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I May Move: A New #3amblack and #RezaRites Flick

Sometimes you have something to say. And sometimes it’s time to walk away and move on. But where do you go?

That is one way to describe the newest short film – and question – produced by 3 AM is the New Black and Reza Clifton called “I May Move.” The video features a short poem written by Clifton as well as photographs, drumming and an audio clip from a graduation program honoring adults and teens who completed a community-based Black Studies course on August 14, 2015 in Providence, RI. Clifton served as the graduation speaker, delivering an address she called “Getting the Revolutionary Word Heard.”

Click on the video above, or here, to view the film. Learn more about the class, talk and partners involved by visiting the links provided below.



To learn about, donate to, and read class materials from the DARE Black Studies Program

To read more #3amblack poetry from Reza Clifton

To read the full Washington Post article referenced in the talk

To see the “PVD Black Resistance Zine” produced by the first graduating class of the Fred Hampton Institute for Resistance

To read/follow #3amblack updates and other arts/culture updates

For access to Reza’s “Confessions of an AmbitiousBlackFeminist” blog



Producer/Director: Reza Clifton

Poetry/Graduation Address: Reza Clifton

Photography: Reza Clifton, Fred Hampton Institute for Resistance

Video: Reza Clifton

Music/Drumming: Sidy Maiga, Rachel Nguyen, Marco McWilliams

Additional Thank you’s to: Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), Rheem Brooks, Marco McWilliams, Cherise Morris, Kabir Olawale Lambo, and Sophia Wright

REMIX! New Social Media and Blogging Workshop Starts Tomorrow, May 7, 2015 at AS220

Hi Friends,

I’m super excited to present a remixed version of my social media/blogging class starting this Thursday, May 7 at 6:30p at the As220 Media Labs in downtown Providence (entrance on Lucie Way).

What’s the difference between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? How do I start a blog and what the heck is Tumblr? What’s the right platform for sharing my talents and skills online? What’s the trick to posting daily?

These are just some of the questions I’ll explore while participants select a platform and implement my compilation of tips and best practices for showcasing art, interests and talents online.

I look forward to seeing some new faces and I hope you’ll help me spread the word.


Sunshine and Laughter,
Reza Rites

‘Writing for Survival’ Workshop Series Continues, Second Class is Sunday, December 8 at 3:30 PM

Writing for Survival Workshop Series

‘Writing for Work, Writing for Self, Writing for Survival’
Workshop Series Continues, Second Class is Sunday December 8 at 3:30 PM

PROVIDENCE, RI – Need help with your writing? Looking to share what you’ve composed with a larger audience? Time to start securing grants for work? There is help available.

“Writing for Work, Writing for Self, Writing for Survival” is a workshop series being organized and led by Reza Clifton – an award-winning writer and media producer who has written creatively for nearly 3 decades and as a journalist, project manager and grant writer for 10 of those years. The Writing for Survival workshop series will include sessions on writing daily and overcoming writer’s block, writing and presenting for drama and performance, writing to win grants and manage projects, and sharing poetry and essays online.

The classes will be held every Sunday in December at The Mediator Fellowship, 50 Rounds Ave. in the Reservoir Triangle section of Providence, RI. Attendees will be able to pay per class ahead of time or on the day of the class. Interested participants can all also pre-register for all four sessions at a discount, and scholarships/discounts are available (email to inquire).

The second class will be held Sunday, December 8 from 3:30-5:30 PM and the topic is Writing for Drama, Performance, and Public Speaking. For more information, email or call 401-217-9680.


Writing for Work
Writing for Self
Writing for Survival

Four-week Writing Workshop Series

Sunday, Dec 8, 2013
3:30-5:30 PM

The Mediator Stage
50 Rounds Ave.
Providence, RI, 02907

$30.00 per workshop
$100.00 for all four
Scholarships/discounts available



December 1 – Session 1 – Intro, Writing Daily, Overcoming Writer’s Block and Other Obstacles

December 8 – Session 2 – Writing for Drama, Performance, and Public Speaking

December 15 – Bonus Session / Open Mic / Performance Opp for Students

December 22 – Session 3 – Grant Writing and Writing for Project Management

December 29 – Session 4 – Sharing Poetry and Essays Online

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