Wednesday watch: I Am Not Your Negro

The new film I Am Not Your Negro takes James Baldwin’s words from an unfinished book and turns them into an examination of race in America that is getting rave reviews.

Watch the trailer for this very timely documentary below. It opens in theaters on February 3.

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Wednesday watch: 17 badass women you probably didn’t hear about in 2016

This year we’re going to need strength to draw from and role models to inspire us. Buzzfeed put together this video of 17 badass women you probably didn’t hear about last year. Check it out and do some research to find out more about these women’s stories.

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Wednesday watch: a community remembrance project

The Equal Justice Initiative is creating a memorial by collecting soil from the sites of lynchings to honor the victims. Watch their video about the project and check out this New Yorker piece for more detail on how the memorial is coming together in an important effort to remind us of our harrowing history.

Wednesday watch: the bigotry of Trump’s cabinet

Despite a campaign driven by racism, Islamophobia and misogyny, some people have taken a wait-and-see attitude, thinking Trump’s rhetoric may have been just that, with no intention of following through.

His cabinet appointments should put that theory to rest, and this video from Think Progress provides a good summary of why we need to be alarmed and prepared to fight back.

Wednesday watch: 5 things to do in the wake of Trump’s victory

A lot of people are reeling after a devastating election and searching around for the best ways to move forward. In this video for Mic.com, Black Lives Matter cofounder Opal Tometi offers 5 helpful things to keep in mind as we get ready to fight back.

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Wednesday watch: 13th

Ava DuVernay’s 13th is a sobering and necessary look at the throughline from slavery to mass incarceration. DuVernay’s stellar group of experts, including Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson and Van Jones, walk you through the steps from slavery to Jim Crow to the exploding prison-industrial complex and the devastating impact it’s had on communities of color. There’s also a chilling segment on Donald Trump that is required viewing for anyone who doesn’t understand why so many communities are terrified at his election victory.

Check out the trailer below, and watch the whole film on Netflix.

Wednesday watch: Philando

Drummer Kendrick Scott created this moving and painful tribute to Philando Castile, who was shot by police in Minnesota while he was in his car reaching for his ID while his girlfriend and her daughter watched.

The video combines drumming with heartbreaking audio clips from the Facebook live video by Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds. Scott talked to Mic.com about the importance of highlighting these injustices through art, saying “The more and more we point it out in our art, we’ll show people what the real and true truth is.”