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  • Each One, Teach One: A Tribute to Michael Zinzun

    Each One, Teach One: A Tribute to Michael Zinzun

    A series of eulogies from the funeral of Michael Zinzun — the prominent Civil Rights activist — examine his life and impact on the world. This is done in the context of the Black Panther Party, as the Party’s manifesto is read out, each of the ten demands paralleling some part of Zinzun’s life or personal creed. The stories are truly amazing, and to position them within such a context is chillingly adept. Continue reading

  • [Police Abuse: Myth or Reality Part 3]

    [Police Abuse: Myth or Reality Part 3]

    00:01 Color bars. Tape information. 1:30 “Message to the Grass Roots with Michael Zinzun: “Police Abuse: Myth or Reality Part 3” Guests: David Lynn, John Burton, Don Jackson, Mafundi Jitahadi, and  He introduces his guests and gives an outline of the show. 4:30 Jitahadi speaks about his experience fighting against police with the Civilian Police Review Board. He describes how the board works and problems they fight against.  9:00 Lynn speaks about his experience with police violence and becoming involved … Continue reading

  • [Contra Cocaine and the Destabilization of the Black Community]

    [Contra Cocaine and the Destabilization of the Black Community]

    An episode of Message to the Grassroots, a cable access talk show produced & hosted by Michael Zinzun from 1988-1998 at Pasadena Community Access Corporation, which is now Pasadena Media (http://www.pasadenamedia.org). This program is focused on possible ways to begin to heal and clean up communities harmed by the influx of crack cocaine. Continue reading

  • Message to the Grassroots: Police Brutality: Myth or Reality

    An episode of Message to the Grassroots, a cable access talk show produced & hosted by Michael Zinzun from 1988-1998 at Pasadena Community Access Corporation, which is now Pasadena Media . This first program is devoted to police brutality. Continue reading

  • [Haiti 11/15/93]

    An episode of Message to the Grassroots, a cable access talk show produced & hosted by Michael Zinzun from 1988-1998 at Pasadena Community Access Corporation, which is now Pasadena Media . This episode focuses on Haiti. Continue reading

  • [Malcolm X 2/17/92]

    [Malcolm X 2/17/92]

    An episode of Message to the Grassroots, a cable access talk show produced & hosted by Michael Zinzun from 1988-1998 at Pasadena Community Access Corporation, which is now Pasadena Media . This program focuses on Malcolm X and black activism. Continue reading

  • Watts Up?

    Watts Up?

    A special 25-minute documentary produced by leaders of the Watts gang truce between the Crips and Bloods. Nancy Buchanan and Michael Zinzun ran a video production class at Watts Arts Tower to teach these residents how to shoot and edit video, and then they produced this documentary that reviewed the impact of the gang truce after it had been in effect for one year. Continue reading

  • [Message to the Grassroots raw: Bernice McDaniels interview]

    [Message to the Grassroots raw: Bernice McDaniels interview]

    Field footage shot by Michael Zinzun with Nancy Buchanan assistance in Kings Villages, Pasadena, CA. Zinzun explores broken promises for resident ownership, issues with management, and unprovoked evictions. He speaks with residents who depend on Section 8 assistance. Continue reading