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Review: New Black Panthers play in Oakland reconstructs controversial killing – The Mercury News

Oakland is a perfect place to see a new play about the Black Panther Party, because it was in this city that Huey Newton and Bobby Seale first organized the group for self-defense against police brutality against African-Americans in 1966. Its that particular mission that makes Tori Sampsons drama This Land Was Made feel like much more than a historical period piece, because everybody knows that particular fight is far from over.

Now playing in a powerful workshop production by Ubuntu Theater Project at Brooklyn Preserve, a defunct historic Oakland church, This Land takes place in Oakland in 1967. Its set in and around a bar run by Miss Trish, forcefully played by Halili Knox as a hot-tempered, no-nonsense mother with a font of wisdom that she expects to be heeded.

In the circular room upstairs where Ubuntu has been in residence all season, Marcel Castanchoas set brings the bar to life with long shelves of bottles and glasses hanging upside down. More than a drinking establishment, the bar is home base to a close-knit family of characters.

Nathalie Autumn Bennett is a feisty free spirit as Miss Trishs well-named daughter Sassy, a barber and aspiring journalist. Anthony Rollins-Mullens makes a smooth and assured narrator but is more halting in conversation as low-key auto mechanic Mr. Far.

Miss Trish had a son who died in the war, and were told he was special but learn nothing in particular about why. His best friend and ex-girlfriend are still very much part of the family. Champagne Hughes Gail is flightily flirtatious with every man she meets, and Leonard A. Thomas boisterous Drew is full of big talk about how he quit working for the white man (that is to say, just quit working in general). Its about time I started building my own kingdom, by any means necessary, he says.

Drew is always bickering with Sassys boyfriend Troy (stoic, soft-spoken Terrance White) whos studying U.S. government at UC Berkeley and believes in working within the system at least until its brutally driven home how thoroughly the deck is stacked against him. As Sassy puts it, theyre two Negro men fighting over being Negro.

Co-artistic director William Hodgson gives the play a forceful staging with deft use of slow motion at certain key moments. The first time Huey Newton enters, he struts in slowly, with everyone else in freeze-frame.

Newton makes quite an impression. William Hartfield is cool and charismatic in his portrayal, whether Newton is working a room connecting with people one on one or making fiery speeches.

Thomas doubles as a cold, all-business Panther in full uniform, and Andrei Dolezal and Evan Feist carry with them a threatening sense of danger as two prickly white police officers, who enter very late in the first act, throwing their weight around.

The play centers around a heavily contested incident in which Newton was accused of shooting and killing an Oakland police officer (charges that were ultimately dismissed after three consecutive trials), and he claimed officers shot each other while aiming at him in a scuffle.

The incident itself is chilling when it happens, and the play has its own version of exactly how it went down. The ending is a little unfocused, as if Sampson isnt quite sure how to wrap things up, but the script is packed with powerful speeches about injustice, privilege and the question of how to carry on in the face of overwhelming institutional injustice.

Its a gripping look at a turning point in local and national history that still has plenty to say to the present.

Contact Sam Hurwitt atshurwitt@gmail.com, and follow him at Twitter.com/shurwitt.

By Tori Sampson, presented by Ubuntu Theater Project

Through:Aug. 6

Where: Brooklyn Preserve, 1433 12th Ave., Oakland

Running time: Two hours, one intermission

Tickets: $15-$45;www.ubuntutheaterproject.com

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Lexus LC 500 Showcased in Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ – FanBolt.Com

Weve made it no secret that we geek out over Lexus. In fact, my next Geek Girl Review will be for the 2017 Lexus ES 350 which I was able to try out earlier this month! But the newest and most exciting news from Lexus actually dropped last week at San Diego Comic-Con! Lexus and Marvel have announced a collaboration to pair the first-ever 2018 Lexus LC with Marvels dynamic Black Panther character in the highly anticipated film, Marvel Studios Black Panther, slated to hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyongo, the film follows TChalla, who, after the events of Marvel Studios Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King.

Marvel continuously captures audiences through charismatic characters and inspiring stories the ideal fit for Lexus mission to craft amazing, engaging experiences, said Brian Bolain general manager, Lexus marketing. And the LCs aggressive styling, high performance and agile handling are a perfect fit for the Black Panthers quick, cat-like reflexes and superhuman feats. Were excited to see the duo in action.

To accompany the collaboration between Lexus and Marvel, Lexus also teamed with Marvel Custom Solutions to create an original graphic novel, with storytelling driven by famed writer Fabian Nicieza and cover illustrations by emerging graphic artists Scott Rahzzah Wilson and Szymon Kudranski. Centered around the balance between human and machine, the comic features the Lexus LC 500 with a new, Wakandan spin and its role in helping the Black Panther defeat a legendary villain.

Lexus and Marvel celebrated their collaboration during Comic-Con after-hours at an exclusive Black Panther-themed event on Friday, July 21, with special performances by DJ Lulo Caf. During the invite-only event, six variant covers for the graphic novel were revealed to industry guests and comic enthusiasts.

This campaign clicked from the get-go, said Mindy Hamilton, Marvels SVP of global partnerships. We have this bold, sophisticated hero stepping into the spotlight for the first time, and its been a blast to work with the Lexus team to build out a story thatll familiarize fans with TChalla as well as his advanced home nation of Wakanda.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis DEsposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios Black Panther hits U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.

About Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the worlds most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. 2017 MARVEL.

About Lexus Lexus passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 238 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F performance models.

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Prague Black Panthers capture 5th straight Czech Bowl title – American Football International

The defending champion Prague Black Pantherswon their fifth straight Czech title and seventh overall when they defeated the Ostrava Steelers 28-0 in Under Armour Czech Bowl XXIV Monday nightatViktorie Zizkov StadiuminPrague.

In a steady downpour, the Black Panthers set the tone from the opening whistle against the only team who had come close to beating them the regular season. In fact,Ostrava had played Prague to a tie earlier in the year.

On this night it was not even close.

Game MVP Prague quarterbackJan Dundek was magnificent, throwing for 198 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 41 and another score.Jan Tesa caught both touchdown passes and had three catches for 102 yards while running back Pavel Klem rushed for the fourth touchdown.

Prague QB Jan Dundek battling for yardage

Ostravas leading rusherDominik Dvorsk was held to just 17 yards rushing and the Steelers had only 47 yards as a team. In fact, Ostrava was only able to muster 101 yards in total offense.

Prague opened the scoring on their second possession afterDundek first connected withTesa for a 50 yard completion and thenKlem carried the ball in from the one.

The Steelers threatened early in the second quarter but a 37 yard field goal attempt went wide andDundek marched his team on a six play, 80 yard drive, capping it with a 16 yard touchdown pass toTesa and the score was 14-0 two minutes into the second quarter.

Prague WR Jan Tesa scored 2 TDs

Steelers running back Luke Wildung fumbled on his own 36 yard line on the next series and the Black Panthers made him pay.Dundek threw a second touchdown strike toTesa and Prague suddenly had a 21-0 lead which they took into the halftime break.

The second half saw the Black Panthers defense, led bylinebacker Karl Augusta, who finished the night with 11 tackles including nine solo, stiffen. Ostrava could not penetrate past the Black Panthers 40 yard line the rest of the game. Meanwhile,Dundek added another touchdown late in the third quarter on an 18 yard scamper.

With the rain making conditions tough for both teams, Prague controlled the rest of the game and took a knee on the Steelers 35 yard line to end it.

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Prague Black Panthers face Ostrava Steelers in a showdown in Under Armour Czech Bowl XXIV – American Football International

The defending champion Prague Black Panthers will take on the Ostrava SteelersMonday, July 24 in Under Armour Czech Bowl XXIV atViktorie Zizkov Stadium in Prague.

TheOstrava Steelersdefeated thePrague Lions27-19 in theCzech leaguesemifinals to reach theCzech Bowl,for the first time in 20 years.

The last time theSteelersreached the final was1997 when they won the title by beating thePrague Panthers35-21. The Steelers enter the game as the Cinderella team in the Czech league this year. They finished the 2016 campaign dead last with a 1-9 record and improved to 7-2-1 this season.

The Black Panthers have won the Czech league title for the past four years and marched through the 2017 season without a loss. They defeated thePardubice Stallions in the semifinals 40-19.

The two teams played each other twice during the regular season. The first game ended with aPrague20-14 win while the second ended in a 13-13 tie. In other words, these two teams are as evenly matched as they could be.

Prague had the best offense in the league this season racking up 407 points in 10 games. But they will be facing the toughest defense as the Steelers gave up just 8.1 points a game in 2017.

Prague quarterbackJan Dundek is the key to the Black Panthers offense. He led the league in passing and did not throw a single interception. But he is just as dangerous running with the ball. His favorite target is Jakub Wolesky, who finished third in yards and fourth in the number of receptions.

However Steelers running back Dominik Dvorskpaced the team in the semifinals rushing for 131 yards and two touchdowns. His teammate Luke Wildung adds to a deadly Ostrava running attack.

Both teams are tough to run against. The Black Panthers allowed 35.6 yards per match while the Steelers ranked second with 67.2 yards. The Steelers may have an edge against the pass as PraguesLadislav Jenk is out with a broken collarbone and Ostrava safety Garrett Griffieth and cornerLuk eslkare a deadly combination.

One of the keys to the Black Panthers is the play of their special teams. They led the league in turnovers thanks to their special teams.

Another key factor for Prague is head coach Jesse Thompson. His 14 years of coaching experience at the professional, college and high school levels, can be crucial With Ostrava relying on Luke Wildung to run the offense and Garrett Griffeth to serve as defensive coordinator, there is no true head coach. As well as this duo has handled their duties this year, in a championship game, an experienced head coach could make a difference.

Nevertheless, this game is still a toss up.

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One Family, Many Revolutions: From Black Panthers, to Silicon Valley, to Trump – New York Times

During Jeff Sessions confirmation hearings as attorney general in January, Democrats raised the issue of the long and admiring relationship between David and the nominee. Statements by David like too many blacks are in prison because too many blacks commit crimes were cited as evidence that Mr. Sessions kept unsavory company and had racist leanings.

A few weeks later, Ben gave a talk on How to Start a Cultural Revolution at a Silicon Valley conference. Wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Toussaint LOuverture, the Haitian who led a slave revolt two centuries ago, Ben took his audience through the details of LOuvertures unlikely success and what they could learn from it.

Blacks as criminals, blacks as role models its hard to get further apart than this. Yet for a country that seems riven in two, the Horowitzes offer a measure of hope. They email, they talk, they get together for family celebrations. When David went to college campuses to denounce things that Ben believes in, Ben paid for his bodyguard.

To understand all might not be to forgive all, but its a start. David and Ben both said they have made a major effort to see where the other is coming from. While no ones politics have changed, they realized they are not quite as far apart as it might seem.

One thing we mostly see eye-to-eye on is that the most important thing is the ability of an individual to live his life and have an opportunity, said Ben, 51. How he went from The way to do that is Communism to The way to do that is Trump is amazing. He laughed. Thats where were not aligned.

David said he is glad he never foisted his beliefs on Ben or his other children the way Phil and Blanches relentless adherence to the Communist doctrine pushed David into the cause long ago. If the revolution has a few less soldiers this way, so be it.

Ive come to the end of the story, said David, 78. I dont mistake the life Ive lived for the only life.

Its not that simple, of course.

Sometimes people try to connect us on Twitter, which is always scary, said Ben. Someone will say, Hey, arent you related to @horowitz39? Thats Davids handle on Twitter, where he says things like Obama is an American traitor and Hillary killed four Americans in Benghazi.

I never reply, Ben said.

In the horse country northwest of Los Angeles, its a glorious day. David Horowitz and his fourth wife, April, live here inside a remote gated community. There are two horses and, making a terrible racket, several dogs. Gardeners are working on the lawn.

Dont ask me if theyre illegal, David said with a laugh.

The house is only remote physically. The computer in the other room is always calling, bringing forth updates, denunciations, the ongoing political spectacle. How can you feel isolated when youre connected all the time? David asked.

He chronicled his familys penchant for revolution in his 1997 autobiography, Radical Son, one of the most prominent of a long shelf of volumes. His first effort, Student, about the embryonic turmoil on college campuses, appeared when Kennedy was president. In 1968, he became an editor and writer for Ramparts, the radical magazine that nurtured and reflected the eras unrest.

The system cannot be revitalized; it must be overthrown. As humanely as possible, but by any means necessary, Ramparts proclaimed in a 1970 editorial. David says he was the one who insisted on adding the humanely part.

Ramparts published Che Guevaras diaries, went after the C.I.A. and offered a tutorial on how not to pay taxes. Its international editor was Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver, who fled to Cuba in 1968 after leading an ambush of Oakland, Calif., police officers. Thanks in a large part to Ramparts, the charismatic and photogenic Panthers soon embodied the notion of revolution for white radicals.

David found a political soul mate in Panther leader Huey Newton. He immersed himself in the Panthers home base of Oakland, raising money to buy a 35-classroom school that would be a showcase for the cause. Even for that freewheeling era, Ben had an unusual boyhood. It would shape his life, friendships, marriage and work. His best friend, who would later be best man at his wedding, was black. He was one of the few white kids on the Berkeley High football team. Every Sunday, he went to the Son of Man Temple, the Black Panther church in the auditorium of the school.

I know all the songs from there, Ben said, and as proof, started singing the old gospel hymn adopted by the Panthers, We are soldiers in the army

David said: Ben is practically black.

Ben laughed when this was repeated to him, something he does frequently when talking about his father. I hate it when my father talks, its ridiculous, he said. But he acknowledged its broad truth.

In the Bay Area in the early 1970s, the revolution seemed at hand. Marcus Foster, Oaklands first black superintendent of schools, was assassinated in November 1973. Three months later, Patty Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley. In August 1974, Mr. Newton was arrested after the shooting of a prostitute and fled to Cuba.

When the Panthers needed someone to keep their finances, David recommended a white friend named Betty Van Patter. In late 1974, she disappeared. A few weeks later, her body was found in San Francisco Bay. Her head had been bashed. While the murder was never officially solved, David held the Panthers responsible and said Mr. Newton confirmed it years later.

The person he really blamed, however, was himself. The Panthers, he concluded, were thugs dressed up as revolutionaries, but the Left was too wrapped up in its dreams to be honest about it. David became unglued. He bought a sporty Datsun 260Z, had an affair, divorced his wife Elissa after nearly two decades of marriage and barely escaped with his life when a train smashed up the car.

A photo from this era shows Ben and his two sisters perched with their father on the Datsun. David stares at the camera. Ben looks at the ground, morose.

I was a very sensitive kid, supersensitive, Ben said. He was loud and intense. Which is why I ended up spending so much time with my mom. (Elissa Horowitz declined to be interviewed for this story.)

In 1976, David wrote with his friend Peter Collier his most popular book, a history of the Rockefeller family. Phil Horowitz, a believer to the end, asked his son why he wasnt writing about the revolution instead.

There is no revolution coming, David angrily replied.

By 1984, he was voting for Ronald Reagan.

Like the sons of many prominent fathers, Ben spent a long time trying both to understand and escape his father. He studied computer science, a subject his father had no interest in, at Columbia University and then the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1990, a connection of Davids helped Ben get an interview at SGI, a pioneering computer graphics company.

Even the tech world, a place that celebrates straight-talking, found Ben a little too direct. Every now and then, I had to help him better understand how to navigate, said Ken Coleman, his SGI mentor and one of the few black executives in the tech industry. SGI managers actually had a meeting about firing Ben but did not go through with it.

After SGI came Netscape, the iconic internet browser company. It was here that Ben first acquired a reputation as a manager.

In Silicon Valley, people always say that an extroverted engineer is one who stares at your shoes rather than his own, said Greg Sands, a Netscape colleague. Ben was an engineer, which meant he had a bit of an awkward user interface, but perhaps his life as an outsider generated empathy. He could get people to work together.

At Netscape, Ben met his future business partner, Marc Andreessen. They went on to start a data storage company called Loudcloud, which had many near-death experiences before it was successfully sold to Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion in 2007.

As Ben became more successful, he eclipsed his father.

David spent much of his energy attacking universities, which he considered hotbeds of misguided leftist thought. During one campus visit, he did a radio interview where the host made a personal observation about David that he considered untrue; he doesnt remember what. Lies deserve lies, he figured, and immediately blasted back: At least Im not a child molester like you.

Ben heard this story from the bodyguard, who was ferrying David as the phone interview was taking place. I nearly crashed the car, he said.

David was unrepentant: You gotta fight fire with fire.

In 2009, Ben and Mr. Andreessen formed their venture capital firm, which today has $6 billion under management. By then, Ben had managed to tone himself down.

With my father, everything was an argument to the death, he said. My bar for inflammatory was so high.

David declined to follow suit and moderate his own rhetoric, which meant he was largely ignored by both the right and the left. By 2012, the Jewish magazine Tablet could run a profile with the headline, David Horowitz Is Homeless. Ive been ghettoized, he told the magazine.

Then came Mr. Trump. When Jeff Sessions was a Republican senator from Alabama, he participated several times in events at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, which describes itself as combating the efforts of the radical left and its Islamist allies to destroy American values and disarm this country.

Three years ago, Mr. Sessions got an award from the center. Stephen Miller, a top White House aide, has been relying on David for advice since he was a student battling the administrators at Santa Monica High School.

Last October, Chris Ruddy, a good friend of Mr. Trumps, commissioned David to write a book about how the right could mobilize to defeat President Clinton. It was taken as a given that she would win the election.

The plan was to publish the book a few days before her inauguration. David began with a section called The Adversary. Hillary, of course.

I can do that almost in my sleep, he said.

When Trump surprised the world by winning, the book was quickly retooled into Big Agenda: President Trumps Plan to Save America, although much of it was still about how Mrs. Clinton and Democrats were the adversaries. The strategy, David wrote, is to go for the jugular. The book was on The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list for 11 weeks.

What I like about Trump is hes not your typical Republican, David said. Hes a fighter.

A fighter, as it happens, in the style of David Horowitz. In decades of public speaking, David honed an in-your-face approach. He said he picked it up from his former comrades on the left.

If youre nuanced and you speak in what I would call an intellectual manner, you get eaten alive, he said. Its a great handicap to be talking like accountants while the opposition are making moral indictments.

Having politics so deeply part of your identity used to be unusual, said Daniel Oppenheimer, who wrote Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century about David Horowitz, Ronald Reagan and a few others. The core identity of most people was community, family and religion. But as these other parts of society withered, politics filled the void.

Theres a sense in which were all David Horowitz now, said Mr. Oppenheimer. Were all amateur political pundits, and were all less willing to compromise. That doesnt bode well for our future.

Sand Hill Road is the short, architecturally undistinguished strip just west of Palo Alto, Calif., where the venture capitalists hang out. As an incubator of revolutions, Sand Hill has had a longer and more successful run than Berkeley ever did in the 1960s. Companies from Amazon to Google were funded here.

Tech companies, international in outlook, sales and employment, have little in common with President Trumps nativist impulses. Mr. Andreessen, the more histrionic side of Andreessen Horowitz, recently said the tech community is so extremely left-wing, extremely liberal that a lot of people there could not even articulate a case for Mr. Trump, much less agree with it.

Mr. Andreessen, as it happened, did not want Ben to articulate a case for his Trump-supporting father. Marc said, Dont do it, dont do it, dont do it, Ben recalled.

But his father asked him, and so there was Ben on a couch in his Sand Hill office, mulling the unexpected confluence of race, politics and technology that is the Horowitz family. In case of trouble, an aide recorded the conversation.

Marx said, sharpen the contradictions. He was talking about the contradictions between labor and capital. Make it stark, Ben said. My father, from a rhetorical, propaganda kind of messaging school, is all Marx and Lenin, still.

In other words, he goes to extremes.

Father and son usually avoid politics, discuss it when they must, and find common ground to the extent they can. They live with each others extremes, especially with regard to race.

We trust each others intentions, Ben said.

For more than 25 years, Ben has been married to Felicia Wiley, who is black and grew up in a working class family in Los Angeles. She is a frequent volunteer at Glide Memorial Church, the longtime countercultural rallying point in San Francisco that talks on its website about how it offered a safe space to the Black Panthers. Last summer, Glide gave Felicia a major award.

Ben and Felicia have three grown children. In Davids 2016 essay collection Progressive Racism, he wrote, I have three black granddaughters for whom I want the absolute best that this life and this society have to offer. But his positions on racial issues are not exactly mainstream in liberal Silicon Valley. In Big Agenda, he called Black Lives Matter a racist and riot-fomenting organization.

And in lines that emphasize how far he had come from the idealism of the 1960s, he wrote in Progressive Racism that there will always be racists and bigots. Only utopians will fail to understand this and seek to deploy the coercive powers of the state to make everyone believe as they do.

Ben looks at his fathers racial statements in this light: Hes trying to help black people. Really, genuinely. Nobody else is going to take it that way because of how he says it.

He noted that his father broke with right-wing orthodoxy and condemned George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin. A young man who was unarmed and guiltless of any crime is dead, David wrote in 2013. And shouldnt there be some penalty to pay for that?

Ben was one of the speakers at Davids 75th birthday celebration at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. The son said his father has a nose for freedom and is absolutely relentless about pursuing it, and announced that he and Felicia were giving the center a $25,000 donation.

Racial questions sometimes come at Ben from other directions. At Andreessen Horowitz, nine of the 135 employees are black. People say, What are you doing? said Ben. The question comes up because the situation is so rare: Only about one percent of the tech workers in the Bay Area are black.

Those are the people Im comfortable around, Ben said. Its weird my father was the origin of it, given who he is now.

Growing up in black culture, Ben developed a love for hip-hop music and used its lyrics as epigraphs for his blog posts on management. An article documenting his affection for the music came to the attention of Divine, a rapper who spent a decade in prison for selling drugs.

I was skeptical, said Divine, who was born Victor D. Lombard. I thought it was a publicity stunt. I couldnt tie together an older white gentleman who was a venture capitalist and a billionaire to hip-hop, which comes from poverty, from struggle, from pain. He reached out to Ben via Twitter, realized his sincerity, and the two became friends.

Divine has met David at Bens parties and has pondered what separates and joins the two.

Its like Ben is the antidote to David Horowitz, he said. He balances his father out. And whats so crazy is that Ben came from David Horowitz.

In the same way a Mafia don is happy if his kids never whack anyone, David appreciates how his offspring stayed clear of the family business. He doesnt even mind the way they rejected his politics as well.

The victory of not indoctrinating your kids and yet having them be successful anyway thats the ultimate for him, Ben said.

Because really, who in their right mind would choose to be involved in politics now?

I liked it when there were fringes on the left and the right and a somewhat rational center, David said. Weve lost the center. Normal people are wary of politics, with good reason. Its a very dirty business.

If David himself were to renounce that business, declaring that his benevolent attitude toward his family would now be extended to strangers as well, this would be a tidier and more hopeful story.

The odds are higher that Hillary Clinton will get an award from the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Despite his distaste for politics, David cant afford to retire and wouldnt want to anyway.

It would be like dying, he said. I cant betray my cause.

Follow David Streitfeld on Twitter @DavidStreitfeld.

A version of this article appears in print on July 23, 2017, on Page BU1 of the New York edition with the headline: Father-Son Revolutionaries.

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Black Panther gets a standing ovation in Hall H – Polygon

Its safe to say that Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther are the most highly anticipated Marvel Studios projects in the ether right now and though Ragnarok will hit theaters first, Black Panther is holding its own and then some.

Black Panthers executive producer Nate Moore has invoked both James Bond and The Godfather when describing the films story, and the costume and set design of the Afro-futuristic nation of Wakanda have ignited fan imaginations online ever since its first teaser dropped and became the 10th most-watched trailer in history.

So its no wonder that, even though its last trailer is only a month old and the movie wont hit theaters until February 2018, Marvel brought more details on Black Panther’s starring turn to Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con.

The movie will begin with TChalla and Wakanda still grappling with the events of Captain America: Civil War, the crew explained from the stage: the death of TChallas father and Wakandas king, TChaka. And Wakanda seems key to the story.

“I feel like Erik has his own points of view on Wakanda and how it should be ruled, Michael B. Jordan said of his role as Erik Killmonger, one of Black Panthers foes. He has his eyes on the throne, so hes doing whatever it takes to kind of make them a reality.”

“Nakia is a spy, Lupita Nyongo said of her character. She goes undercover in the rest of the world and reports back to Wakanda about whats happening. In order to stay safe they have to send people like Nakia out, called War Dogs, to stay on top of things. Wakanda needs to know about the world but the world does not need to know about Wakanda.”

“The best thing about the comic book was that TChala got his power from the people around him and where I come from, that’s how we live,” said director Ryan Coogler.

Before the cast left the stage, they played several clips of footage from the movie that were for the audiences eyes only and the final one received a standing ovation.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo and Andy Serkis, and will hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

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Serving the People – Jacobin magazine

Housing is an intimate need. Having a home offers a basic possibility of stability, a space to retreat to safety and recharge to fight another day; its not only a human right but a necessity for resistance. The consequences of a lack of stable housing are often tragic, destroying lives in its wake.

Take Allen Bullock, the Baltimore teenager who famously smashed police car windows with an orange safety cone in the riots following Freddie Grays murder. Last week, the Baltimore Sun reported that Allen was sentenced to four years in prison for a parole violation stemming from his conviction after the riots.

Like Freddie, Allen grew up in poverty. He was a foster kid. Allens biological mother Bobbi had been convicted for sex work in 2003, and the state removed Allen from the home. Bobbi fought to regain custody of Allen later no small feat. Yet housing remained a persistent problem for him throughout his childhood. At the time of the riots, Allen was living at a cousins house rather than his mothers.

As he stood atop the police car the day of the riots, cone in hand and glancing over his shoulder, a journalist snapped a photo. The image would become an iconic moment of the protests.

Allen was initially sentenced to eleven and a half years in prison for his actions, with all but six months suspended. It was his first offense as an adult. Allen left prison with years of probation ahead of him, but he immediately found himself back in poverty. As had been the norm in his life, housing was precarious.

Since my mother put me out, I was just coming from the system so I aint really have no transportation, no family, no way to call or nothing, Bullock explained to the judge at his summer 2017 probation violation hearing. He had moved in with his childs mother but had not reported his move to his probation officer. He also missed at least two court appointments.

As a result, the judge sentenced him to four years in prison four more, of course, than the officers who killed Freddie Gray, who were all acquitted.

This for you I miss you already Im in here crying shit aint going to stop I dont care about that locked up shit, Allen wrote as a tribute to Freddie when he posted the iconic photo of him smashing the cop car on social media the day before turning himself in. The image was especially popular on the Left, often in meme form with support our troops emblazoned across it.

But what would it really mean for the Left to support Allens resistance? The stakes for figuring out how to show real solidarity, beyond the sharing of a meme, are high the difference between life and death. To take up politics is to struggle on those terms, beyond simply cheering for resistance.

Allens bail was set at an outrageous $500,000. His bail was higher than the bail for any of the officers charged with killing Freddie Gray. He was eventually bonded out of jail after his mother put up $15,000 in cash, nearly $9,000 of which had come from donations. She also pledged to pay an additional $35,000 in seventy monthly installments of $500.

Baltimores cash bail system is notoriously oppressive for poor people. While the cash donations for Allens bond helped free him temporarily, Allens housing instability left him vulnerable to the states attempts to make an example of him. Decades of racist housing discrimination, combined with the more recent rash of predatory lending and foreclosure, ensure that many of Baltimores black residents struggle with inadequate and dilapidated housing options.

I lived in Washington, DC, when Freddie Gray died. The riots erupted days before I was set to move away. When I saw that Baltimore schools were cancelled, I realized that there were kids who wouldnt eat that day. I knew what it was like to go hungry. So I jumped in my car and drove to Baltimore.

I met up with a group of residents at a church in West Baltimore, the neighborhood where Freddie was killed. We packed lunches for the community. As I walked the streets of Freddies neighborhood, handing out food to strangers, I saw a poverty so deep, it almost seemed designed to break residents spirits.

Most houses were boarded up. The streets had no greenery. There were no grocery stores. People lived here. People died here too a lot. Baltimore tracks what city authorities term avertable deaths, meaning the percentage of deaths that could have been avoided if a particular neighborhood had the same death rates as the five highest-income neighborhoods. 51 percent of deaths in Freddie Grays West Baltimore neighborhood were officially considered avertable.

Though the riots had brought excitement and national attention to the neighborhood, the brutal realities of everyday life were the primary concern of any resident I met. These were the conditions of Allens life, which endured past his single burst of resistance at the riots, eventually crushing him. The question remains, how are poor people to sustainably resist if they cannot survive?

The same question is central to thinking about the life of Delano Wingfield. Delano was an organizer a courageous one. His organizing catalyzed a campaign that moved a president. But it wasnt enough to save him. Like Allen Bullock, unstable housing was a key element in the tragedy of Delanos life.

Delano made $9 an hour as a food service worker at DCs Union Station, cooking and washing dishes and struggling to get by. In 2013, Delano organized his coworkers to fight for better wages and a better life. When his manager discovered his organizing, Delano said his hours were cut.

It was hard with thirty five hours, and now I dont know what Im about to do with the twenty hours they gave me. Im out here to make myself and everyone else more money, he told Al Jazeera America in a 2013 story about the campaign. Delano was one of the earliest workers to walkout and strike in order to (successfully, eventually) pressure President Obama to pass an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract employees like him. But he would not live to see the campaign succeed.

I met him once, at a party at a mutual friends house where he had been sleeping on the couch. He eventually wound up moving to an apartment in another DC neighborhood, Shaw. At the time, I also had unstable housing and found myself in the same neighborhood, living on a couch as Delano had. We lived one street apart.

In June 2014, our mutual friend posted to Facebook: Delano had been murdered. His roommate killed him. The murder was gruesome, but quickly faded from the news. While the details of the murder were disputed, one account strongly suggested that a dispute over money was a catalyst.

I felt for him. I mourned. I too lived in Shaw. I too had been on a couch. I too was deeply poor, working for $10 an hour as I struggled to get on my feet. I was shaken by the tragedy. His life and death felt so close to my own experience at the time. It could have been me. Two months prior, it nearly was.

I was living with a friend. He had previously stayed with me the year prior after a breakup. When I couldnt afford my apartment and had to move, I found myself on his couch as he had been on mine. I knew he grew up in a violent household and had beaten an ex-girlfriend. But poverty left me desperate. I didnt want to go back across the country to my moms house. That felt like defeat. Id take my chances in DC.

He started subtly. He made little insults his favorite refrain was kill yourself. He stole money from me. Then he began efforts at control, including attempts to isolate me from friends and control what I ate. He became physically confrontational. He attacked me more than once.

The last time left me bloodied, with a black eye and bruises across my body. In the moment, I reached for a knife. I wanted to stab him, but another roommate stopped me. Besides, my priority was escape, not vengeance.

For four months I lived on the brink. I was painfully aware of the cycle of domestic violence; Id written a paper on it in law school less than a year earlier. After each explosion, thered be a lull full of jokes and camaraderie as if nothing had happened. Yet just under the surface was his feeling of entitlement over me, ready to strike. He once told me, I wont hesitate to punch you in the face again.

It was textbook abuse. I knew I had to get out. I told friends what was happening, but no one helped. I had no money. The whole time I was aware; I knew the stakes and I knew what I needed: a place to live, no small task when housing costs so much and I had so little. Deprivation even tempered my resistance. I couldnt simply think or debate my way out. I needed help. I needed other people.

It wasnt until I had a black eye, with blood gushing everywhere, that someone finally answered my call for help: a conservative religious friend of my family. We didnt share political ideology. We didnt even share a common faith. In my time of crisis, he stepped up and brought a truck to move my things to his house, providing me a place to stay. Even before the incident, when I didnt have any food, his church invited me to get groceries from their food shelf.

However, the lifesaving program he offered was completely severed from any semblance of liberatory politics. The task of socialism is to do both.

The Black Panthers understood this thats why they had survival programs pending revolution like their free breakfast distribution. In the absence of provision of such goods by the state, the Panthers stepped in and provided them, along with a political education program.

In his 1972 book To Die for the People, party cofounder Huey Newton explained the organizing logic of the survival programs. We recognized that in order to bring the people to the level of consciousness where they would seize the time, it would be necessary to serve their interests in survival by developing programs which would help them to meet their daily needs, he wrote.

Yet the program was no apolitical social service work. The Panther Party also envisioned the community programs as introducing socialism in practical and concrete terms, according to author Paul Alkebulan in his book chronicling Panther history, Survival Pending Revolution.

We shouldnt be slavishly recreating the Black Panthers programs. But we can take inspiration from their successes. Organizing around average peoples necessities not only meets those needs, but can also provide an opening for leaders to get and remain involved, thus making for a sustainable movement.

Its easy to point to Allen Bullock and say that he shouldve known better than to make a mistake like violating his parole. But it isnt a lack of knowledge holding poor people like Allen back. I knew the cycle of domestic violence and the imminence of the next attack. Delano, I imagine, knew he was living in a dangerous home. We knew enough. The real question was whether we had enough power to remove ourselves from our situation.

Though housing was the common issue for Allen, Delano, and me, millions of people in this country struggle with all sorts of basic needs. They are and can be movement leaders, but they must be respected and supported. Poor people are not simply waiting around for the truth of socialism to be revealed to them by their presumed social betters; they are busy trying to survive, often by any means available. Transformative movements must meet and sustain them there: at the points of struggle, on the brink of oblivion.

If we want a working-class movement, then our organizing must not just speak to, but intervene in the everyday crises that make for life under oppression. Movements need strong organizing bonds that overcome stigma and alienation, allowing people to disclose their needs without fear of shame. If were going to win socialism, our work has to be made practical through organizing anchored in peoples daily lives and needs. The stakes are too high to do anything less.

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Lexus LC 500 to Star in Marvel’s Black Panther – Motor Trend

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It was only a matter of time before the photogenic Lexus LC starred in a superhero movie. The Lexus LC 500 will hit the silver screen in Marvels Black Panther next year.

The film tells the story of TChalla, who returns home to become king of the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda. Chadwick Boseman portrays TChalla in a star-studded lineup that also includes Lupita Nyongo, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Andy Serkis.

The LCs aggressive styling, high performance and agile handling are a perfect fit for the Black Panthers quick, cat-like reflexes and superhuman feats, said Lexus general marketing manager Brian Bolain in a statement. Were excited to see the duo in action.

The 2018 Lexus LC 500 packs a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 engine good for 471 hp and 379 lb-ft of torque. In our recent First Test, we clocked the coupe hitting 60 mph from a standstill in 4.8 seconds. Although its not the quickest sports car out there, it makes a competent grand tourer thanks to its smooth suspension, posh interior, and quiet cabin interrupted only by the sweet sound of the V-8 engine. Now we look forward to seeing what therumoredLC Fhas to offer.

Marvels Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.

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Black Panther: T’Challa Catches A Ride In New Image – Screen Rant

Marvel Studios and Lexus are partnering up to feature a new carinone of Black Panthers biggest action scenes. After a memorable supporting role in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman reprises his role as TChalla inhis starring debut in the much-anticipated standalone Black Panther movie. Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler (Creed), Black Panther is expected to give viewers the biggest look yet atTChallas home country of Wakanda and its politics.

As TChalla, Boseman is expected to wrestle with his familys legacy and fight for his rightful throne in Wakanda. But that doesnt mean Black Panther will be without high-stakes action, as at least one massive sequence will involveplenty ofhigh-end cars and MarvelStudios just announced a new partnership with Lexus that will prominently feature one of the automakersnewest models.

As revealed in an exclusive reportby THR, Marvel Studios is partnering with Lexus to feature the 2018 LC model in at least one scene inBlack Panther. The companies will launch their partnership with a private party on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con. The Marvel/Lexus partnership will also include an original Black Panther graphic novel written byFabian Nicieza of X-Men and Deadpoolfameand illustrated by Scott Rahzzah Wilson and Szymon Kudranski. According to THR, Black Panther will use a Lexus LC 500 to defeatthe villain in the graphic novel.

Lexus marketings general manger Brian Bolain told THRthat the 2018 Lexus LCs aggressive styling, high performance and agile handling are a perfect fit for the Black Panthers quick, cat-like reflexes and superhuman feats.Meanwhile, Marvel senior vice president of global partnerships Mindy Hamilton said that the studio worked withLexus team to build out a story thatll familiarize fans with TChalla as well as his advanced home nation of Wakanda.

Its likely that the new photo is from the same scene that was filmed in South Koreain March. The car chase reportedly involved 150 cars and 700 people, in addition to helicopters and hails of gunfire. You saw how fast Black Panther can run in Civil Warwhen he, Bucky Barnes, and Captain America all outran cars as they chased each other. It only makes sense that the first Black Panther movie would feature a state-of-the-art, well-engineered vehiclein order to present some semblance of a challenge for the fleet-footed hero.

Marketing partnerships and cross-promotion were inevitable with a production the size of Black Panther and a franchise with the prestige of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The news of a partnership between Marvel Studios and Lexus may induce eye-rolls for some, but its unlikely that it would take away from the story being told. As long as Coogler puts forth the kind of effort he did with movies like Creed and Fruitvale Station, the storytelling in Black Panther will be fine.

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Review: New Black Panthers play in Oakland reconstructs controversial killing – The Mercury News

Oakland is a perfect place to see a new play about the Black Panther Party, because it was in this city that Huey Newton and Bobby Seale first organized the group for self-defense against police brutality against African-Americans in 1966. Its that particular mission that makes Tori Sampsons drama This Land Was Made feel like much more than a historical period piece, because everybody knows that particular fight is far from over. Now playing in a powerful workshop production by Ubuntu Theater Project at Brooklyn Preserve, a defunct historic Oakland church, This Land takes place in Oakland in 1967. Its set in and around a bar run by Miss Trish, forcefully played by Halili Knox as a hot-tempered, no-nonsense mother with a font of wisdom that she expects to be heeded. In the circular room upstairs where Ubuntu has been in residence all season, Marcel Castanchoas set brings the bar to life with long shelves of bottles and glasses hanging upside down. More than a drinking establishment, the bar is home base to a close-knit family of characters. Nathalie Autumn Bennett is a feisty free spirit as Miss Trishs well-named daughter Sassy, a barber and aspiring journalist. Anthony Rollins-Mullens makes a smooth and assured narrator but is more halting in conversation as low-key auto mechanic Mr. Far. Miss Trish had a son who died in the war, and were told he was special but learn nothing in particular about why. His best friend and ex-girlfriend are still very much part of the family. Champagne Hughes Gail is flightily flirtatious with every man she meets, and Leonard A. Thomas boisterous Drew is full of big talk about how he quit working for the white man (that is to say, just quit working in general). Its about time I started building my own kingdom, by any means necessary, he says. Drew is always bickering with Sassys boyfriend Troy (stoic, soft-spoken Terrance White) whos studying U.S. government at UC Berkeley and believes in working within the system at least until its brutally driven home how thoroughly the deck is stacked against him. As Sassy puts it, theyre two Negro men fighting over being Negro. Co-artistic director William Hodgson gives the play a forceful staging with deft use of slow motion at certain key moments. The first time Huey Newton enters, he struts in slowly, with everyone else in freeze-frame. Newton makes quite an impression. William Hartfield is cool and charismatic in his portrayal, whether Newton is working a room connecting with people one on one or making fiery speeches. Thomas doubles as a cold, all-business Panther in full uniform, and Andrei Dolezal and Evan Feist carry with them a threatening sense of danger as two prickly white police officers, who enter very late in the first act, throwing their weight around. The play centers around a heavily contested incident in which Newton was accused of shooting and killing an Oakland police officer (charges that were ultimately dismissed after three consecutive trials), and he claimed officers shot each other while aiming at him in a scuffle. The incident itself is chilling when it happens, and the play has its own version of exactly how it went down. The ending is a little unfocused, as if Sampson isnt quite sure how to wrap things up, but the script is packed with powerful speeches about injustice, privilege and the question of how to carry on in the face of overwhelming institutional injustice. Its a gripping look at a turning point in local and national history that still has plenty to say to the present. Contact Sam Hurwitt atshurwitt@gmail.com, and follow him at Twitter.com/shurwitt. By Tori Sampson, presented by Ubuntu Theater Project Through:Aug. 6 Where: Brooklyn Preserve, 1433 12th Ave., Oakland Running time: Two hours, one intermission Tickets: $15-$45;www.ubuntutheaterproject.com

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Lexus LC 500 Showcased in Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ – FanBolt.Com

Weve made it no secret that we geek out over Lexus. In fact, my next Geek Girl Review will be for the 2017 Lexus ES 350 which I was able to try out earlier this month! But the newest and most exciting news from Lexus actually dropped last week at San Diego Comic-Con! Lexus and Marvel have announced a collaboration to pair the first-ever 2018 Lexus LC with Marvels dynamic Black Panther character in the highly anticipated film, Marvel Studios Black Panther, slated to hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018. Directed by Ryan Coogler, and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyongo, the film follows TChalla, who, after the events of Marvel Studios Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. Marvel continuously captures audiences through charismatic characters and inspiring stories the ideal fit for Lexus mission to craft amazing, engaging experiences, said Brian Bolain general manager, Lexus marketing. And the LCs aggressive styling, high performance and agile handling are a perfect fit for the Black Panthers quick, cat-like reflexes and superhuman feats. Were excited to see the duo in action. To accompany the collaboration between Lexus and Marvel, Lexus also teamed with Marvel Custom Solutions to create an original graphic novel, with storytelling driven by famed writer Fabian Nicieza and cover illustrations by emerging graphic artists Scott Rahzzah Wilson and Szymon Kudranski. Centered around the balance between human and machine, the comic features the Lexus LC 500 with a new, Wakandan spin and its role in helping the Black Panther defeat a legendary villain. Lexus and Marvel celebrated their collaboration during Comic-Con after-hours at an exclusive Black Panther-themed event on Friday, July 21, with special performances by DJ Lulo Caf. During the invite-only event, six variant covers for the graphic novel were revealed to industry guests and comic enthusiasts. This campaign clicked from the get-go, said Mindy Hamilton, Marvels SVP of global partnerships. We have this bold, sophisticated hero stepping into the spotlight for the first time, and its been a blast to work with the Lexus team to build out a story thatll familiarize fans with TChalla as well as his advanced home nation of Wakanda. Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis DEsposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios Black Panther hits U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018. About Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the worlds most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. 2017 MARVEL. About Lexus Lexus passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 238 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F performance models.

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Prague Black Panthers capture 5th straight Czech Bowl title – American Football International

The defending champion Prague Black Pantherswon their fifth straight Czech title and seventh overall when they defeated the Ostrava Steelers 28-0 in Under Armour Czech Bowl XXIV Monday nightatViktorie Zizkov StadiuminPrague. In a steady downpour, the Black Panthers set the tone from the opening whistle against the only team who had come close to beating them the regular season. In fact,Ostrava had played Prague to a tie earlier in the year. On this night it was not even close. Game MVP Prague quarterbackJan Dundek was magnificent, throwing for 198 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 41 and another score.Jan Tesa caught both touchdown passes and had three catches for 102 yards while running back Pavel Klem rushed for the fourth touchdown. Prague QB Jan Dundek battling for yardage Ostravas leading rusherDominik Dvorsk was held to just 17 yards rushing and the Steelers had only 47 yards as a team. In fact, Ostrava was only able to muster 101 yards in total offense. Prague opened the scoring on their second possession afterDundek first connected withTesa for a 50 yard completion and thenKlem carried the ball in from the one. The Steelers threatened early in the second quarter but a 37 yard field goal attempt went wide andDundek marched his team on a six play, 80 yard drive, capping it with a 16 yard touchdown pass toTesa and the score was 14-0 two minutes into the second quarter. Prague WR Jan Tesa scored 2 TDs Steelers running back Luke Wildung fumbled on his own 36 yard line on the next series and the Black Panthers made him pay.Dundek threw a second touchdown strike toTesa and Prague suddenly had a 21-0 lead which they took into the halftime break. The second half saw the Black Panthers defense, led bylinebacker Karl Augusta, who finished the night with 11 tackles including nine solo, stiffen. Ostrava could not penetrate past the Black Panthers 40 yard line the rest of the game. Meanwhile,Dundek added another touchdown late in the third quarter on an 18 yard scamper. With the rain making conditions tough for both teams, Prague controlled the rest of the game and took a knee on the Steelers 35 yard line to end it.

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Prague Black Panthers face Ostrava Steelers in a showdown in Under Armour Czech Bowl XXIV – American Football International

The defending champion Prague Black Panthers will take on the Ostrava SteelersMonday, July 24 in Under Armour Czech Bowl XXIV atViktorie Zizkov Stadium in Prague. TheOstrava Steelersdefeated thePrague Lions27-19 in theCzech leaguesemifinals to reach theCzech Bowl,for the first time in 20 years. The last time theSteelersreached the final was1997 when they won the title by beating thePrague Panthers35-21. The Steelers enter the game as the Cinderella team in the Czech league this year. They finished the 2016 campaign dead last with a 1-9 record and improved to 7-2-1 this season. The Black Panthers have won the Czech league title for the past four years and marched through the 2017 season without a loss. They defeated thePardubice Stallions in the semifinals 40-19. The two teams played each other twice during the regular season. The first game ended with aPrague20-14 win while the second ended in a 13-13 tie. In other words, these two teams are as evenly matched as they could be. Prague had the best offense in the league this season racking up 407 points in 10 games. But they will be facing the toughest defense as the Steelers gave up just 8.1 points a game in 2017. Prague quarterbackJan Dundek is the key to the Black Panthers offense. He led the league in passing and did not throw a single interception. But he is just as dangerous running with the ball. His favorite target is Jakub Wolesky, who finished third in yards and fourth in the number of receptions. However Steelers running back Dominik Dvorskpaced the team in the semifinals rushing for 131 yards and two touchdowns. His teammate Luke Wildung adds to a deadly Ostrava running attack. Both teams are tough to run against. The Black Panthers allowed 35.6 yards per match while the Steelers ranked second with 67.2 yards. The Steelers may have an edge against the pass as PraguesLadislav Jenk is out with a broken collarbone and Ostrava safety Garrett Griffieth and cornerLuk eslkare a deadly combination. One of the keys to the Black Panthers is the play of their special teams. They led the league in turnovers thanks to their special teams. Another key factor for Prague is head coach Jesse Thompson. His 14 years of coaching experience at the professional, college and high school levels, can be crucial With Ostrava relying on Luke Wildung to run the offense and Garrett Griffeth to serve as defensive coordinator, there is no true head coach. As well as this duo has handled their duties this year, in a championship game, an experienced head coach could make a difference. Nevertheless, this game is still a toss up.

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One Family, Many Revolutions: From Black Panthers, to Silicon Valley, to Trump – New York Times

During Jeff Sessions confirmation hearings as attorney general in January, Democrats raised the issue of the long and admiring relationship between David and the nominee. Statements by David like too many blacks are in prison because too many blacks commit crimes were cited as evidence that Mr. Sessions kept unsavory company and had racist leanings. A few weeks later, Ben gave a talk on How to Start a Cultural Revolution at a Silicon Valley conference. Wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Toussaint LOuverture, the Haitian who led a slave revolt two centuries ago, Ben took his audience through the details of LOuvertures unlikely success and what they could learn from it. Blacks as criminals, blacks as role models its hard to get further apart than this. Yet for a country that seems riven in two, the Horowitzes offer a measure of hope. They email, they talk, they get together for family celebrations. When David went to college campuses to denounce things that Ben believes in, Ben paid for his bodyguard. To understand all might not be to forgive all, but its a start. David and Ben both said they have made a major effort to see where the other is coming from. While no ones politics have changed, they realized they are not quite as far apart as it might seem. One thing we mostly see eye-to-eye on is that the most important thing is the ability of an individual to live his life and have an opportunity, said Ben, 51. How he went from The way to do that is Communism to The way to do that is Trump is amazing. He laughed. Thats where were not aligned. David said he is glad he never foisted his beliefs on Ben or his other children the way Phil and Blanches relentless adherence to the Communist doctrine pushed David into the cause long ago. If the revolution has a few less soldiers this way, so be it. Ive come to the end of the story, said David, 78. I dont mistake the life Ive lived for the only life. Its not that simple, of course. Sometimes people try to connect us on Twitter, which is always scary, said Ben. Someone will say, Hey, arent you related to @horowitz39? Thats Davids handle on Twitter, where he says things like Obama is an American traitor and Hillary killed four Americans in Benghazi. I never reply, Ben said. In the horse country northwest of Los Angeles, its a glorious day. David Horowitz and his fourth wife, April, live here inside a remote gated community. There are two horses and, making a terrible racket, several dogs. Gardeners are working on the lawn. Dont ask me if theyre illegal, David said with a laugh. The house is only remote physically. The computer in the other room is always calling, bringing forth updates, denunciations, the ongoing political spectacle. How can you feel isolated when youre connected all the time? David asked. He chronicled his familys penchant for revolution in his 1997 autobiography, Radical Son, one of the most prominent of a long shelf of volumes. His first effort, Student, about the embryonic turmoil on college campuses, appeared when Kennedy was president. In 1968, he became an editor and writer for Ramparts, the radical magazine that nurtured and reflected the eras unrest. The system cannot be revitalized; it must be overthrown. As humanely as possible, but by any means necessary, Ramparts proclaimed in a 1970 editorial. David says he was the one who insisted on adding the humanely part. Ramparts published Che Guevaras diaries, went after the C.I.A. and offered a tutorial on how not to pay taxes. Its international editor was Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver, who fled to Cuba in 1968 after leading an ambush of Oakland, Calif., police officers. Thanks in a large part to Ramparts, the charismatic and photogenic Panthers soon embodied the notion of revolution for white radicals. David found a political soul mate in Panther leader Huey Newton. He immersed himself in the Panthers home base of Oakland, raising money to buy a 35-classroom school that would be a showcase for the cause. Even for that freewheeling era, Ben had an unusual boyhood. It would shape his life, friendships, marriage and work. His best friend, who would later be best man at his wedding, was black. He was one of the few white kids on the Berkeley High football team. Every Sunday, he went to the Son of Man Temple, the Black Panther church in the auditorium of the school. I know all the songs from there, Ben said, and as proof, started singing the old gospel hymn adopted by the Panthers, We are soldiers in the army David said: Ben is practically black. Ben laughed when this was repeated to him, something he does frequently when talking about his father. I hate it when my father talks, its ridiculous, he said. But he acknowledged its broad truth. In the Bay Area in the early 1970s, the revolution seemed at hand. Marcus Foster, Oaklands first black superintendent of schools, was assassinated in November 1973. Three months later, Patty Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley. In August 1974, Mr. Newton was arrested after the shooting of a prostitute and fled to Cuba. When the Panthers needed someone to keep their finances, David recommended a white friend named Betty Van Patter. In late 1974, she disappeared. A few weeks later, her body was found in San Francisco Bay. Her head had been bashed. While the murder was never officially solved, David held the Panthers responsible and said Mr. Newton confirmed it years later. The person he really blamed, however, was himself. The Panthers, he concluded, were thugs dressed up as revolutionaries, but the Left was too wrapped up in its dreams to be honest about it. David became unglued. He bought a sporty Datsun 260Z, had an affair, divorced his wife Elissa after nearly two decades of marriage and barely escaped with his life when a train smashed up the car. A photo from this era shows Ben and his two sisters perched with their father on the Datsun. David stares at the camera. Ben looks at the ground, morose. I was a very sensitive kid, supersensitive, Ben said. He was loud and intense. Which is why I ended up spending so much time with my mom. (Elissa Horowitz declined to be interviewed for this story.) In 1976, David wrote with his friend Peter Collier his most popular book, a history of the Rockefeller family. Phil Horowitz, a believer to the end, asked his son why he wasnt writing about the revolution instead. There is no revolution coming, David angrily replied. By 1984, he was voting for Ronald Reagan. Like the sons of many prominent fathers, Ben spent a long time trying both to understand and escape his father. He studied computer science, a subject his father had no interest in, at Columbia University and then the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1990, a connection of Davids helped Ben get an interview at SGI, a pioneering computer graphics company. Even the tech world, a place that celebrates straight-talking, found Ben a little too direct. Every now and then, I had to help him better understand how to navigate, said Ken Coleman, his SGI mentor and one of the few black executives in the tech industry. SGI managers actually had a meeting about firing Ben but did not go through with it. After SGI came Netscape, the iconic internet browser company. It was here that Ben first acquired a reputation as a manager. In Silicon Valley, people always say that an extroverted engineer is one who stares at your shoes rather than his own, said Greg Sands, a Netscape colleague. Ben was an engineer, which meant he had a bit of an awkward user interface, but perhaps his life as an outsider generated empathy. He could get people to work together. At Netscape, Ben met his future business partner, Marc Andreessen. They went on to start a data storage company called Loudcloud, which had many near-death experiences before it was successfully sold to Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion in 2007. As Ben became more successful, he eclipsed his father. David spent much of his energy attacking universities, which he considered hotbeds of misguided leftist thought. During one campus visit, he did a radio interview where the host made a personal observation about David that he considered untrue; he doesnt remember what. Lies deserve lies, he figured, and immediately blasted back: At least Im not a child molester like you. Ben heard this story from the bodyguard, who was ferrying David as the phone interview was taking place. I nearly crashed the car, he said. David was unrepentant: You gotta fight fire with fire. In 2009, Ben and Mr. Andreessen formed their venture capital firm, which today has $6 billion under management. By then, Ben had managed to tone himself down. With my father, everything was an argument to the death, he said. My bar for inflammatory was so high. David declined to follow suit and moderate his own rhetoric, which meant he was largely ignored by both the right and the left. By 2012, the Jewish magazine Tablet could run a profile with the headline, David Horowitz Is Homeless. Ive been ghettoized, he told the magazine. Then came Mr. Trump. When Jeff Sessions was a Republican senator from Alabama, he participated several times in events at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, which describes itself as combating the efforts of the radical left and its Islamist allies to destroy American values and disarm this country. Three years ago, Mr. Sessions got an award from the center. Stephen Miller, a top White House aide, has been relying on David for advice since he was a student battling the administrators at Santa Monica High School. Last October, Chris Ruddy, a good friend of Mr. Trumps, commissioned David to write a book about how the right could mobilize to defeat President Clinton. It was taken as a given that she would win the election. The plan was to publish the book a few days before her inauguration. David began with a section called The Adversary. Hillary, of course. I can do that almost in my sleep, he said. When Trump surprised the world by winning, the book was quickly retooled into Big Agenda: President Trumps Plan to Save America, although much of it was still about how Mrs. Clinton and Democrats were the adversaries. The strategy, David wrote, is to go for the jugular. The book was on The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list for 11 weeks. What I like about Trump is hes not your typical Republican, David said. Hes a fighter. A fighter, as it happens, in the style of David Horowitz. In decades of public speaking, David honed an in-your-face approach. He said he picked it up from his former comrades on the left. If youre nuanced and you speak in what I would call an intellectual manner, you get eaten alive, he said. Its a great handicap to be talking like accountants while the opposition are making moral indictments. Having politics so deeply part of your identity used to be unusual, said Daniel Oppenheimer, who wrote Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century about David Horowitz, Ronald Reagan and a few others. The core identity of most people was community, family and religion. But as these other parts of society withered, politics filled the void. Theres a sense in which were all David Horowitz now, said Mr. Oppenheimer. Were all amateur political pundits, and were all less willing to compromise. That doesnt bode well for our future. Sand Hill Road is the short, architecturally undistinguished strip just west of Palo Alto, Calif., where the venture capitalists hang out. As an incubator of revolutions, Sand Hill has had a longer and more successful run than Berkeley ever did in the 1960s. Companies from Amazon to Google were funded here. Tech companies, international in outlook, sales and employment, have little in common with President Trumps nativist impulses. Mr. Andreessen, the more histrionic side of Andreessen Horowitz, recently said the tech community is so extremely left-wing, extremely liberal that a lot of people there could not even articulate a case for Mr. Trump, much less agree with it. Mr. Andreessen, as it happened, did not want Ben to articulate a case for his Trump-supporting father. Marc said, Dont do it, dont do it, dont do it, Ben recalled. But his father asked him, and so there was Ben on a couch in his Sand Hill office, mulling the unexpected confluence of race, politics and technology that is the Horowitz family. In case of trouble, an aide recorded the conversation. Marx said, sharpen the contradictions. He was talking about the contradictions between labor and capital. Make it stark, Ben said. My father, from a rhetorical, propaganda kind of messaging school, is all Marx and Lenin, still. In other words, he goes to extremes. Father and son usually avoid politics, discuss it when they must, and find common ground to the extent they can. They live with each others extremes, especially with regard to race. We trust each others intentions, Ben said. For more than 25 years, Ben has been married to Felicia Wiley, who is black and grew up in a working class family in Los Angeles. She is a frequent volunteer at Glide Memorial Church, the longtime countercultural rallying point in San Francisco that talks on its website about how it offered a safe space to the Black Panthers. Last summer, Glide gave Felicia a major award. Ben and Felicia have three grown children. In Davids 2016 essay collection Progressive Racism, he wrote, I have three black granddaughters for whom I want the absolute best that this life and this society have to offer. But his positions on racial issues are not exactly mainstream in liberal Silicon Valley. In Big Agenda, he called Black Lives Matter a racist and riot-fomenting organization. And in lines that emphasize how far he had come from the idealism of the 1960s, he wrote in Progressive Racism that there will always be racists and bigots. Only utopians will fail to understand this and seek to deploy the coercive powers of the state to make everyone believe as they do. Ben looks at his fathers racial statements in this light: Hes trying to help black people. Really, genuinely. Nobody else is going to take it that way because of how he says it. He noted that his father broke with right-wing orthodoxy and condemned George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin. A young man who was unarmed and guiltless of any crime is dead, David wrote in 2013. And shouldnt there be some penalty to pay for that? Ben was one of the speakers at Davids 75th birthday celebration at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. The son said his father has a nose for freedom and is absolutely relentless about pursuing it, and announced that he and Felicia were giving the center a $25,000 donation. Racial questions sometimes come at Ben from other directions. At Andreessen Horowitz, nine of the 135 employees are black. People say, What are you doing? said Ben. The question comes up because the situation is so rare: Only about one percent of the tech workers in the Bay Area are black. Those are the people Im comfortable around, Ben said. Its weird my father was the origin of it, given who he is now. Growing up in black culture, Ben developed a love for hip-hop music and used its lyrics as epigraphs for his blog posts on management. An article documenting his affection for the music came to the attention of Divine, a rapper who spent a decade in prison for selling drugs. I was skeptical, said Divine, who was born Victor D. Lombard. I thought it was a publicity stunt. I couldnt tie together an older white gentleman who was a venture capitalist and a billionaire to hip-hop, which comes from poverty, from struggle, from pain. He reached out to Ben via Twitter, realized his sincerity, and the two became friends. Divine has met David at Bens parties and has pondered what separates and joins the two. Its like Ben is the antidote to David Horowitz, he said. He balances his father out. And whats so crazy is that Ben came from David Horowitz. In the same way a Mafia don is happy if his kids never whack anyone, David appreciates how his offspring stayed clear of the family business. He doesnt even mind the way they rejected his politics as well. The victory of not indoctrinating your kids and yet having them be successful anyway thats the ultimate for him, Ben said. Because really, who in their right mind would choose to be involved in politics now? I liked it when there were fringes on the left and the right and a somewhat rational center, David said. Weve lost the center. Normal people are wary of politics, with good reason. Its a very dirty business. If David himself were to renounce that business, declaring that his benevolent attitude toward his family would now be extended to strangers as well, this would be a tidier and more hopeful story. The odds are higher that Hillary Clinton will get an award from the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Despite his distaste for politics, David cant afford to retire and wouldnt want to anyway. It would be like dying, he said. I cant betray my cause. Follow David Streitfeld on Twitter @DavidStreitfeld. A version of this article appears in print on July 23, 2017, on Page BU1 of the New York edition with the headline: Father-Son Revolutionaries.

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Black Panther gets a standing ovation in Hall H – Polygon

Its safe to say that Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther are the most highly anticipated Marvel Studios projects in the ether right now and though Ragnarok will hit theaters first, Black Panther is holding its own and then some. Black Panthers executive producer Nate Moore has invoked both James Bond and The Godfather when describing the films story, and the costume and set design of the Afro-futuristic nation of Wakanda have ignited fan imaginations online ever since its first teaser dropped and became the 10th most-watched trailer in history. So its no wonder that, even though its last trailer is only a month old and the movie wont hit theaters until February 2018, Marvel brought more details on Black Panther’s starring turn to Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con. The movie will begin with TChalla and Wakanda still grappling with the events of Captain America: Civil War, the crew explained from the stage: the death of TChallas father and Wakandas king, TChaka. And Wakanda seems key to the story. “I feel like Erik has his own points of view on Wakanda and how it should be ruled, Michael B. Jordan said of his role as Erik Killmonger, one of Black Panthers foes. He has his eyes on the throne, so hes doing whatever it takes to kind of make them a reality.” “Nakia is a spy, Lupita Nyongo said of her character. She goes undercover in the rest of the world and reports back to Wakanda about whats happening. In order to stay safe they have to send people like Nakia out, called War Dogs, to stay on top of things. Wakanda needs to know about the world but the world does not need to know about Wakanda.” “The best thing about the comic book was that TChala got his power from the people around him and where I come from, that’s how we live,” said director Ryan Coogler. Before the cast left the stage, they played several clips of footage from the movie that were for the audiences eyes only and the final one received a standing ovation. Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo and Andy Serkis, and will hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

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Serving the People – Jacobin magazine

Housing is an intimate need. Having a home offers a basic possibility of stability, a space to retreat to safety and recharge to fight another day; its not only a human right but a necessity for resistance. The consequences of a lack of stable housing are often tragic, destroying lives in its wake. Take Allen Bullock, the Baltimore teenager who famously smashed police car windows with an orange safety cone in the riots following Freddie Grays murder. Last week, the Baltimore Sun reported that Allen was sentenced to four years in prison for a parole violation stemming from his conviction after the riots. Like Freddie, Allen grew up in poverty. He was a foster kid. Allens biological mother Bobbi had been convicted for sex work in 2003, and the state removed Allen from the home. Bobbi fought to regain custody of Allen later no small feat. Yet housing remained a persistent problem for him throughout his childhood. At the time of the riots, Allen was living at a cousins house rather than his mothers. As he stood atop the police car the day of the riots, cone in hand and glancing over his shoulder, a journalist snapped a photo. The image would become an iconic moment of the protests. Allen was initially sentenced to eleven and a half years in prison for his actions, with all but six months suspended. It was his first offense as an adult. Allen left prison with years of probation ahead of him, but he immediately found himself back in poverty. As had been the norm in his life, housing was precarious. Since my mother put me out, I was just coming from the system so I aint really have no transportation, no family, no way to call or nothing, Bullock explained to the judge at his summer 2017 probation violation hearing. He had moved in with his childs mother but had not reported his move to his probation officer. He also missed at least two court appointments. As a result, the judge sentenced him to four years in prison four more, of course, than the officers who killed Freddie Gray, who were all acquitted. This for you I miss you already Im in here crying shit aint going to stop I dont care about that locked up shit, Allen wrote as a tribute to Freddie when he posted the iconic photo of him smashing the cop car on social media the day before turning himself in. The image was especially popular on the Left, often in meme form with support our troops emblazoned across it. But what would it really mean for the Left to support Allens resistance? The stakes for figuring out how to show real solidarity, beyond the sharing of a meme, are high the difference between life and death. To take up politics is to struggle on those terms, beyond simply cheering for resistance. Allens bail was set at an outrageous $500,000. His bail was higher than the bail for any of the officers charged with killing Freddie Gray. He was eventually bonded out of jail after his mother put up $15,000 in cash, nearly $9,000 of which had come from donations. She also pledged to pay an additional $35,000 in seventy monthly installments of $500. Baltimores cash bail system is notoriously oppressive for poor people. While the cash donations for Allens bond helped free him temporarily, Allens housing instability left him vulnerable to the states attempts to make an example of him. Decades of racist housing discrimination, combined with the more recent rash of predatory lending and foreclosure, ensure that many of Baltimores black residents struggle with inadequate and dilapidated housing options. I lived in Washington, DC, when Freddie Gray died. The riots erupted days before I was set to move away. When I saw that Baltimore schools were cancelled, I realized that there were kids who wouldnt eat that day. I knew what it was like to go hungry. So I jumped in my car and drove to Baltimore. I met up with a group of residents at a church in West Baltimore, the neighborhood where Freddie was killed. We packed lunches for the community. As I walked the streets of Freddies neighborhood, handing out food to strangers, I saw a poverty so deep, it almost seemed designed to break residents spirits. Most houses were boarded up. The streets had no greenery. There were no grocery stores. People lived here. People died here too a lot. Baltimore tracks what city authorities term avertable deaths, meaning the percentage of deaths that could have been avoided if a particular neighborhood had the same death rates as the five highest-income neighborhoods. 51 percent of deaths in Freddie Grays West Baltimore neighborhood were officially considered avertable. Though the riots had brought excitement and national attention to the neighborhood, the brutal realities of everyday life were the primary concern of any resident I met. These were the conditions of Allens life, which endured past his single burst of resistance at the riots, eventually crushing him. The question remains, how are poor people to sustainably resist if they cannot survive? The same question is central to thinking about the life of Delano Wingfield. Delano was an organizer a courageous one. His organizing catalyzed a campaign that moved a president. But it wasnt enough to save him. Like Allen Bullock, unstable housing was a key element in the tragedy of Delanos life. Delano made $9 an hour as a food service worker at DCs Union Station, cooking and washing dishes and struggling to get by. In 2013, Delano organized his coworkers to fight for better wages and a better life. When his manager discovered his organizing, Delano said his hours were cut. It was hard with thirty five hours, and now I dont know what Im about to do with the twenty hours they gave me. Im out here to make myself and everyone else more money, he told Al Jazeera America in a 2013 story about the campaign. Delano was one of the earliest workers to walkout and strike in order to (successfully, eventually) pressure President Obama to pass an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract employees like him. But he would not live to see the campaign succeed. I met him once, at a party at a mutual friends house where he had been sleeping on the couch. He eventually wound up moving to an apartment in another DC neighborhood, Shaw. At the time, I also had unstable housing and found myself in the same neighborhood, living on a couch as Delano had. We lived one street apart. In June 2014, our mutual friend posted to Facebook: Delano had been murdered. His roommate killed him. The murder was gruesome, but quickly faded from the news. While the details of the murder were disputed, one account strongly suggested that a dispute over money was a catalyst. I felt for him. I mourned. I too lived in Shaw. I too had been on a couch. I too was deeply poor, working for $10 an hour as I struggled to get on my feet. I was shaken by the tragedy. His life and death felt so close to my own experience at the time. It could have been me. Two months prior, it nearly was. I was living with a friend. He had previously stayed with me the year prior after a breakup. When I couldnt afford my apartment and had to move, I found myself on his couch as he had been on mine. I knew he grew up in a violent household and had beaten an ex-girlfriend. But poverty left me desperate. I didnt want to go back across the country to my moms house. That felt like defeat. Id take my chances in DC. He started subtly. He made little insults his favorite refrain was kill yourself. He stole money from me. Then he began efforts at control, including attempts to isolate me from friends and control what I ate. He became physically confrontational. He attacked me more than once. The last time left me bloodied, with a black eye and bruises across my body. In the moment, I reached for a knife. I wanted to stab him, but another roommate stopped me. Besides, my priority was escape, not vengeance. For four months I lived on the brink. I was painfully aware of the cycle of domestic violence; Id written a paper on it in law school less than a year earlier. After each explosion, thered be a lull full of jokes and camaraderie as if nothing had happened. Yet just under the surface was his feeling of entitlement over me, ready to strike. He once told me, I wont hesitate to punch you in the face again. It was textbook abuse. I knew I had to get out. I told friends what was happening, but no one helped. I had no money. The whole time I was aware; I knew the stakes and I knew what I needed: a place to live, no small task when housing costs so much and I had so little. Deprivation even tempered my resistance. I couldnt simply think or debate my way out. I needed help. I needed other people. It wasnt until I had a black eye, with blood gushing everywhere, that someone finally answered my call for help: a conservative religious friend of my family. We didnt share political ideology. We didnt even share a common faith. In my time of crisis, he stepped up and brought a truck to move my things to his house, providing me a place to stay. Even before the incident, when I didnt have any food, his church invited me to get groceries from their food shelf. However, the lifesaving program he offered was completely severed from any semblance of liberatory politics. The task of socialism is to do both. The Black Panthers understood this thats why they had survival programs pending revolution like their free breakfast distribution. In the absence of provision of such goods by the state, the Panthers stepped in and provided them, along with a political education program. In his 1972 book To Die for the People, party cofounder Huey Newton explained the organizing logic of the survival programs. We recognized that in order to bring the people to the level of consciousness where they would seize the time, it would be necessary to serve their interests in survival by developing programs which would help them to meet their daily needs, he wrote. Yet the program was no apolitical social service work. The Panther Party also envisioned the community programs as introducing socialism in practical and concrete terms, according to author Paul Alkebulan in his book chronicling Panther history, Survival Pending Revolution. We shouldnt be slavishly recreating the Black Panthers programs. But we can take inspiration from their successes. Organizing around average peoples necessities not only meets those needs, but can also provide an opening for leaders to get and remain involved, thus making for a sustainable movement. Its easy to point to Allen Bullock and say that he shouldve known better than to make a mistake like violating his parole. But it isnt a lack of knowledge holding poor people like Allen back. I knew the cycle of domestic violence and the imminence of the next attack. Delano, I imagine, knew he was living in a dangerous home. We knew enough. The real question was whether we had enough power to remove ourselves from our situation. Though housing was the common issue for Allen, Delano, and me, millions of people in this country struggle with all sorts of basic needs. They are and can be movement leaders, but they must be respected and supported. Poor people are not simply waiting around for the truth of socialism to be revealed to them by their presumed social betters; they are busy trying to survive, often by any means available. Transformative movements must meet and sustain them there: at the points of struggle, on the brink of oblivion. If we want a working-class movement, then our organizing must not just speak to, but intervene in the everyday crises that make for life under oppression. Movements need strong organizing bonds that overcome stigma and alienation, allowing people to disclose their needs without fear of shame. If were going to win socialism, our work has to be made practical through organizing anchored in peoples daily lives and needs. The stakes are too high to do anything less.

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Lexus LC 500 to Star in Marvel’s Black Panther – Motor Trend

Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car Select Make Acura Alfa Romeo Aston Martin Audi Bentley BMW Buick Cadillac Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Ferrari FIAT Ford Genesis GMC Honda Hyundai Infiniti Jaguar Jeep Kia Lamborghini Land Rover Lexus Lincoln Lotus Maserati Mazda McLaren Mercedes-Benz MINI Mitsubishi Nissan Porsche Ram Rolls-Royce Scion smart Subaru Tesla Toyota Volkswagen Volvo Select Model CT 200h ES300h ES350 GS GS 200t GS F GS350 GS450h GX460 IS IS200t IS300 IS350 LC LS LS460 LS600h LX570 NX200t NX300h RC RC 200t RC 300 RC 350 RC F RX RX350 RX450h GO It was only a matter of time before the photogenic Lexus LC starred in a superhero movie. The Lexus LC 500 will hit the silver screen in Marvels Black Panther next year. The film tells the story of TChalla, who returns home to become king of the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda. Chadwick Boseman portrays TChalla in a star-studded lineup that also includes Lupita Nyongo, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Andy Serkis. The LCs aggressive styling, high performance and agile handling are a perfect fit for the Black Panthers quick, cat-like reflexes and superhuman feats, said Lexus general marketing manager Brian Bolain in a statement. Were excited to see the duo in action. The 2018 Lexus LC 500 packs a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 engine good for 471 hp and 379 lb-ft of torque. In our recent First Test, we clocked the coupe hitting 60 mph from a standstill in 4.8 seconds. Although its not the quickest sports car out there, it makes a competent grand tourer thanks to its smooth suspension, posh interior, and quiet cabin interrupted only by the sweet sound of the V-8 engine. Now we look forward to seeing what therumoredLC Fhas to offer. Marvels Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018. Source: Lexus

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Black Panther: T’Challa Catches A Ride In New Image – Screen Rant

Marvel Studios and Lexus are partnering up to feature a new carinone of Black Panthers biggest action scenes. After a memorable supporting role in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman reprises his role as TChalla inhis starring debut in the much-anticipated standalone Black Panther movie. Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler (Creed), Black Panther is expected to give viewers the biggest look yet atTChallas home country of Wakanda and its politics. As TChalla, Boseman is expected to wrestle with his familys legacy and fight for his rightful throne in Wakanda. But that doesnt mean Black Panther will be without high-stakes action, as at least one massive sequence will involveplenty ofhigh-end cars and MarvelStudios just announced a new partnership with Lexus that will prominently feature one of the automakersnewest models. As revealed in an exclusive reportby THR, Marvel Studios is partnering with Lexus to feature the 2018 LC model in at least one scene inBlack Panther. The companies will launch their partnership with a private party on Friday at San Diego Comic-Con. The Marvel/Lexus partnership will also include an original Black Panther graphic novel written byFabian Nicieza of X-Men and Deadpoolfameand illustrated by Scott Rahzzah Wilson and Szymon Kudranski. According to THR, Black Panther will use a Lexus LC 500 to defeatthe villain in the graphic novel. Lexus marketings general manger Brian Bolain told THRthat the 2018 Lexus LCs aggressive styling, high performance and agile handling are a perfect fit for the Black Panthers quick, cat-like reflexes and superhuman feats.Meanwhile, Marvel senior vice president of global partnerships Mindy Hamilton said that the studio worked withLexus team to build out a story thatll familiarize fans with TChalla as well as his advanced home nation of Wakanda. Its likely that the new photo is from the same scene that was filmed in South Koreain March. The car chase reportedly involved 150 cars and 700 people, in addition to helicopters and hails of gunfire. You saw how fast Black Panther can run in Civil Warwhen he, Bucky Barnes, and Captain America all outran cars as they chased each other. It only makes sense that the first Black Panther movie would feature a state-of-the-art, well-engineered vehiclein order to present some semblance of a challenge for the fleet-footed hero. Marketing partnerships and cross-promotion were inevitable with a production the size of Black Panther and a franchise with the prestige of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The news of a partnership between Marvel Studios and Lexus may induce eye-rolls for some, but its unlikely that it would take away from the story being told. As long as Coogler puts forth the kind of effort he did with movies like Creed and Fruitvale Station, the storytelling in Black Panther will be fine. Source: THR

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