Amidst all the talk about immigration and human rights violations, Congress is always moving both locally and nationally. With the narrative of police targeting gaining enough steam to basically be cemented as fact in a large portion of the countries mind. There is a bill that just recently passed the house and currently sits in the Senate. This bill will basically make any harm done to police officers a federal hate crime. This marks a distinct shift in civil rights where people are no longer protected because they have been systematically oppressed for biological conditions they have little to no control over, they are protected for the job they have despite that job being under no systemic oppression, causing immense harm to communities, and already being one of the most protected jobs in the nation.
During this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be looking at the Protect and Serve Act of 2018. We will be looking at what it says, why people feel it’s needed, whether or not the statistics are there to show that it’s really needed, and who voted for it. As always and of course, we will be diving into what this means for the Black Community and some things we should be doing to prepare.
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2 years into the Trump Administration and we are seeing everything that we thought we would see but hoped we would not. The erasure of Obama era policies was to be expected especially considering the relationship between the 2 men. Although the legacy of Michelle oddly lives on and occasionally makes a guest appearance in the mouth of Melania, the current first lady. The embracing of the White Supremacist and their alt right conspiracies was again, expected, especially given Trumps track record for racism and for living in controversy. But other things that we are seeing while expected, we really hoped would not come to pass. The disruption of global politics to the level of making friends of enemies and enemies of friends is something that we expected but really hoped wouldn’t happen and prayed that congress would intervene if it looked like things were going in that direction. Changing military standards was something we expected but hoped wouldn’t happen and has with the introduction of the ban on transgenders. And racism, something we new all to well was going to be present but that we hoped would be kept to its usual undercover hidden in plain sight form, has reared its head loud and proud above the surface like a cancerous lump protruding ever farther from the skin of american society.
As the moral lies that have been laid over the american foundation of cruelty have been pulled back one layer at a time we get to the truth of what it means to be an american. A truth that has not changed since the founding of this nation. To be an american is to be White first, foremost, and with the utmost importance. As comments about shithole countries filled with brown and black people fly out of the white house, immigration policy changes have begun to take effect. We spoke in a previous episode about immigration changes targeted at preventing immigration from Africa countries. Now the Trump administration has begun a mandatory policy of separating children from parents at the border as a deterrent to keep people from trying to cross, and to make matter worse, they are losing chunks of the kids. In addition to that they have immigration agents stationed ahead of checkpoints preventing people from reaching US soil and claiming asylum. Of course these are almost always brown or black people. During this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be taking a closer look at some of these Human Rights Violations with a special emphasis on immigration. As Black People, we should always pay extra close attention to how others are being treated because we know that what they will do to another group of people they will do to us. And in this case, they have done it before.
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The NFL has been in the news for the past 2 years but not for anything remotely related to the actual game. Colin Kaepernick (regardless of how you feel about him or what he did, and a lot of people feel a lot of different ways) remained seated during the national anthem before a game back in 2016. After doing it a few weeks in a row with the climate being what it was and largely still is regarding fanatical patriotism, intense nationalism, and racial division he was asked about it and his answer would set off an war between a segment of the players and the owners and the league and it’s fans, even the president of the united states would get involved.
Through all this turmoil the ESPN 30 for 30 series still going strong dropped another gem to line with all the other gems the series has produced. In september of 2017 we got the Year of the Scab by John Dorsey. A documentary about the 1987 player strike commonly known throughout sports history, the time the players agreed not to play and were replaced by substitutes pulled from all walks of life. During this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be looking at the documentary as well as making some comparisons between what was happening then and what is happening now. As always we will talk about a few lessons that can be picked up from the film with regards to our current situation in this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be looking at the Year of the Scab.
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MoTown Is BACK!!! Well the formula that they used to churn out supergroup after supergroup and hit after hit earning them the nickname of the hit factory is anyway. That formula involved taking a group of people each with a specific look, talent, and feel, putting them together and training them in all manner of performance arts, and having them perform songs specifically written for them by the most talented songwriters in the world. The result of that formula is something we are all familiar with, an explosion of Black Music all over america, the successful crossing over to white audiences by many black bands, and an exponential growth in black contributions to the American Economy and cultural influence overseas through exporting Black Music and Black American Culture.
This week we finished out the profiles of the Black Women we chose to highlight during Black Women Appreciation Month.
This week on Lessons from the Screen we are continuing our celebration with the 7 women that have been spotlighted over the past week.
The Freedom Train Network continues it’s celebration of Black Women this week since it is still May. As such we have also continued our daily recognition of Black women in our circle and we continue to hope that you will do the same for those Black Women in your circle.
The Freedom Train Network continues it’s celebration of Black Women this week since it is still May. As such we have also continued our daily recognition of Black women in our circle and we continue to hope that you will do the same for those black women in your circle.
During this episode of lessons from the screen we are going to be looking at The Women that have been profiled thus far highlighting the fact that everyone can make up their minds to do something beneficial for the community and have an impact. It doesn’t matter whether you get famous or not, it simply matters what you are doing.
It’s Black Woman Appreciation Month this month on the Freedom Train Network. Lessons from the Screen is using its first show during this month of May not to blindly appreciate Black Women, but to let Black Women know that We See You and we Hear YOU. Black Women have always found themselves in an awkward place in American Society. In some ways viewed as not quite the same as Black Men and in other ways viewed as not quite the same as White Women but never really recognized as a unique entity. This middle ground has often times led to a level of invisibility and a constant amount of being used by all sides without offering any major assistance for their own issues. Black Men seek unity with our Black Women as we fight against racism. White Women seek unity with Black Women in their fight against sexism. Neither of the groups however, seem to make much of a fuss about issue affecting black women only and both groups are extremely critical of Black Women especially when they chose to identify as something different from their respective groups.
Obesity is a huge problem in both American and it Europe. In America more than half of American Adults are obese or overweight and what’s worse a 3rd of them don’t believe they are. With this type of landscape it seems fairly obvious that the health risk associated with carrying too much fat would be common knowledge, or at least something that is talked about considerably and at every turn. And largely it is, however, why aren’t these discussions and this information yielding any positive meaningful results. Why is it that despite all the documentaries, public warnings, pamphlets, and reality TV shows we continue to face an ever growing weight problem.
During this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be looking at the Syrian Civil War, what started it, and how did the superpowers get involved. We will also be looking at what causes the missle strikes as well as the fallout from these missile strikes. Finally we will be talking about a few lessons Black People can take from these stories. In this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be looking at the Russia, Syria, and the US.
During this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be taking a look at the documentary produced by Brian Knappenberger entitled Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press. In this documentary we are taken through the trial of Wrestler Hulk Hogan as he sued Gawker for sex tape footage that they released. After the details of the trial are laid out there is a sharp zooming out that really gets into the heart of what the documentary is about. Billionaires using their power, influence, and wealth to control or destroy News Organizations. We will be looking into the documentary as always giving our opinion on it and the message it seeks to spread while also talking about some things that we could learn from this documentary as a community. In this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be digging into, Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press.
During this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be looking particularly at the Deadspin Video showing several News Anchors reading a part of a script and talking about its reception and what it really means. We will also be going briefly over various other “news” stories flying around social media and the need for us to Fact Check Everything regardless of source. In this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be talking about, Propagating Spin.
During this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be taking a look at the documentary produced by Alison Klayman entitled Take Your Pill. In this documentary we are taken through the various pressures that create the urge to utilize amphetamines, various social conversation regarding race and class with relation to the drugs, and the effect of the drugs. On this show we will be giving some information about the documentary as well as some of our thoughts about what we can take from this documentary. In this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be talking about, Take Your Pill.
Under the surface of the Opioid Crisis the country is currently facing there lies another prescription medication problem that for the moment is being drowned out by the seriousness of the opiates. These prescriptions drugs are amphetamines, stimulants often used to help people with attention disorders focus better. From Adderall to Ritalin, From Levo to Dextro, amphetamines are being used by people without attention disorders to help them focus, stay awake, and perform better both in school and at work. What has become an accepted part of life in professional sports has become standard procedure on some university campuses and in various workplaces, the use of performance enhancing substances.
Over the past few years the Opioid Issue has become a full blow national crisis and over the past year it has taken the spotlight as the key health issue of politics. With the numbers of pills circulating continuing to rise along with those addicted. The effects on families and children are being defined very clearly and on a very deep level and people are starting to talk about punishing everyone from doctors to pharmaceutical companies. Amidst all this Donald Trump the man elected as the President of the United States in 2016 has made strong statements about dealing with the crisis and on March 19, 2018 in New Hampshire he revealed his plan to the nation.
During this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be jumping into School Shootings. The history of school shootings will be looked at as well as looking to see if there have been mass shootings in Black Schools in recent times. We will also be looking at the political debate and how both conservatives and liberals are using the Black Community to advance their goals.
This week on Lessons From the Screen we will be looking at the Independence Day Project, a documentary film that seeks to change the way Black People look at our struggle for equality. It does this by shifting the narrative away from all the problems we face at the hands of White Supremacy and plants the narrative directly on the Black Community and things we can do now to change our situation. The film looks at 10 areas of human activity and gives us a little something to swallow and ponder on all of them. As usual we will look at this film, likes, dislikes, and its potential impact In this episode of Lessons from the Screen.
In this episode of Lessons from the Screen, we will be looking at the On the Shoulders of Giants Series produced by Joseph Ward. What started out as a Blog has now become a series of Books, a youtube series, and a podcast. Going back to 2014 every other week, and sometimes more often than that, we have seen the series release a new figure and illustrated their contribution to Black People globally. We are going to talk about this series, its impact, takeaways, and ways to move forward.
In this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be looking at the president's budget proposal and its potential impact on the community as well as things that we can learn. The Budget proposal was released Monday February 12 and while budget proposals from the executive office have to be approved by congress, they do tell a lot about the priorities of the administration as well as the party they represent and the people that elected them. With that in mind we will be digging into a little bit of this budget proposal during this episode of lessons from the screen, the Presidents 2nd budget.
During this episode of Lessons from the Screen we will be looking at the looming water crisis in South Africa. We will also be digging a little bit into the water shortages across the continent, and of course, things we can learn from these situations.
This week on Lessons from the Screen we will be talking about the 2018 State of the Union address given by Donald Trump after his first year in office. We will be breaking down what was said and what wasn’t said as it concern Black People. We will be addressing any takeaways and in general just covering relevant points to our community.
This past weekend of January 20th to January 22nd we saw our government shut down. With congress failing to to pass a Continuing Resolution that would have continued government funding for another month, the nation experienced its 19th funding gap in roughly 30 years. 2 programs and a campaign promise have been attached to this issue, none of which had anything directly to do with the Continuing Resolution itself, as the shutdown served as a wakeup call for just how polarized the American Nation has become.
This week on Lessons from the screen we will be looking at cryptocurrencies. We will tell you what it is, go into a bit of the history, go into a lot of the present, and finally give some takeaways for this particular situation. With the vast amount of wealth flowing into and out of these new pieces of code, obviously there are a lot of people trying to jump on board the money train and ride it to the top of the mountain. But some are risking without understanding, and in our community, that is a mistake we can no longer afford to continue to make.
This week on Lessons from the screen we will be looking at The Road to Zero report. A report that says that by 2053 median black wealth will be at zero if things don't change. what it means and what we can do to make sure that it does not come to pass. Being that it is one of the newest wealth based reports and seeing as how there are few true wealth based reports available of the nature of this one, it is a must analyze document.
In March of 2017 the creators of Cowspiracy released their follow-up title "What the Health". It followed Kip Andersen as he endeavored in a quest to find out why so many health organizations and government bodies seemed to be encouraging diets that supported chronic illness. The Documentary went to great lengths to show that there was something nefarious going on all the while attempting to educate its viewers on proper diet and its benefit towards long term health.
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