Random Collisions: The Documentary

How did America—a country dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal—become one of the most unequal countries on the planet?

Random Collisions: The Documentary.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 & Thursday, June 7, 2018
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
John 10:10

Nas Coinbase

Is the Blockchain a technology of abundance?

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Dear Mr. Man: Let America Be America Again

All of history’s greatest figures achieved success by having pistis, “trust; commitment; loyalty; engagement.”
Want Your Children to Succeed?

Dear Mr. Man documentary

Might not be in the back of the bus
But it sho’ feel just the same
Ain’t nothing fair about welfare
Ain’t no assistance in AIDS
Ain’t nothin’ affirmative about your actions
Till the people get paid
“Dear Mr. Man”
Prince
Where are the Black and Brown Mark Zuckerbergs? That was essentially the question — the challenge — that the late musician Prince asked Van Jones, civil rights activist, founder of the Dream Corps, and host of CNN’s The Messy Truth with Van Jones.

Prince Van Jones
Langston Hughes

We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!
“Let American Be American Again”
By Langston Hughes

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Random Collisions: Becoming a Billionaire

Random Collisions Becoming a Billionaire

Random Collisions are forums for the random collision of ideas. Jane Jacobs in The Economy of Cities offered the random collision of ideas as an explanation for the success of cities such as New York.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 & Thursday, June 7, 2018

Jessica Alba Sin City

Jessica Alba who starred as stripper Nancy Callahan in the Sin City films is also a co-founder of The Honest Company. And according to their website:
We created this company because we care passionately about helping families and giving all children their best and healthiest start in life. There are 2.2 billion children in the world, and 75 million in the United States, and through our Social Goodness work, we believe it is our job to make a difference in the lives of all families. That is why your product purchases helps us fuel a movement of philanthropic change and impact that will result in greater health and safety for all children.
Cash Warren, Jessica Alba, Honor, and Warren

Cash Warren, Jessica Alba, and daughters Honor and Haven Warren

Can a woman who portrays a stripper in the movies run a successful family-friendly business?
Why not?

Tell Me Something Good: A Documentary

Tell Me Something Good

I got something that’ll
Sho nuff set your stuff on fire
John Shelby Spong, who was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark for twenty-four years, writes in The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic:
The good news of the gospel, as John understands it, is not that you–a wretched, miserable, fallen sinner–have been rescued from your fate and saved from your deserved punishment by the invasive power of a supernatural, heroic God who came to your aid….  John’s rendition of Jesus’ message is that the essence of life is discovered when one is free to give life away, that love is known in the act of loving and that the call of human life is to be all that each of us can be and then to be an agent of empowering other to be all they can be.

"God is not a Christian" ~ John Shelby Spong

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
~ Matthew 6:25
Hope Community Services

HOPE Community Services is the largest food pantry/soup kitchen in Westchester County. Former HOPE Volunteer Coordinator Sue Gedney, former New York State High Chess Champion Joshua Cola, 96 years old volunteer Iris Freed, and Terrance Jackson.  Photo: Gene Shaw

I spent over four years homeless mostly in New Rochelle, NY and discovered the power of empathy to fuel innovation and creativity:
I believe that empathy – the imaginative act of stepping into another person’s shoes and viewing the world from their perspective – is a radical tool for social change and should be a guiding light for the art of living. Over the past decade, I have become convinced that it has the power not only to transform individual lives, but to help tackle some of the great problems of our age, from wealth inequality to violent conflicts and climate change.
It is important to understand what empathy is and is not. If you see a homeless person living under a bridge you may feel sorry for him and give him some money as you pass by. That is pity or sympathy, not empathy. If, on the other hand, you make an effort to look at the world through his eyes, to consider what life is really like for him, and perhaps have a conversation that transforms him from a faceless stranger into a unique individual, then you are empathising. ~ Roman Krznaric
Roman Krznaric - Empathy

RSA Animate – The Power of Outrospection – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG46IwVfSu8

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Tell Me Something Good… A Documentary About Inequity

Tell Me Something Good

I got something that’ll
Sho nuff set your stuff on fire

Nate Parker Birth of a Nation

After enduring two straight years of #OscarSoWhite, there is a good chance that the infamous hashtag will get at least a year rest with the success of Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation at Sundance. Parker began writing the screenplay in 2009 and during this process, we learn from The Hollywood Reporter that he was told all the reasons a movie about Nat Turner would not work:
Movies with black leads don’t play internationally; a period film with big fight scenes would be too expensive; it was too violent; it wouldn’t work without a big box-office star leading it; Turner was too controversial — after all, he was responsible for the deaths of dozens of well-off white landowners.
Yet in 2013, after finishing Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights, he told his agents that he would not act again until he could play American revolutionary Nat Turner. He invested $100,000 of his own money to begin the production process. He was then able to find investors such as retired NBA player Michael Finley and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs.

Academy Award nominations by race historically

There has been a great deal of recent talk about diversity initiatives in Hollywood, but from a blog post by Alex Ben Block, we learn from Ron Hasson, President of the Beverly Hills-Hollywood branch of the NAACP that diversity efforts have actually regressed at many studios and networks:
Often when you talk to diversity people in companies their roles have lessened. It may be very well companies no longer feel they have to pay as much attention as they did in the 1990s.
The way we think we can move forward and help is to recommend diversity training for executives. We feel it’s important they understand the business necessity for diversity.
If the networks will not meet, or do not show they are serious about addressing diversity, Hasson said the NAACP and others will once again seek Congressional hearings to focus on the issue.
Ron Hasson

Ron Hasson, President of the Beverly Hills-Hollywood branch of the NAACP

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Stop Mass Incarceration & Endless War

We are raising money to help close the achievement gap.

Stop Mass Incarceration & Endless War

“Stop Mass Incarceration & Endless War” T-shirts will be:
  • Grown in the USA with organic cotton
  • Made in North Carolina
  • Transparent supply chain
  • Water-based inks
The Achievement Gap
For decades, educators have struggled to close the “achievement gap,” the persistent differences in test scores, grades and graduation rates among students of different races, ethnicities and, in some subjects, genders.

Creating computer games

Psychologists are finding evidence that short, simple interventions can make a surprisingly large difference. Terrance Jackson, the publisher of Pistis, adopted some of these simple interventions in a class called “Creating Computer Games with Terrance Jackson” that was offered to local 5th-8th graders at Larchmont Library. We are raising money to expand this program.
Students will also learn to code by helping us build a mobile app:
We need a theology of abundance equal to the grace and generosity found in the blood of Jesus poured out for many…. Unfortunately, our economics is built on a model of scarcity, and our theology feels equally impoverished.
Click on the image below to learn more about CHHE.

CHHE

The Community Health & Holistic Eating mobile app will be based on the fact that community and autonomy are very important elements in determining health and also on the idea that the production, marketing, and consumption of food is key to nearly everything.
The production, marketing and consumption of food is key to nearly everything. (It’s one of the keys to war [including the war on crime], too, because large-scale agriculture is dependent on control of global land, oil, minerals and water.)

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Harlem Magazine

The new model of advertising and branding demands that companies improve public life and satisfy the needs of our higher sacred selves.

Harlem Magazine - Chaka Khan

Harlem Magazine is a free community magazine that will combine print, video, and digital while understanding the human element. It’s increasingly clear that printed marketing communications work best when used in conjunction with digital channels such as email, personalized web pages (PURLs), database marketing, and mobile elements.
Harlem Magazine will address the fact that the standard research techniques of corporate America are cheating us of many great experiences. Malcolm Gladwell describes this as the “Kenna problem:”
If I ask you why you think what you think, can I trust your answer?
This process [standard market research] is fundamentally flawed. It is completely screwed. We totally overrate the significance of what we find out when we go through this kind of formal process and the consequence of that overreliance on this system is that we are cheating ourselves of all kinds of wonderful experiences that we would otherwise have [such as Kenna].
erykah-baduMusic is bigger than religion, it’s bigger than politics, it’s bigger than pretty much everything…. Make sure you’re saying something, when you saying something.
Erykah Badu

Wall Street and Government Policy is Killing the Music Industry

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