Black Lives Matter: Artistic & Educational Resources

Our country was founded on stolen land and built up through racism and oppression, and we are seeing firsthand how that has not changed in the past 400 years. We are sickened and angry, as we all should be, by the racism, police brutality, and murder occuring within the US right now. The five of us who launched this website are white, and we are using this time to further recognize and reckon with the ways in which we benefit from and contribute to systemic racism. We have been donating to bail funds for arrested protestors across the country, sharing resources, and doing some protesting, but we also wanted to compile a list of educational resources for all of you, as well as ourselves.

Black people are being murdered and beaten by police officers—the very people who are supposed to serve as protectors—simply for being Black. The violence and hatred behind the widespread police brutality in this country stems from racism and white supremacy that is directly and indirectly taught and learned to children and adults.

The treatment of protestors and victims of police brutality cannot once again be something that infuriates white people only temporarily while it's in the media. Now more than ever, we need to commit to making lifelong changes and supporting the #blacklivesmatter movement more than just when it is convenient. White people, now is a good time to start or continue (and never stop) educating ourselves on Black history and Black experiences. Most importantly, we need to UNLEARN racist biases we may hold, putting our egos aside to acknowledge our privileges, experiences, and beliefs so that we can correct them when needed. We need to fight with and for BIPOC in the ongoing fight of anti-racism, especially when they are not present or are being ignored. Be uncomfortable, be nervous, be angry, but don't let that stop you from calling out friends, family, and strangers who are contributing to the racism in our country.

Here is a list we have compiled of artists, art of various mediums, businesses, podcasts, and resources dedicated to start learning, challenging perspectives we have, and understanding stories unlike our own. We all must join in this fight. Be sure to look at the links provided showing where you can donate your money if you have the resources at this time.


Podcasts

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Films

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) — dir. Joe Talbot

"Jimmie and his best friend Mont try to reclaim the house built by Jimmie's grandfather, launching them on a poignant odyssey that connects them to their past, even as it tests their friendship and sense of belonging in the place they call home."

Moonlight (2016) — dir. Barry Jenkins

"A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him."

Strong Island (2018) — dir. Yance Ford

"When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the 1992 murder of a young black man, it becomes an achingly personal journey since the victim, 24-year-old William Ford Jr., was the filmmaker's brother."

Blackkklansman (2018) — dir. Spike Lee

"Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman, into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream."

13th (2016) — dir. Ava DuVernay

"Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans."

Fruitvale Station (2013) — dir. Ryan Coogler

"Though he once spent time in San Quentin, 22-year-old black man Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan) is now trying hard to live a clean life and support his girlfriend (Melonie Diaz) and young daughter (Ariana Neal). Flashbacks reveal the last day in Oscar's life, in which he accompanied his family and friends to San Francisco to watch fireworks on New Year's Eve, and, on the way back home, became swept up in an altercation with police that ended in tragedy. Based on a true story."

Whose Streets? (2017)

dir. Sabaah Folayan

"An account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it. The filmmakers look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement."



TV Shows

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Books


The Fire Next Time — James Baldwin

A book of two non-fiction essays discussing the central role of race in American history and the relationship between race and religion.


Americanah — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This book tells the story of a young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who immigrates to the United States to attend university.


White Fragility — Robert Diangelo

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.


Me and White Supremacy — Layla F. Saad

A guide to help white people who want to do more to fight racism and white supremacy but are not sure how to begin.


The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates — Wes Moore

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other and grew up the exact same way. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question.


Just Mercy — Bryan Stevenson

A true story highlighting the stories of various people Stevenson encountered as a legal advocate who were done wrong by the justice system in addition to his own relationship with a man sentenced to death.


How To Be Antiracist — Ibram X. Kendi

Directs people to think in new ways and challenge deep internalized beliefs and relationships.


I’m Still Here — Austin Channing Brown

Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. In this book, Brown writes on her experiences growing up in a predominantly white area as a black woman.


The Crown Ain't Worth Much — Hanif Abdurraqib

A book of poetry that portrays city life in America. Abdurraqib analyzes race, gender, family and the love that finally holds us together even as it threatens to break us.


Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother — James McBride

A memoir on the conflicting emotions that a mixed man endured as he struggled to discover who he truly was and his mother’s hardships as a white, Jewish woman who chose to marry a black man in 1942.


Born a Crime — Trevor Noah

A memoir diving into Trevor Noah's experience being born literally "a crime" to a black mother and white father in South Africa during the Apartheid.


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness — Michelle Alexander

Written by a civil rights litigator and legal scholar, this book looks at how millions of black Americans have been imprisoned and treated like second-class citizens in direct violation of the rights they were supposed to be given after the Civil Rights Movement.



Authors


Roxane Gay

Bernadine Evaristo

Kiley Reid

Yaa Gyasi

Zadie Smith

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Audre Lorde

bell hooks

Ralph Ellison

Langston Hughes

Zora Neale Hurston

Colson Whitehead

Yusef Komunyakaa

Jericho Brown

Jamaica Kincaid


Businesses, Brands, Products to Support


Aroma Soap Lab — Margot Hightower

Homemade soaps and other bath & body goodies!

Check out their site here

Find their Instagram here

Juvia's Place

A black-owned makeup company created with strong pigmentation specifically for people of color.

Check out their site here

Find their Instagram here


Places to find more black-owned businesses:

supportblackowned.com

@buyfrombipoc on IG

@webuyblack on IG


Magazines

Ashamed Magazine:

A digital and print magazine made by and for people of color.

Check out their site here

Check out their Instagram here


Mind Funk Magazine

Magazine for women of color and queer/trans people of color.

Check out their site here

Check out their Instagram here

Artists:


Lorna Simpson — An African-American photographer and multimedia artist who largely explores the black female identity and the intersectionality of identities through her work.

Rotimi Fani-Kayode — A Nigerian photographer who explores sexuality, race, and culture through his portraits and compositions.

Jean-Michel Basquiat — A Hispanic-African-American painter who largely explores wealth, poverty, and racial segregation through his work.

Michaela DePrince — A Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer whose parents were victims of the decade long war in Sierra Leone. She was considered the "devil's child" because she had vitiligo—causing patches of unpigmented skin, which made her experience at the orphanage even more traumatic. She was eventually adopted into a loving home and fell in love with ballet, which she has since made her career.

Devin Allen — An African-American photographer well known for his photo of the Baltimore Uprising making it on the cover of Time in 2015. He has also published the photography book "A Beautiful Ghetto."


Causes to Support

Minnesota Freedom Fund

“We stand against cash bail as unjust and identify wealth-based discrimination as a vehicle for the criminal justice system to target populations for structural violence. People of color and immigrants face higher rates of arrest, harsher sentencing, and disparities in the setting of bail compared to white citizens.” https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/


Reclaim The Block

“Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. We believe health, safety and resiliency exist without police of any kind. We organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments. We do not believe that increased regulation of or public engagement with the police will lead to safer communities, as community testimony and documented police conduct suggest otherwise.”

https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/home


Black Visions Collective

“Black Visions Collective envisions a world in which ALL Black Lives Matter. We use the guidance and brilliance of our ancestors as well as the teachings of our own experiences to pursue our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and violence.”

https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/


People’s Budget LA

LAPD currently receives 54% of Los Angeles’s discretionary spending budget. “We want a budget that reflects our priorities and needs. We want more services for unhoused Angelenos, including housing in the thousands of empty hotel rooms throughout the city; more mental health services; rent suspension and forgiveness for the 55% of Angelenos who are currently unemployed; more funding for public schools and resources to ensure all students — regardless of their situation — can continue learning during these uncertain times.” https://peoplesbudgetla.com/


Fair Fight 2020

"We promote fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights. Fair Fight brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications." https://fairfight.com/


Bail Fund Donations


Most cities and/or states will have a bail fund you can donate to, so if you are looking to support your local bail fund—search for it!


Massachusetts Bail Fund

https://www.massbailfund.org/


Brooklyn Bail Fund

https://brooklynbailfund.org/


People’s City Council Los Angeles Freedom Fund

https://www.gofundme.com/f/peoples-city-council-ticket-fund


Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee Bail Fund

https://rally.org/ARCbailfund


Lists People Have Compiled of Bail Funds Across the Country

https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1X4-YS3vFn5CLL9QtJSU0xqmTh_h8XilXgOqGAjZISBI/mobilebasic


Additional Information


26 Ways to Be in the Struggle Beyond the Streets — Ejeris Dixon and others

Find and read this resource here.



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