PushBlack, the digital hub for daily inspiring Black stories, has partnered with award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Mariah Carey in a first of its kind partnership between a non-profit and recording artist. Carey has lent her anthem ”Save The Day” to PushBlack to serve as a call to action and to encourage Americans to enact social change.
Illustrated by Molly Crabapple Directed by Kim Boekbinder & Jim Batt Produced by Sharp as Knives Executive Producers Mariah Carey & Kerry Washington
“Do we have a right to be hopeful? With political and ecological fires raging all around, is it irresponsible to imagine a future world radically better than our own? A world without prisons? Of beautiful, green public housing? Of buried border walls? Of healed ecosystems? A world where governments fear the people instead of the other way around?
“A Message From the Future II: The Years of Repair” is an animated short film that dares to dream of a future in which 2020 is a historic turning point, where the lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic and global uprisings against racism drive us to build back a better society in which no one is sacrificed and everyone is essential.
The film is a sequel to the 2019 Emmy-nominated short film “A Message From the Future” with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and features the art of Molly Crabapple, with the political storytelling of Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis, and Opal Tometi. The cast of narrators from around the world includes Tometi, Emma Thompson, Gael García Bernal, and the Nigerian poet and activist Nnimmo Bassey.”
Fanning the Flames is one of three projects being released, along with graphic novella MORTALS written by writer-illustrator John Dermot Woods and illustrated by Matt L., and the first five issues of dystopian comic THESOLAR GRID by Ganzeer. For the first 24 hours you can get all three at the early bird price.
The release of these projects depends on art lovers like you, and there are multiple levels of support with rewards like all three projects, prints, and more. So order your copy today and you’ll be supporting union printers and independent artists.
We are so very proud and excited to announce that the animated short film “A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” has been nominated for an Emmy award in the category of Outstanding News Analysis: Editorial and Opinion.
“What if we actually pulled off a Green New Deal? What would the future look like? The Intercept presents a film narrated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and illustrated by Molly Crabapple.” – The Intercept
Blue Stockings is a volunteer-powered and collectively-owned radical bookstore, and one of the coolest places in NYC, and on June 30th you can help support them and hear some amazing talks by Molly Crabapple, Janet Mock, and more.
“On June 30th, join Bluestockings and Survived & Punished NY in a legendary Zoom party. Tickets start at $5, with higher tier perks like entry to raffles of books from our speakers or a plaque with your name on our iconic bench! Go to bit.ly/bstox21 to RSVP today, before our limited tickets sell out! . Survived & Punished NY works towards freeing all criminalized survivors of gender violence caged in prisons in New York. Proceeds from this event will be split 50/50 with our comrades at S&P NY.”
Illustration of EJI’s report, Reconstruction in America (http://eji.org/reconstruction). The report documents nearly 2,000 more confirmed racial terror lynchings of Black people by white mobs in America than previously detailed, bringing the total number of confirmed lynchings to 6,500 with thousands more that may never be documented. The report examines the 12 years following the Civil War when lawlessness and violence perpetrated by white leaders created an American future of racial hierarchy, white supremacy, and Jim Crow laws—an era from which our nation has yet to recover.
The Equal Justice Initiative works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality. To learn more visit https://eji.org
Molly’s artwork is on this months cover of the NACLA Report (North American Congress on Latin America). NACLA is “an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1966 that works toward a world in which the nations and peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean are free from oppression and injustice”
Molly also joined Paul Holdengräber for the latest episode of The Quarantine Tapes . They sat down (distantly, but still together) to discuss “Jewish Identity and how art can be used as a means to draw closer to the people and places we love. Molly also shares her thoughts on the current state of New York City, where she lives, and what might become of it after the pandemic.”
The schedule: 7:00pm – Kim Boekbinder 7:30pm – Molly Crabapple will talk about art 8:00pm – Chef Miranti from “Joy of Feasting” will teach us about spices and cultures 8:30pm – Maria Dahvana Headley will read some new writing 9:00pm – Closing performance by Kim Boekbinder
Before the lockdown, Molly joined best-selling author and journalist Paul Mason for a discussion on capitalism and how the events of 2011 affected both of their perspectives on economics, art, and resistance. The episode for Studio B: Unscripted on Al Jazeera is now available.
“Quarantined in my apartment, I put out a call on Twitter saying that I wanted to draw those workers who could not stay at home: delivery people, shelf stockers at grocery stores, nurses, janitors, and cashiers. In the next few hours, more than 50 people wrote to me. I drew these portraits from the selfies they sent me in their work clothes. These are the underpaid, ignored, essential workers who have always made the earth move—and now are forced to risk their lives doing it.”