“I am Sean Bell,” a Film by Stacey Muhammad

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I found this off Feministe, and in the wake of the authorities not bringing Sean Bell’s killers to justice, I think it is apt to let black youth speak once more about how they feel about the prospect of their lives being shortened. Shortened very likely by those sworn to protect them and their families from crime and disorder.

My niece just gave birth to twin boys; she has four in all, and one daughter. She is black and Latina, her husband is Latino, and yet her sons will be profiled just like any young brother on the street. Brown or black, there is no hiding place down here.

These kids are young in their tweens and teens, and they are scared. It’s very sobering.

And who is Stacey Muhammad?

Stacey Muhammad is an award winning independent filmmaker and activist committed to using the power of media to educate, enlighten and empower humanity.

Her first film, A Glimpse of Heaven, The Legacy of the Million Man March, screened at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, MD in 2005 and received rave reviews.

Since that time, the New Orleans native has begun the work of documenting and preserving Hip Hop culture through film and digital media. Her projects include several multi-media projects, music videos and short form documentaries, including, the award winning “I AM SEAN BELL, black boys speak”, which made it’s film festival premier at the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival.

Ms. Muhaammad has worked with several media outlets as well as numerous hip hop artist and served on the national staff for the planning of the Million Man March and the planning committee for the Hip Hop Summit Action Network.

Ms. Muhammad lectures and participates in panel discussions on filmmaking, activism as well as hip hop culture.

As co-founder of “IntelligentSeedz”, Stacey is committed to teaching youth the art of filmmaking and equipping them with the necessary tools to tell their stories

Her upcoming documentary, “Out of our Right Minds, the Rise of Mental Illness Amongst Women of Color” is slated to be released in January 2010.

Her website is here.

~ by blksista on February 18, 2010.

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