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Day 9 of ‪#‎30for30BNV‬
Today’s prompt: “Where does our silence live?” 

This is inspired by the animated short “The Box.” Every year, thousands of teens are placed in solitary confinement cells in juvenile halls, jails and prisons nationwide. This animation tells the story of Ismael “Izzy” Nazario and the time he spent in solitary confinement in New York City’s Rikers Island jail. This story is based on an investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and was created using real audio from an interview with Nazario. It features music from Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def Official, and is part of a larger investigation on juveniles in solitary confinement.

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Thank you to everyone who has joined our #30for30bnv campaign so far! Here are the prompts for Days 1-4. 

Today’s prompt - “My city is _____ but not ______” - is inspired by our documentary, “Broken City Poets,” analyzing the impact of economic downfall on the life and times of young writers from Stockton, Calif. Watch the trailer below:

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Day 3 of our 30/30 poetry campaign!
Today’s prompt: How are/aren’t you a product of your environment?
Upload your response as a photo, video, or text using the hashtag‪#‎30for30BNV‬!
This is inspired by Joshua Merchant’s amazing poem/film “Product of His Environment” written and produced for The Bigger Picture campaign.
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Day 3 of our 30/30 poetry campaign!

Today’s prompt: How are/aren’t you a product of your environment?

Upload your response as a photo, video, or text using the hashtag‪#‎30for30BNV‬!

This is inspired by Joshua Merchant’s amazing poem/film “Product of His Environment” written and produced for The Bigger Picture campaign.

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PRESENTING "THIS IS HOME" THE LATEST FILM FROM THE OFF/PAGE PROJECT.

Written and performed by Deandre Evans, Donte Clark, and William Hatfield-People’s of Richmond’s RAW Talent.

Inspired by an investigation by Amy Julia Harris for The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Directed by Jamie DeWolf
Produced by Jamie DeWolf and José Vadi
Additional Filming by Chris Brainerd
Edited by Kevin Holmes

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When the Typhoon left the East side of my country with nothing, I was in a conference of Filipino Americans in the middle of Illinois. In the Midwest, a lot of Fil-Am or Asian American folks in general, build Asian American student organizations in college, in order to see faces that look…

"Creative storytelling - whether it’s spoken word, music, or even your crazy little blog - is so powerful because it flips that paradigm. By telling your own personal truth, you’re able to to break out of the boxes and stereotypes and show us, ‘Hey, this is who I really am. Take a good, hard look.’”

The Off/Page Project has a great interview with the one and only Josh Healey. Addressing everything from storytelling, comedy, and activism to censorship and jump shot skills, read the full interview on the Off/Page blog here

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What’s it like being a young person living in one of the largest American cities to declare bankruptcy? Watch the new trailer from our upcoming documentary from the Off/Page  Project, our new collaboration with Youth Speaks, to discover what happens when teens from Stockton, California, examine their lives through an artistic and journalistic lens for the first time.

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The Off/Page Project - our new collaboration with The Center for Investigative Reporting - has a short documentary coming out: “Good Kid, Broken City.” Check out the trailer above and make sure to follow their Tumblr too! 

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Young poets at Brave New Voices give real talk on economic inequalities of gentrification and education in their communities: 

"So basically they’re saying, alright, so you got to go to school, right? You got to make money somehow. And the only way to make money in this economy is to get a college degree, right, ‘cause that’s what we’re taught. So we’re raised up until senior year…and we realize that yo, you’re going to be more in debt from your college loans than from house loans and credit card loans combined…for the rest of your career, basically. 
So then they say, alright, alright, you got that. So here are your two options: You can go to college, be in debt. Or, you might as well go to the military. You’re already in the streets. You’re already fighting. You’re already playing Call of Duty. This is your option, right here. 
So that’s what I think the violence stems from: that the only way to live is to be violent. The only way to survive in this economy for poor folk is to be gritty…to be dirty to steal whatever you need to steal. And that’s the problem.” 
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