It Must Be Black History Month


Spokane Public Library, Downtown branch 906 W Main Ave., 3rd Floor

If You Really Knew Me you’d know that I’m the Black guy photographing your events and meetings.  If You Really Knew Me you’d know I am a supporter of community building (  If You Really Knew Me you’d know I taught my photography students that good photographs have four components.

This exhibition has

  • Impact – size 4 x 5 feet
  • Technique – cutting edge technology: CherryPIX video
  • Design/Composition – bold colors, striking brush strokes and textures, interaction
  • Content – in depth storytelling, stereotype blowing, media mixing, community building

If you would like to participate and meet new friends, you’ll visit the 3rd floor of the Downtown Spokane Public Library Tuesday January 30th at 6PM for the Artists Reception and Panel Discussion IF YOU REALLY KNEW ME Stories of Survivors and Warriors.


January 9 – February 28, 2018

Photographs by Robert Lloyd

Video by Doug Dalton and DaShawn Bedford

Wendy Levy for The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture

A collaborative, interactive photography exhibition in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness month in Spokane, these photographs were created with local women survivors and warriors. We hope these images and stories raise awareness, engagement and political will, so all those still in risk may find safety and freedom.

A project of The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, The Spokane Human Rights Commission, Community-Minded Television,The Jonah Project and Spokane Arts Supply

In the Heat of Battle We Can Often Lose Sight

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to those in the social justice arena suffering loss: Phillip Tyler, Mr. & Mrs. Poindexter, Rachel Dolezal, Children of the Movement.

Four things happened this week. A live Facebook post, a movie, and a couple of quotes.

  • In the movie Roman J. Israel, Esq. lost sight of his own personal needs in a 39 year struggle.
  • “We felt ‘called’ to save the world from racism, poverty, and war. We willingly risked our lives. But too seldom did we stop to recognize the burden we placed on our children.” Andrew Young

  • In the book CHILDREN OF THE MOVEMENT by John Blake the sons and daughters of MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., MALCOLM X, ELIJAH MUHAMMAD, GEORGE WALLACE, ANDREW YOUNG, JULIAN BOND, STOKELY CARMICHAEL, BOB MOSES, JAMES CHANEY, ELAINE BROWN, and others reveal how the civil rights movement tested and transformed their families.


This is also true for the families of today’s activists.Even those with the same goals don’t agree on the same tactics.

  • “Life is chaos. Be kind.”  Devon Waine Tyler
  • “Let’s be kind. You never know what someone Is going through.” Phillip Tyler











iWPS Poets Finals In Spokane

Names are in order of above photos.  Click on names below to hear them perform.

Anthony McPherson   Arvind Nandakumar   Asia Bryant-Wilkerson  Christopher Michael Damien McClendon  Ed Mabrey  Jahman Hill  Kenneth Something  Kofie Dadzie  Michael Harriot  RJ Walker  Rudy Francisco  Steven Willis  Yaw Kyeremateng

Read the story by local writer Sara Saybo on winner Arvind Nandakumar:

“A Real Cinderella Story”



African American Writer Dominique Christina in Spokane

Dominique Christina is a poet, activist, educator, mother and African American.  She spoke to two audiences in Spokane. On the Saranac rooftop she spoke to a predominantly young feminist crowd. The next evening she spoke at Gonzaga University to young creative writing students and local writers. When organizations bring talented and gifted speakers to town who bring messages of interest to a Black audience there appears to be a disconnect. Either we don’t get the message or we don’t give a damn about the message. Both engagements were free to the public. Gonzaga University has a whole program this fall around hate.  Communities for Justice Fall Events


Something You Can Do: Share At Dinner Tonight

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This is a needed conversation every night. What strategies can we use to protect our freedoms, families, healthcare, environment, air, schools, our vote, and to stop wars.


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Black Agenda Spokane Starts Mid-Monthly Meetings JOIN

If you read The Black Lens News or ask Sandy she can tell you when & where. So What’s Next?  What Support  is Needed?  Have A Seat At Your Own Table!!

What’s the Next Step?  Subscribe to the Black Lens News, write an article in the Black Lens News, follow 4comculture has been posting events and things you can do. Become media literate and savvy.  When your politicians hold town hall meetings show up. This past week there were two. If you weren’t there, here they are:

  1. Maria Cantwell’s Town Hall meeting:
  2. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Town Hall meeting:

Here are nine of the 20 people who showed up at Washington United Black Agenda Spokane.

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If you want to see who showed up at the town hall meetings, photos are posted at 4comculture.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Maria Cantwell

Maria Cantwell Gives Positive Responses at Town Hall

As you view photographs of activities here in Spokane on you may notice that there are very few people of color or affected classes.

WHY?          Let us know in the Contacts / Comments form at the bottom of this post.

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Maria Cantwell Town Hall Video:

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Town Hall Video:

Who was at Cathy McMorris Rodgers Town Hall?

Want to know what Black people are doing?

How I Saw It by Bob Lloyd: Cathy McMorris Rodgers Town Hall

75% of the constituents waved red cards in disapproval of her answers. Others protested and carried signs outside.

Enjoying the photographs won’t bring change. If you are interested in change click the link:

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Cathy McMorris Rodgers Town Hall Video:

Maria Cantwell Town Hall Video:

Who Showed Up at Maria Cantwell’s Town Hall?

As you view photographs of activities here in Spokane on you may notice that there are very few people of color or affected classes.

WHY?         Let us know in the Contacts / Comments form below.