Spokane Again Interviews Police Chief Finalists

Black Lens News Editor Sandy Williams has one-on-one interviews with finalists Robert Lehner and Dominic Rizzi.

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Joan Butler, Chair of Police Advisory Committee presents community member questions that were emailed in advance. Participants in the audience felt that their questions had been cherry picked.

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Audience listens to candidates respond to questions.

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Now that we have questioned the candidates how do we give input to the mayor on the decision? These are the ladies who will have the final decision.

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Racism and the Media Discussion

20160325_006372 BWBen Cabildo of Community Minded Enterprises hosted a panel and discussion on racism and the media at the Community Building March 25 moderated by Raymond Reyes, Vice President, Gonzaga University.

For more information on this topic visit the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media. The Alliance is “committed to monitoring the influence of news and entertainment media on our society, educating the community about this influence, and working with media professionals to influence the industry to act responsibly in helping create a thriving cultural environment for all”.

 For more information about this event see the May 2016 issue of the Black Lens News.

 

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Click this link for more photographs and images by Robert J. Lloyd

Presidential Campaign in Spokane

Train April 2016 4comculture

Attendees at Spokane Clinton & Sanders Campaign Speeches

Campaigning for the Presidency in Spokane March 2016 Bernie Sanders & Bill Clinton

Democratic Caucus Participants

Racism & Media Panel & Discussion

For analysis of these events see

Black Lens News April 2016 issue

Integrity is a Code Word

One of my Facebook friends said she is going to report this publisher of the Spokane African American Voice webpage 4comculture.com to the police for harassment. I’ve never had an interaction with this person other than Facebook posts and comments that she’s made. Recently she’s been circulating petitions, organizing demonstrations, sits on panels, calls press conferences, speaks for the community and has been introduced as a community activist while commenting on the recent president of the Spokane NAACP. So don’t you think we can comment on her public appearances, her public comments and photograph her at her public demonstrations? I do.

Cat Fight A“Community Conversation: Moving Towards Healing”

Please accept this personal invitation to be part of the NAACP General Meeting on June 29, 2015, 7 pm at Holy Temple COGIC 806 W. Indiana Ave, Pastor Ezra D. Kinlow, host.

This conversation will be facilitated by the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs Sandy Williams.  We will set aside the business of the day as we endeavor to move toward healing, rebuilding trust and revitalizing relationships. Your presence will be an important part of helping us move forward. I hope to see you there.

— from the president of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP

 

Spokane’s Loss: Rachel Dolezal

 Rachel Dolezal Did Not Lose, We Did

The resignation of Rachel Dolezal as President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP is a loss for the Spokane community, for the Black community, for the social justice community, for the NAACP.  See resignation letter

Now who won?

Don’t say no one! That’s EXPLETIVE DELETED! The same folks who always been winning! I’ve seen it happen for the 40 years that I’ve lived in Spokane – always with a scandal.

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Historical Spokane African American Voice T Shirt

A Safe Place for Trauma Survivors

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 11.15.27 AM copyThere is a powerful reading by Nikki Patin 15 minutes into The MusicVox broadcast.

Surviving The Mic is a collaborative organization of survivors who are dedicated to creating a safe and affirming creative spaces for survivors of trauma (sexual trauma, racial trauma, violent trauma). Through their series of spoken word and performance-based events they seek to create a space for testimonies about sexual violence and to build skills to elevate those testimonials.

The goals of Surviving the Mic are:

  • to help survivor artists hone their creative voices in order to tell their stories in powerful, impactful and artistic ways
  • to create curricula and toolkits that can be used a model for other communities who’d like to make safe space
  • to support cultural, emotional, physical, mental and economic well-being for survivor artists through safe and affirming performances, workshops, publications and professional practice training and support
  • to provide opportunities for those who are not survivors to listen and learn from survivors

Click the link below to hear their conversation.

Surviving The Mic: Empowering Survivors of Trauma Through Performance-Based Events and Workshops

For more information on Surviving The Mic, visit them at survivingthemic.org/

 

Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua’s Big Break

Standard Digital November 29, 2013

Spokane graduate’s big breaks lead to large accomplishments

He grew up in Nairobi’s Kibera slums, living inside a Timber house. He dropped out of school in form two since his parents could not afford the fees. However, he was lucky as his pastor paid for his education. He later became Kenya’s first government spokesman and now has an ambitious dream for his county.
Dr. Alfred Mutua graduated from Whitworth University and attended Eastern Washington University. He was the editor of the Spokane African American Voice.

See video interview

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What has Dr. Mutua’s big break lead to? He started by planting 5 acres of trees in Mahakos County, hiring local women to water them and donating property so the community could build a sub police station.

See what he is bringing to Machakos only 8 years later…..

Alfred Mutua Starts MachaWood

Spokane African American Voice’s editor and graduate of Whitworth and Eastern Washington University, Governor of Machakos County, Kenya, Dr. Alfred Mutua jump starts Entertainment Centre for Film, Media, Music and the Arts:   Full Story

The Magic Lantern Showing Leonid Bergoltsev Film

Directed by Ira Gardner

Sitting Between Two Chairs tells the story of world renowned Russian photojournalist Leonid Bergoltsev, who documented the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War and is now living in America without possibility of returning to his homeland.  His work is often compared to Henri Cartier-Bresson, with whom he was acquainted, and he was published in Life Magazine in 1972 Mr. Bergoltsev offers testimony to the possibility that the photography of the Soviet Era  just might be more truthful than the imagery seen in contemporary American media.

He is a man stuck between two cultures who makes interesting comparisons between film and digital photography and Communism and Capitalism with wit, passion, and conviction.

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Ira Gardner

Dear Friends:

I have the honor of one of my video projects being shown at this year’s film festival at the Magic Lantern Theater on Sunday February 10th at 4:15pm. It is a short video about Leonid Bergoltsev who is a phenomenal photojournalist from Moscow who happens to live here in Spokane. I would love to have you all attend. The theater only holds 100 seats and there is only one showing planned so if you are interested in attending I highly recommend you go to this website and purchase a ticket asap.

 http://spokanefilmfestival.org/schedule?v=single&f=93

Hope to see you there!

Ira

Congratulations to Granddaughter of Edward Thomas, Jr.

Spokane local grandpa’s granddaughter Rachae Thomas is seen in a national AT&T television commercial. She is following in Ed’s footsteps – he was seen in television commercials himself a few years ago – and on a billboard too!

Ms. Thomas projects a bright, fresh, positive and professional image.  See for yourself.