Sacheen Littlefeather

 

Sacheen Littlefeather (1946- ), a Native American activist and actress, is best known for refusing an Academy Award on behalf of Marlon Brando in 1973. He had won Best Actor for playing Don Corleone in “The Godfather” (1972), his most famous role. Brando thought it better to go to the stand-off at Wounded Knee between AIM and the FBI than to go to the Oscars.

She came up on stage dressed in her Northern Traditional powwow dance outfit, refused the Oscar and then said in part:

“He very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry (boos, applause) and on television in movie reruns and also with recent happenings at Wounded Knee.”

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R.I.P. Author and Los Angeles Black Panther Leader Wayne Pharr

 

Wayne Pharr, former Black Panther who fought the Los Angeles Police in a historic gun battle in 1969, passed away on September 6, 2014 at age 64.  After Pharr and his fellow Panthers defended themselves from the long violent attack by the newly formed LAPD SWAT unit, he became a political prisoner who was exonerated of attempted murder and all other serious offenses.  Pharr eventually became a successful realtor in Southern California, a subject of the documentary, “41st and Central”, and most recently authored the well received autobiography, Nine Lives of A Black Panther: A Story of Survival.

 

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Diversity of Asian Americans Overlooked

The above interview was conducted by Laura Flanders of Grit TV and The Nation on the occasion of the release of the Pew Research Center’s report, The Rise of Asian Americans and my response, here, on Race Files.

Community Village‘s insight:

Kudos to Mr. Nakagawa for stepping up to talk about this!

Mass media tends to ignore the diversity of groups and imply that some groups are all bad while other groups are all good.


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I Am Not Trayvon Martin, but I am a father

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“I am a 56 year old white man, whose father came from eastern European immigrants and whose mother came from the Confederate families of Virginia. I am married to an African American woman.  I have a mixed race son of 17 years who I fear for every day.”

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“…this country has not yet moved beyond the racism used to justify the abhorrent institution of slavery. It is more insidious now, being hidden in code language and insinuation rather than explicit statement.”

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“Stand Your Ground is a license to kill – an instrument of oppression.”

Community Village‘s insight:

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Raceless Like Me | Magazine | The Harvard Crimson

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One day last fall, Paula M. Maouyo ’14 sat in front of her laptop in Matthews trying to think of a topic for her Expos paper about racial identity.

When Maouyo was a child, she identified as biracial. Her father is black, originally from Chad and her mother is white and American. But by the time she was nine, she began to move away from a biracial identity.

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July Flashback: Michael Franti (Irish, German, French, African-American, Native American) [American]

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Known as: Poet, Musician, Composer (Founder and lead vocalist for “Michael Franti & Spearhead”; Advocate for many peace and social justice issues; Director of the documentary “I Know I’m Not Alone”, Former member of “The Beatnigs” & “Disposable Heroes”)

Music Videos: Say Hey (I Love You), The Sound of Sunshine, Hey World (Don’t Give Up), Hey Hey Hey, I’ll Be Waiting

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The Incredible Love Story of Nick Vujicic and His Wife.

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Nick Vujicic, born without arms or legs, never thought he would find love. But, God blessed him with a wonderful wife. She loves him for who he is

Community Village‘s insight:

I wonder what segregationists would say to Nick and his wife?

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June Flashback: Sonja Soh (Korean/African-American) [American]

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Known as: Award WinningTV & Film Actress and Activist (Founder of the Baltimore based “reWIRED for Change”)

TV: Kima Greggs in “The Wire”, “Body of Proof”, “Burn Notice”, “Cold Case”, “Brothers & Sisters”

Movies: “Slam”, “Shaft”, “Bringing Out The Dead”, “G”, “Step Up 2: The Streets”

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June Flashback: Philippa Schuyler (Black/White) [American]

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Known as: Child prodigy/genius, pianist & composer, pioneering feminist, journalist, author, war correspondent

More about Philippa: Her compositions were performed by numerous American orchestras by the time she was a teen; She accompanied the New York Philharmonic at age 16; Performed piano all around the world; Influence a rise in learning the piano in the American Black community; Early campaigner against female circumcision in Africa; Rated at over 180 IQ
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Severn Cullis-Suzuki (Japanese/White) [Canadian]

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Known as: Environmental Activist, Speaker, Television Host and Author (Known as “The Girl Who Silenced The World for 5 minutes” for her speech, at the age of 12, to the UN Rio Earth Summit in 1992)

Speeches/Videos: The Girl Who Silenced the World / 20th Anniversary,Severn Suzuki’s speech at the University of British Columbia, RARE: Severn Cullis-Suzuki

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