Call for Art & Film: Black August 2011 New York City

Second Annual Black August Art Exhibition and Fundraiser

Project Overview

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) is seeking art of various mediums including, but not limited photography, drawings, sculptures, paintings, collages, live-art, and other forms of for the Second Annual Black August Art Exhibition. The exhibition will take place in August 2011 in New York City.

The Black August Art Exhibition is an excellent opportunity for artists of Afrikan descent to demonstrate the ways in which they address historical and/or contemporary realities of Black people and Black resistance around the world. All proceeds generated from this exhibit will be donated to supporting political prisoners.

Submission Guidelines:

All submissions must speak to the lives, culture, resistance, organizing, social movements, and/or political matters of the African Diaspora.

  • Artists may submit up to five (5) entries for consideration
  • Submissions must include a list of the images, including artist’s name, artwork title, dimensions, materials, year of completion, estimated value and a brief description of artwork. The image list should correspond with titled image files

Art Submission Deadline is July 1st, 2011.

***Please note that when contributing your art, 100% of all sales will benefit political prisoners.

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Second Annual Black August Film Festival

Project Overview

Now in its 2nd year, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s (MXGM) Black August Film Festival uses film to speak to the lives, culture, resistance, organizing, social movements, and social and political matters of people of the African Diaspora. We believe that all forms of creative expression, particularly film, can be used as a tool of liberation and community empowerment. We welcome documentaries, feature films, short films, and music videos that address the past and/or contemporary realities of Black people around the world; our struggles, triumphs, and attempts to comment on and change our conditions. Subject matter of previous films has included community reactions to the murders of Sean Bell and Oscar Grant, service initiatives in Haiti post-Earthquake, and the role of hip-hop in East Africa and Palestine. The Black August Film Festival will take place August 2011 in New York City.

All proceeds from the Black August Film Festival will benefit political prisoners.

Film Submission Guidelines:

  • We welcome documentaries, feature films, short films, and music videos
  • Films not in English must be subtitled
  • Filmmakers must deliver final format for screening
  • Filmmakers may submit up to three (3) entries but each must be on separate DVDs. Only one (1) film per filmmaker will be screened at the film festival
  • A submission form must accompany each DVD containing: the title of the film, the director, run time, film category, a short synopsis of the film, a press release, and the contact information of the person submitting the film for consideration

Film Submission Deadline is June 1st, 2011.

For more information, contact


About Black August

On August 21, 1971, George Jackson was assassinated by prison guards during a Black prison rebellion at San Quentin Black August.  Six brothers, later named the San Quentin Six, honored those who died during the rebellion by founding Black August. The San Quentin Six dedicated the month of August to embracing principles of unity, self-sacrifice, political education, and physical training. The Six focused on reading revolutionary literature, held daily exercises, did not listen to the radio or watch television, and fasted from sun-up to sundown to honor those who died in the struggle for revolution.

Black August observance spread in late 1970‘s and  was practiced by Black/New Afrikan revolutionaries throughout the country. MXGM inherited knowledge and practice of Black August and in 1998, began the Black August Hip-Hop Project.

Over the years, MXGM has facilitated hip-hop shows in New York and sponsored international delegations of artists/activists to Cuba, South Africa, Tanzania, Brazil, and Venezuela. MXGM has featured musicians including: Erykah Badu, Common, dead prez, the Roots, Jean Grae, Les Nubians, Pharoahe Monch, Chuck D, Gil Scott-Heron, Dave Chapelle, Tony Touch, Black Thought, The Roots, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, La Bruja, The Coup, and Cody Chestnutt during Black August events. To learn more about Black August, please visit

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