Here’s a project that I’m definitely going to be keeping a keen eye on! Spider Stories is an African inspired action cartoon set in a fantasy world that follows the tale of Princess Zahara who is tossed into hiding after her royal family is overthrown by another kingdom. Armed with a mystical staff, the fearless princess embarks on quest to reconnect with the spirits, reunite her homeland, and reclaim the throne.
“We have to recognize that culture used to flow through storytelling, and now it flows through media. So within the continent, we want to have images that African children can grow up with that look like them and have names like them and neighborhoods that look like theirs that they can identify with. Thirty to 40 years down the line, when they’re doctors and lawyers and presidents, the positive associations they have with the characters will be real parts of their identities.” – John Agbaje
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!
"Indigenous People’s Day (also known as Native American Day) - is a holiday celebrated in various localities in the United States, begun as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day. The purpose of the day is to promote Native American culture and commemorate the history of Native American peoples. The celebration began in Berkeley, California, and Denver, Colorado, as a protest against Columbus Day, which is listed as a federal holiday in the United States, but is not observed as a state holiday in every state. Indigenous People’s Day is usually held on the second Monday of October, coinciding with the federal observance of Columbus Day.”
"Indigenous communities, peoples, and nations - are those that, having a historical continuity with pre-invasion and pre-colonial societies that developed on their territories, consider themselves distinct from other sectors of the societies now prevailing in those territories, or parts of them.”
Since I’ve been putting up the fliers there have been two things that have been on my mind. First off, Columbus Day is shit. It shouldn’t be celebrated in our communities nor in our school systems. Also, it’s the best time really talk about solidarity.
Secondly, with peoples responses to these there has been some kind of consensus that there are no such thing as black indigenous Americans or black indigenous people which is a bold face lie. Even before Columbus there’s so much evidence of pre-contact between continents and even before that alot of Native Americans were dark-skinned people . Regardless, many black people here in the United States and other parts of the Americas are descendent of Indigenous American people. However for various reasons most of that knowledge is passed down by word of mouth through our families without much legitimacy. Also with native enrollment/blood quantum alot of black natives got kick out of the communities along with having to choose one identity over another. I put some links down below for further research. In all black people are definitely indigenous to Africa as well as other places around the world including the Americas. Even though this holiday is for Native Americans, I believe that as black people we should really think about how this relates to us not just as possible/proven descendents of Native Americans but descendents of Indigenous Africans. We may or may not be able to trace back that far but we are definitely Indigenous Peoples.
I’m a black man and it’s time to be accountable. It’s always left to black women to do and say everything. I decided to make these an post them, where i live, and travel. I want to state that the language is of this area (chicagoland) an directed solely at young black men who live here so it maybe off putting to people not from here. with that said im not posting all of the fliers here. Feel free to save. print an post these at your convince. This is part of SEU Blackstorm project. More to come.. - Yumii
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Stephon Watts Lawsuit: Mother Of Autistic Teen Fatally Shot By Calumet City Cops Sues
The Huffington Post | By Joseph Erbentraut Posted: 04/26/2012 12:23 pm Updated: 04/26/2012 12:24 pm
The mother of a 15-year-old boy with autism who was fatally shot by police in the family’s Calumet City, Ill. home earlier this year has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago suburb and the officers who killed her son.
Danelene Powell-Watts, mother of Stephon Watts, has named William Coffey and Robert Hynek — two Calumet City police officers — as defendants in the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Cook County. Powell-Watts previously filed a lawsuit in March in order to obtain the names of the two officers involved in the shooting death of her son.
The six-count suit claims that, though Calumet City police say the shooting death was justified as self-defense and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez chose not to charge their department with any wrongdoing, the officers “intentionally and forcibly caused unconsented harmful contact” to Stephon, leading to his wrongful death. Powell-Watts is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
Stephon Watts, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when he was 9, had had 10 previous interactions with the suburb’s police department over the past two years. The run-ins included at least one incident where police discharged Tasers to subdue him.
On Feb. 1, Stephen Watts, Stephon’s father, had reportedly called police after arguing with his son, who didn’t want to go to school, having been instructed by social workers that Watts should be handled by authorities when agitated.
Police say they found Watts armed with a knife in the basement of his parents’ home. When one officer sustained a defensive wound to his left forearm, two other officers on the scene fired their weapons. Steven Watts says his son was shot once in the leg, and then again in the head.
(Scroll down to watch a previous report on Stephon’s shooting death.)
Watts’ family has adamantly spoken out against the fatal shooting.
“There was no reason they had to kill him,” Powell-Watts told the Northwest Indiana Times of her son’s death during a community protest of the incident in February.
Stephen Watts spoke of his son during a panel discussion sponsored by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the International Socialist Organization and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty at Grace Place in the South Loop earlier this month.
“My baby was taken from me, he was murdered by Calumet City police officers,” Stephen said at the panel. “My baby’s gone, he’s six feet under, he’s not coming back and there’s nothing I can do about it.”
As April is Autism Awareness Month, the Tinley Park school Stephon attended is preparing to honor the 15-year-old during a balloon launch aimed at spreading increased awareness and understanding of autism Friday, TribLocal reports.
Asperger’s syndrome interferes with social skills, but sufferers often have normal to high intelligence.
Stephon’s family has set up a website — titled Justice for Stephon Watts — to share updates about the case going forward.
Shantel Davis: A Brooklyn NYPD detective shot and killed an unarmed Shantel Davis after she ran red lights and crashed a vehicle - See more at: http://bossip.com/1014238/10-black-women-killed-by-police/10/#sthash.mLwhVcU5.dpuf
Steve McQueen - Deadpan (1997)Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen—now best known for his feature films, Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave—put himself in the line of fire in Deadpan (1997), a restaging of Buster Keaton’s falling house gag from Steamboat Bill Jr. McQueen does more than remake the stunt; his presence as a black man transforms the work into a commentary on race relations and the precariousness of the black experience.
—"Damage Control: How Artists Destroy to Create Art"
In the wake of so many deaths of black people, especially in the midst of Ferguson, we must address both the internal as well as the external threats to our existence as a community. This STORM will be the first held by Slash Em Up and the community aimed at addressing what is going on in the community. We will STORM from 35th and King Dr. to 51st and King Dr.
Same Cop 2 Victims
Pearlie Golden 93, Tederalle Satchell 28
Officer Stephen Stem was at Golden’s residence investigating a report of a woman with a gun when the shooting occurred. According to a statement from the Hearne Police Department (HPD), Golden “brandished a weapon” and then Stem fired “multiple shots wounding Golden.” She later died at the hospital.
Protesters have marched on city hall over the shooting of Golden, also known as “Miss Sulie.”CBS News
Golden’s nephew, Roy Jones, told KBTX-TV that his aunt had failed her driving test earlier that day and when he wouldn’t give her the keys to the car, she became angry and got a .38 caliber revolver. Jones told the station that he called police and that Golden fired two shots into the ground after police arrived.
Robertson County District Attorney Cody Seigert told CBS News’ Crimesider that police found a .38 revolver on the scene but he could not confirm or deny whether Golden had fired the gun, which has been sent to a state lab for testing.
According to Jessica Vega, the communications manager for the HPD, Stem’s first day on the job was July 22, 2012. In December of that year, he shot and killed 28-year-old Tederalle Satchell after responding to a call about people shooting guns from inside a vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex.
Vega told Crimesider that the Texas Rangers investigated the Satchell shooting but a grand jury declined to indict Stem, and no disciplinary action was taken.
Stem was on paid administrative leave while the Texas Rangers investigate Golden’s death.
According to Vega, two fatal shootings in less than two years is definitely an anomaly for the 12-member force.
"People are in law enforcement for 50 years and never even have one," she said.© 2014 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.