We are so excited about the next Black Lives Matter Pratt event – Image/Re-Image: Visualizing Why “Black Lives Matter” Now. There has been a location change – the event will now be hosted in East Hall Room 312 at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Campus. We look forward to seeing you!
For the final week of Black History Month, Black Lives Matter Pratt has partnered with Pratt Libraries to screen films pertaining to Black culture*. These films will play on repeat on the monitors on the Lower Level in the Multi-Media Services Department. The screening schedule is below:
2.21 – Rosewood
The true story of the 1923 razing of a black town in Florida, many of its people murdered over a lie. But some escaped and survived because of the courage and compassion of a few extraordinary people. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.
2.22 – Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Atreasure trove of 16mm material shot by Swedish journalists who came to the US drawn by stories of urban unrest and revolution. Gaining access to many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver among them, the filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and remarkably unguarded interviews. Thirty years later, this lush collection was found languishing in the basement of Swedish Television. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.
2.23 – Some Place Like Home: the Fight against Gentrification in Downtown Brooklyn
The film tells the stories of community residents and small businesses that are displaced to make way for high-end retail and luxury condominiums to the area. It depicts the pulling out of Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene’s legacy of being a once-forgotten neighborhood built from the ground up by generations of low-income and working families from all walks of life. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.
2.24 – The Murder of Fred Hampton
Mike Gray started out to make a film about the Black Panther Party, but on Dec. 4, 1969, the Chicago police raided a Panther apartment and his film became a documentary about the murder of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. The film footage of the raid directly contradicted the State Attorney’s version of the raid and so filmmakers and Panthers came together to prove that Hampton had been the designated target of the violent, punitive raid. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.
2.25 – Dear White People
A sharp and funny comedy about a group of African-American students as they navigate campus life and racial boundaries at a predominately white college. A sly, provocative satire about being a black face in a white place. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.
2.26 – Out in the Night
In 2006, under the neon lights of a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with gang assault and attempted murder. The film examines the sensational case and the women’s uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.
2.27 – Every Mother’s Son
Story of three mothers, Iris Baez, Kadiatou Diallo, and Doris Busch Boskey, fighting for justice for their sons, Anthony Raymond Baez, Amadou Diallo, and Gary (Gidone) Busch. All three men were killed by police. Pratt Catalog information for private screenings.
*These and many other films are available to circulate in the library. For more films pertaining to Black history and culture visit the Pratt Library website.
Tuesday, February 23 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Emir Lewis, renowned editor and producer for video and film will be giving a presentation and interview at Pratt to discuss aspects around #BlackLivesMatter and @OscarsSoWhite. Mr. Lewis is coming from a different perspectives than many people in these movements: He will discuss how technical aspects of film and television production “frame” our perceptions of Black culture, performances and activism. In addition to teaching at NYU, Mr. Lewis is a 6-time Emmy nominee and is deeply committed to independent films, including documentaries.
Monday, February 29 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in East Hall Room 312, Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn
This talk, by Pratt professor Ann Holder, will focus on how the relationship between visual culture and “Black Lives” exposes the limitations of U.S. democracy, and reveals active practices of Black citizenship that have posed new paths toward an expansive American politics. Too often the alternative visions have been rendered invisible through various forms of cultural erasure. Re-surfacing them requires challenging the silences and “failures to see” that characterize distinctly US forms of racial fundamentalism and structural racism. The talk will identify some key examples of these dilemmas, and encourage thinking together in the discussion that follows.
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Black Lives Matter Pratt and professor Todd Ayoung will be screening the film, Concerning Violence, on the first day of Black History month. Concerning Violence is a 2014 documentary written and directed by Göran Olsson based on Franz Fanon’s essay of the same name from the book “The Wretched of the Earth” (1961). The film explores African nationalist and independence movements in the 1960s and 1970s. Pratt professor, Todd Ayoung, will be presenting the documentary and leading a talk back after the showing. Click here to RSVP.
Led by Professor Carl Zimring, this Black Lives Matter at Pratt event will feature a talk on the deep links between race and sustainability; how to think about environmental racism and environmental justice in the broad scope of telling American history. The event will begin with a 30 minute lecture before opening up for questions. Click here to RSVP.
Social Justice at Pratt! Stipends Available!
Inspired by student/faculty meetings last spring, members of the Social Practice Faculty Seminar wrote and received a grant related to racial/social justice and student well-being on campus.
Four students will each be paid a small stipend to help shape and facilitate two listening sessions on the meaning of justice, with a focus on racial inequalities, for students at Pratt.
Please share with any students who may be interested. Click here for more information.