RACIAL VIOLENCE SINCE THE DEATH OF STEPHEN LAWRENCE

In the twenty years since the death of Stephen Lawrence, we can report that 106 people have lost their lives in (known or suspected) racist attacks – five per year on average, that black people are  twenty-eight times more likely than white to be stopped and searched by the police (using Section 60 powers), that in 2009/10 black people were over three times more likely than white to be arrested, that black and those of mixed ethnicity are over twice as likely as whites to be unemployed, that three quarters of 7-year-old Pakistani and Bangladeshi children are living in poverty compared to one in four whites, and that those classifying themselves as ‘Other Black’ are six times more likely than average to be admitted as mental health inpatients.

Read more here: http://www.irr.org.uk/news/racial-violence-since-the-death-of-stephen-lawrence/

Are Tasers being used for social control asks Hackney campaigner, warning of “death on the streets”

http://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/are_tasers_being_used_for_social_control_asks_hackney_campaigner_warning_of_death_on_the_streets_1_2172673

Sophie Khan discussion on the danger of tasers

http://www.lag.org.uk/files/94238/FileName/TaserOctober2012.pdf

http://sophiekhan.blogspot.co.uk/

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Just finished watching Plan B’s movie Ill manors! Plan B is a rapper, singer, actor and a filmmaker, and well known for this social commentating. His real name is Ben Drew, to be honest I’m a huge fan of his music as it is very down to earth. Like me he likes to talk about social issues such as: youth crime, drugs, abuse, prostitution etc. 

http://www.illmanors.com/#scene-0

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Ok so I was very excited to watch this movie. I randomly came across it while browsing my tv. I was meant to watch it a while ago yet I forgot all about it, but I’ve always been a huge fan of the soundtrack. Plan B made most of the soundtrack himself.

I am the Narrator is one of my fav tracks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmktpSuw4bM I can really relate to these lyrics: 

I’ll be that

Lyrical narrator, social commentator

Socially commentating, what I say’s verbatim

Verbal stipulator, oral illustrator

Orally illustrating, what I’m stipulatin’

Anyways if I had to sum this movie in one word I’d say it was “MADNESS.” There was tons of drug abuse, shooting, peer pressure, prostitution etc 

The movie showed a side of london I never really see but I know its there. I think the most interesting part of the film was how he directed it. It wasn’t focused on one person only it was focused on multiple people. At first it seemed like all the character’s lives were separate “stories” but later you start to see that they are all connected. Unfortunately some of them clashed badly with the other characters and quite a few died. However that is what happens when you carry a gun with hatred in your heart. The karma in this movie was harsh! 

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Some of the characters were foul mouthed and evil. Some had been abused whilst they were young….The prostitution parts made me cry alot, I felt really sorry for the prostitutes in this one.

I’m surprised at how much of the film was focused on drugs, drugs addicts and dealing. Plan B talks about this alot in his music so I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised. Its a really gritty film, I was almost tempted to turn it off, as some scenes were extremely distressing.

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I know that’s the sort of reaction Plan B wants. I know he wanted the film to look as harsh as possible. Maybe to make us mad? It made me think of my own comic for a bit, which is quite pale in comparison. I toned alot of stuff down in comic but Plan B did the complete opposite. I commend him for that! 

The movie is 18+ tbh I think the rating is too high. My brother was watching it with me too, he’s 14 and he called some of the characters ”stupid” multiple times. Plus the movie is realistic so I’m pretty sure quite a few young teens would have been able to relate to quite a few of the scenes in this movie.

Ill manors sort of reminded of a french movie I watched recently called “La hiane”

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Its has similar themes, drug abuse, guns, rioting, violence all centered around lost youth. Heck there was one scene in Ill manors that was exactly the same as one other scene I saw in La Haine.

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Ill manors:

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It made me think, “Wow people are the same everywhere. Regardless of the country.” 

To sum this up I really enjoyed watching Ill Manors. I have a huge crush on Plan B so was bound to enjoy it regardless xD Seriously though, social films are the best kind. They are political but they always focus on the human side more than anything else. My only complaint is that I wish Plan B went into more depth. I can see why the characters were acting the way they did but I wanted to see more into their psyche. The psychological side of this film was not developed enough in my opinion. He did describe their state of minds through his soundtrack though, which was very clever. It was almost as if the music was narrating the film! Will have to listen to the soundtrack again as I was not listening to it properly while watching.

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Went to the cartoon museum a few weeks back in London, to see a gallery. It was very interesting. The gallery was all about political cartoons but they change it every few weeks. I loved the hologram of Obama and bush the most.

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The museum also has an awesome gift shop with tons of comics!

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