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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The Music Revolution at Madison Square Garden

The Music Revolution

Six media giants control 90% of what we read, watch, or listen to (see below). This has a profound effect on the music that we get to hear.
Adele
In three days, Adele’s new album, 25, has become the best-selling release of 2015, bypassing Taylor Swift’s 1989. In it’s first three days, 25 sold more than 2.4 million copies, also smashing the single-week US album sales record, previously held by 90s boyband ★NSYNC.
Adele’s success is an indication that large corporations have been using a terrible business model for the music industry. In 1999 worldwide music revenue was $27 billion, in 2014 it had dropped to $15 billion. In 1999, music companies forced people to buy albums, mostly fulled with crappy music to get the one or two songs that they really wanted to hear. Music companies also focused on disposable pop hits. The Internet has forced this to change.

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“The Law Needs Legitimacy” T-Shirt Project

To raise money for our social justice and media projects, a t-shirt crowd-sourcing campaign

The Law Needs Legitimacy T-Shirt

“The Law Needs Legitimacy” T-shirts will be:
  • Grown in the USA with organic cotton
  • Made in North Carolina
  • Transparent supply chain
  • Water-based inks
Below are some of the projects that we are working on. Click on the images to learn more information.

I Could Be... A documentary
Seven Magazine
Gigabit Farm Aid - Madison Square Garden
The Genius Factory
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Dr. Gail Myers, Anthropologist & Urban Farmer

Gail Myers

Gail Myers (far right)
COURTESY OF GAIL MYERS

Dr. Gail Myers is a cultural anthropologist who earned her Doctorate in Anthropology from The Ohio State University, her Masters in Applied Anthropology from Georgia State University and her Bachelors in English from Florida State University.
In 2001, Dr. Myers organized the first statewide conference for African American farmers in Ohio Sustaining Communities: Ohio’s Black Farmers at the Crossroads.
In 2005, Dr. Myers organized the 19th California Small Farm Conference in Ventura, CA,
In 2004, Dr. Myers founded Farms to Grow, Inc.
In 2013 Dr. Myers founded the Freedom Farmers Market in partnership with farmers, business owners, and makers, and community vendors who cooperate to bring the Freedom Farmers Market to West Oakland.

Gail Myers

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