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03.12.15 Aymann Ismail

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, artists Shane + Kevin talk about their series Have you seen Mr. Brown?, animated gifs created by hand-cut, halftone analogue screens. The profits will go to the family of Mike Brown. As artists, […]

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12.31.14 Rhett Jones

Around 10 AM, Ferguson Protestors gathered in St. Louis near an old downtown courthouse before marching to police headquarters and occupying the lobby. The demonstrators had come to remind the police department that nothing had changed since the shooting death of Mike Brown and to serve them a list of demands in the form of […]

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12.17.14 Prachi Gupta

On December 8, as protests for Eric Garner waged on in New York and elsewhere in the nation, a group of Ferguson activists came to New York and educated the media about racism. Rolling Stone followed Millennial Activists United co-creator Ashley Yates; rapper T-Dubb-O; and Tory Russell, who co-founded Hands Up United with and hip-hop […]

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12.15.14 Prachi Gupta

Earlier on Monday, ANIMAL received a tip promising that pop icon Lady Gaga would appear in Times Square holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign and grant a “brief interview” to “an indie media crew” covering the protests at 3 PM. Though skeptical, ANIMAL showed up, hoping to ask Gaga to participate in Samuel L. Jackson’s […]

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Rhett Jones

It’s been 14 years since D’Angelo’s Voodoo became an R&B classic and the singer went MIA. Yet earlier this month Dave Chappelle told GQ that he was “sure [D’Angelo’s] still making music. It’s just a matter of whether or not he wants to share that with us or not.” That comment turned out to be quite prescient, […]

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12.04.14 Bucky Turco

Soon after a Staten Island jury decided to not indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man who died after being placed in a prohibited chokehold, protests erupted all over America. Just before people around the city took their outrage and sorrow to the streets, ANIMAL asked New Yorkers […]

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12.02.14 Rhett Jones

Anger over the grand jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson continues, with New Yorkers joining a national walk out protest. Gathering in Union Square and Times Square, workers and students left their classes and jobs at 12:01 PM Monday in a national demonstration organized around the hashtag #HandsUpWalkOut. The time was significant, as […]

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12.01.14 Aymann Ismail

“I felt like I needed to paint this for the people,” said VEW — a twenty-something graffiti artist from New York City — about the recent Michael Brown tribute he did on a freight train in Brooklyn. While the rest of the country was stuffing its face on Thanksgiving, he snuck into the Bay Ridge […]

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Rhett Jones

According to a law enforcement source, social-media tools are leaving the NYPD at a disadvantage when it comes to stopping unruly protests on the streets of New York City. Referring to demonstrators who last week marched the streets of NYC in response to the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, the source […]

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11.28.14 Bucky Turco

Mike Brown protests in New York got off to an early start on Thursday morning with police arresting seven people for trying to “disrupt” the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade by “smashing windows and knocking over barricades,” reports the Daily News. Ah, the Absence of Surprise : RT @FergusonUnity: NYPD dogpiled on StopTheParade protesters, swung batons at […]

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