Embrace of the Serpent: mini-extended film thoughts..

In memory of my father’s birthday, I went and saw a film:12829366_10154039583436018_2436232220876019338_oabout indigenous people-a topic for which he was quite passionate about; and of course it also related to ‪#‎StPatricksDay‬ in relation to the Irish people and how they were treated by the Brits. Now, if I were to start a religion and or cult, it would have to be based on this transcendent-magical film.

If you believe in anything, believe in the power of ‪#‎embraceoftheserpent‬, as it’s probably the greatest direct depiction of the immediate after effects of exploitation of Natives, and the commodification of our natural resources. This film is so very different from others as it’s more so based on the indigenous people rather than any white person’s reaction to said indigenous culture. This story is exactly what colonialism has done to all indigenous people on nearly every country, but the fact of it being an Amazonian story just makes it that much more powerful. I have no idea how or why it didn’t win an ‪#‎oscar‬ other than ‪#‎oscarssowhite‬.

Incidentally, it is the first narrative film to have been shot in the Colombian Amazon in 30years. It’s so far beyond beauty, and nearly beyond film; going on to become something else entirely.

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Can’t wait to see this, I was just reading about this slave rebellion of the 1830s in ‘The New Jim Crow.’

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The Neuroscience of Prejudice & Stereotyping

Read here:

In case you thought prejudice was not real…..

Here’s just one of the topics I’ve been hard at work studying and in a nutshell, “visual conditioning is very real” aka if the local news and media outlets are constantly bombarding your brain with “negative images” of either African Americans and or let’s also include Arab Americans and those who worship Islam eventually, you will develop a prejudice, so be careful and “watch what you watch.”

Be intelligent in what you ingest as a human being and as an intellectual consumer and thinker.

Today’s Idea…

“Is there anyone for whom the past doesn’t shape their experience in the present? Of course not; our our minds are always automatically comparing past experiences with present perceptions as we anticipate the next moment in time.  This comparing process is a natural outcome of the interplay among memory, perception, and consciousness, and defines the mind as an “anticipation machine.” 

  -Dr. Daniel Siegel 

Mohamedou Ould Slahi for the Nobel Prize 2016.


Hello everyone,

If you are  reading this, it’s because I felt the need to post this petition that I’ve just started so all 5 of you reading this blog can maybe join in my cause….

So:

Since leaving Calarts, I’ve been busy working my behind off at USC’s School of Social Work and  working at a few part time jobs.  And so while I’ve been at Usc, I’ve been taking a pretty cool Public Policy class and it’s been through this class, that I’ve been getting really into a whole new level of grassroots activism and human rights advocacy, (aside from that whole mental health thing for which is my main focus.) 

(Also, please excuse my typos and or dyslexic moments as I’ve written this in a rather rushed state as to me this feels quite important for all of us as people)

And so my current USC Policy class has inspired me to start this new petition project on:

Mohamedou Ould Slahi and my new mission to nominate him for the Nobel Prize for his work in writing: Guantanamo Diaries

This man is not any form of criminal.
This man is not a criminal, but a father, scholar, engineer and a humble, brave human being in that he’s refused to quit on life, nor hope for himself and his fellow captives. 

After reading Mr. Slahi’s book Guantanamo Diaries, all became apparent to me that if I could somehow highlight and or shine a larger spotlight on this still imprisoned author-I kind of had to pitch in and do my part. So here is what you can do…just keep reading and then sign…

So if you didn’t know it, Mr. Slahi has been imprisoned in Guantanamo for the past 13 years in which he’s been the subject of sexual abuse, physical and mental violation, and of course torture by the US government, of course under the false guise of ‘freedom’ and or ‘our security.’

And yet despite all of his torture and abuse, Mohamedou has been brave enough to record all that he has endured from now into current life leading up to Gitmo: From the daily pain of being unjustly accused of helping in the 9/11 terror plot to his simple and often daily indignities.

These diaries of his, have finally been turned into the book: Guantanamo Diaries as a memoir about his past & ongoing hell. And so after nearly a decade of lawsuits and lawyers fighting on his behalf-this book of his Guantanamo Diaries was published earlier this year.

I hope that all of you will agree with me, in my saying that Mohamedou should be both rewarded and noticed by entire world for these nearly 13 years pain and suffering.  And so what better way to express such a protest than for him to be nominated for a 2016 Nobel Prize to recognize all of his literary, mental and even bodily sacrifice in attempting to express himself via the written word.    

And yes, I truly do believe that if he were to win the Nobel Prize, it would send tons of pressure to both the US and Overseas Authorities alike that what is happening to him alongside all other prisoners inside of Guantanamo is not right anywhere according to well-everyone. I also hope that this might even put more pressure on our Nobel Prize holding Obama, and I might even hope that this important action might push our current administration to possibly reverse this now decade long illegal course of action that former President George W Bush started up-oh so long ago.

Incidentally, since this book has been published, he has actually lost more rights while still stuck in Gitmo Detention Center, for example: his personal “comfort items” have all been removed from his cell and his possession. 

Hey Carmelo get to the point?! Okay. How can you help? You need money right? Not at all, but you could buy his book right? Peep it here:  Guantanamo Diary

All I ask is that you might sign this petition link listed below which will help him get that much closer to much more world recognition and in the long run-I’d hope for more freedom for himself and possibly his cellmates.

Sign here:

https://www.change.org/p/nominate-gitmo-prisoner-and-author-mohamedou-ould-slahi-for-the-nobel-prize

If you do sign, it will automatically send an email to the Nobel prize committee in Norway.

Thanks for your time and I appreciate your patience and support as I said this is a new passion project of mine and I’ve just emailed several News/Human Rights sites in hopes of rallying more support for Mr. Slahi.

I will keep you posted and many thanks!

Best Wishes,

Carmelo Brian Valone

I’d Rather stand with #BlackLivesMatter and Quentin Tarantino any day…

I’d rather stand with Quentin Tarantino any day of the week rather than to do nothing and or to say nothing at all.

Incidentally, this was how my first real run in with the Nypd went down: I was 18 and wearing a Malcom X style “X” hat out of support for Spike Lee’s new film X.

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While doing so, a couple of rather pale cops followed me and my friends (my now deceased friend Aaron and company..) and harassed us to a rather nasty degree.

The cops verbally harassed me and us, until I did what they ordered me to do and “take off my stupid fucking ‘X’ hat” as according to them Malcom X “hated all white people” and “would kill you if given the chance to.” I tried to argue about this with the Nypd but they seemed more than ready to beat me and or arrest me for anything they’d liked.

Now imagine this same scene if I simply were a non-white in that same rather prominently white area of Manhattan where I’d been? It would have been much rougher for me. Incidentally that was white privilege, something that I didn’t ask for but am more than happy to share with you if still don’t understand the concept of it as a whole.

And here is where you might say that things have changed since the 90s in NYC and I might have to argue and say….not really at all. And I no my Fb is not here to impressive you but more importantly to inform you of things that might be much larger than me. And no I don’t give a shit about your stupid fucking election as none of them not Bernie will probably pass any federal fucking laws to change things in the country regarding how Black people are treated by the police.

‪#‎Blacklivesmatter‬ still today, I don’t have to wait for another murder take place do ? To post something angry and real do I? Lapd and Nypd boycott injustice?