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news: Literature, Film

READING

Male Novelist Jokes is hilarious. Treat yourself.

Easter: A Social Justice Holiday — Think About It, by Joann Fisher.

Black Seeds: The Poetry and Reflections of Tariq Toure, has been released by the essayist and poet.

Five Soccer Stars Charge US Soccer With Gender Pay Discrimination, by Maya Dusenbery.

Writer Lori Adorable has released The Girl with the Most Cake: A Diary of Sex and Violence, a novel told in essays, pictures, blog posts and tweets.

FILM

In the last five years one million Mexicans residing in the US have returned to Mexico, including children and youth who were born or raised in the US. Una Vida, Dos Países presents the stories of these transborder youth, highlighting their experiences living between two countries, cultures, languages and education systems, and exploring their parents’ decisions to return to their home country after living undocumented in the US.  

The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the US is a new movie from Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp, and Media Education Foundation.

Filmmaker Lionel Rogosin is trying to complete Woodcutters of the Deep South, his film about white and black woodcutters working together in the 1970’s – help fund the film here.

new Music

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Black Lives Matter Toronto, in the midst of an ongoing occupation outside Toronto Police Dept., released a mixtape of songs donated by local artists, #BLACKLIVESMATTER – TORONTO BLACK CITY MIXTAPE : A Love Letter In Song To Black Community. CHECK IT OUT! You can listen online and purchase a copy with proceeds going to Black Lives Matter Toronto. Article here.

A&C friend Dave Lippman wrote The Union, It Must Be Changin’ a medley for the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE), a caucus of the United Federation of Teachers in NYC working for a democratic union and actually educational schools. Here’s the singalong video, filmed at their meeting.

If you’ve never heard Major General’s Song it’s so fun you should right now. Then you can check out Dave Lippman’s parody I Am the Very model of a Modern Fundamentalist. Also,  Tom Lehrer’s parody The Element Song is a wonder.

Palestinian group Dawaween aim at ‘the preservation and popularization of traditional Palestinian music.’ Powerfully keeping music alive in the harshest places. Also, this Palestinian group plays a little ‘For Elise‘, groovin.

Tasha has released Divine Love EP, featuring “Divine Love” and “(We Got) Power.”

TUES 4/12, 6-8 pm: Hey, Can You Get Happy For Peace?

Join Brooklyn For Peace for our Happy Hour get together for Peace!

Come out, invite your friends…..

Enjoy conversation, drinks, and free pizza as we get to know the people in our community AND and get happy for Peace.

There will also be free copies of the Arts & Culture Committee CD NSA Listening Party.

WHERE: Brazen Head, 288 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn (downtown Brooklyn between Court and Boerum Place)
WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, 2016: 6 to 8 pm

Hosted by Brazen Head

Sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace, Arts and Culture Committee
RSVP on Facebook or just show up!!

SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!

A&C news: Art A Catalyst For Change, program from NYC Council

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NYC Councilmembers, including Brooklyn’s Laurie Cumbo, have launched Art A Catalyst For Change. As reported in Fort Greene Focus:
“Art A Catalyst For Change is to operate under the umbrella of the city’s Crisis Management System… Approximately 24 art organizations … will use art to raise awareness about gun violence… to prepare posters, dance performances, poetry recitations and songs for a Gun Violence Awareness Month event in June…” and to fund “the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, an advocacy group that works to steer teens away from gang violence.” Check the whole story out
here.

And Alyssa Rosenberg has drawn up a good list of questions about the importance of arts & culture for presidential candidates; thus far only Trump has given her responses but it’s worth reading if only to read the good questions and see the evasions.

 
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