Art imitiating life

I am at a lost for words to describe how it feels to hear the decision of juries for the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases. Hurt, anger, fear, shame, sadness, indifference and grief all at the same time. This is some traumatic kind of living.

“For his part, director Spike Lee took the video of the incident, which went viral, and intercut scenes of Radio Raheem’s death sequence in his seminal 1989 film, “Do The Right Thing,” essentially holding up a mirror to reality, emphasizing how much his art seemingly imitates (or maybe I should say, reflects) real life – still, some 25 years later, since that film’s releaseway.”

h/t Shadow and Act

Work in Progress: Inside Urban Alchemy

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Hey folks! I’m creating a video about the book, Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy to America’s Sorted Out Cities. Written by Mindy Thompson Fullilove, M.D., the acclaimed author of Root Shock, she prescribes an unconventional approach to reconnect and heal America’s broken cities.

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Dr. Fullilove presents the world with a spectacular toolkit for re-envisioning how to help American cities by carefully applying 9 elements of urban restoration (see below).

UAperiodictableFinalIf you have ever questioned why neighborhoods fall apart or even why gentrification happens and what can be done to prevent and heal the damage, read this book.