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Mother of Sandra Bland Moves to Waller County, Where Daughter Died: “I’ve Got Work to Do!” (Watch)

*July 13 will mark two years since the death of Sandra Bland, the African American woman who had moved to Waller County, Texas to start a new job; but ended up being pulled over and manhandled by a cop named Brian Encinia for an alleged traffic violation, and two days later, was found hanging in her cell at the Waller County jail. The coroner called her death a suicide, but many, including the family, didn’t buy it.

Out of Bland’s death a movement called Black Lives Matter was born.

Geneva Reed-Veal, Sandra Bland’s mother, recently collected a priority mail box from  the Waller County jail that holds her daughter’s belongings. In an emotional exclusive video, a strong and determined Reed-Veal speaks to reporter Kaitlin McCulley of ABC13 as she reveals the contents in the box. She let’s out a faint sigh as she holds in her flood of emotion and begins to go through the box.  

“This is her sundress. And this is what she changed into the orange garb in,” she explains, telling us that it was the last thing her daughter wore that actually belonged to her. Continue reading

‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer’ — The Must-See Doc for Anyone Truly Willing to Affect Change (Watch)

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*Don’t get it twisted.?”L.O.V.E.” aside, this documentary will be hard to take… at least within the first five minutes. It doesn’t necessarily get any easier throughout, but it does shift consciousness along the way, and asks that you do the same.

You may think twice about going to see, ‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer.’ At least those of you who may find it hard to wrap your brain around anything that immediately brings to mind (and dare I say unites)?the words?cops?and?love?in the same sentence.

But let me put your mind at ease.

In this sense, LOVE is an acronym for?LEARN (about your community and the people in it),?Open?(your heart to the humanity within),?Volunteer?(your service and skillset where you live), and?Empower?(others to do the same).

Created by producer/director AJ Ali and Academy-award-winning cinematographer Errol Webber as director of photography, ‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer’ features interviews with police officers, faith leaders, educators, activists and more. There is nothing?ordinary about this?film. It’s a documentary that doesn’t ask that you go to your nearest movie theater and check it out, then file it under the “Oh yeah, I saw that film” category as you move on with your life.?It’s?a film with a goal in mind. A film with expectations. A film that begs you to stay present (as in aware), as you move forward.

It may cause you to think of something Barack Obama said in his Final Speech as president.

“If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing.? If you?re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.? Show up.? Dive in.? Persevere.”

You want to see things change as it relates to?walking while Black?

This film will test just how bad you want that to happen. Continue reading