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A love song for the empress in your life… @IAmChronixx @keznamdi

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Ask any long-term Oakland resident about the events of March 21, 2009, and you’ll get a response that is tinted either with chagrin or thrill. “Oh, yeah, I remember that day.” Referred to as the bloodiest day in police history in Oakland, March 21 is the day that Lovell Mixon, a 26-year-old parolee from Oakland,shot and killed four police officers.

Given Oakland’s long standing anti-police mentality, which dates back to the days of the Black Panthers and continues on today, most recently with protesters scrawling such things as “FTP” and “Die Piggy, Die” all over Oakland during last July’s Trayvon Martin verdict protests, the story of March 21 is a fascinating story.

It only makes sense that independent filmmakers Cronistashave partnered with to produce The Ghosts of March 21sta film delving into the events of March 21 in an attempt to demystify a narrative that has largely been co-opted by the agenda of mainstream media and pro-police news outlets. In the film, director and writer Sam Stoker says, “Determining the rationale of his actions isn’t a matter of morality, of what one considers to be right or wrong, it is a matter of understanding what is and is not real.”

Before March 21, Mixon’s story is typical of individuals who become embroiled with the contradictions of the prison-industrial complex and the fight to survive in the face of dwindling job opportunities and an insufficient educational system. Mixon first landed in prison in 2002 for charges of assault with a deadly weapon. He got out in late 2007, but within a few months, he was picked up again for possession of a stolen laptop and a drug scale. Later, when Mixon got out of prison, he tried to reintegrate into society, but was thwarted by the rigamarole of the post-incarceration system, oftentimes with a parole officer who canceled appointments and was overworked by the system.

On March 21, 2009, Mixon was pulled over for a routine traffic stop, when he pulled the trigger, shot two cops, and fled to 74th Avenue. There, a SWAT team was called to extract Mixon, and, after he killed two more officers, Mixon was himself shot.

To add to the complexity of this narrative, after Mixon was killed, he was also accused of committing two rapes before the shooting spree. However, ’til this day, it is unclear what happened with those rapes, and Mixon has not been proven guilty of rape.

Stoker comments,“What we do know is that he wasn’t charged or convicted of rape, which in this country makes him legally innocent, and that he doesn’t have a record of sexual offenses. We also know there is a long history of labeling Black men as rapists in the United States.” The question of Mixon’s guilt in the rape case adds another horrific detail to the March 21 events, and the inconclusiveness also adds an element of confusion.

The aspects of reality that this film tackles go beyond the set events of March 21, but dive into the culture of the Oakland Police Department, being Black in Oakland and a psychological approach to the motivation behind Mixon’s actions. Surely, this is a controversial approach to take when addressing what some would consider to be objectively heinous events, but given that these topics are so often overlooked in the mainstream narrative, this film offers viewers a chance to analyze the events of March 21, free from the onus of a thought process that has been predetermined by the Oakland Police Department.

Popular media outlets have described Mixon as a “savage” and a “monster,” but, with this film, Mixon is humanized rather than demonized. Stoker grasps the effect of racism and white supremacy within the police system, which in the film is about “addressing racial inequality [as] primarily a process of demystification, of making visible what the state has made invisible, which in this case is principally Lovelle Mixon himself.”

Stoker’s goal isn’t to instill his own opinions on the events of March 21 and the character of Lovell Mixon, but he says, “My hope is the film helps people understand the construction and political nature of hegemonic thought, and can understand it as the racist, oppressive force that it is.”

While this film is sure to stir up divisive emotions among its viewers, it is an important film, and an important perspective for Oakland residents to consider, especially given our current state of unprecedented police surveillance. “I anticipate that many people will disagree, and as far as that goes, my only hope is, for their own sake, they actually understand why,” Stoker says.

Stoker plans to debut the film in March 2014 throughout Oakland. For more information on the film, check out theCronistas website.

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You can tell everybody…

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How To Decalcify Your Pineal Gland

The idea of having a calcified pineal gland can be likened to a door being glued shut. Although the pathway is unable to be used while it is glued shut, it is still a doorway never the less! With constant pushing the door will eventually break open. Below you’ll find what are said to be some of the best ways to decalcify your third eye (The * indicates that they should be taken with at least one of the other things mentioned for full effect.):

- Avoid all things fluoride: Tap water, cooking with tap water, fluoridated toothpaste, inorganic fruits and vegetables, showers with out filter, red meat, and any sodas and artificial food and drinks. I know how difficult it can be to stick to only organic fruit and vegetable but it is important to start where you are and begin to make those changes where it is possible.

- Pineal gland detoxifiers and stimulants: Hydrilla Verticillata, Chlorella, Spirulina, blue-green algae, Iodine, Zeolite, ginseng, borax, D3, Bentonite clay, chlorophyll, blue skate liver oil.

- Foods: raw cacao, goji berries, cilantro, watermelon, bananas, Honey, Coconut Oil, hemp seeds, seaweed, and noni juice.

- Essentials oils can be used to help stimulate the Pineal Gland and facilitate states of spiritual awareness, meditation, astral projection, etc. Good essential oils for Pineal Gland purposes include: Lavender, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Parsley, Davana, Pine, Pink Lotus, and Mugwort (excess use of Mugwort has a neurotoxin effect if inhaled directly, so be careful!). Essential oils can be inhaled directly, burned in a diffuser or nebulizer, and added to bath water.

There are numerous topics written on decalcifying the pineal gland. White people in general have much more calcified pineal gland in contrast to people of color due to the melanated epiphysis cerebri of the latter. This is not a racist notification, but if you read through all the steps necessary (especially for white people) for decalcifying the pineal gland, I believe people of color have the home-court advantage.

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Zoom I heard this from a well-to-do black girl when i was an undergrad at UChicago.

I heard this from a well-to-do black girl when i was an undergrad at UChicago.

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African Students Speak Out as Part of the “I, too, am Oxford” Project.

In the same style as “I, too, am Havard”, Oxford University students speak out in their similarly titled on-going community initiative “I, too, am Oxford”.

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All Africa, All the time.

the third one pisses me off all the time


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Watch the exclusive full lecture here.

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Hahaha @ the album listening. #OXYMORON #Q! Me and @trillstevie (at Sonos Studio)


Hahaha @ the album listening. #OXYMORON #Q! Me and @trillstevie (at Sonos Studio)

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I was recently commissioned to photograph five generations of descendants of Solomon Northup, author of “12 Years a Slave”. The feature can be seen in this week’s newsstand ‘Oscar’s Edition’ of The Hollywood Reporter as well as here.

However small, I feel honored to play a role in the sharing of Solomon Northup’s legacy. It was definitely an experience that I’ll always treasure. Enjoy!

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Maimouna Youssef performs a cover to “Royals” by Lorde which recently just won two Grammys for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year (2014). Check out Maimouna Youssef as she displays her creative writing ability, vocal diversity and top notch rapping skills on this cover of Royals where she takes a different approach to the song with a new chorus and added hip hop verse. Check it out and lets us know what you think!

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the world wasn’t ready for the wisdom this man was spitting

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(Response to “Lookin Ass N*ggas)

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