Caster Runs for Me

by Doyin Ola In South Africa, thousands of miles away from New York City, Caster Semenya lives and breathes.Perhaps she is already training for the next race, picturing a victory not overshadowed by questions about her gender.Two months prior, she emerged out of relative obscurity to shatter this year’s world record and win the gold […]


A Response to “Never Will be Forgotten: Oscar Grant Tribute” I am amazed by the dangerously inadequate level of communication between law enforcement personnel and urban dwellers in our communities. The short film “Never Will be forgotten: Oscar Grant Tribute,” follows the creative process of two Youth Movement Records students as they compose a musical […]

IN THE MAKING: Sabrina Gordon on Remix: Outside Looking In

Outside Looking In is a wonderful film by Phil Bertelsen about transracial adoption that is both parts exploration and introspection. Phil shares his personal struggle with racial and cultural identity as a black boy being raised by white parents.  Although they are caring, loving and nurturing, his parents are unable to provide Phil with the […]

How the Urban Chameleon Came To Be

One day, a group of friends were sitting around trying to think of a term that best describes people like us who approach the world from parallel perspectives, having mastered the skill of seamlessly transitioning into white America—from its private grade school classrooms, ivy league universities, and corporate board rooms—back out into our bilingual/patois/urban slang […]

IN THE MAKING: Rebecca Cerese on “February One”

written by Rebecca Cerese The many powerful gender messages sent via peers, the media and popular culture offer a very aggressive, one-sided view of manhood. In my opinion these messages help to perpetuate the violence that pervades our society, and discourages men from allowing themselves to feel real emotion, because they don’t want be perceived […]

IN THE MAKING: Angela Tucker on “Invisible Men”

written by Angela Tucker As someone born and raised in New York, I have come in contact with homeless men and women my entire life. My childhood friend, Kim Gittens has worked at various homeless organizations throughout the city. Through her stories, she has revealed to me a clear and real face to an invisible […]

Gregory’s Rooftop

written by Kagendo Murungi One of the things I love about GREGORY (Invisible Men) is how director/editor Angela Tucker presents both the film’s subject, Gregory and the issue of homelessness in a humanizing and visually pleasing way. This was a refreshing change from mainstream news’ once or twice a year profile of ‘the homeless’ as […]