Social Justice Writer and Activist Rebecca Carroll’s Cultural To-Do List for MLK Day

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SEE: “I Am Ali” — because this 2002 narrative short film written, directed and produced by dream hampton is magnificently poignant, but also because we black Americans do not just fight for racial equality, but some of us fight for inner sanctitude and lose to mental illness. Also, it stars Ishmael Butler from Shabazz Palaces/Digable Planets, was shot by the brilliant Arthur Jafa and features the equally brilliant Sarah Jones as essentially an extra.

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FOLLOW ON TWITTER: Deray McKesson @deray — because he can’t stop, won’t stop and is a direct line on the daily to current civil rights activism and protests in Ferguson and across the country. <

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SEE: RESPOND exhibit at Smack Mellon gallery — an open call exhibition in response to the recent killings of unarmed black men by white police, because art in response to injustice is about as close to God as we can get without going to church.

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SUBSCRIBE, READ, FOLLOW, + WATCH: HRDCVR, a hardcover culture magazine created by Danyel Smith and Elliot Wilson — because it is a beautiful enigmatic gift of creativity that we deserve.

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WATCH + LISTEN: Jay Smooth’s The Illipsis on Fusion — On Ferguson, Riots and Human Limits — because “this white supremacist groundhog’s day” about sums it up. And because it’s about humanity.

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Social justice writer and activist Rebecca Carroll is the director of digital media and marketing at Scenarios USA, and a regular opinion writer for the Guardian. She has been editor at numerous online and print publications, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Daily Beast, Ebony and the New Republic. The author of several nonfiction books, she is based in Brooklyn.