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Feel the Beat! Detroit Movement Festival 2018 is here!






MAY 26 – 28



“… a festival unlike anything else, dedicated to the realest DJs, the best MCs, and the rough gem of a city that made all this music possible.” Billboard Dance

More than just a well-curated event, Movement is a celebration of techno and the city where it came from.Resident Advisor

 “I thought I was pretty music-savvy beforehand but, after attending Movement, I feel like I’ve been lied to my entire life.” Pineapple Guy


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DETROIT, April 19, 2018—Movement Electronic Music Festival is pleased to announce its 2018 stage lineups and programming, featuring over 85 performances inside Detroit’s legendary Hart Plaza on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. Single-day and Weekend Passes are available by CLICKING HERE.


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Movement Festival 2018

In keeping with the tradition of providing the best festival experience, this year’s event will include the festival’s original five stages and will feature new designs and elements for the Red Bull Music Stage, Stargate Stage and the Pyramid Stage. More information will be posted to the festival’s social media channels following the set times announcement.

This year’s stages are as follows: Movement Stage, Red Bull Music Stage, Stargate Stage, Pyramid Stage and Resident Advisor Underground Stage. Red Bull Radio will be live streaming from the Red Bull Music Stage throughout the festival weekend on

Detroit Yoga Labs will once again host Movement Yoga on-site, taking place on Sunday (May 27) and Monday (May 28) at the Pyramid Stage.

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Day 1 (Saturday, May 26)

Dirtybird label boss Claude VonStroke will close out the Movement Stage for the first time. The Movement Stage will also feature performances by Justin Martin, Solardo, and Dirtybird’s rising star Fisher. Meanwhile, Carl Craig and friends will take over the newly-designed Stargate Stage for another edition of Detroit Love; and the Resident Advisor Underground Stage will host one of Detroit’s most celebrated labels, Interdimensional Transmissions, for a day reminiscent of the group’s famous warehouse parties, featuring performances by Ectormorph – live, Marco Shuttle, Helena Hauff and many more; festival favorites Maceo Plex, Ida Engberg, Christian Smith and Lee Burridge will all take the helm performing on the newly-designed Pyramid Stage.

Day 1 (Saturday, May 26) lineup highlights: Claude VonStroke, DJ Hype b2b Hazard, Carl Craig, Luciano, Ectomorph – live, Maceo Plex, Too $hort, Helena Hauff, Ida Engberg, Lee Burridge, Justin Martin, Stacey Pullen, Fisher, Bevlove, Solardo, Waajeed – live, Christian Smith

Day 2 (Sunday, May 27)

The Movement Stage will feature a rare b2b closing set by Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers. Meanwhile, legendary French producer, DJ and radio host Laurent Garnier makes his long-awaited return to the festival for closing duties on the Red Bull Music Stage; featuring additional performances by Modeselektor

(DJ set), Shigeto – live, and Avalon Emerson just to name a few; Sunday’s Pyramid Stage is stacked with global talent from start to finish, featuring Nastia, Tiga, Marcel Dettmann and Nina Kraviz to close it out.

Day 2 (Sunday, May 27) lineup highlights: Loco Dice b2b The Martinez Brothers, Laurent Garnier, John Digweed, Kevin Saunderson, Ø [Phase], Nina Kraviz, Modeselektor (DJ set), Eats Everything, KiNK – live, Marcel Dettmann, Shigeto – live, Anthony Parasole, Tiga, Nastia, Avalon Emerson, Eddie Fowlkes

Day 3 (Monday, May 28)

Movement 2018 closes out with a special performance by all nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan celebrating the legendary hip-hop group’s 25th anniversary and their classic debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers); Meanwhile, one of the most talked about Techno artists in 2017, Charlotte de Witte makes her Movement debut on the Resident Advisor Underground Stage; plus, Mad Decent label boss and producer Diplo returns to the festival for a closing set on the Red Bull Music Stage following acclaimed jazz and hip-hop quartet BADBADNOTGOOD; and, the Stargate Stage will host some of dance music’s brightest young talent out today, including REZZ, Mija, and J.Phlip.

Day 3 (Monday, May 28) lineup highlights: Wu-Tang Clan 25th Anniversary, Charlotte de Witte, Dubfire, Joseph Capriati, Diplo, REZZ, BADBADNOTGOOD, Mija, J.Phlip, DJ Stingray, DJ Premier, Phuture – live with IAN Live, Mark Flash, Hito, Inner City – live, Golf Clap


Movement 2018 Single-Day, GA Weekend, and VIP Weekend Passes are now available at A limited number of the coveted Club313 Passes remain.


About Movement

Each year on Memorial Day weekend, thousands of people from across the globe gather in the birthplace of Techno to celebrate the heritage of Detroit and its musical influence over countless generations, new and old. Movement Music Festival is one of the longest-running dance music events in the world, committed to showcasing authentic electronic music and providing an experience unlike any other. The festival takes place in Hart Plaza – Detroit’s legendary riverfront destination.

Awards and accolades received by the festival and producer include:

  • Resident Advisor’s “Festival of the Month” for May 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2007
  • “The 16 Best Festivals of 2016” Magnetic Magazine 2017
  • “16 of Summer’s Best Music Fests” Jetsetter Magazine 2016
  • “Summer 2016’s 30 Must-See Music Festivals” Rolling Stone
  • #2 on Beatport’s “15 Incredible Techno Festivals to Hit in 2015”
  • New York Times “50 Essential Summer Festivals” in 2015
  • “50 Must-See Music Festivals of 2015” Rolling Stone
  • #2 on THUMP’s “10 North American Festivals That Won 2014”
  • #5 on inthemix list of “12 Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss in 2014”
  • #6 on Magnetic Mag’s list of “Most Life-changing EDM Festivals”
  • #8 on Rolling Stone’s list of “Summer 2014’s Must-See Music Festivals”

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From the Editor – April 13, 2018

The recent anniversary of our beloved Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination reminds of his great influence on history. His personal process towards greatness came from self-examination and facing his deepest fears. He stayed true to his convictions and purpose with integrity to teach us all how to be better. His archetypal shift into becoming a leader, prophet, and challenger for the purpose of expressing his greatest passion–elevating humanity towards compassion, inclusion, unconditional love, and acceptance.  This lives on in all of us and is a template for courage. “Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear,” said Martin Luther King.

By examining our deepest fears, which are tied to old paradigms, a new world of unlimited possibilities open. Today, we once again face uncertainty and challenges. We hope that Soulivity Magazine becomes the powerful platform where you have the opportunity to take a deep dive into your inner landscape and step into your own style of greatness.  Soulivity Magazine guest interviews grace us with unique roadmaps to happiness through personal archetypal shifts into self-awareness and self-examination – the foundation for creating an exceptional life.

When you change, everything around you changes. When you bring yourself to a higher standard, you show others how it can be done. Changing for the better offers you more happiness and stronger and healthier connections, as well. When you make an archetypal paradigm shift, friends, family, community, and the world benefits from your example. This is my dream actualized for Soulivity Magazine! You are part of the tribe that is forging powerful shifts in this challenged world we find ourselves in today.

Instead of focusing on polarity, we focus on inclusion. Instead of “either/or” thinking, we shift into “all as one.”  As we step into the sacred process of healing wounds and move beyond old patterns, we take courageous bold steps into the unknown, knowing that ‘we got this!’

I thank you for the opportunity to grace your lives through these Soulivity Magazine interviews, knowing that we are all at the right place, at the right time, putting our best selves forward as examples of love, bravery, and solidarity.  Go out there and rock your world today! Continue living with soul–and be the courageous warrior you were born to be!

With love,


Brian Westley Johnson is the managing editor-in-chief of Soulivity Magazine, an online magazine-journal which reaches over 150K people monthly across the globe.  For over 25 years, Brian has spent his life traveling the world as a business development professional using his skills and demonstrable expertise in sales and marketing strategy and execution to assist enterprising medium and large organizations in achieving growth targets.  Now, he has dedicated his life to a new mission – to support everyone in living their highest quality life with passion, purpose, and joy.


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Soulivity LIVE! Special Guest: Michelle Cruz Rosado, April 3, 2018

About Michelle Cruz Rosado

As the voice for humanity’s evolutionary movement, Michelle (Mikaila) Cruz Rosado is the co-founder of Rosado Companies, LLC and has created a dynamic enterprise that is devoted to empowering people from all walks of life.

Rosado’s dreams of entrepreneurship were manifested while working in the marketing department at an investment-banking firm in New York City. After being there for over a year she began to feel that her career was becoming stagnant. She began taking classes at the New York Institute of Photography and even took classes in web design at New York University. Rosado found herself frustrated that her ideas for change in the department fell on deaf ears. Then, on the morning of September 11, 2001, when she was at her desk on the 95th floor of Tower 2 in the World Trade Center, her life was changed forever.

“I finally realized…those trivial ideas no longer mattered. I was alive, and there was a reason for my presence here. I worked in a great office, had a great job and wonderful co-workers; in an instant, it was all gone.”

During her journey in network marketing, Rosado discovered her gift for public speaking. She presented to audiences of 15-20 people one or two times a week, and she also conducted sales training to existing members. Mikaila immersed herself in books on speaking and sales techniques, and she began traveling throughout the United States to do presentations and train their salespeople. The audiences grew to 500, then 1,000. She found her true passion—inspiring, motivating and empowering people to reach their highest limits.

Having received several awards, she has also been featured on TV and radio networks such as CNN, NBC Nightly News, FOX, and BBC.

Find out more about Michelle Cruz Rosado, her website, and book here:
Michelle Cruz Rosado
Pursuing Your Destiny: How to Overcome Adversity and Achieve Your Dreams

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Langston Hughes’ hidden influence on MLK

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Martin Luther King Jr.‘s dream – which alternated between shattered and hopeful – can be traced back to Hughes’ poetry.
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Jason Miller, North Carolina State University

For years, Martin Luther King Jr. and poet Langston Hughes maintained a friendship, exchanging letters and favors and even traveling to Nigeria together in 1960.

In 1956, King recited Hughes’ poem “Mother to Son” from the pulpit to honor his wife Coretta, who was celebrating her first Mother’s Day. That same year, Hughes wrote a poem about Dr. King and the bus boycott titled “Brotherly Love.” At the time, Hughes was much more famous than King, who was honored to have become a subject for the poet.

But during the most turbulent years of the civil rights movement, Dr. King never publicly uttered the poet’s name. Nor did the reverend overtly invoke the poet’s words.

You would think that King would be eager to do so; Hughes was one of the Harlem Renaissance’s leading poets, a master with words whose verses inspired millions of readers across the globe.

However, Hughes was also suspected of being a communist sympathizer. In March of 1953, he was even called to testify before Joseph McCarthy during the Red Scare.

Meanwhile, King’s opponents were starting to make similar charges of communism against him and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference, accusing the group of being a communist front. The red-baiting ended up serving as some of the most effective attacks against King and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

It forced King to distance his organization from men with similar reputations – Bayard Rustin, Jack O’Dell and even his closest adviser, Stanley Levison.

It also meant he needed to sever any overt ties to Hughes.

But my research has found traces of Hughes’ poetry in King’s speeches and sermons. While King might not have been able to invoke Hughes’ name, he was nonetheless able to ensure that Hughes’ words would be broadcast to millions of Americans.

Beating back the red-baiters

In the 1930s, Hughes earned a subversive reputation by writing several radical poems. In them, he criticized capitalism, called for worker’s to rise up in revolution and claimed racism was virtually absent in communist countries such as the U.S.S.R.

By 1940, he had attracted the attention of the FBI. Agents would sneak into his readings, and J. Edgar Hoover derided Hughes’ poem “Goodbye Christ” in circulars he sent out in 1947.

Red-baiting also fractured black political and social organizations. For example, Bayard Rustin was forced to resign from the SCLC after African-American Congressman Adam Clayton Powell threatened to expose Rustin’s homosexuality and his past association with the Communist Party USA.

Langston Hughes.
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As the leading figure in the civil rights movement, King had to toe a delicate line. Because he needed to retain popular support – as well as be able to work with the Kennedy and Johnson administrations – there could be no question about where he stood on the issue of communism.

So King needed to be shrewd about invoking Hughes’ poetry. Nonetheless, I’ve identified traces of no fewer than seven of Langston Hughes’ poems in King’s speeches and sermons.

In 1959, the play “A Raisin in the Sun” premiered to rave reviews and huge audiences. Its title was inspired by Hughes’ poem “Harlem.”

“What happens to a dream deferred?” Hughes writes. “Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? … Or does it explode?”

Just three weeks after the premiere of “A Raisin in the Sun,” King delivered one of his most personal sermons, giving it a title – “Shattered Dreams” – that echoed Hughes’ imagery.

“Is there any one of us,” King booms in the sermon, “who has not faced the agony of blasted hopes and shattered dreams?”

He’d more directly evoke Hughes in a later speech, in which he would say, “I am personally the victim of deferred dreams.”

Hughes’ words would also become a rallying cry during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

During the grind of the year-long boycott, King spurred activists on by pulling from “Mother to Son.”

“Life for none of us has been a crystal stair,” King proclaimed at the Holt Street Baptist Church, “but we must keep moving.” (“Well, son, I’ll tell you / Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair,” Hughes wrote. “But all the time / I’se been a-climbin’ on.”)

Did Hughes inspire the dream?

King’s best-known speech is “I Have a Dream,” which he delivered during the 1963 March on Washington.

Nine months before the famous march, King gave the earliest known delivery of the “I Have a Dream” speech in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. (We can also now finally hear this connection after the reel-to-reel tape of King’s First Dream was recently discovered.)

But the roots of “I Have a Dream” go back even further. On Aug. 11, 1956, King delivered a speech titled “The Birth of a New Age.” Many King scholars consider this address – which talked about King’s vision for a new world – the thematic precursor to his “I Have a Dream” speech.

In this speech, I recognized what others had missed: King had subtly ended his speech by rewriting Langston Hughes’ “I Dream a World.”

    A world I dream where black or white,
    Whatever race you be, 
    Will share the bounties of the earth
    And every man is free.

It is impossible not to notice the parallels in what would become “I Have a Dream”: I have a dream that one day … little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

The ConversationKing spoke truth to power, and part of that strategy involved riffing or sampling Hughes’ words. By channeling Hughes’ voice, he was able to elevate the subversive words of a poet that the powerful thought they had silenced.

Jason Miller, Professor of English, North Carolina State University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Soulivity LIVE! Special Guest: Paul O’Brien, March 29, 2018

About Paul O’Brien

Paul O’Brien left an executive position in high-tech to invent a new category of multimedia software in 1989. This company would evolve to eventually become the world’s largest astrology and divination website in 2003. He is the author of three books. Paul is a sought-after speaker, visionary, entrepreneur, author, and founder of the Divination Foundation.

His Books

Paul’s newest book, Great Decisions, Perfect Timing: Cultivating Intuitive Intelligence, is an autobiographical, part how-to manual for intuitive decision-making and part holistic philosophy.

A previous book, The Visionary I Ching: A Book of Changes for Intuitive Decision Making, is a beautifully illustrated eBook that offers readers a tool for intuitive insight and managing change. The Visionary I Ching is a non-sexist, non-militarist interpretation of the oldest classical divination systems. The Ebook is illustrated with Joan Larimore’s I-Ching inspired art for each of the 64 hexagrams. The modern Taoist text renders this ancient system ever more useful as an intuitive decision-making aid for modern times. (Note: The Visionary I Ching is now available as a smartphone app available from both Apple and Google stores, complete with an authentic way to cast a reading using a phone or tablet.)

Paul’s first book, Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God, was a study of how classical divination systems (like the I Ching) can be used to help people make better decisions that result in better relationships, greater success and less stress. In all of his work, Paul shows how you can stimulate your intuition to think outside the box to solve problems that logic can’t handle — especially strategic personal and professional decisions we now must make more quickly than ever. In an easy-to-read manner, the Divination book academically explains how divination systems work, their history, psychology, and how to apply such tools for activating intuition, making great decisions and realizing optimum results. (from the Divination Foundation)

Find out more about Paul O’Brien, his foundation, and books here:
Divination Foundation
Great Decisions, Perfect Timing: Cultivating Intuitive Intelligence (release Feb 2015)
The Visionary I Ching: A Book of Changes for Intuitive Decision Making, (Divination Press, January 2013)
Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God (Visionary Networks Press, July 2007)

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Soulivity LIVE! Special Guest: Dr. Rocco Errico, March 15, 2018

Dr. Rocco A. Errico is an ordained minister, international lecturer and author, spiritual counselor, and one of the nation’s leading Biblical scholars working from the original Aramaic Peshitta texts. For ten years he studied intensively with Dr. George M. Lamsa, Th.D., (1890-1975), world-renowned Assyrian biblical scholar and translator of the Holy Bible from the Ancient Eastern Text. Dr. Errico is proficient in Aramaic and Hebrew exegesis, helping thousands of readers and seminar participants understand how the Semitic context of culture, language, idioms, symbolism, mystical style, psychology, and literary amplification—Seven Keys that unlock the Bible—are essential to understanding this ancient spiritual document.

Dr. Errico’s publications include: Let There Be Light: The Seven Keys, And There Was Light, The Mysteries of Creation: The Genesis Story, The Message of Matthew, Setting a Trap for God: The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus, Sodom and Gomorrah: What Really Happened, Classical Aramaic Book 1. He is also the co-author, with Dr. Lamsa, of 13 Aramaic Light biblical commentaries (seven on the New Testament and six on the Old Testament).

Dr. Errico is the recipient of numerous awards and academic degrees, including a Doctorate in Philosophy from the School of Christianity in Los Angeles; a Doctorate in Divinity from St. Ephrem’s Institute in Sweden; and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the School of Christianity in Los Angeles. In 1993, the American Apostolic University College of Seminarians awarded him a Doctorate of Letters. He also holds a special title of Teacher, Prime Exegete, Maplana d’miltha dalaha, among the Federation of St. Thomas Christians of the order of Antioch. In 2002, Dr. Errico was inducted into the Morehouse College Collegium of Scholars.

Dr. Errico is a featured speaker at conferences, symposia, and seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe and has been a regular contributor for over 30 years to Science of Mind Magazine, a monthly journal founded in 1927. He began his practice as an ordained minister and pastoral counselor in the mid-1950s and during the next three decades served in churches and missions in Missouri, Texas, Mexico, and California. Throughout his public work, Dr. Errico has stressed the nonsectarian, open interpretation of Biblical spirituality, prying it free from 2000 years of rigid orthodoxy, which, according to his research, is founded on incorrect translations of the original Aramaic texts.

Dr. Errico established the Noohra Foundation in 1970 in San Antonio, Texas, as a non-profit, non-sectarian spiritual-educational organization devoted to helping people of all faiths to understand the Near Eastern background and Aramaic interpretation of the Bible. In 1976, he relocated the Noohra Foundation in Irvine, California, where it flourished for 17 years. The next seven years, the Noohra Foundation operated in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in September 2001, it relocated to Smyrna, Georgia, where Dr. Errico is Dean of Biblical Studies for Dr. Barbara King’s School of Ministry, Hillside International Truth Center in Atlanta.

Under the auspices of the Noohra Foundation, Dr. Errico continues to lecture for colleges, civic groups and churches of various denominations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.


Find out more about Dr. Errico, his latest books, and the Noohra Foundation here:
Dr. Rocco Errico
Let There Be Light: The Seven Keys
And There Was Light
The Mysteries of Creation: The Genesis Story

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Soulivity LIVE! Special Guests: Jesse and Melva Johnson, March 13, 2018

As Marriage/Couples/Relationship Coaches & Counselors, Jesse and Melva Johnson are committed to supporting healthy relationships. Jesse and Melva Johnson personally know the ups and downs of relationships as they have been practicing in theirs for over 30 years!

They have over 60+ years of combined experience as psychotherapists, relationship educators, workshop leaders, public speakers, authors, and consultants. Melva holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and is a certified Imago Relationship Therapist, Workshop Presenter, and Consultant. Jesse holds a Master’s Degree in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology from the Michigan Graduate School of Professional Psychology and is a certified Imago Relationship Therapist and Consultant.

Jesse and Melva have worked hard to live the message they teach—in their marriage and family, and as business partners.  Their marital journey began as a “blended family.” They were determined to create a successful life experience for themselves, and their two minor sons from Jesse’s previous marriage. To be successful, they had to overcome the internal and external influences, pressures, and conflicts that often tear families like ours apart.

Through the study of marriage and family therapies, marriage education programs, “trial and error,” an ongoing shared commitment, continuous dialogue, problem-solving, goal setting, planning, cooperation, and mutual support, they have successfully created the kind of marriage, family, and professional life they desired. They are excited whenever they have the opportunity to share these tools with other couples to enable them to also create the relationship they’ve also longed for.

Jesse and Melva are the authors of Mining for Gold in Your Marriage: 12 Step Journey to Uncover the Hidden Treasures in Your Marriage. They have also appeared on local and national radio and television shows and been featured in numerous print media.


Find out more about Jesse and Melva, their latest book, and couples communication series here:
Website: Jesse and Melva Johnson
Book: Mining for Gold In Your Relationships
Online Relationship Series: Communicate to Connect

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When the Media Cover Mass Shootings, Would Depicting the Carnage Make a Difference?


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Some argue that news coverage of shootings is too sanitized.

Nicole Smith Dahmen, University of Oregon

Since 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, we’ve seen public calls for the release of crime scene photos – the idea being that the visceral horror evoked by images of young, brutalized bodies could spur some sort of action to combat the country’s gun violence epidemic.

The day after the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, a Slate article echoed the demand for crime scene photos to be released, arguing that if Americans could actually see the bloodshed, we might finally say, “Enough is enough.”

As a scholar who specializes in photojournalism ethics, I’ve thought extensively about how journalism can responsibly cover gun violence, balancing the moral imperatives of seeking truth while minimizing harm. I’ve also studied how images can galvanize viewers.

Fundamental questions remain: What is the line between informing audiences and exploiting victims and their families? Should the media find a balance between shocking and shielding audiences? And when it comes to mass shootings – and gun violence more broadly – if outlets did include more bloody images, would it even make a difference?

The limitations of a photo

On the same day of the Parkland shooting, my research on news images of mass shootings was published. Given the intense yet fleeting nature of media coverage, I wanted to examine how news outlets cover these crimes, specifically through the lens of visual reporting.

The study analyzed nearly 5,000 newspaper photos from three school shootings: Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook and Umpqua Community College. Of those images, only 5 percent could be characterized as graphic in nature.

Most depicted the shock and grief of survivors, family and friends. These elements certainly make up an important part of the story. Nonetheless, they create a narrative where, as the Slate article put it, “mass shootings are bloodless.”

Does that matter?

Research has shown that when audiences feel emotionally connected with news events, they’re more likely to change their views or take action. Photographs of violence and bloodshed can certainly serve as a conduit for this emotional connection. Their realism resonates, and they’re able to create a visceral effect that can arouse a range of emotions: sorrow, disgust, shock, anger.

But the power of images is limited. After particularly shocking images appear, what we tend to see are short bursts of activism. For example, in 2015, following the publication of the harrowing image of a drowned Syrian boy lying facedown in the sand, donations to the Red Cross briefly spiked. But within a week, they returned to their typical levels.

The ethics of violent imagery

If a graphic image can inspire some action – even it’s minimal and fleeting – do media outlets have an obligation to run more photos of mass shooting victims?

Perhaps. But other concerns need to be weighed.

For one, there are the victims’ families. Widely disseminated images of their massacred loved ones could no doubt add to their already unthinkable grief.

Moreover, we exist in a media landscape that overwhelms us with images. Individual photographs become harder to remember, to the point that even graphic ones of bloodshed could fade into ubiquity.

Another concern is the presentation of these images. As media consumers, so much of what we see comes from manipulated, sensationalized and trivialized social media feeds. As a colleague and I wrote last year, social media “begs us to become voyeurs” as opposed to informed news consumers. In a digital environment, these images could also be easily appropriated for any number purposes – from pornography to hoaxes – and spread across social media, to the point that their authenticity will be lost.

There’s another unintended consequence: Grisly images could inspire another mass shooting. Research indicates that news coverage of mass shootings – and in particular the attention given to body counts and the perpetrators themselves – can have a contagious effect on would-be mass killers.

Journalism has a responsibility to inform audiences, and sometimes a graphic image does that in a way that words can’t.

However this doesn’t mean that any and all gruesome images should be published. There are professional guidelines for deciding whether to publish these types of images – mainly, to consider the journalistic purpose of publishing them and the “overriding and justifiable need to see” them.

The extent to which graphic images should be present in our news media is an ongoing debate. And it’s one that must continue.

A new image emerges

Following mass shootings, there’s a predictable pattern of news media coverage. There are the breaking news reports filled with speculation. Then details of the perpetrator emerge. Reporters and pundits question whether or not it was an act of terrorism. Elected officials respond with “thoughts and prayers,” and debates about mental health and gun control rage. Finally, there’s coverage of the vigils and funerals.

But this time, there’s something new: images of resistance.

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are stepping up and demanding action from the country’s elected leaders.

In an impassioned speech, senior Emma Gonzalez chastised lawmakers, stating, “We are up here standing together because if all our government and president can do is send thoughts and prayers, then it’s time for victims to be the change that we need to see.”

This, in the end, may prove to be more effective than any images of bloodshed or grief. Fanning across the news outlets and social media networks, these images of resistance seem to be spurring action, with school walkouts and nationwide protests against gun violence in the works.

Illustrations of protest, courage and resilience – from high school students, no less – might have the power to sink in.

The ConversationPerhaps it will be these images – not those of bloodied victims – that will stir people from complacency and move them to action.

Nicole Smith Dahmen, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Soulivity LIVE! Special Guest: Crystal McCrary, February 20, 2018

Crystal McCrary is an award-winning film, television producer, director and author. She began her career practicing entertainment law with the New York City firm of Paul Weiss before leaving to pursue a full-time career in writing, directing and producing.  Since that time, she has written for several magazines, published two New York Times best-selling novels, and produced original programming for TV & Film including HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE, GOTHAM DIARIES and INSPIRATION: Profiles of Black Women Changing Our World.  She also produced the independent film DIRTY LAUNDRY (FOX Films) and for six seasons Ms. McCrary served as co-creator/executive producer for the NAACP Image Award-nominated BET documentary series LEADING WOMEN and LEADING MEN which profiled women and men who have impacted the country socially, politically and culturally. She also created and executive produced the three-part documentary series INSIDE: Black Culture profiling The Studio Museum in Harlem, Evidence Dance Company and Abyssinian Baptist Church.Ms. McCrary directed and produced the feature-length documentary along with Amar’e Stoudemire, LITTLE BALLERS, which premiered on Nickelodeon Sports in February 2015.  She also produced and directed the Nickelodeon Sports series  LITTLE BALLERS INDIANA with WNBA ALL-Star Skylar Diggins which premiered March 2017.  She just completed her second short documentary about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and is working on two new films, a television series and a new book!

Dedicated to and outspoken on education, children’s rights and women’s issues, Ms. McCrary has appeared on several national television shows including Good Morning America, The TODAY Show, and CNN. Ms. McCrary has also appeared as a guest co-host on ABC’s The View.  She has also interviewed President Bill Clinton and Mayor Michael Bloomberg for her television shows.  Ms. McCrary was named to Crain’s-New York Business Forty Under Forty.

Ms. McCrary is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and New York University School of Law and American University (J.D., 1995).  Ms. McCrary also studied International European Community Law in Paris, France.  She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.


The Moment is Now: NAACP LDF 31st National Equal Justice Award Dinner


Find out more about Crystal McCrary and her books here:
IMDb Profile
Crystal McCrary, Film/TV Producer and Director
Inspiration: Profiles of Black Women Changing Our World (March 1, 2012)
Gotham Diaries: A Novel (July 7, 2004)
Homecourt Advantage (February 1, 2011)

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Black Panther Roars. Are We Listening?

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Letitia Wright in Black Panther. Popular discussions about the movie demonstrate a desire for representation in commercial media.

Benjamin Woo, Carleton University

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, opening tonight in theatres across Canada and the United States, is pretty much guaranteed to be a hit. It set records for advance ticket sales on Fandango, its soundtrack album debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts and industry estimates point to opening-weekend revenues as high as US$170 million.

Director Ryan Coogler and star Chadwick Boseman appeared on the cover of the industry trade magazine Variety, while British GQ styled actor Michael B. Jordan to recall Black Panther Party activists. The red-carpet premiere made a splash on celebrity and fashion blogs, and it’s the most-tweeted-about film of the year. Marvel’s had big hits before. But this feels like something different.

Ahead of its time

The Black Panther, also known as King T’Challa of Wakanda, was created as a comic book hereo in 1966 by artist Jack Kirby and writer/editor Stan Lee. Although considered the first Black superhero in American comics, this is not the first time we’ve seen a Black superhero in the cinema. Comedian Robert Townsend gave us Meteor Man in 1993, Shaquille O’Neal portrayed the DC Comics character Steel in 1997 and Wesley Snipes starred as Blade the Vampire Hunter in three films beginning in 1998.

This is, however, the first Black-led superhero film since comic book movies became, in the words of Liam Burke, “modern Hollywood’s leading genre.”

Cover, Black Panther (2016) #1.
Grand Comics Database

Much as T’Challa’s first appearance in print — in the Fantastic Four issue #52 in July 1966 — predated the founding of the Black Panther Party by a few months; the decision to bring him to the silver screen 50 years later ran ahead of major shifts in the discourse about diversity and representation in the entertainment industries.

The project was announced as part of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in October 2014, a few months before April Reign launched the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to draw attention to the racialized economy of recognition in Hollywood, and more than a year before the #whitewashedOUT campaign focused on the casting of white actors in roles written as Asian or Asian-American. It came before Moonlight’s dramatic win for Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Sight still unseen by most, Black Panther has been embraced as a triumphant rejoinder in our long, difficult conversations about race and the legacies of colonialism and slavery. The New York Times Magazine hails it as a “defining moment for black America,” while the Globe and Mail says its treatment of the Black experience “resonates across the diaspora.”

Michael B Jordan and Chadwick Boseman.

In a short video clip I first encountered on Twitter, three young men admire the film’s poster, exclaiming, “This is what y’all feel all the time? I would love this country, too.” Activists, educators and scholars from racialized communities have long raised concerns about under-representation and stereotyping in the media and their impact on self-esteem and identity.

While it is difficult to draw a direct, causal line from watching a movie to an improved sense of self-worth or well-being, it is undeniable that Black Panther —with its nearly all-Black cast, stylish use of hip-hop, lush costuming, and setting in the proudly uncolonized, technologically advanced nation of Wakanda —is giving many of us who have felt under-served by Hollywood a language with which to speak our aspirations.

Box office politics

While echoing the broad picture of under-representation, research conducted by Darnell Hunt, Ana-Christina Ramón and Michael Tran at UCLA’s Ralph Bunche Centre for African American Studies also points to the positive incentives towards diversity. Canada and the U.S., which together make up the “domestic” film market, are becoming more diverse, and young people, who are the biggest purchasers of cinema tickets, are the most diverse of all.

As a result, according to Hunt, Ramón and Tran, films with diverse casts have higher global box returns and higher returns on investment. In a New York Times roundtable, Coogler suggested that commercial media production provided a space that could harmonize marginalized communities’ aspirations for representation with economic imperatives:

They say it’s the studio system, but it’s really the people system. It’s who’s running the studio? How are they running it? When you look at Disney with [Tendo Nagenda, executive vice president for production at Walt Disney Studios, and Nate Moore, a producer at Marvel Studios and an executive producer of “Black Panther”], it’s a place that’s interested in representation, not just for the sake of representation, but representation because that’s what works, that’s what’s going to make quality stuff that the world is going to embrace, that’s what leads to success.

The studio’s embrace of diversity may be sincere but it is also strategic.

Black Panther is a case in point. Coogler and his stars speak movingly about the experience of making this film and what it means to them as African-Americans with more or less immediate connections to Africa. But, at the same time, the studio’s embrace of diversity is also a highly strategic move — 18 films into their mega-franchise.

While some critics have begun to call out the ossifying house style of “Marvel movies,” Coogler (like Taika Waititi, director of the recent Thor: Ragnarok) brings a distinctive aesthetic sensibility and critical reputation to bear. The studio may have gambled that the Black film-goers who supported recent films like Hidden Figures and Get Out would pick up the slack as producers reach deeper and deeper into Marvel Comics’ catalogue for characters with less existing brand recognition.

We have yet to see if the increasingly vital international audiences — often rhetorically brought up by studio executives as the obstacle to more diverse casting — will also respond positively?

Marvel Studios and Disney did not make Black Panther in order to say something about race in America. It is, rather, a product designed to fit into a series, offering familiar pleasures with enough difference to keep the whole franchise interesting.

Yet, it arrives at a moment of possibility. Creators involved in its production, at the studio and on set, as well as audiences, have transformed it into a referendum on representation.

The ConversationPutting different faces on movie screens will not solve all our problems, yet the Black Panther phenomenon demonstrates that people are crying out for chances to see themselves and their communities portrayed with dignity and diversity —as heroes, villains and everyone in between. Will the executives who control the purse strings listen ?


Benjamin Woo, Assistant Professor, Carleton University

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