"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."~Muhammad Ali
"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."~Dr. Martin Luther King
The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc. Is Proud To Honor 2013's 'Artivists of the Year'...Last Year's Theme Was 'No Justice Just Us So Just Do It!!!':
1.) Sis. Shelia Washington
Founder and Director of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center
Bro. Ron aka r2c2h2 tha artivist with Sis. Shelia Washington
Reason For Award: For brilliantly leading a bi-partisan grassroots effort to help officially exonerate and pardon the Scottsboro Boys posthumously by the State of Alabama in 2013.
W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: The Official Scottsboro Boys Pardon & Exoneration Ceremony (4/19/2013)
W.E. A.L.L. B.E. NEWS: Never Too Late But Still Bittersweet: The Official Exoneration & Pardon of The Scottsboro Boys
***About Sis. Shelia Washington***
Shelia Washington was the first African American to work at Scottsboro City Hall. For nearly two decades (1978-1996), she served as public relations manager and office manager for the mayor. In addition to founding the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center, she established and continues to work with the Scottsboro Multicultural Foundation and the Beyond the Break crime and drug prevention ministry. She also managed the Ben Samford Outreach Center, which organizes activities and develops educational programming for youth after school and on weekends. She served on the Department of Human Resources advisory board for child welfare in Jackson County and has earned several keys to the city of Scottsboro for being a mentor and leader in the community.
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2.) Sis. Aisha Sekhmet
Black Revolutionary Hip Hop Artist
Reason For Reward: Using Rhymes & Beats to create high quality music/art used for stimulating the third eye, enriching melanin and instilling cultural pride and revolutionary purpose in the masses of the darker hue...
***About Sis. Aisha Sekhmet***
by r2c2h2 tha artivist
Sis. Akhmet's artistry is a throwback to the Golden Age of Conscious Rap which included early Queen Latifah, Public Enemy, The X Clan, Jungle Brothers and even the early political raps of NWA combined with an approach, charisma and style reminiscent of the late great Makaveli aka 2Pac...Her lyrics are laced heavy with Black Nationalist and Pan African themes as well as catchy Black Power hooks...Her flow is wicked and thorough, each line serving as both a history lesson for Blacks and the uninitiated as well as retribution against White Supremacy...
Her artistry is very controversial and confrontational: she directly confronts the system of White Supremacy and she is not afraid to critique (some may say 'attack') some of society's prized institutions, traditions, and taboo topics (the Black church, religion in general, 'Amerikkka,' homosexuality and interracial relationships are some of her favorite targets)!!! She doesn't pull her punches and she goes straight for the jugular too...You may disagree with her point of view but you should agree that she is a talented artist and arguably one of the most significant if underrated voices of her generation who deserves to be heard if not always in agreement with...
3.) Sis. Jackie Sumell
Social justice artist and prison reform activist
Reason for Award: Utilizing her art and activism to bring awareness to freeing the last 2 members of the Angola 3, being co-architect of the visionary Herman's House Project and spearheading the grassroots Stop Solitary Confinement Movement...
Sis. Jackie Sumell playing chess with the late Herman Wallace
“There is infinite opportunity to do something amazing at any point in your life, as long as we can get over the impression that amazing is complex.” -Jackie Sumell
W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: "Still Free The Angola 3 & Building Herman's House To Replace The Jail House: A Jackie Sumell Interview" 12/1/2013
***About Sis. Jackie Sumell***
Born in Brooklyn NY in 1973, Jackie Sumell is a multidisciplinary artist inspired most by the lives of everyday people. Her work speaks to both traditional artist communities and those historically marginalized from the political process. Her work transcends the boundaries of art and activism in an attempt to connect people in provocative and meaningful ways. Her work was a center piece for the 2008 New Orleans Biennial, Prospect 1, the 2010 St Etienne Design Biennial, and Nancy Solomon’s Westobou Festival 2012.
In 2001 Sumell received critical acclaim for her project directly condemning Bush’s conservative policies on reproductive freedoms.More recently she has been working on behalf of political prisoners in Angola Prison, Louisiana and spent several months grass-root organizing in a post-Katrina New Orleans. Her work has been exhibited consistently in the Bay Area and in various non-profit venues throughout the US, including the Canzani Center, Columbus OH and Disjecta, Portland OR. Internationally she was included in Kunst Lebt, Stuttgart Kunstgebaude, TULCA Arts Festival, Galway Ireland, Axis of Good Exhibition in Lisbon Portugal, and the 2003 Havana Biennale, Havana Cuba. In 2006 she published the book The House That Herman Built which documents the five-year collaborative project between she and black panther/political prisoner Herman Wallace. In December 2006 Domus magazine featured this project as it cover and in March 2007 it was covered by the NY Times Sunday Arts section. Ms Sumell was in residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart Germany October 2005 through September 2006 and an Artist-in-Residence November 2006 through November 2008 in Dublin Ireland.
4.) Bro. Akinyele Umoja
Scholar-Activist & Historian
Reason For Award: The 2013 Publication of his literary magnum opus, "We Will Shoot Back,"detailing the little known and extraordinary history of the Black armed resistance struggle of the Mississippi Freedom Movement of the 1950s, 60s, &70s...
W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: Dr. Akinyele Umoja's 'We Will Shoot Back' Lecture @ Delta State University (9/19/2013)
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