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.
‘3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets’ Addresses the Deadly Consequences of Racial Bias
On Black Friday in 2012, Michael Dunn--a white, middle-aged male upset at the volume of music coming from a car full of teenagers next to him--fired ten bullets into the vehicle. Seventeen-year-old Jordan Davis, a black youth, was killed. 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets reconstructs the night of the murder, revealing the depths of racial prejudice and how it impacts our society today.
The Emmett Till Project Creates a New Digital Narrative
The brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 brought national attention to the stark racial violence, and oppression faced by African-Americans at the time. Remembering it 60 years later--with archives, podcasts, and commemorative writing--will raise awareness about those same injustices faced today.
New Janelle Monae Track Wants You To ‘Say Her Name’
This powerful musical protest against police brutality recognizes recent and past victims--including including Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Kimani Gray, Michael Brown, Miriam Carey, and Emmett Till--with the repeated refrain to say their names, lest we forget their suffering.
D’Angelo and Bobby Seale on the Past and Future of Political Protest
The R&B singer and Black Panthers founder met for the first time in Oakland, California to discuss activism, protests, racial injustice, and making music as a means to enable social change.