A future to believe in

The Democratic Party needs energetic leadership that looks forward, not backward. No more tired slogans like "progressives who get things done" - it didn't work for Hillary Clinton and it won't work for Tom Perez. Barack Obama did not run on pragmatism.

Keith Ellison can move the Democratic party forward.

There's tremendous energy in the movement right now, especially with young people who identify as both Democrats and Independents. And possibly some Republicans who may be looking for a better way. You need to speak to this generation in the way we want to be spoken to by building a grassroots movement through social media and local organizing. You need to understand, specifically, who you want to speak to and where - then develop a plan to reach those people. You need to recognize that institutional racism and sexism are at the heart of the largest issues we face today, from income inequality, to worker's rights, to criminal justice reform, and more. Do not take votes from people of color or women for granted. Many women have already shown they'll come out for Trump when it's time at the ballot box.

And realize that simply being "better than Trump" is not a strategy.

Raise up new voices in the party, new voices in the movement, and represent the underrepresented.

Now's your chance.

Who Gets to Write What?

Kaitlyn Greenidge, writing for the New York Times:

Imagine the better, stronger fiction that could be produced if writers took this challenge to stretch and grow one’s imagination, to afford the same depth of humanity and interest and nuance to characters who look like them as characters who don’t, to take those stories seriously and actually think about power when writing — how much further fiction could go as an art.

The finish line, sort of

My latest short film, Easy, Over Eggs, is done. I'm really proud of it and the work our team did. It's the type of project where - when you know where to look - you can see how each person made it better, made it their own. 

I don't quite know what's next for the film - I want to enter it into some film festivals, which is something I've never really been interested in previously. Part of the reason I've never been interested in festivals is because of the timeline. My film, which is finished today, needs to be submitted to some festivals in the next week or two. Festivals that won't screen until May 2017. It's ridiculous. But it's how things work, and I want to give our little movie the best possible stage, and getting it in front of a live audience would be special. So, I don't know when the film will go online. It might be awhile. But it's done, and I'm proud.

As for the other part of this project - a second film, this one shot on my phone - it's still on my mind, and still something I plan to do. Will I hit my goal of finishing it by the end of the year? I hope so. Either way, what this project taught me was that I can still do this. Even though my last big film project was in 2014, I haven't lost it. It's hard and there's a lot of long nights. But as long as I put in the effort, take it one day at a time, and don't rush things, I can reach the finish line.