Dream Defenders Bring Us Blacked Out History Month

By: Friday February 28, 2014 3:20 pm

Since their inception this past Summer, The Dream Defenders quickly emerged as a force to be reckoned with.

Formed in Florida, the group came to prominence during the Zimmerman trial with their fierce advocacy against Stand Your Ground Laws, captivating a mainstream audience with their boldness and refusal to back down. The group consists of young people advocating on their own behalf. They’re scrappy, insistent and they have a lot of heart– characteristics that they’re not shy about displaying. Thinking big and organizing with an emphasis on solidarity and our shared struggle it’s hard not to feel better about the state of the world simply knowing they exist.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nicolas Lampert, A People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements

By: Saturday February 22, 2014 1:59 pm

Can art change the world?

This is a question I ask myself whenever I see Dave Gibbons’ drawing of a Guy Fawkes mask repurposed on the streets as an official face covering of global unrest. It’s a question gallerists ask themselves about how to keep their spaces relevant, and one that Pussy Riot fought with when they shoved their way onto that altar and spat pure punk into Putin’s face.

Don’t Shoot The Messenger: Russell Brand Shouts Out Occupy, Predicts Revolution in Epic BBC Interview

By: Friday October 25, 2013 2:00 pm

In an epic 10 minute interview on BBC’s Newsnight – Russell Brand calmly and meticulously addresses everything from income inequality to corruption to corporate interests to revolution while explaining how his opinions render it impossible for him to cast a ballot in good conscious.

Everybody RapSync: Elon James White and Jasiri X Respond to Stop and Frisk Ruling

By: Wednesday August 14, 2013 1:05 pm

In light of her decision, I checked in with Elon James White, founder of the award winning Podcast This Week In Blackness, and rapper Jasiri X, who in recent months had collaborated to give the Internet The 10 Frisk Commandments Remix, for their reactions.

FDL Movie Night: The Great Intervention

By: Monday August 15, 2011 5:00 pm

His “friends” call him a loser, his pot dealer has been selling him oregano from the onset, and everyone hates his music. Worried that their oldest son will never amount to a hill of beans (the name of Moramarco’s band that actually had a top ten college radio hit in 1990), his parents stage an intervention. They want him to be happy by their standards, to have a functional relationship and to have a steady income.

That’s the premise of The Great Intervention, actor/musician/director Steve Moramarco’s low-budget, super-indie, semi-fictional film made for $5,000 and funded through Kickstarter (full disclosure–I donated $23 to the cause). The film begins with the arrival of a camera crew hired by his mom from Craigslist to document how out of control Moramarco’s lifestyle really is and how his choices have destroyed him.

Late Night: Artists as Environmentalists – The Spreading Gulf Tragedy Begs a Nationwide Call to Action

By: Friday April 30, 2010 8:00 pm

As the oil hits the reefs, offshore bars and beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, are we faced with another Exxon Valdez catastrophe? Yes. Can we learn from that disaster in how this ongoing tragedy is documented by artists? Absolutely. Here is some of how we can do it. You may add your suggestions too.

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