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#BlackFutureMonth Celebrates The New Direction of the Black Diaspora

Black History Month is a month rife with controversy. In past years (like during my youth in the 1990s), people treated Black History Month with quite a bit of reverence and seriousness. Or at least, the amount of history projects I’d have to do and the number of times Roots was shown on television seemed to give that impression.

Nowadays, a lot of the reverence seems to be gone. We’re not learning the official Black American anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” anymore, and Roots isn’t even shown on television all day every day like it was in my childhood. But despite the ups and downs, there’s always been the idea that Black History Month shouldn’t be contained within one month. Also many people felt (and feel) like we should be focusing on more modern achievements and new leaders apart from relearning the same stuff, like the now-cliched use of Langston Hughes poems and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Enter the hashtag #BlackFutureMonth. This hashtag is celebrating where and what we’ve come from, but it’s also celebrating where we’re going. Knowing where we’re going is just as important as knowing where we’ve been, right?

Twitter Users Create #NativeLivesMatter In Response to Killing of Unarmed Native American Men

We’ve seen #BlackLivesMatter and now #MuslimLivesMatter, but there’s yet another hashtag bringing awareness to marginalized people who are constantly subjected to unwarranted violence, Native Americans. The hashtag #NativeLivesMatter brings to light the sheer volume of Native deaths at the hands of police that occurred last year and years prior.

Twitter's Response to #ChapelHillShooting and #MuslimLivesMatter

It was pretty heartbreaking to wake up to the news that three Muslim students had been murdered in their apartment. Craig Stephen Hicks has been charged with the deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and Mohammad’s sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. The police believe Hicks killed the students over a parking dispute, but obviously there’s more to the case, since Hicks is an atheist and the victims were Muslim. Police are now looking into whether the killings are hate crimes. The jury of public opinion state that it’s unequivocal that discrimination against Muslims was in play.

"Selma": Birmingham, AL, Trenton, NJ and Google Join in on Free Screenings

Selma is still going strong, and I couldn’t be happier, especially since the free student screenings have finally come to Birmingham (as well as Trenton, NJ)! I was waiting on this to happen, since Birmingham is one of the epicenters of the civil rights movement. I am surprised Mayor Bell, who always has something to say about something happening “for the good of the city,” didn’t have a quote in the press release.

Exclusive Interview: Eunice Lau and Grace Jung, Director and Producer of "A-Town Boyz"

A-Town Boyz is a documentary that everyone needs to get on their radar. The film, directed by Eunice Lau, focuses on several young second-generation Asian men living in Atlanta and their struggle to live productively amid a lack of opportunities, understanding, and role models. These young men were led to the allure of gang life, which provided the protection and sense of identity these men were desperately searching for throughout their lives.