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RADIO!

So… I’m making a return to radio. :-)

I’ll be on WFPL’s podcast, Sound on Film, talking about movies and entertainment news. Woo!

Stay tuned for links and ways to listen, etc.

This guy. #louisville (at Barret+Broadway TARC Stop)

This guy. #louisville (at Barret+Broadway TARC Stop)

I am gonna run walk the Ali Shuffle 10k walk/run to raise money for Network Center for Community Change (NC3)!
On April 5th, 2014, I’m gonna walk (and perhaps run a little) a 10k! I’ve walked it before, but as a volunteer. This year, I’m walking for community change! 
With your sponsorship of at least $1 per Kilometer (that’d be 10 bucks!), you’re supporting a wonderful, one-of-a-kind organization doing amazing work in Louisville’s urban core. 
Stuff NC3 is working on:
Mobilizing folks in the hood around civic engagement (Voting, metro government, getting involved in community stuff)
Chalk Talk is a project where we chalk positive messages, school deadlines like FASFA and school registration on sidewalks… we also connect with young people while chalking and strike up positive conversations around education and civic engagement.
Education everything! Supporting High School seniors in their transition to college, leadership development for middle school kids, providing dorm room kits for first-time college goers & staying connected with them throughout their college carreer
Monthly Network Nites! We hold a huge (150ppl +), monthly gathering of community members, activists, service providers and friends to share resources & eat dinner together.
THEY EMPLOY ME & I HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. I am able to pay my bills and stuff because NC3 pays me. :)
And a bonus? 
My partner works at the Ali Institute, so technically you’re supporting the work that we’re BOTH doing. WIN.
I’m positive that if you read this far— you’re moved to make a change!
Make a tax-deductible donation per kilometer (x10) by clicking Make a Donation through Paypal and putting in the memo line: “For Pam’s Ali Shuffle Run!”

I am gonna run walk the Ali Shuffle 10k walk/run to raise money for Network Center for Community Change (NC3)!

On April 5th, 2014, I’m gonna walk (and perhaps run a little) a 10k! I’ve walked it before, but as a volunteer. This year, I’m walking for community change! 

With your sponsorship of at least $1 per Kilometer (that’d be 10 bucks!), you’re supporting a wonderful, one-of-a-kind organization doing amazing work in Louisville’s urban core. 

Stuff NC3 is working on:

  • Mobilizing folks in the hood around civic engagement (Voting, metro government, getting involved in community stuff)
  • Chalk Talk is a project where we chalk positive messages, school deadlines like FASFA and school registration on sidewalks… we also connect with young people while chalking and strike up positive conversations around education and civic engagement.
  • Education everything! Supporting High School seniors in their transition to college, leadership development for middle school kids, providing dorm room kits for first-time college goers & staying connected with them throughout their college carreer
  • Monthly Network Nites! We hold a huge (150ppl +), monthly gathering of community members, activists, service providers and friends to share resources & eat dinner together.
  • THEY EMPLOY ME & I HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. I am able to pay my bills and stuff because NC3 pays me. :)

And a bonus? 

  • My partner works at the Ali Institute, so technically you’re supporting the work that we’re BOTH doing. WIN.

I’m positive that if you read this far— you’re moved to make a change!

Make a tax-deductible donation per kilometer (x10) by clicking Make a Donation through Paypal and putting in the memo line: “For Pam’s Ali Shuffle Run!”

This is really good. It’s a part of a series of “10 Lessons” by Councilwoman Scott and her son. 

(1) BE GRATEFUL: Own that you are privileged to be in college. I speak to young people every day who think that they are not good enough or that they will not succeed in college. And be grateful as Katniss was to the people of District 11 when they sent bread to her after Rue died—bread that they needed for sustenance. When you think about what gives you gratitude and how you will use that gratitude as fuel, I encourage you to be the “Girl on Fire” (or person) for justice!

Read the other 9 lessons here.

louisvillecrew:

Smiles and engagement bounce about at one of the monthly Network Nights hosted by the Network Center for Community Change. A time dedicated to enjoying the company of one another, Network Night is a great opportunity to build our list of friends and colleagues so that we may work together for the future!

Follow my friends over at LouisvilleCrew if you love Louisville.

Especially if you’re a young activist who wants to hook up with other folks who are DOING things.

smoketownsocialclub:

They asked for it! Smoketown residents have repeatedly mentioned a desire for free art classes, so for the next 4 weeks the Smoketown Social Club will host free all ages art workshops focused on issues brought up at last Saturdays, Smoketown community meeting. Please join us and spread the word!!

Follow the Smoketown Social Club for more details & pictures of their happenings!

smoketownsocialclub:

They asked for it! Smoketown residents have repeatedly mentioned a desire for free art classes, so for the next 4 weeks the Smoketown Social Club will host free all ages art workshops focused on issues brought up at last Saturdays, Smoketown community meeting. Please join us and spread the word!!

Follow the Smoketown Social Club for more details & pictures of their happenings!

smoketownsocialclub:

Home Base.

This Saturday at 11am, meet at the Smoketown Social Club (526 Lampton Street) for a Logomaking workshop.

And then? Directly after that?

Join residents and friends for the Smoketown Neighborhood Cleanup Kickoff at 1:00pm!

Negative space artwork done by the art students of the Smoketown Social Club!

smoketownsocialclub:

Hard at work on Interventions assignment, tomorrow is our first critic day.

Do you love art? Do you love Louisville? Do you love the Smoketown Neighborhood?

Follow the Smoketown Social Club as they deepen the connection to the Smoketown neighborhood through artwork, classes, and discover new ways to get involved!

Louisville Magazine

I’m not super shocked, y’all.

I used to write regularly for Louisville.com, which is owned by Louisville magazine.

I went to the Louisville Magazine holiday party. It was held at a beautiful home in the Crescent Hill neighborhood.

I was one of two people of color in attendance. 

How can a group of people who have likely never gotten out of their cars west of 9th street accurately and compassionately tell the stories of a neighborhood they’ve researched for a short period of time.

Louisville Magazine has never actually been a magazine about the entirety of Louisville. It’s a magazine about St Matthews, Crescent Hill, Prospect, The Highlands and a little bit of the Downtown Business District.

It is not a magazine about Shelby Park, Smoketown or the lower income neighborhoods that are still west of those neighborhoods but have “E” on the street addresses. It’s not about South Louisville — beechmont and such, Southwest Louisville —Shively, or neighborhoods like Parkland, California, Russell, Park Duvalle, Portland,  (all neighborhoods in West Louisville) or people of color.

So I feel like the frustration and outrage about Louisville Magazine’s “West Louisville Exists!” issue is the exact same frustration and outrage about the show Girls.

Girls is not comprehensively about girls. Louisville Magazine is lying to itself and others if it thinks it’s comprehensively about Louisville.

Acting!

Just did my first read-through with 80% of the cast of “Suckers,” and I’m feeling pretty great about it!

The director said we did well, and he thinks we’ll be right on track. Opening day is April 11th, which is hella-soon, but everyone is pretty cool, so I think we’ll be alright.

*head-desk*

*head-desk*

FOR INSTANCE

Recently, Louisville opened a walking bridge from here, across the Ohio river to Indiana.

It was a big deal because government had been sitting on its hands about that for at least a decade.

Then on twitter, someone suggested to our mayor that they pump WFPK, our local public music station on the bridge. His people tweeted back saying what a great idea it was, and they’d look into doing it.

WHAT! No!!!

Now, let’s get something straight. I like WFPK.

I adore public media. WFPK even has a concert series in the summer (Which is largely attended by white people) that I REALLY enjoy. 

However the music WFPK plays is mostly Americana, country, rock and college/indie jams. They have a few shows where they program reggae, blues, swing/jazz, but they are not normal daytime programming. When Janelle Monae busts out with a new album, they’ll play her stuff, but she’s not exactly the norm, you feel me?

The idea of playing WFPK all the time on city/state property is oppressive as fuck. You mean to tell me that you’re going to decide what our city listens to? People should be able to listen to their headphones, or have a conversation. 

There are entire neighborhoods that don’t even care if WFPK exists, let alone are they looking for something outside of hip hop, r&b, pop and whatever qualifies for that “Urban” grammy award.

Anyway, it’s just another subversive way of saying, “Black folks, you’re not welcome here.” If I hear country coming from a bridge, I’m going to be concerned that I might end up hanging from said bridge, attached to a rope. 

Fuck that. My tax dollars, and my neighbors tax dollars, paid for that fucking bridge, and I will walk/jog/bike across it without having to listen to twang.

If this terrible idea comes to fruition, expect me to raise all kinds of hell.

This city expects that people of color should lower our standards, accept that white people run the show and be seen and not heard.

I am not about that life, and I will tell white people about it right to their faces everywhere I go, weather they are ready for it or not until they get the point.

Happy Black History Month.