has been recognized by the United Nations since 1954 as a day of ‘worldwide fraternity and understanding between children’ and a day to promote the welfare of children.”
“Burning” for One Common Unity
Directed educational video created for One Common Unity for their partnership with the DC Youth Drug Prevention Initiative. This video was used in conjunction with student led workshops on the issue.
KEEP LOVING: A Universal Love Song | Empty Hands Music | nimo
Another Empty Hands Music collaboration between Nimo and Magical filmmaker and sister Ellie Walton to create "Keep Loving” - A Universal Love Song. Nimo was inspired to write this song from his experiences living in the Gandhi Ashram in India for the past 5 years.
Directed by Ellie Walton With Tanisha Christie
Produced by Ellie Walton & Tanisha Christie