Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bad Water = Death

Bad water kill more children than wars. This is a fact that UNICEF wants to bring to the attention of the mainstream with thoughtful print adds and memorable commercials

Solidarités International: Water talks from La Boite Concept on Vimeo.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Bruce's Beach x blAck community in mAnhattan beAch 1910'$::

Bruce's Beach was one of the few beaches in Southern California in the early 1900s that was not off-limits to African Americans. The City of Manhattan Beach condemned Bruce's Beach and forced out the black community in the 1920's and 30's. The City Project worked with Bernard Bruce, the Bruce's grandson, to change the name of the ocean front park back to Bruce's Beach (a/k/a Bruces' or Bruce Beach). The public celebrated the name change in a ceremony at Bruce's Beach on March 31, 2007. It is important to do more than just change the name, however. Interpretive panels and public art should faithfully, completely, and accurately celebrate the proud legacy of Bruce's Beach and African-American Los Angeles.

When Manhattan Beach was incorporated in 1912, a two-block area on the ocean was set aside for African-Americans. Charles and Willa Bruce built a black beach resort there, the only resort in Southern California that allowed Blacks. Bruces’ Beach offered ocean breezes, bathhouses, outdoor sports, dining, and dancing to African-Americans who craved their fair share of Southern California’s good life.
As coastal land became more valuable and the black population in Los Angeles increased—bringing more African-Americans to Bruces’ Beach—so did white opposition to the black beach. The black beach was roped off. The KKK harassed black beachgoers.
The City of Manhattan Beach pressured black property owners to sell at prices below fair market value and prevailed in the 1920s through condemnation proceedings. Bruce's Beach and the surrounding black neighborhood were destroyed. Black beachgoers were then relegated to the blacks-only section of Santa Monica beach known as "the Inkwell." Manhattan Beach tried to lease the Bruce's Beach land to a private individual as a whites-only beach, but relented in the face of civil disobedience organized by the NAACP.
Bernard Bruce has spent his life telling people about Bruce's Beach, the beach resort that his family owned. No one believed him because they did not believe black people owned beach resorts. This is why it is important to tell the story of Bruce's Beach.
Interpretive panels and public art should faithfully, completely, and accurately tell the story of Bruce's Beach. Best practice examples of public art that celebrate civil rights, democracy, and freedom include the Great Wall of Los Angeles, Manzanar, Biddy Mason Park, and Little Tokyo.
Read the Los Angeles Times editorial and other coverage in the Los Angeles Times and Easy Reader Part I, Part II, and Part III.
The City Project has worked extensively on equal access to public places including beaches. See our work on Mapping Green Access and Equity and Robert García and Erica Flores Baltodano, Free the Beach! Public Access, Equal Justice, and the California Coast, 2 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 143 (2005).

Monday, April 12, 2010

Scream Blacula Scream


Sure it was over 30 years since Blacula was made, but to me he's just too cool

When I wrote Night Biters I had to find a way to put  Blacula in the story because how can you do a story about  Black Vampires

and leave out the baddest cat with an overbite?

Fart Sound

Yes its juvenile, but sure is good for a laugh

Friday, April 09, 2010

Mix Tape Wallpaper

Harper has managed to combine horror, specific
knowledge of the Bay Area’s multi-cultural
populations, hip hop and DJ cultures, in a kind of
post modern parable.
Todd Johnson

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

From Soul Train to Centric

Soul Train Award Opening Animation from BERNSTEIN & ANDRIULLI on Vimeo.
New commercial for the Centric Network
Tatiana Arocha - Don Cornelius Opener for Centric's 5 to 9 from BERNSTEIN & ANDRIULLI on Vimeo.

Bastards Of The Party

Raised in the Athens Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Cle "Bone" Sloan was four years old when his father died, and 12 when he became a member of the Bloods. Now an inactive member of the notorious gang, Sloan looks back at the history of black gangs in his city and makes a powerful call for change in modern gang culture with his insightful documentary, BASTARDS OF THE PART