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Black Movement News

17th Edition

PAGE 2 : HISTORY OF THE HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT PAGE 3: IS PROTESTING ENOUGH? PAGE 4: BLACK POETRY PAGE 6: WHITE LIVES MATTER PROTEST AT NAACP PAGE 8: CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT AT TSU [TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY]

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PAGE 9: THE CRACKER & THE COON: NEW STAGE PLAY!!!! PAGE 10: INFORMATION ABOUT BLACK MOVEMENT MEDIA

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Though protests have played a major role in raising awareness about the issue of police brutality and murder in the black community, they must also be accompanied with action. How long will we continue to beg for justice from a corrupt government? How long will we scream, "Black Lives Matter" until we show and prove that our lives matter to us? There is nothing wrong with protesting but we as a community must begin to build effective strategies towards freeing ourselves. Even in the times of slavery Black people would fight against their oppression using the mediums of religion and the newspaper which was owned and controlled by us, meaning black folks. These newspapers were not controlled and manipulated by government entities, white media, or sellout blacks who only want a paycheck. Currently we are not even economically sound as a people. In 2016, we are collectively broke. Our dollar does not even circulate one time in the black community so we are worse off economically than we were coming out of slavery. Our dollar used to be spent amongst one another and we would have many all black communities where we owned several businesses and we were not looking to whites for a dime! Even in the 1920’s, during the times of Marcus Garvey, the UNIA (United Negro Improvement Association) had over 700 Black owned businesses and they did not fear the Ku Klux Klan and met violence with violence. The UNIA went to war with the Klan and finally both sides called an end to the fighting. The lynching's and senseless murders ceased to exist. In the 1950’s through 70’s we can point to many black activists organizations that were effective in fighting against white supremacy. There were marches accompanied by boycotts and sit-ins that had a significant impact on stifling the white man’s economy. We can also reflect on the teachings of Malcolm X who always preached that black people should be self-reliance and support our own and not beg the white man for freedom. The Black Panther Party who protested against police brutality in the 60’s backed their protests up with effective action. The Panthers believed in self-defense and patrolled the police. Their methods were effective in cutting down on police brutality for a while. Not only that, the Panthers had over 66 programs for black people, including free breakfast programs, liberation schools, medical service programs etc. We built real movements in America but currently we have built no substantial movement for our people. Though some may disagree, it cannot be argued that however revolutionary these organizations or people are, they have not made a significant impact upon our collective struggle as a people. Protesting 3


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seems to be as far as we have come. Many people may have their reasons why we have not built any effective movement in the last three decades but the excuses must be thrown to the side and these people who call themselves activists must work towards an actual goal. Though protests have played a major role in raising awareness about the issue of police brutality and murder in the black community, they must also be accompanied with action. How long will we continue to beg for justice from a corrupt government? How long will we scream, "Black Lives Matter" until we show and prove that our lives matter to us?

BLACK POETRY

If Everybody So Down By Nikki Luellen If everybody so down, then where is the change? Everybody ain’t down, Some caught up in games Just wanna be known Just wanna be seen Desiring higher positions Tryna get on TV So many starving people Hungry and poor Nowhere to live Nothing to live for No inspiring message No activist concerned Just want a spot in history That they ain’t earned When we gone learn? We gotta work to see change Fuck tryna get over playin manipulative games If we want true change a revolution gotta come 4


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But we gotta be right within Or we’ll never reach the sun Stumbling in darkness Tryna be the next big thing All these activist on TV But ain’t none in the street!

When Black Loses Its Hue By Malcolm Lex Saggy pants, knowing the latest dance, is that what it means to be black Or is the fat in my greens, that brings fat in these jeans, now that remains to be seen. Is it my walk, the hip way I talk, could it be the one-drop of blood that determines my thug, what else could it possibly be? The collective struggle, as I move through this bubble, invisible to all that see. This watered down version of Slabs and Suburbans or diamonds placed perfectly in teeth. Tattooed faces, the common places where jive runs insecurely through streets. I struggle to maintain while bloods in my vain, admitting its hard being free. Should I get a degree, buy a foreign car and get the fuck away from every nigger I see? After all, I’m educated, I’ve separated, now integrated, look Ma I made it…. I’s now free! Got my house on a hill, I’m a buffalo bill and I dare any nigga to steal…my shit. But wait, I’m black, if so where is my hue, where is the glue, that connects me to, the Diaspora that I once knew.

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WHITECAPPIN’: A HISTORY OF WHITE BACKLASH AGAINST BLACK ACTIVISM On August 21st 2016, student activists Anthony Collier and Jay Wilson received a text telling them to be at the NAACP headquarters in Houston immediately. When they arrived they were shocked to see armed white supremacists waving confederate flags and holding a banner that read, “White Lives Matter”. These White Lives Matter supremacists were soon outnumbered by Black activists and residents from the Third Ward community. Looking at the supremacists, the following questions come to mind, “Why did the protestors choose to have their rally at the NAACP?” also “What is the message White Lives Matter wants to send?” Throughout time, Black activists organizations have been misrepresented, demonized and attacked by white supremacist groups. ​With the ongoing police murders of Black people in America, there has been a national outcry for justice from the Black community. In July alone, Americans have watched from their social media, back to back murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Alva Braziel. According to the website Mapping Police Violence, 97% of cases in 2015 did not result in an officer being charged with a crime. In 2015, 346 Black people have lost their lives to police murders. In this year alone police have murdered over 160 Black people. Many Black people in America have given up faith in the justice system and have taken their frustrations to the streets to demand change. Black Lives Matter has been at the forefront of many of the 6


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protests that have occurred throughout the U.S. and Black people around the nation have identified with the group. Gaining support from other countries and people of all nationalities, the issues that face African Americans in the justice system have been brought to the forefront as a national emergency and have sparked conversations on police brutality and racism against African Americans in all facets of their lives. Whenever black activist organizations cause a disturbance to the white supremacist agenda in America, they are misrepresented, demonized and attacked by white supremacists. In the 1920’s Marcus Garvey’s UNIA was effective in reaching over 4 million people. Garvey preached a message of Black Nationalism and inspired many Black people to adopt a self-help philosophy which encouraged them to support their own businesses and see Black as beautiful. Threatened by his success, the UNIA was infiltrated by the FBI. Garvey was faced with trumped up charges and sent to prison. He was deported from America, spat on in Jamaica and eventually died from a heart attack in London after he read a false news story that stated he died broke, unpopular and alone. The actions of a white supremacist government put an end to Marcus Garvey and his plans. During the civil rights movement, activists were fired from their jobs, spat on, beat, sent to jail and even murdered. The civil rights movement demanded an end to segregation, disenfranchisement and systemic poverty in the Black community. Civil rights activists were fighting for justice and equality! In the 1960’s and 70’s the Black Panther Party demanded an end to police brutality in the Black community and banned together with black people to provide free breakfast for black children, education classes, healthcare services etc. The Panthers were deemed a Black Nationalist hate group and were taken down by J. Edgar Hoover and the police. Many Black activists are still locked up (continued on pg.7)

today for promoting black unity, awareness and community uplift. None of these activist groups promoted hate or violence, yet they were deemed by the government as thugs and criminals. These Black activists gave their life fighting for justice and equality and was often times misrepresented by the media or murdered and jailed by police officers. They were threatened, beat and sometimes killed by the Ku Klux Klan and other white terrorists. Every time Black activists demand change and grabs the attention of the public, they are attacked by a group of white individuals operating in a backwards system of white supremacy. In 2016, most people would like to believe that the backwards mindset of White Supremacy is a thing of the past and there is no need for Black people to protest and remind America that “Black Lives Matter”. Perhaps these people are blatantly ignoring the facts, racists, blinded by Trump’s rhetoric or all three. Student activist and Vice President of the Young Democrats Jay Wilson points out the irony in White Lives Matter’s rhetoric when he asserts, “If we ever tried to send some young black men with guns to wherever they come from, any white side of Houston or America for that matter, we would get killed. Today we always see black people being killed because of the assumption they had a gun and they find out that they were unarmed.” Even in activism white people have the privilege to stand on the lawn of the NAACP and bombard the black community with guns, vests, confederate flags and scream, “White Lives Matter” meanwhile a Black person could get shot for no reason except for being just that, black. Student activist and Co-Founder of SSLA (Southern Student Leadership Association) Anthony Collier explained that the white guy who mainly spoke for the group had a Trump hat on and said over and over again that Black people can say Black Lives Matter but when White people say White Lives Matter they are called racists. Collier asserts “White Lives Matter stems from certain people not respecting Black lives. They don’t see value in Black life so they don’t understand the Black Lives Matter movement and they feel threatened by Black people standing up for themselves and affirming that their lives matter.” When asked about the inception of the movement Black Lives Matter, Collier explains, “Black Lives Matter started when George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin and got away with murder. When George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin he was not on trial, Trayvon Martin was on trial. This nation is notorious for blaming the 7


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victim when it comes to black people. It’s not a crime to be walking outside at night with a hoodie on. He has human rights just like anyone else. Black Lives Matter is basically saying black lives has just as much value as any other life and we demand to be treated like human beings.” In 2016, Black activists are still misunderstood by white supremacists which forces one to make the assumption that some people do not want to understand the Black Lives Matter movement because they don’t want to give up their white privilege. Black Lives Matter is not a hate group and nor will they back down from their stance. On August 21st 2016, the Black community was bombarded with ignorance, hate and threats but they responded with courage and dignity. White Lives Matter may not understand the reason Black Lives Matter exists but the people that resonates with the movement do. Black Lives Matter is bigger than just an organization, it is a powerful truth that cannot be defeated. In the words of Medgar Evers, “You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.”

CIVIL RIGHTS IN BLACK AND BROWN: ORAL HISTORY PROJECT Historian Carter G. Woodson once said, "Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history." When most Black and Brown people look for strength, knowledge of self and encouragement, they often times reflect on the legacy of their ancestors who gave their lives fighting for justice and equality. What happens to a race when the history of their ancestors are hidden or omitted from history? What impact will that hidden or omitted history play upon a society; most importantly, what impact will that have upon a people and their future? In 2016, American history remains Eurocentric and most people seem to forget that people of color played a principal role in the making of America. Starting in the summer of 2015, History Professor Max Krochmal of Texas Christian University put together a project titled ​Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project which sheds light on the stories of Black and Latino activists during the civil rights movement. According to Professor Krochmal,"While most research on American race relations has utilized a binary analytical lens—examining either “black” vs. “white” or “Anglo” vs. “Mexican”—​Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Oral Histories of the Multiracial Freedom Struggles in Texas collects, interprets, and disseminates new oral history interviews with members of all three groups.” This project does not exclude 8


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any race and provides a platform for activists from different ethnicities and racial origins to share their stories but the project mainly focuses on black and brown civil rights activists. History Professor at Texas Southern University Dr. Esparza was contacted by Professor Krochmal and two UH graduates who worked for the project to help circulate the news to people from TSU to be a part of the project. The flier immediately caught the attention of TSU Theatre professor, Professor Rodriguez and TSU Alumni Erika Walton, who will work alongside Dr. Esparza to expand the project into a theatrical production that will make its debut in 2017. When asked what interested her about the project, Professor Rodriguez expressed, “What interested me was the fact it included Brown voices of the civil rights movement paired up with Black voices and was considered equally important and equally influential. I found online a picture that said "No Mexicans" and I never seen that. I had seen black and white but I had never seen specifically Mexicans..."No Mexicans, No Spanish, Whites Only"...and it hit me, especially what’s happening in society today, in politics today, it's personal, it's my children, it's my family, it's me. It makes me feel even more connected to the struggle in America with segregation and social injustice and I think it’s important to tell the story of minorities." Dr. Esparza will use the stories as a teaching tool to create an impact upon his students at TSU, Dr.Esparza explains, “…this is the best way to get students hooked. Once they hear these things…then what they do is become better agents of change in their communities. That’s ultimately why I do what I do, to get them to impact their own communities…and if they hear the stories of the persons before them they can understand the struggle’s far from over and if they (my ancestors) did it, I can do it too, cause that’s what it’s all about.” (Continued on pg.9)

This project has already created an impact upon many people and has gained the support of sponsors, community activists, college professors and students. For more information about the project visit the website, professormax.org. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ __

THE CRACKER & THE COON Amerikkkan History abridged

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New stage play written and directed by Nikki Luellen COMING SOON!!!!

BLACK MOVEMENT MEDIA ABOUT US: Black Movement Media was founded by Nikki Luellen August 2016. In the past we have went under the name Blacker The Berry Entertainment but we saw this name change as more fitting to our work in the community. We are a Black Movement production company. We have produced over 30 stage plays around Houston and have taken our message to the streets. We also have produced 5 documentaries, one poetry album and 17 newspapers. We are still active in the Black community and will continue to be in the future! NIKKI LUELLEN: Nikki Luellen is a playwright, poet, historian, actor, documentarian and journalist. She has written and directed over 15 stage plays and performs her work around the city of Houston at various locations. She is the president of TSU Hip Hop Society, Political 10


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Columnist for the TSU Herald Newspaper and works as an intern at the newly rennovated Deluxe Theatre. She is passionate about uplifting her community and fighting against oppression. THANK YOU: Thank you for your support. 100% of your donation will go towards our projects. We sincerly hope you enjoyed our 17th edition. We try to always put out REAL BLACK NEWS you can use. We do not believe in sugarcoating our message to make anyone feel comfortable. Our goal is to simply tell the truth and report on real happenings in the Black community. GET INVOLVED: We are looking for serious minded people who would like to help with our upcoming projects. We are looking for writers for journalists, reporters, photographers, cameramen, actors and light and sound crew. The qualifications are simple, you must be passionate about what you do and you must be against racism, discrimination and oppression! For more information: FacebooK: Blacker The Berry Entertainment Facebook: TSU Hip Hop Society Website: blackmovementmedia.wordpress.com Contact Us: Phone: 713-305-3811 Email: Blackertheberry7@yahoo.com

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