encore interviewed the “Liberal Redneck” comedian Trae Crowder back in 2018 before his wellRED comedy tour’s stopover at the Wilson Center. Dubbed the “Liberal Redneck” in his viral YouTube series, he uses his comedy, persona, platform and thick-as-molasses Tennessee accent to explain his progressive stance on social justice issues like Black Lives Matter. At the time, he told us he was tickled to visit … Continue reading LIVESTREAM LAUGHS: Trae Crowder and his wellRED friends will cut up this Friday in ‘Cornteen Comedy’
Of all the guests planned for the Pearls to the Polls Rally, none quite match the stature and spectacle of the Baby Trump balloon. Continue reading FULL OF HOT AIR: Women Organizing for Wilmington bring Baby Trump to Pearls to the Polls Rally
The Pinkerton Raid will take the concept of their album one step further when they play at Walking Tall’s summer BBQ at Good Hops this weekend. Continue reading WALK INTO THE WILD: The Pinkerton Raid’s Jesse James DeConto talks latest album and Walking Tall Wilmington
A lot of folks are still recovering from November’s election results—not to mention the awkward divide experienced during Thanksgiving family gatherings across the nation. While collectively catching our breath from the overindulgence of Grandma’s stuffing and passionate rhetoric, ILM resident Lauren Krouse has been focused on finding peace during such civil and political unrest. “[My family and I] tried to reach across the aisle,” she tells, … Continue reading UNIFYING THE DIVIDE: Wilmington’s Gathering for Peace welcomes open-minded responses to political and civil unrest
Published in encore magazine July 12, 2016
“The two shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile show that we are still in a system of racism,” local filmmaker Christopher Everett (“Wilmington on Fire”) says about the two men most recently shot and killed by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. He reflects upon the unimaginable sniper shooting at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, too—one of hundreds, if not thousands, held last Wednesday across the country in response to the murders of Sterling and Castile. Five police officers were killed and several others were injured.
“Tragic events like this are nothing new,” Everett continues. “Black people in America have been victims of this type of police use of deadly force [for years], but now the whole world is seeing it because of cell phone technology and social media. . . . Films like ‘Out of Darkness’ examine and discuss what has just happened (police use of deadly force).”
“Out of Darkness” is a three-part documentary by director Amadeuz Christ (Δ+) which explores the history of African people, African cultural contributions to the world, and the events that led to issues impacting African-American communities today. Because of the support and reception he had for “Wilmington on Fire” last year, Everett is hosting a screening of “Out of Darkness” at Williston Middle School Auditorium on July 16.
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