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    Join   on September 21st, 2014, for a screening of international films

    Restoration Place   I .

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    This year represents the third year of partnership between Urbanworld and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Concluding the festival (September 17-September 21), we are pleased to host several an afternoon of outdoor music and community screenings.

    The Urbanworld® Film Festival is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind. The five-day festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and short films, as well as panel discussions, live staged screenplay readings, and the Urbanworld® Digital track focused on digital and social media.
    For more information on Urbanworld, check out


    Institutional racism is any system of inequality based on race.

    “the collective failure of an organization to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their color, culture, or ethnic origin”.

    See: St. Louis County, America, the world.

    STUDENT LEADERS STEVE BIKO AND DAVID HEMSON image via image via donald woods
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    "Black man, you are on your own" - Steve Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977).

    September 12th, marks the day South Africa anti-Apartheid activist and Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko was killed in police custody in Pretoria. Biko had been arrested a month earlier in Port Elizabeth where he had been detained and tortured, resulting in him falling into a coma.

    Nearly dead and suffering a serious and untreated head injury, Biko was transported to Pretoria by car and died shortly after his arrival at the prison there. Police at the time would claim and broadcast to the world that Biko died due to a hunger strike but an autopsy and photographs taken of Biko postmortem, exposed with the help of journalists Donald Woods and Helen Zille, revealed that he had died as a result of the injuries he sustained whilst in police custody.

    Today, nearly 40 years after his death at age 30, we remember a man that fought for an end to the brutality he and countless others suffered and still do today. The fight is far from over.

    A luta continua!

    (via ourafrica)

    Steve Biko (1946 - 1977) Biko's funeral, attended by over 10,000 people Biko's grave


    September 12th 1977: Steve Biko dies

    On this day in 1977, South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Bantu Biko died aged 30 while in police custody in Pretoria. Biko founded the Black Consciousness Movement and coined the famous phrase “black is beautiful”. He had been a target long before his arrest on August 18th 1977, having been censored and ‘banned’ by the apartheid government in 1973 and had his movement in his country restricted. Upon his arrest, Biko was brutally tortured and beaten during police interrogations which lasted almost 24 hours, eventually dying from head injuries on September 12th. The police claimed he died due to a hunger strike, but it was clear his death was caused by police violence after his arrest. The authorities’ flimsy protestations of innocence fooled very few, and the truth about Biko’s death caused widespread outrage. His killers were never bought to justice, but due to his high-profile Biko’s family were able to secure financial compensation from the South African government. He was a hero of black South Africans for his activism, but since his tragic death Steve Biko has also become a martyr for his cause and a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement.

    "They had to kill him to prolong the life of apartheid" - Nelson Mandela on Steve Biko

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    Big Tobacco’s Child Workers: Young Laborers Endure Health Risks, Harsh Conditions on U.S. Farms

    Sep. 8 2014

    Even as tobacco companies are legally barred from selling cigarettes to children, they are reportedly profiting from child labor. Investigations by The New York Times and Human Rights Watch reveal hundreds, if not thousands, of children are working on tobacco farms in the United States. Many suffer from “green tobacco sickness,” or nicotine poisoning, which can cause vomiting, dizziness and irregular heart rates, among other symptoms. Children are especially vulnerable to toxic pesticides since their bodies are still developing. Workers can absorb as much nicotine as if they were actually smoking simply by handling wet tobacco leaves. We speak with Steven Greenhouse, longtime labor and workplace reporter for The New York Times, who went to North Carolina to meet the young laborers. “I was shocked that a lot of these kids said, ‘I work in the fields from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.,’” Greenhouse says of the 60-hour weekly schedules the young workers commonly endure, often in grueling heat. Under U.S. law, tobacco farms can hire workers as young as 12 years old for unlimited hours, as long as it doesn’t conflict with their school attendance.



    Senegalese Wrestling by Beatrix Meszoly de Jourdan Via Pinterest

    Beautiful People

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    Jon Stewart and Jessica Williams discussed catcalling on last night’s Daily Show. Click here to watch.


    Ekombi dancers of Calabar. 1965
    Vintage Nigeria

    Vintage Nigerian - 1965

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    Ibibio man his and wife. Ikot-Ekpene. March 7th 1905.

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    In the meantime…come on out!
    Good live music, good vibes, amazing people
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    Come on out to @afropunk, live music, vibrant artwork, good vibes and visit us at our booth @gbengaakinnagbe @weareliberated at Commodore Bark Park, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

    Come check us out weareliberated at Brooklyn’s Afropunk Fest 2014! Commodore Barry Park Brooklyn, NY 11201 12PM - till

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