BLAVITY.COM HIGHLIGHTS 5 BLACK FEMALE DIRECTORS WE ALL SHOULD KNOW

Published February 8, 2016 by sheezacoldpiece

How enlightening to know that women directors are out there, and making notable films we’ve heard of and or seen.  Like “Bessie” starring Queen Latifah, which just won a NAACP Image Award.  The movie “Black Nativity” starring Forrest Whitaker, and even “Eve’s Bayou” all directed by women – black women.  Something great to acknowledge and celebrate during black history month.  Check out all five in the dedicated video below.

Via – http://blavity.com/5-black-women-directors-you-need-to-know/

WHEN WHITE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE BLACK POWER MOVEMENT

Published February 8, 2016 by sheezacoldpiece

  
Meet Kate Forristall.  She “gets” it.  She wrote a message that gave me joy to read and know that there are white people out there who understand.  Sometimes when you read so much negativity from white people, like racial slurs and subtle jabs at Black Lives Matter,  you hardly see when we get their support.  Please read her message and relish in it.  Hopefully you can either relate or see a perspective you might not have considered.  Enjoy!

View story at Medium.com

Formation doesn’t include me— and that’s just fine.

Today, in a moment she perfectly choreographed, Beyoncé will perform at the Super Bowl, while her Formation video loops continually on screens around the country. I was working on a commercial shoot in Santa Clara yesterday when news of its release rolled through social media. The Panthers’ team buses had already created a buzz, but it was nothing compared to the party being held on Twitter. As someone who can name more important things Beyoncé has done than songs she’s released, I don’t usually rush to hear her new music, but this time the conversation felt different so I pulled out my small and mildly cracked phone to watch.

The sun was glaring and there was small talk chatter around me, but I knew I was witnessing something historic; weeping when I heard a powerful voice from New Orleans, saw a child dancing before a line of policemen, and a woman in the full glory of who she is, invite her sisters to the party.

By the time I got home, Dr. Zandria Robinson had already composed an astonishing commentary on the video, a must-read to understand why this is more than a song. But I’m here to say something else — if you check the “caucasian” box on a job application, your place is in the bleachers for this dance.

It’s time for us to stop singing along — to Formation, to Kendrick Lamar’s Alright, to any song that has the N-word or celebrates blackness in a way we will never understand. Our ancestors signed away that right when they signed their names to contracts that said they owned human beings or signed tabs in restaurants that didn’t allow “colored people.” If your ancestors were abolitionists or civil rights protestors, maybe you knew these things a long time ago, but for the rest of us, our people were either active racists or passive enablers, a pitiful legacy if ever there was one.

How many centuries were our black brothers and sisters relegated to the position of audience — the thrills of competitive sports, television and movie screens, even the petty dramas of middle class servitude demanding their attention. We gave them the role of witness to our stories without so much as a thought that they might have their own. Today those stories are rising to be told and though we may be the villain or not so much as a paragraph, if we listen, it will be our great joy to learn all that we have missed.

So let’s be where we need to be today and every time Formation plays — on the sidelines cheering.

FRANCE LEADS THE WAY AGAINST WASTING FOOD WITH A MANDATORY DONATE PROGRAM

Published February 8, 2016 by sheezacoldpiece

  
IN FRANCE, if a supermarket throws out or destroys unused food its operators could face fines of €75,000 or two years in jail. Instead the food must be donated to charities or else used for animal feed. According to The Guardian, “the law follows a grassroots campaign in France by shoppers, anti-poverty campaigners and those opposed to food waste. The campaign, which led to a petition, was started by the councillor Arash Derambarsh.” As of Wednesday the practice of throwing out unspoiled food has to stop. All grocery stores with a footprint larger than 4305 square feet will need to sign contracts with charities or face the penalties. This same law will also introduce food education programs for schools and businesses.

Food waste problem
In the video below food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart present some disturbing facts, such as:
-Globally, over 800 million go hungry.

-Globally, we waste 1/3 food produced.

-In the US, one in four Americans struggle to buy food.

-In the US, over 30% — around $160 billion worth — of food is wasted by grocery stores and their customers.

-Food production is the single largest impact we have on nature.

-Farmers can’t sell half of what they produce because of strict supermarket standards.

As consumers we buy more than we need and regularly throw away perfectly good food because of overcautious date labels.

Restaurants overproduce to ensure everything on their menus is always on hand, and portion sizes are too large resulting in a lot of leftover waste.

If America along with other countries adopts this policy against food waste, we will solve the hunger problems we currently have.  I’m not a huge fan of France,  but I must say they are very forward thinking with this initiative.

O’HENE SAVÀNT – ARTIST ON THE RISE…

Published February 8, 2016 by sheezacoldpiece

  
I pride myself on being a superior judge of talent 😁 and when I came across O’Hene Savànt, I was awe struck and amazed.  He’s a producer, composer, writer and rapper.  This multi talented Ghanaian, will knock your socks off with his undeniable talent.  He’s light years beyond what’s being played on the radio today, and he can create any musical genre and era of music as a one man band.  

  

 

When I moved to the ATL I had no team, but I didn’t let that stop me or slow me down.  I have BIG dreams that I will bring to life no matter what. I won’t be stopped.  We won’t be stopped. – O’Hene Savànt 

I discovered him on Facebook and was instantly impressed, and blown away by his genius.  Enjoy the video below with a sample of some of his music, and check out his YouTube channel also.  I assure you you won’t be disappointed.  

BEYONCÉ HAS CREATED CONTROVERSY WITH HER SUPERBOWL PERFORMANCE AND NEW SONG “FORMATION”

Published February 8, 2016 by sheezacoldpiece

  
Ooooooh Queen Bey got them folks UPSET!  People are calling for boycotts of Beyoncé and the SuperBowl for allowing her to perform her new song “Formation”.   The video has many subliminal messages which pertain to black issues in America.

  
Sadly, some people just can’t handle the truth, or a black woman who is proud of her heritage.  They refuse to be tolerant of a person who speaks up against injustices happening to minorities, even if it’s a subliminal message in a video.

  
For Chicago Code Blue among others to suggest that this is “Anti-Police Music” is beyond reaching.  A simple message saying “Stop shooting us” written on a wall, or a drowning police car referencing Hurricane Katrina, does not translate into Anti-Police.  People choose to turn this into something negative to avoid to true message of injustice that needs to be addressed.  

I thank Beyoncé for her bravery with this self directed video.  Speaking up for Your people, and against injustice takes guts.  I really think Solange is starting to rub off on the Queen Bey…lol.  We need more of this from the affluent African American in America.

Watch the full video below…

ATRAZINE – THE SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN PESTICIDE LINKED TO HOMOSEXUALITY IN MEN…

Published February 6, 2016 by sheezacoldpiece

  
We’ve heard it said before, there must be something in the water, and there most definitely is.  This scientist in the video below, Tyrone Hayes, discovered the disturbing sex change in frogs after being exposed to the Herbacide Atrazine.  This change occurred only in the male frogs, causing them to develop female organs and other disturbing characteristics.  

  
 I have always questioned the belief that people were born and on a genetic level were either inclined to be straight, gay or somewhere in-between.  With that said, I hold no judgment and don’t believe it is anyone’s business what someone else’s sexual preference is.
 
I have come across information on a chemical called Atrazine. Marketed as a broad leaf grass and weed killer and approved by the FDA it seems harmless enough. After all, we all love a green lawn don’t we?
 
Why am I talking about landscaping and homosexuality?
 
It has been shown in numerous studies that (Triazine) Atrazine, an endocrine disrupter, induces hermaphroditism and over time complete feminization and chemical castration in frogs. All Atrazine exposed males in the control groups had greatly reduced testosterone levels and noticeable demasculinization. It has also been linked to breast cancer and is scientifically noted as a carcinogen, which has been banned in the European Union.

  

 
Atrazine is one of the most widely used pesticides in the world. It is also marketed as Triazine. Approximately 80 million pounds are applied annually in the United States alone, and Atrazine is the most common pesticide contaminant of ground and surface water.
 
I know I am making a leap here (no frog pun intended) but we, as humans, are exposed to pesticides such as Atrazine without knowing it and without our consent many times. This, and many other chemicals end up in our tap water, the water we shower and bathe in…
In 1991, the US EPA established a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for atrazine in drinking water of 3 parts per billion. Industrial chemicals are not tested for safety directly on humans. EPA contaminant levels are established by investigating toxic doses in animals. Human and environmental health advocates criticize this approach for ignoring chronic low-dose and multi-chemical exposures.
 
If this chemical is powerful enough to change the actual sex of a frog and it is in water we are exposed to and drink, I have to ask what is it doing to us as humans?
 
I have wondered many times what is happening to our society, as so many men seem to be becoming more and more feminine, softer, and more and more are coming out as transgender or gay. I had assumed that this was their natural state and they were just coming to a place of self-acceptance. But what if it isn’t actually happening naturally at all? What if these feelings and physical changes are being chemically induced without their knowledge or consent? Their very DNA being changed through the water supply.
 
Why on earth would the FDA or our Government allow this chemical in the water when they have these studies and see the results despite other countries banning it?
 
I am going to guess that this plays right into Agenda 21 and the New World Order. Population control becomes easy if you cannot reproduce and are sterile but even easier if you are chemically altering the males to be attracted to males vs. females, as there is no reproduction possible at all in a homosexual relationship.  Watch the scientist speak below about how he was forbidden to speak about his findings, and much more about this dangerous chemical we’re being exposed to.

THE UNCOVERED TRUTH ABOUT THE HISTORY OF LYNCHINGS IN AMERICA….

Published February 6, 2016 by sheezacoldpiece

  
The History Of Lynching In America Is Worse Than You Think, Says Study.  It always amazes me when people, especially black people, want to silence those of us that identify and remind us of our history in this country.  Much of that history is why we deal with the hardships we are dealing with today.  Some 500+ years later.  Yes, there was a time when a black person was hung in public for looking at a white person.  For bumping into a white person.  For not addressing a white person as “Mister” or “Ma’am”.  Now we are being executed for having a bag of skittles, or not putting our hands in the air fast enough.  To not know your history, is to be blind going into your future.  Read the research below in regards to study’s revealing the uncovered lynchings from our past.
Lynchings in which mobs raided jailhouses to hang, torture and burn alive black men, sometimes leading to public executions in courthouse squares, occurred more often in the U.S. South than was previously known, according to a report released on Tuesday.


The slightest transgression could spur violence, the Equal Justice Initiative found, as it documented 3,959 victims of lynching in a dozen Southern states.


The group said it found 700 more lynchings of black people in the region than had been previously reported. The research took five years and covered 1877 to 1950, the period from the end of post-Civil War Reconstruction to the years immediately following World War Two.

The report cited a 1940 incident in which Jesse Thornton was lynched in Alabama for not saying “Mister” as he talked to a white police officer.


In 1916, men lynched Jeff Brown for accidentally bumping into a white girl as he ran to catch a train, the report said.


Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of the Montgomery, Alabama-based EJI, said that while current events did not directly equate with lynching, “what happened then has its echoes in today’s headlines.”


He cited racial differences in reactions to last year’s shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, by a white police officer.


The group said the report was aimed at spurring Americans to face the lasting impact of their history. It also would like to see historical markers placed across the South to note sites where lynchings occurred.


Calling the violence racial terror designed to subjugate black people through fear, Stevenson and his associates sought to catalog every lynching in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.


“The South is littered with monuments for the Civil War,” Stevenson said. “But we haven’t looked at the great evil of slavery. Its aftermath morphed into terrorism of lynching.”


“We as Americans haven’t dealt with our full history,” he added.


Sociology professor E.M. Beck of the University of Georgia agreed that past lynchings had affected perceptions of justice.


“Many white people look on the police as their protectors, defenders of their rights, and blacks can look at the same officers as part of a system sent to control and contain them,” he said. 

Via – http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/history-of-lynching-us-worse_n_6656604.html?utm_content=buffer09138&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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