“Demonstrators in #Baltimore have created a human ring around a smaller group that formed a meditation circle” and other Twinks…

Mashable News [MashableNews] Demonstrators in #Baltimore have created a human ring around a smaller group that formed a meditation circle – WBAL http://t.co/GBSFJ93nNj

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Freddie Gray’s Brutal Death In Police Custody Sparks Growing Baltimore Protests http://t.co/Gyf6ND0EoV

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Baltimore riots and the long shadow of 1992 Los Angeles http://t.co/MxDCLetdMN

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Woman Behind Pakistan’s First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead http://t.co/YNWULi5DNu

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Take Action: Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Grave Condition http://t.co/tIUVJ5hVxE

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Hubert Harrison: Remembering Leading Black Revolutionary Intellectual On 132nd Anniversary http://t.co/COnybLATH7

megafunk visual [megafunkmega] Sudan’s pyramids, nearly as grand as Egypt’s, go unvisited http://t.co/JYTETQGC5h via @YahooNews

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Eska: the finest female vocalist in the UK http://t.co/FfHnnbZgzV

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Eska acoustic http://t.co/qVr5yVginR

the kinte space [KinteSpace] High housing costs driving more Californians into poverty http://t.co/FQMCbuUGRx

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Mothers are buying breast milk online —because they don’t have better options http://t.co/HjoHZ3e5PR

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Tyson Foods sets deadline for eliminating human antibiotics from its chickens http://t.co/baXVY1uyUS

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Children’s knowledge of nature is dwindling, study finds http://t.co/LikHO1elUN

“102 year-old dancer from Harlem Renaissance” and other Twinks…

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] 102 year-old dancer from Harlem Renaissance https://t.co/vqVdkSlcCE

The Verge [verge] For more than two decades, FBI forensic scientists gave flawed testimonies http://t.co/6Yh3NODEOq http://t.co/LrkqB3RrpZ

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How Many More? 116 Environmental Defenders Were Murdered Last Year, Mostly in Latin America http://t.co/thgvH8Jyy9

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Dr. Dyson’s Personal Attack On Dr. West Without Refuting His Arguments http://t.co/FvDRHRtWHw

the kinte space [KinteSpace] CicLAvia co-founder Aaron Paley is stepping down; he discusses event’s future http://t.co/W5R3E7UbMQ

AJE News [AJENews] UN warns that the amount of electronic waste generated every year, some of it toxic, is growing dramatically http://t.co/43A4SBxXzs

Felipe Hoffa [felipehoffa] Heatmap of the last 24 hours of worldwide news. How-to in < 1 minute http://t.co/N0ZRykrfxD GDELT+BigQuery+CartoDB http://t.co/ddAH3r9yrI

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Franz Fanon book review http://t.co/hZxTC6bA2J

norman richmond [normanorichmond] @afrofuturist Remembering Papa Doc Chairman Fred Hampton warned us about Papa Doc. https://t.co/yb3bQI3pEEhttp://t.co/99jnhjpUhk

BBC Africa [BBCAfrica] How did Charles Taylor Jr go from American teenager to West African warlord? Journalist @johnnyddwyer tells Newsday http://t.co/0PviOzAbaq

T. O. [TOMolefe] Insularity, South Africa’s guiding ethos in its social, cultural and political dealings with the rest of Africa http://t.co/LY7QQafuRo

Teresa Mbagaya [TeresaMbagaya] “No African is a foreigner in Africa! No African is a migrant in Africa!” http://t.co/NanEQQtHXt

LIBERATOR Magazine [liberatormag] Realities We Otherwise Would Never Know / Beyond Ideology (Capitalism, Communism, Feminism) » http://t.co/opK8afMmuy http://t.co/YXVO8OvIqA

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Four White Cops From Sweden Put White American Cops To Shame http://t.co/sEfoOvzDwK

Ferrari Sheppard [stopbeingfamous] If you’re going to portray us as animals, at least tell the story of the zoo keepers. Re: Menace ll Society

Ezi nwanyi. [Femininja4Q] How many times are you guys going to explain the same thing to people that dont want to listen or care?

African Proverbs [AF_Proverbs] The man who has bread to eat does not appreciate the severity of a famine. ~Yoruba Proverb

Oprah Winfrey [Oprah] So proud to announce that every high school in the U.S. will receive a FREE copy of Selma. Go team Selma! @AVAETC http://t.co/TUnoOzjNMn

in humility, sophia [SophiaArmen] I just marched with 130,000 Armenians in LA in the largest protest in Armenian diasporan history #ArmenianGenocide http://t.co/kpQzt2jAVJ

the kinte space [KinteSpace] First Genocide Of 20th Century Was In Africa, Says Nigerian Writer http://t.co/60wIyPXYx9

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Why sooo many Nigerian single ladies in America? http://t.co/kJ9ZTcMnIt

norman richmond [normanorichmond] @afrofuturist On the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference and Ethel Payne. http://t.co/fl2HKGW0ax http://t.co/fKhJy9DbWH

Blavity [Blavity] Why Black People Dominate Podcasts http://t.co/ubFDwvmEBT #podcasts #blacksinradio #newvoices http://t.co/VFtEAqcwLk

Tim Bennett [flashman] This is a quintessentially 21st century photo http://t.co/rXvB12xMm6

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Daredevil omnibus https://t.co/bCOwj82brv

My respect for the heartbreaking moment in “Marley Africa Road Trip”

Much respect for the family ‘ceremony’ that David “Ziggy” Marley documented in Marley Africa Road Trip. Bob Marley’s eldest son was able to honor his father by playing a free concert in South Africa, trekking the roads with his two younger brothers, Rohan and Robbie, on bad-ass wheels (hopefully) sponsored by Ducati.

What is the heart-breaking moment (for me) was Ziggy’s inability to truly honor is mother (on the public stage) because he placed his trust and invested his time in these three “modern” chicks:

Marley Africa Road Trip

I’m not going to “spoil” it for you and tell you what these three did—but let’s just say that it was serious Babylon-system shit. What they did was premeditated (at least by one of them) and very, very typical of the Hollywood-tradition of the “reality” Tee Vee show.

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Let’s just say that a mean-spirited, apartheid-era, classical racist could not have insulted Bob Marley’s son more—with such precise intimacy—than what these three urban kids did. What would be more painful as an artist that is truly an idealist is to suffer the insult and then appear on the same stage with these people. Unlike Ziggy, these 21st-century kids from the “real” Africa would never see me in person again.

However, since I know for a fact that I (and I) am outnumbered by Babylon-system-Africans, I will say “on the positive side” that these young people did come and apologize to Ziggy for what they did (there are tons of diva-bitches here in Los Angeles who would never apologize for doing worse). But you can tell from Ziggy’s reaction to them that their apology cannot be trusted. To use Rasta-style, Old-Testament vocabulary, it is an abomination to have such people appear on the same stage as the son of Rita Marley—but the reality is Africa and all the Americas is raped-full of such shitty people—so, for the Marleys, the show must go on… J’ah live!

I (and I) must make mention of this: the Marley brothers were united under the principle that they would not charge Africans for their African-centered works. This is a principle that should be respected (or envied) by all so-called Black “artists” around the world. To present a free concert in Africa and then passively charge for the documentary leading up to the concert in mostly western markets is (to me) the right thing to do. This is an activist business model that we self-described Africans should be notorious for…

Black Girls Tech! Erica Austin [@slightlyoff99] Revolutionizes the Way Comics Are Read with New “Against the Grain” App

@slightlyoff99 against the grain

Chicago – When Erica Austin was a child traveling around the globe with her family, comic books were her refuge; and like most wildly imaginative children, her mind’s eye saw the characters leap from the pages and come alive. Now an adult, Austin, a former IBM employee and computer tech, has created her own comic book series, “Against the Grain,” and the heroine, Leslie, makes her childhood dreams a reality by leaping from the screen and coming alive via brilliant animations. Austin’s innovation, one of the first of its kind, comes in the form of an app she has created from her company Slightly Off Productions. Her “Against the Grain” app, named for her comic series, is destined to revolutionize the way comics and graphic novels are read.

The app bundles the entire “Against the Grain” comic series into an online store and offers readers a totally immersive experience. Boasting a clean, crisp interface, bursting with amazing artwork and incredible two-dimensional and three-dimensional animations, Austin’s comics transcend the standard read. The app also allows users to preview new issues before they buy them and watch animated trailers so they know exactly what they are going to get.

“Against the Grain,” takes you beyond mere words, weaving different stories together into a single, exhilarating narrative. Each of the comic books spring to life after several pages, bursting into brilliant and vibrantly dramatic movie shorts that advance the storyline. The user reads a portion of the tale, then gets to watch their favorite characters run, fight, jump, and crawl across the pages before returning to reading. The experience is totally captivating. The two current issues include nearly 200 illustrated pages and six unique animations.

Leslie, the heroine of “Against the Grain,” is a tomboy with a vivid and wild imagination. An outcast of sorts, she is a free spirit coming to terms with herself, the world around her, and the world in her head. With a target audience of teens to young adults, Leslie’s ongoing saga is captured in two current volumes, available in the app, with many more to come.

“After writing and going to a few comic conventions to conduct research, I realized that I was a bit out of touch with my target audience. Personally, I still like the feel of a good book in my hands but the younger generation wants digital downloads and they want them ‘now.’ So I decided to change my market entry strategy and create an app for my comic that would not only be digital, but more interactive,” explains Austin.

Austin worked for IBM for seven years before launching her own consulting practice and production company. With a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, graphic novels might seem an unlikely career choice. Austin, however, found herself with more free time on her hands after leaving IBM and felt compelled to write. Her first thought was to pen a novel about her childhood, but the images that filled her head needed a bigger, more colorful home. She knew comics were the remedy.

“My childhood was not the norm,” reveals the Chicagoland resident. “I was born in Germany, lived in England and then in Nigeria, traveled Europe, vacationed in Amsterdam, and went to high school in the states. I was a fifth culture kid. I had to mix the German, with the English, with the Nigerian, with the American to form my own culture. I didn’t really fit in anywhere and neither does Leslie in, ‘Against the Grain.’ It was great growing up around the world, but because of the different accents and customs I picked up along the way, I was constantly made fun of for it. It is my hope that Leslie inspires young girls and boys to realize that it is alright to be different and you are fine just being who you are!”

The “Against the Grain” app is an innovative platform that will change the way comics are viewed and read. Austin, along with her team of dedicated illustrators and animators, are changing the landscape of the comic industry and turning the rules inside out. Every reader has yearned to see the pages come alive and the “Against the Grain” app finally makes that possible!

“Against the Grain” featuring Leslie and her journey is available now only at the Apple app store.

For more information on the “Against the Grain,” series and its creators, go to http://www.slightlyoffproductions.com.

Follow them on Facebook at “Slightly Off Productions,” and on Twitter at @slightlyoff99.

NOTE TO MEDIA: For interviews contact jazzmynepr@gmail.com.


African Sleeping Sickness: Stories and Poems

Leimert Park Literary Festival Presents: Leimert Park Art Walk Tribute to Wanda Coleman: High Priestess of Word

Please join Otis O’Solomon of the Watts Prophets, Kamau Daáood, Pam Ward, V Kali, Luis R. Rodriguez, Will Alexander, Randy Ross, Dr. Anthony Samad, Erin Aubry Kaplan, Bikbaye Inejnema and others in remembrance and dialogue this Sunday in tribute to Wanda Coleman, called the “Poet Laureate of South Central and the most extraordinary woman on the Los Angeles poetry scene and of her generation! What is the role of the artist in community? Where is the art community now since the Watts Writer’s Workshop in 1965?

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Noon – 3:30 pm
(Free, doors open at 11:30 am)
Shop with our Book vendors & join us for light refreshments

The Vision Theatre Lobby
3341 W. 43rd Place
Leimert Park Village
Los Angeles 90008