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Art, Cultural Resistance & Transformation

Somethin’ Ain’t Right: A Play - 6:00 pm, Thurs, Jan. 30

Reimagine! Movements Making Media is pleased to co-sponsor a Table Reading of a new play by Reimagine! Correspondent Kelly Curry.

The play explores the complexities of a prominent Oakland family dealing with the impacts of houselessness and police brutality,

Somethin’ Ain’t Right

6:00 pm, Thursday, January 30th
Ed Roberts Campus
3075 Adeline St, Berkeley
Public discussion to follow the reading

Oscar Grant Memorial Arts Project

Creative Expressions, a Catalyst for Social Change 

Editor's Note: Early morning on New Year’s Day 2009, 22-year-old Oscar Grant III was shot and killed in Oakland, California by a Bay Area Rapid Transit agency police officer. Grant was unarmed.  His face—pressed down against the cement. Onlookers video-phoned the horrific spectacle as his life was taken from him.

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Oscar Grant; Rest in Power

By Christine Joy Ferrer

People are angry.  Sometime after the midnight hour, a 22-year-old black man was murdered on New Year’s Day—another innocent victim of police brutality. His name was Oscar Grant, shot and killed in Oakland, California by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) agency policy officer. Onlookers video-phoned the horrific spectacle: Grant surrounded by officers, unarmed, bleeding to death on the station platform, his arms shackled behind his back, his face pressed against the cement.

Several hours later, Laron Blankenship, a friend of the deceased, locked himself in a sound studio. He flashed back to the words Grant had spoken to him one day, “No matter what happens, even if I was to die, don’t quit doing this music thing.” His hands trembling, crying and near broken down, Blankenship produced a compelling rap anthem dedicated to Grant, “Never be Forgotten.” He sings, “I know for a fact your soul is still alive and you will never be forgotten.”            

 

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