August 19, 2013

August 19, 2013

Image source: http://www.theatreproject.org

On August 10, I had the distinct pleasure and opportunity to attend the 2013 production of A Real "Nigga" Show—a choreopoem performed by an all black and male cast at the Baltimore Theatre Project. The production provided a rare insight into the lives of a group of hyper-maligned, hyper-demonized, and mischaracterized black boys and men, particularly those living in neighborhoods like Upton, Druid Heights, and Greenmount East.

August 17, 2013 rally in front of the White House calling for “immigrant rights.” Photo by: Bill Hughes.

On Tuesday evening, August 13, 2013, at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore, Bill Hughes discussed the upcoming “March on Washington” with long-time advocate for social justice, Marvin “Doc” Cheatham. Hughes also covered the August 17, 2013 rally for “immigrant rights," which was held in front of the White House.

Supporters at Bradley Manning trial. (Photo by: Casey McKeel)

In July, Pfc Bradley Manning, the US soldier responsible for leaking thousands of US Army reports and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks, was convicted of 20 offenses. Though not convicted of the most serious of charges, that of Aiding the Enemy, he currently faces a 90 year maximum sentence.

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As they try to roll back rights for women and people of color, these former Dixiecrats are not the party of Abraham Lincoln. The good news is that this lunatic fringe can no longer openly lynch people in the daylight of a Sunday picnic. But as the sun goes down on the Republican Party, the 21st century rope has become a shiny Frederick Douglass quote and a Martin Luther King platitude thrown out to lure us to a very old tree.