In my time in the movie business I’ve found that I am regarded as a creature that belongs in the past or hidden amidst the garbage of today’s less fortunate […] I’ve worked my hardest to show how diverse and wonderful our people are. I’m not happy with the way the world ignores us. We are a forgotten people. So many pushed aside and left behind. To most we’re a lonely photograph of the past, the days of white-man in early America. When people see us they see the old-west. We’re only ghosts. Most people I meet are surprised to hear that Natives venture off the rez, attend college, keep steady jobs, and drive new cars. But where do they get this kind of thinking? There is truth in alcohol, dysfunction and broken families on the rez, but I feel that only showing that side of life is not helping our stand in modern society at all. Movies are a major ambassador for any people and so far we’ve only been a people of cheap beer, mysticism and poverty.
Frozen River and August: Osage County star Misty Upham, who was found dead yesterday in Auburn, in the Summer 2006 issue of Native American Indigenous Cinema and Arts. Misty sounds like a badass, and we’re so sad we weren’t more familiar with her before her death. RIP.
The family is accepting donations to help get her affairs in order.
Participants rated two beliefs as both particularly common and particularly damaging, namely “I should be able to just pull myself together” and “I am personally responsible for my condition”. Participants with bulimia nervosa more commonly experienced the belief that they had “no self-control” and male participants more commonly experienced the belief that they were “less of a man”. More frequent stigmatization was associated with higher levels of eating disorder psychopathology, a longer duration of disorder, lower self-esteem, and more self-stigma of seeking psychological help.
One does not wind up on the FBI’s Most Wanted list based on the number of murders committed or millions of dollars stolen. The Most Wanted list is among the nation’s most political documents, in which individuals are meant to personify the scope and type of offenses that the U.S. government considers most in need of stamping out. The list is a kind of propaganda, a symbolic display of what the state considers dangerous behavior. … For the National Security State, ‘terror’ is a powerful word, with vast legal ramifications. The Obama administration is informing Americans and Cubans that Assata is as much fair game for assassination by drone as the late Anwar al-Awlaki. Barack Obama and Eric Holder are serving notice that those who share Assata’s ideology – as understood by the FBI – are subject to eradication as well, because it is an ‘ideology of terror.’ And they are telling those who give ‘substantial support’ to Assata that they are subject to detention by the U.S. military without trial or charge, for the duration of the war against ‘terror.’
Shakur, a 65-year old grandmother who has not left Cuba for the past 29 years, poses no physical danger to the American state. She represents a political threat, through her “ideology,” as brazenly stated by the FBI. The Bureau has marked Shakur for priority assassination on the basis of, in the FBI’s words, her “anti-U.S. government speeches espousing the Black Liberation Army message.” “Terrorism” is somehow inherent in the message of Black liberation. Advocacy of Black liberation, is the threat. The reward of $2 million is meant to silence Assata Shakur’s political speech, and remove her as a symbol of resistance to the U.S government.