Alex Juhasz's Podcast "Black Lives Matter: A Cultural Change About How We Make Sense of Information Required"

This emergency episode was made quickly during a time of uprising following the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and countless other African Americans by police. We begin with Gerard G reading his poem “Black Lives Matter.” He is a member of the group Poets of Course, a New York City-based collective of intellectually disabled adults who write poetry. The group began working with the Fake News Poetry project in 2018; we’ve made scores of poems, videos, and audio recordings about the relations between disability, social media, lies, oppression, and expression. As the project hopes, this collective engagement in service of artmaking leads to more conversation. We listen in as Gerard and his mother, Vanessa Grant, use his poetry as a vehicle, receptacle, and excuse to teach, learn, and listen. Together they discuss safety and danger for Black men in America. We are granted permission to hear one Black mother’s rendition of “the talk,” reinforcing her family’s daily practices of staying safe. In so doing, the Grants make manifest one example of the project’s core commitment to pedagogy, hardtruth #18: a cultural change about how we make sense of information required.

Join us in the change! Read or respond to a poem or hardtruth found at the online primer of digital media literacy, #100hardtruths-#fakenews or fakenews-poetry.org. Organize your own Fake News Poetry Workshop. Reach out with questions or content @ 100hardtruths@gmail.com. Twitter: @100HardTruths Instagram: @100hardtruths YouTube: 100 Hard Truths #BlackLivesMatter #BlackDisabledLivesMatter

See this original hardtruth:

hardtruth #18: a cultural change about how we make sense of information required

See the poetic response to hardtruth #18:

hurt stress

See hardtruth #44:
#44, black lives matter

To see a poetic response to hardtruth #44:
Black Lives Matter

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