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Since the May 5th release of Childish Gambino’s music video, This is America, YouTube has recorded over 181 million views and it has reached No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100. Critics have praised Childish Gambino, the stage name of Donald Glover, for producing a video with so many layers of political commentary which is proking a discussion of modern-day violence and culture in our country.
“I don’t want to give it any context,” Glover said an interview. “I feel like that’s not my place.”
But despite Glover’s reluctance to interpret the video himself, many critics have taken on the job on for him.
According to INSIDER, the gray pants Glover wears in the video are almost identical to those worn by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
The red handkerchief used to handle the guns at the 0:55 and 1:56 mark in the video, INSIDER believes represents the Republican Party, specifically how Republican-dominated states often value the 2nd Amendment over lives.
Chaos continues out of focus while Glover and school children perform a South African dance made famous by Rihanna called Gwana Gwana which Business INSIDER believes symbolizes how black culture is used to distract from black violence.
“Death” on a white horse gallops in the background as Glover and the children dance next to a burning car at 2:37.
17 seconds of silence starting at 2:42 is believed to be used to honor the 17 victims in the Florida Stoneman Douglas High School shooting
The video is packed frame-by-frame with symbols that make a powerful statement about black violence, gun control, white supremacy, and the media.
Black youth in the Oak Park neighborhood in Sacramento shared their responses when first watching the video.
“When I first saw it, I was like “Woah”. It made me think a lot about the black culture in American- like black violence and how people react to it and how a lot of the culture is used as a distraction from the violence,” said Makaylah Porras, a 17-year-old Sacramento High School student.
“There was just so much going on. I was distracted by everything. I had to watch it a good seven times,” said Violet Walker, another 17-year-old Sacramento High School student.
“The first thing I noticed was when he posed back and I saw him shoot the dude in the head. I thought it was interesting. I didn’t get the choir reference until someone explained it to me. I liked how it had an ominous feeling. It portrays how America is basically a facade. It’s not peaceful here, like, THIS is America,” said Layla Dobson, an 18-year-old Sacramento High School Student.
What do you think the symbolism means? You can watch the full music video here:
Access Sacramento seeks applicants for one full time and several part-time jobs beginning later this summer. Basic descriptions are below. Click the links for more details and connection to the on-line or downloadable job applications.
A current resume, cover letter and an official job application are required.
Apply by June 26
Access Sacramento is seeking an entry-level TV Studio Producer/Director/Instructor who can become a jack-of-all-trades utility player for helping create programs in the studio and in the field with our HD truck.
This is a 32-hour (four-day) a week job with benefits, and requires extreme schedule flexibility that will include some nights and most Saturdays.
The ideal candidate is a good people-person who loves helping others create their programs, but who can also produce Access Sacramento original programs live and live-to-tape with little or no post-production editing. Experience with multi-cam show directing preferred. This is not a film-style job. If you love in-the-moment live TV, this could be your next step. This job includes teaching a 21-hour basic TV Studio usage class covering jobs and equipment use in the Access Sacramento studio.
Working in Access Sacramento’s High-Definition TV Studio, Digital Media Lab and HD Remote production truck provides exceptional opportunity to take a leadership role while improving your skills.
Click HERE for the on-line job description and application.
Apply by July 9
Access Sacramento is seeking someone who loves video editing, but who would also love teaching others the basics of either Apple’s Final Cut Pro X or Adobe’s Premiere non-linear editing software.
Access Sacramento is expanding its digital media lab to offer both software applications, and a part-time instructor who can teach a beginning-to-end 12-hour exposure course is needed. The course covers the very basics of ingest, media management, trimming, transitions, character generated titles, adding music, and exporting for playback on our cable TV channels, the internet and social media.
Basic curriculum is provided. Extra consideration for candidates who also could teach a multi-camera TV Studio production class.
Click HERE for the on-line job description and application.
Access Sacramento is looking to increase its pool of part-time on-call production assistants.
Selected candidates may work in the Access Sacramento TV Studio, but most frequently will be assigned hours creating remote productions with our High-Definition Production truck for Game of the Week broadcasts and Hometown TV events.
Typical tasks include cabled and wireless equipment set up, camera operation, audio set up, and control room functions including operating a Character Generator, Instant Replay with NewTek’s 3-Play system, and Technical Direction on a For-A switcher.
TV studio operation and live or live-to-tape studio production experience preferred.
This entry-level job typically is one-day, eight-hours a week during football and basketball season.
Click HERE for the on-line job description and application.
This week on LiveWire Host Ray Tatar presents the International Kids Festival and Access Sacramento‘s High School Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest Winners.
Tune in Wed. May 23 at 5pm on Access Sacramento’s channel 17.
Looking for a fun way to spend the Memorial Day Weekend with your kids?
Join the International Kids Festival and enjoy pony rides, jumbo inflatables, rock climbing wall, miniature train rides, trampolines, face painting and more. Try some amazing food from a parade of local food trucks while you watch spectacular stage entertainment by professional dancers, gymnasts, and athletes.
Don’t miss free fun for the entire family! Saturday, May 26, from 10 am to 4 pm, at William Land Park Amphitheater across the Zoo and Fairy Tale Town!
Also joining us this week Access Sacramento presents its winners in our 4th annual High School Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest.
Franklin High School Animation and Video Production Teacher Brad Clark will be presenting the winners including Sara Pogemiller from Franklin High School for her video “Pooch Protection” promoting Bradshaw Animal Shelter.
Also Alondra Santana-Isidro from Sacramento New Tech High School for her PSA “Your Vote” for The League of Women Voters. Her video is presented with both English and Spanish versions.
The 3rd Place winners are J Dirain, Sydney DeHaro and Juliana Elsberry from Center High School for their PSA “Fire Safety Tips” supporting the American Red Cross.
Access Sacramento’s Executive Director Gary Martin will join the show to present the prize winners with cash awards and certificates.
Watch Live Wire on Comcast or Consolidated Communications cable channel 17 or AT&T channel 14 or live steaming by clicking HERE.
A study published by researchers Anthony Bui, Matthew Coates, and Ellicott Matthay of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found a new way to encourage police shooting accountability by calculating the average number of years lost in the lives of police shooting victims.
“Framing police violence as an important cause of deaths among young adults provides another valuable lens to motivate prevention efforts,” researchers wrote. “ [Years of Life Lost will] highlight that police violence disproportionately impacts young people, and the young people affected are disproportionately people of color.”
The researchers pulled data from the Guardian’s police shooting death database, The Counted, and found that in the 1,146 police killings in 2015 and the 1,092 in 2016, 51.5% were people of color. Different studies indicate that Black males between 15 and 34 years of age are 9 to 16 times more likely to be killed by police than any other race. Based on the ages and life expectancies of the victims, an average of 57,375 years of life was lost in 2015 and 54,754 in 2016.
In the wake of the death of Stephon Clark, the unarmed 22-year-old black man killed in his own backyard by Sacramento PD over a month ago, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg introduced an initiative to reintroduce community police procedure to rebuild the relationship between the community and police officers.
But some people feel as though the relationship between the community and law enforcement is too strained to repair.
Black Lives Matter Sacramento leader, Tanya Faison, feels that the community needs to focus more on self-empowerment and is organizing a cop-watching group with volunteers to help citizens with their inactions with police, believing that these practices will lessen the number of black and brown deaths by police officers.
Whatever way the city decides to handle police shootings, both the city council and advocacy groups seem to agree that police shootings in Sacramento police shooting deaths have gotten out of control.
The announcement by Gary Martin, Film Festival Director and Access Sacramento Executive Director, revealed the names of the projects and writers who will produce their films over the summer, with a world premiere red carpet showcase for the ten projects on Sat. Oct. 6 at Sacramento’s historic Crest Theatre.
With the writers now becoming producers, more than 250 volunteers turned out at the Coloma Community Center in hopes of being select help as an actor or as a member of the technical crew on one of the 10 films.
Six of the writers come from Sacramento with others from Davis, Granite Bay, Roseville and Stockton.
“A Place Called Sacramento” awards 10 family-friendly scripts each year with the opportunity to have the script turned into a movie with a guaranteed big screen world premiere, cable distribution of the Access Sacramento public access cable channel and credit listings on the prestigious Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com).
Click on the writer’s name to email the writer and to volunteer for their project. The winning writers with their project descriptions are:
“Delta Breeze” by Aldo Cocco (Sacramento) – In life or love, listening is a strong force behind great change.
“The Disappeared” by Thalia Caraveo (Sacramento) – A grieving woman dealing with the loss of her mother to Alzheimer’s learns a beautiful lesson about love, loss and acceptance.
“The Engagement Ring” by Romeo Trocino (Stockton) – Jason is ready to propose to the love of his life. When the big moment arises, the outcome is not what he pictured it would be.
“Escargot” by Judith Plank (Davis) – Just your average everyday family, making big progress at a snail’s pace.
“The Gift” by Ritu Atwal (Granite Bay) – It’s her first wedding anniversary, but the most precious gift a young woman receives, is not the one from her husband.
“Justin Time” by William Mendoza (Sacramento) – Leslie hates deadlines, but delivering newspapers late today could have a deadly penalty.
“Never Too Latte for Love” by Amy Lawrence (Sacramento) – She’s starting to lose hope, but love may be just a scone’s throw away.
“The Story of Jane and Joe” by Eric Sanderson (Sacramento) – Jane and Joe may see each other every day, but will they ever hear the music of their hearts?
“Swipe Right” by Nathan Reedy (Sacramento) – The very single and amused Will banters with the very committed and disenchanted Vanessa about the challenges of relationships and finding true romance in the hyper technological world of online dating.
“Tono Sommesso” by Danya Barrows (Roseville) – When a blind woman with heightened senses pursues her dream of becoming a Master Sommelier, she discovers a family secret that could keep her from ever reaching her goal.
Access Sacramento is a local non-profit foundation operating two cable television channels and cablecast/internet radio station KUBU-LP 96.5 FM on Comcast and Consolidated Communications Cable Channel 17, and AT&T U-Verse channel 14.
For more information about Access Sacramento, visit our website AccessSacramento.org or contact Executive Director, Gary Martin at 916-456-8600.
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Royal Society for Public Health in the UK released a report listing the top five social networking platforms that were damaging to youth’s mental health. Instagram was listed as number one, followed by Snapchat for impacting youth through anxiety and depression, as well as generating uncertainty about self-identity and body image. AccessSacramento talked to five teens who use Instagram regularly about their experiences with the app.