Ferguson’s Radical Knitters: “If Someone Asks Me What I’m Doing, I Say, ‘I’m Knitting for Black Liberation'”
For The Yarn Mission--a group of knitters in Ferguson, Missouri, brought together in 2014 by the city's egregious police brutality and subsequent protests--practicing their craft in public is an opportunity to engage the community in their unique form of activism, bound by yarn, needles, and a desire for radical social change.
Jesse Williams Is Awarded Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards, Gives Powerful Acceptance Speech
Actor and activist Jesse Williams was presented with the Humanitarian Award at last night's BET awards, and proceeded to give a potent, rousing, unflinching speech about racial realities and responsibilities, about those who have had their lives taken and those who can continue to commit theirs to black liberation and true freedom. A must-watch for everyone.
#CripTheVote and Online Activism
In this highly contested--and contentious--election year, three disability advocates teamed up to create #CripTheVote, a hashtag-driven campaign to encourage political participation both within and outside their community, and to communicate views on policies on the local, state, and federal level.
How Baltimore Photographer Devin Allen Used Instagram to Make a Difference
Photographer Devin Allen was "just a kid from the hood with a camera" documenting his hometown, until his powerful images of protests following Freddie Gray's death--culminating in a black-and-white Time Magazine cover--thrust him into the spotlight. Now, he's using his influence to give the city's youth an opportunity to capture what they see, introduce the world at large to his world, and his vision--and live out his own dreams in the process.
Can an Artist-Formed PAC Sway the Presidential Election?
During this most contentious election cycle, Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman--who met in the 90s while organizing against the American invasion of Iraq--have established For Freedoms, an artist-founded political action committee (PAC) with a powerful goal in mind: "How can artistic tools for critical thought allow real conversations to take place?"
The Director Of ‘Creed’ Is Throwing A Star-Studded Free Event For Flint On Oscars Night
The Academy Awards are facing serious backlash based on their (continued) lack of diversity amongst nominees, brought to light by April Reign's #OscarsSoWhite on Twitter. Those boycotting the ceremony will have some powerful counter-programming to watch. Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Janelle Monae, Hannibal Buress, and more will be part of the even benefitting the citizens of Flint, Michigan.