Black Filmmakers and Activists Honor Police Brutality Victims In Moving Tribute

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Black Hollywood joins together to speak out against police brutality.  

Black Hollywood is speaking up about police brutality and sharing why #blacklivesmatter in a video series released this weekend.

The likes of Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, David Oyelowo, Boris Kodjoe, Mara Brock Akil gave their voices to “My Life Matters”, a series produced by Blackout for Human Rights --- the activist collective founded by Ryan Coogler. It was the same organization that put together the #JUSTICEFORFLINT event before the Oscars this past year. 

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“Each video features a star recounting their life accomplishments as a way of paying tribute to specific black Americans who perished at the hands of law enforcement. The series was created for the Movement for Black Lives’ “Freedom Now” National Day of Direct Action,” Buzzfeed reports.

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In her episode Duvernay recounts screening “Selma” for the Obamas in the White House: “I would have never had the opportunity to write and direct the first major motion picture centered on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” she recounts, before paying tribute to Tanisha Anderson.

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