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We Still Live Here

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Your DGB for today is to buy or rent the documentary We Still Live Here about the Wampanoag tribe--yes THAT Wampanoag tribe. This is the group of people whose ancestors kept the Pilgrims from starving and whose kindness is “honored” annually by American schoolchildren dressed up in brown paper bags. This movie is about their work to revive their ancestral language and preserve their culture.

Please rent or purchase the movie here (rental is only $3.99, purchase is only $9.99):

https://makepeace.vhx.tv/products/we-still-live-here-as-nutayunean

You can learn more about it here: http://www.makepeaceproductions.com/wampfilm.html

Grab some popcorn and fire up your laptop or smart TV.

Watch A Jay-Z Production

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Your DGB for today is to watch a documentary series produced by Shawn Carter (also known as Jay-Z or Mr. Beyonce Knowles.)

Perhaps you already know about the ways in which the Carters have helped move the Black Lives Matter movement forward or maybe you don’t know that they’ve done so quietly, monetarily, so as not to hijack the cause with their celebrity. This article explains some of that well:

https://cassiuslife.com/48866/jay-z-supports-black-lives-matter/

In 2017, Jay, along with the Weinstein Company (no longer affiliated with sex monster Harvey), also produced Time: The Kalief Browder Story. The six part series follows the heart-wrenching tale of Browder’s institutionalization at Rikers Island.

https://www.netflix.com/title/80187052

On July 30th, Jay again turned his dollars into visibility through a new series called Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story airing on BET.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90210836/how-to-watch-the-trayvon-martin-story-online-without-cable

DGB recommends you watch both. You will feel like your lungs have filled with cement, but don’t look away. This is our country and we don’t have the luxury of sparing ourselves.

 

Watch “Nanette”

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Your DGB for today is to watch Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix comedy special, “Nanette.”

This brilliant piece of uncategorizable performance art begins as a smart, funny stand-up comedy about drinking tea, growing up in a small town, and coming out as a lesbian. Gadsby is really good. But then… it gets GREAT. It also stops being, strictly-speaking, stand-up. Or comedy. It’s part confessional, part performance art, part TED talk. She adroitly connects trauma, laughter, sexism, and culture in a mesmerizing show that has made Gadsby, previously largely unknown to American audiences, a household name in recent weeks.

DGB wants you to watch this. The messages embedded in “Nanette” about existing on the margins of society are ones we sorely need, especially in the age of Trump when the margins are under attack more visibly than ever. It’s a tough watch, but not one you have the privilege of missing.

 

Network Television

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Your DGB for today is to support progressive programming from major tv networks.

You may have heard that ABC understandably cancelled Roseanne a few hours after she called a Black woman an ape. Roseanne Barr was problematic way before her racist Ambien tweet got her show pulled, but at least the right thing was eventually done. What can you do now? Support major network tv that is inclusive, diverse, and representative in cast, crew, and storylines. DGB has compiled some of our favorites below.
 

From ABC:

Blackish is a show we cannot say enough good things about. Even though Kenya Barris’ creation often sucker-punches us directly in the feels, we still adore the portrayal of intersectionality and response to current events.
 

From FOX:

Bob’s Burgers does not have many cartoon characters of color, but the show does check several feminist boxes for us. It doesn’t apologize for or fetishize female sexuality, the family structure is one of complete acceptance and equality, and femininity is represented in many forms.
 

From NBC:

Brooklyn 99 (previously on FOX) has become known for its normalization of LGBTQ+ characters and even won a GLAAD Media Award this year for Outstanding Comedy Series. The show also features several well-developed non-white main characters refreshingly free of typecasting.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit of course stars our favorite feminist superhero, Olivia Benson, in addition to the inimitable Ice T. The series is also heavily written and produced by women such as Executive Producer Julie Martin.

Saturday Night Live has been savagely taking down Trump and Co.’s every awful move with a star-studded guest cast added to the already talented team. Five year veteran Michael Che recently became one of the head writers for today’s SNL in addition to making history in 2014 as the first Black co-anchor of Weekend Update.

 

Got a major network show you love? Tweet us @DailyGrabBack and tell us why!

 

Give a Child the Universe

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Your DGB for today is to support the Color of Change campaign to send underprivileged children to see A Wrinkle in Time.

You can read about why the campaign is important here: https://nerdist.com/wrinkle-in-time-free-screenings-color-of-change/ Not only does the movie star people of color, it was also directed by the incomparable Ava DuVernay. You can donate here: http://www.giveachildtheuniverse.com/

Send a child to see the movie and show them kids that look like them on the big screen and give them the universe.

 

Watch A Movie

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February is Black History Month in the U.S. and we would like you to break from white washing and white centering. Today we want you to watch a movie made by, for, about, and starring Black people. Luckily there are dozens of great options and most are available via a streaming service. So check out these lists to find one that intrigues you, pop up some popcorn and celebrate Black artistry.

 

From Huffington Post: 29 Classic Movies to Watch in Honor of Black History Month.

From NYT: 28 Days, 28 Films for Black History Month.

From Buzzfeed: 21 Movies You Need to Watch During Black History Month.

 

Your Black Friend

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Your DGB for today is to check out this animated short about what it feels like to be a white person’s Black friend. If you’re white, perhaps it will make you more sensitive to your friends of color and what they go through on a daily basis. If you’re Black, hopefully it will make you feel seen and heard.

Upworthy both summarizes and expands upon the video here with “Seven Things Black People Want Their Well-Meaning White Friends to Know.” Like the short, it is aimed at white people who feel they are both friends and allies to Black people, but still have blind spots that need addressing. As the article says, “You’re going to have to get uncomfortable.”

Confronting your own racism and privilege is tough, but it’s not nearly as bad as what Your Black Friend puts up with. Tune in and learn how to be a better friend.

 

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

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Your DGB for today is to watch The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. https://www.netflix.com/title/80189623

A transgender woman, Danica Roem, made history this week by being elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. In a plot twist that seems made for the eventual movie, her opponent was a socially conservative author of the state’s Bathroom Bill. But did you know that Roem was not the first trans woman elected to state legislature and that in fact the first one to earn that title was Althea Garrison back in 1992?  We didn’t either, and that’s a problem. It’s time to level up on our transgender history knowledge.

Netflix recently released an excellent documentary on gay rights activist, Marsha Johnson. A search for answers surrounding Johnson’s mysterious death and violence against trans women drive the narrative, however a lot of fascinating people and stories are also encountered, illustrating the impact of one life lived with vibrant authenticity.

Grab some popcorn and your Apple TV remote and get to know an amazing person.

 

Firsts

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Your DGB for today is to watch the trailer for the new Time multimedia project called Firsts. http://time.com/watch-the-trailer-for-time-firsts/

Time is putting out a brand new project that we are beyond pumped for. It's a multimedia project featuring some of our favorite women like Hillary Clinton, Ava DuVernay, and Ellen DeGeneres. The book with interviews from all 45 women will be released in October, but you can watch the trailer now.

In addition to watching the trailer, we want you to help them find other women who have been firsts. You can share stories on social media using #SheIsTheFirst. Are you the first female mayor of your town? Were you the first female executive at your company? First female in your family to attend college? You may be featured.

Watch the trailer, send them your stories, and get inspired to do more. We still have so many glass ceilings to shatter. Let's do it together.

 

Birthright Documentary

Your DGB for today is to watch the trailer for Birthright: A War Story.

Written by Civia Tamarkin and Luchina Fisher, this documentary outlines the attack on women’s rights by the anti-choice movement in America, and has been described as “the real Handmaid’s Tale”. Not just about abortion, Birthright examines the slow chipping away of reproductive rights and the resulting crisis for women’s health justice.

The main film site also has an action page, including shareable promotional graphics for Facebook and Twitter.

Birthright currently has scheduled screenings in several states, with plans for many more, so keep checking their Twitter and website for more release dates and platforms.