Civil Rights

Selma at CAAM In LA

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11800466_1033461986678941_3724557572329430917_n On August 9th 2015, the California African American Museum hosted its monthly Sunday cultural experience, Target Sundays. An event that brings in community members, contemporary artists, cultural historians, activists, and leaders to celebrate the diversity and achievements of the African Diaspora.

This month, CAAM offered a FREE screening of Ava DuVernay's Oscar award-winning film, Selma Movie. The atmosphere was live and joyous over the a love of art, culture, and live entertainment.

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At the event I took the initiative to interview several Los Angeles community members about their thoughts on the movie Selma, #BlackLivesMatter, the effectiveness of marches and protests, and ultimately, their definitions of justice.

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Not only did we have an amazing time under the stars, we carved out time to acknowledge the ones who've paved the way for us to be here. If you didn't make it out this month, come on out next time.  It's sure to be a wonderful time with family and friend that you won't likely want to miss!

THANKS AGAIN to Target and the California African American Museum for such a wonderful event!

 All photos + video were taken by Makiah Green.


cropped-cropped-p1130772Tyree Boyd-Pates is a man on a mission. As a writer, he aspires to expound on Black culture from a millennial perspective and unite and empower communities through journalism and social media. A Master’s in African American Studies, he also is the creator of#TheCut, a brand new podcast! You can follow him on Twitter: @Tyreebp.

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Aside from ‪Rachel Dolezal’s hair deserving a BET award for being so on point, I am still disturbed by this bizarre story. I’m not particularly disturbed at her high levels of delusion (though, it would be valid), but moreso of how delicate our definition of race is in 2015.

An Invite from the White House...

.. So what would you do if I told you I got past White House clearance and was 60 feet away from the President of the free world?

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Well, that's sort of how it went...

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I must admit, when the President first entered the room there seemed to be an electricity that spanned across the auditorium as a number of dignitaries entered and sat down quickly.

Obama went into detail about his passion for My Brother's Keeper initiative and the broadening of the Health Care system. The President also went into great detail about Voter ID laws and how access to the ballot is inextricably bound to the Civil Rights Act that we are currently commemorating its 50th year.

Obama stated that "The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,". Most of the President's critique were against his Republican contemporaries and their attempts to set further restrictions against voters, some of which only reflect the bi-partisan interests.

However, against such restrictions, Obama encouraged everyone in the room that they still have a duty to participate. Without participation, "we give our power away" by becoming discouraged and staying home on Election Day.

Go out there and vote. You can make a change. You do have the power - Barack Obama

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"Go out there and vote. You can make a change. You do have the power," he said. "I've had my last election, but I need you to make sure that the changes that we started continue for decades to come."

These remarks were certainly powerful and inspiring.

What an amazing experience covering the 44th President of the United States of America.

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