THE BURIAL OF KOJO, the newest release from Ava DuVernay’s film distribution company ARRAY, made its national debut on Netflix on Sunday, March 31st. The critically-acclaimed film received a glowing review from The New Yorker Film Critic Richard Brody:
Once more, the world of streaming makes widely available a wonderful movie that would likely have made it into only a handful of theatres nationwide. This Sunday, March 31st, Netflix will release “The Burial of Kojo,” the first feature directed by Blitz Bazawule, who was born and raised in Ghana and is now based in Brooklyn. (Kudos to Ava DuVernay, whose company, Array, is distributing the film.) In its bold and limpid lyricism, the film is both an anguished delight in itself and an exemplar of dramatic freedom that should stand as a model for some filmmakers and a reproach to others.
During the 2nd Annual “Black Maternal Health Week” led by our client, the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, the organization was profiled by PEOPLE Magazine for its work shining a national spotlight on the urgent racial health disparities facing Black pregnant women and child birthing persons in the United States.
“Black women are also more likely to have a stillbirth, give birth prematurely, have low birth-weight infants, have a miscarriage even. There are a lot of challenges that folks are dealing with,” Black Mamas Matter Alliance co-director Elizabeth Dawes Gay tells PEOPLE. “It boils down to toxic stress, racism in society, in the healthcare setting, disparities in access to care. There’s a lot of work to do. I think we will see a change but it is going to take a long time.”
That’s why Black maternal health advocates are trying to raise more consistent awareness about birth outcomes and establish policy changes to close what is known as the Black-white gap. One example is Black Mamas Matter Alliance’s Black Maternal Health Week, an effort to shed light on the challenges and opportunities in the fight for Black women’s maternal and reproductive justice.
Featured Conversations and Performances included Stacey Abrams, Eva Longoria, Judd Apatow, Laverne Cox, Melissa Etheridge, Amy Goodman, David Oyelowo, Jacqueline Woodson, Angela Robinson, and More
In commemoration of the 3rd Annual “National Day of Racial Healing,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay and her foundation ARRAY Alliance partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to present #HowWeHeal,” a 4-hour livestream event curated by DuVernay to build awareness and encourage dialogue around racial equity and racial healing.
On Monday, January 21, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, BLACK PANTHER Filmmaker Ryan Coogler, Journalist/Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, Artist/Activist Common, BLACKKKLANSMAN STAR John David Washington, Award-Winning Journalist Jemele Hill and many more came together for the fourth annual MLK Now event to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sometimes the stars perfectly align and conspire for your success! This week The New York Times published its feature on #GivingTuesday (also during Native American Heritage Month) with our client, Indigenous Author and Social Justice Philanthropy Leader Edgar Villanueva! Read more →
On Black Friday 2018, the biggest retail shopping day of the year, Blackout for Human Rights launched its fifth annual #BlackoutBlackFridaycampaign, urging people nationwide to take part in an economic boycott of major retailers, and any corporations that violate human rights standards, and/or profit off the pain and suffering of others.
Serena Williams has recently been in the news sharing her personal traumatic health experience after delivering her daughter. Tragically, Erica Garner died of a heart attack just 8 months after giving birth. You likely have also seen this NYT Magazine in-depth feature from last week on the Black Maternal Health crisis. Collectively these stories have helped further push the conversation around Black Mothers’ health to the national forefront.
In his Feb. 26th article for Medium’s Thrive Local, journalist Yitzi Weiner featured Janet among his list of “39 Prominent Publicists” to get her feedback on top three tips for earning quality media coverage:
Whether you’re working with a team, or handling PR for yourself or your business/organization, there are key things to remember when interfacing with journalists and bloggers. The way you initiate and engage relationships with these gatekeepers will make or break your success in attracting solid media coverage. Here are some simple yet seriously effective ways to build reciprocity and stay out of the “Do Not Pitch” lane.
On MLK Day, more than 2,000 people filled Harlem’s Riverside Church to see performances by Oscar-Winner and “BLACK PANTHER” Star Lupita Nyong’o, Grammy Winning Artist Black Thought, Actor and “GROWN-ISH” Star Yara Shahidi, NBA Legend Allan Houston, and more at the third annual “MLK Now.” Comedian/Author Baratunde Thurston and Comedian/Writer Akilah Hughes served as the official MC’s for the program.
On Friday November 24th, the biggest retail shopping day of the year also known as “Black Friday,” Blackout for Human Rights will kick off its fourth annual #BlackoutBlackFriday campaign, urging people nationwide to take part in an economic boycott of major retailers, and any corporations that violate human rights standards, and/or profit off the pain and suffering of others.
Have you seen this super Woke cover of ESSENCE Magazine? Our client, Media and Cultural Commentator April Reign, is one of the fierce and inspirational Black women featured in the magazine’s special 47th Anniversary issue. Read more →
Today, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the creators of the acclaimed play “SHE” have announced ELLE Magazine as the official media partner for the production, which will run at HERE Arts Center (145 6th Ave) in Manhattan fromMay 5th-21st. Tickets for “SHE” are currently on sale for $20 at HERE.org, with discounts available for students (with I.D.), seniors, and groups of five or more. Tickets for the opening night performance are sold out. Read more →
CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS! If you or someone you know is an aspiring poet getting ready to graduate high school, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) wants to hear from you! Read more →
As the nation grapples with attacks against humanity at home and abroad, a new protest anthem “Resist” made its premiere on VICE’s “Noisey” by recording artist and veteran activist/organizer Rev. Sekou.
I am incredibly excited to finally be working with a woman who I’ve long admired, and who is the living embodiment of the transformative impact that smart, socially-conscious digital strategy can have on the world.
Get your Twitter fingers ready and dive into today’s #WomensHistoryMonth celebration hosted by Ava DuVernay’s film distribution company ARRAY! Today for a full 12 hours, ARRAY will takeover the Twittersphere with the “REBEL-A-THON” to lift up the work and voices of some of the trailblazing women filmmakers who are changing the world with their art and talent. Read more →
Today we want to take a quick but important moment to say Happy Birthday to legendary actor, entertainer, activist (and our boss) Harry Belafonte! For 90 years, Mr. Belafonte has been a trailblazer in the arts and the movements for civil/human rights and social justice. Read more →
Set Your DVRs: Make sure to watch REVOLT TV tomorrow evening at 8:30 p.m. EST for a special televised airing of “MLK Now 2017!” Hosted by Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), “MLK Now 2017” features powerful performances by by David Oyelowo, La La Anthony, Omari Hardwick, Uzo Aduba, Michelle Williams, Andre Holland, Erica Campbell, Q-Tip, Adepero Oduye, our very own Samora Pinderhughes, and more. Read more →
In order to uplift the incredible stories and storytellers of color honored at this year’s Academy Awards, and to use this moment to call for greater diversity at all levels of the industry, Color Of Change and Center for Media Justice will be co-hosting an Oscars Watch Party starting at 4pm PST through the end of the ceremony!
Behind the scenes today with our client Ernest R. Dickerson filming interviews for the Special Edition 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray of “JUICE”, coming this June. It will feature lots of cool never before seen behind-the-scenes footage, including Tupac Shakur, Omar Epps, and the rest of the cast. Stay tuned!
In the studio today with our client Ernest Dickerson and Spike Lee strolling down memory lane while working on the 4K restored print of SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT. Dickerson and Lee are the dynamic duo behind such classic 40 Acres & A Mule films as GOTTA HAVE IT, SCHOOL DAZE, DO THE RIGHT THING, MO’ BETTA BLUES, JUNGLE FEVER, and MALCOLM X.
Today SANKOFA.org, the social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte, has announced that the audio version of its new Visual EP “17”, featuring music by artists Ty Dolla $ign, Raphael Saadiq, Mali Music and Elijah Blake, is now available on all DSPs. The Visual EP, which made its official February 17th premiere on TIDAL, seeks to raise funds to support grassroots organizing efforts around issues of racial and social justice. Read more →
If you plan to join the thousands (if not millions) of people across the U.S. in boycotting the soon-to-be-President of this doomed United States’ inauguration, you’re likely seeking out counter-programming to drown out the 24-hour news and social media hell that comes along with it. Thankfully there are alternatives to this Orangeade onslaught that will not only keep you distracted, but that offer some beacon of light, hope and inspiration, which will no doubt come in handy over the next four (or more, but for God’s mercy, I hope not) years. Read more →
As part of its post-election coverage, Hello Beautiful‘s Kellee Terrell interviewed 17 Black women about their reflections and outlook on the new President-elect, including communications specialist and Human Impact Solutions Co-Founder/CEO Janet Dickerson. Read more →
This opinion piece authored by Janet Dickerson was originally published on November 11, 2016 on Medium.
In many ways, conversations in the aftermath of Trump’s electoral win have felt almost like how people try (and fail) to offer condolences and comfort after the death of a loved one. Trying to talk to others about how to make sense of the shock of it all has been a minefield of well-intentioned but woefully misguided advice, religious pontificating, and tone-deaf sympathies that, frankly, only piss people off more. Here are a few of the absolute worst:
This opinion piece authored by Janet Dickerson was originally published on November 10, 2016 by The Root:
On Tuesday night, as the world watched in shock and horror with the realization that Donald Trump had, in fact, won the presidency, it didn’t take long for a new narrative to take hold. A tweet by Patton Oswalt, in which he stated that the election results affirmed that America is far more sexist than it is racist, quickly went viral.
Nearly $156,000 has been raised from Blackout for Human Right‘s #JUSTICEFORFLINT event, where more than 2,000 people — the majority of which were Flint residents — packed the The Whiting Auditorium Sunday night in Flint, Michigan. To date, more than 4,000 people have contributed personal donations via text and online, both during and after the livestream broadcast of the event, which aired exclusively on REVOLT. tv. Read more →
As the serious impacts of the Flint Water Crisis continue to gain national awareness, Blackout for Human Rights today announced #JUSTICEFORFLINT, a special event taking place at The Whiting Auditorium (1241 E. Kearsley St.) in Flint, Michigan on Sunday, February 28that 5:30 p.m. EST to promote solidarity and support for communities affected by the water crisis. REVOLT TV will serve as principal media sponsor for the event.
Political Analyst, Media Commentator and Women’s Rights Advocate Zerlina Maxwell announced yesterday on Twitter that she has officially joined Hilary Clinton’s campaign as a Digital Outreach strategist. Read more →
This week, the tech world got some of that shiny and fabulous magical Black girl dust sprinkled on it when four Black women engineers took the stage as winners of the “Fastest Rising Startup Award” at Tech Crunch’s annual ceremony “The Crunchies” on behalf of instant messaging startup Slack. Read more →
In addition to being a force to be reckoned within the racial and social justice arenas, Black Lives Matter has helped usher forward a new era in online advocacy and organizing. With their prolific use of the hashtag and highly-sophisticated cross-city media and communications strategy, Black Lives Matter has demonstrated an aptitude for developing well-crafted and tightly-controlled messaging, even as its organizational infrastructure remains largely decentralized. Read more →
To most, the idea of starting something just to have it fail seems preposterous. Who would want to invest valuable time and energy into a project only to encounter unrelenting challenges and set-backs? Welcome to the world of entrepreneurship.
These days most social media users are quick on their feet when thinking up engaging attention-grabbing status updates. Whether on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or any other platform with a “less is more” policy, people are becoming more creative in communicating their thoughts and opinions. Yet when we think about it, how many perfectly good ideas have been left on walls and news feeds never to be further fleshed-out or explored? Read more →
One of the most important business components for any start-up is determining how to collect payment from customers. While there are lots of payment processing providers out there it’s imperative to take your time to assess the respective pros and cons in determining which is best suited to your unique business needs.
For Pastor Michael McBride, one of the foremost issues of concern facing Black men and boys today is that of simply belonging.
“Increasing and widening the circle of belonging and concern for me seems to be one of the biggest challenges,” he says. “We must make every effort to really create systems and structures that embrace young people, Black men and boys in particular.”