Friday, June 21, 2019

Pulitzer Prize recipient and distinguished speakers to address free speech at upcoming forum in South Florida.

Pulitzer Prize recipient and distinguished speakers to address free speech at upcoming forum in South Florida.
Megan O’Matz, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, South Florida Sun-Sentinel  joins powerhouse panel, The Free Speech Forum, produced and moderated by freelance journalist Sally-Ann O’Dowd alongside group of distinguished speakers including: Author Darius V. Daughtry Jon M. Garon, J.D., Karla D. Kennedy, and Aurelio Moreno.

Watch the Hola Palm Beach Interviews with Rolando Chang Barrero and Sally O'Dowd.
Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

Press Release

Fort Lauderdale’s FATVillage 
Ripped from the Headlines: The Free Speech Forum
June 28, 2019 | 6-9 pm 

Seating is limited for this free event please reply today 

Forum content reflects and drives the cultural zeitgeist, from South Florida SunSentinel’s Pulitzer to activist poetry mirroring a new Netflix hit

Fort Lauderdale—June 20, 2019—FATVillage on June 28 will host “Ripped from the Headlines: The Free Speech Forum,” designed to foster dialogue about the First Amendment amidst “fake news” demonization of professional journalists, the rise of hate speech, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the shootings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas in Parkland.
The forum — an extension of FATVillage’s “Ripped from the Headlines” art exhibit — is even more timely given its literary dimension. African-American poet Darius V. Daughtry will read from his new book echoing the social injustices explored in “When They See Us,” the internationally acclaimed Netflix series recounting the true story of four black teenagers and one Hispanic wrongfully convicted in a notorious rape case.
“Our mission is to curate, exhibit and provide a forum for critical dialogue among artists, curators and the public, and that’s exactly what’s happened with Ripped from the Headlines,” says Doug McCraw, founder of FATVillage Arts District. “The ‘Headlines’participants are using their visual artistry to comment on news of the day, so it makes sense to host an event with a journalistic and literary perspective. We’re particularly honored to recognize the Sun-Sentinel’s Pulitzer with two reporters on the panel.”
Curated by Elle Schorr the exhibit features numerous artists including: Manuel “Change the Ref” Oliver, whose son Joaquin was one of 17 people murdered in Parkland; Rolando Chang Barrero, who lays body bags on the floor; Aurora Molina, whose fiber art depicts immigrant children in cages; Mary Catello, whose six female figures tell of their sexual assault; and Arctic-exploring climate change activist Xavier Cortadawhom I also interviewed for Lifestyle.
A group of distinguished speakers will lead the June 28 forum’s dialogue with attendees:
  • Darius V. Daughtryauthor,And the Walls Came Tumbling: Poems that Unapologetically Speak Truth to Powerand executive director, Art Prevails Project
  • Jon M. Garon, J.D., dean of the Shepard Broad College of Law, Nova Southeastern University
  • Karla D. Kennedy, instructor, Department of Journalism and Media, Florida InternationalUniversity
  • Aurelio Moreno, multimedia reporter, South Florida Sun-Sentineland Spanish edition El Sentinel 
  • Megan O’Matz, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Free Speech Forum is produced and moderated by freelance journalist Sally-Ann O’Dowd, whose communications company, Sally On Media, promotes non-profits and progressive brands. She self-published the multimedia magazine “Creativity Is Risky: Free Speech in a Charlie Hebdo World” following the 2015 murders of 11 French journalists by two Al Qaeda members.
“Within a few minutes of viewing ‘Ripped from the Headlines,’ I saw genius in Elle’s curation and each artist’s soul,” O’Dowd says. “Together, we’ve set out to create an event focused on the First Amendment, without which we wouldn’t have the media coverage catalyzing their work. Whether you attend in person or livestream, we hope you walk away enlightened.”
The Free Speech Forum
June 28, 6 – 9 pm, FATVillage, 521 NW 1stAvenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Schedule of events
  • 6–7pm: wine reception and tour of the “Ripped from the Headlines” multimedia art exhibit with curator Elle Schorr
  • 7–9pm: poetry reading by Darius V. Daughtry; official welcome by FATVillage Founder Doug McCraw; panel discussion and open dialogue
Tickets are free but limited. RSVP to attend:

About FATVillage
The purpose of FATVillage is to curate, exhibit and promote the work of emerging, contemporary artists. We strive to generate an inclusive art community through a diverse series of programs and by championing cross-disciplinary collaboration and experimentation.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Recent Press: School Supplies for the Next Generation by Rolando Chang Barrero

I hope this begins a shift in our attitudes and and values about life and the current state of affairs.
My current work "School Supplies for the Next Generation"

Has made quite an impact in the news. I'm very grateful to have my voice heard and that #GunReform is being talked about internationally. Thank you Ale Mendez, Muu Blanco Cuenta Full GALERÍA GBG ARTS Elle Schorr FATVillage Arts District Ocean Drive Venezuela LUSTER Magazine El Universal CBS Miami Florida Daily Post WLRN Public Radio and Television La Guia News and all the amazing writers and reporters who have made this work come to the attention of the world.

Arte en contra de la violencia, el odio y la contaminación

Rolando Chang Barrero’s “School Supplies for a New Generation”, “Las Vegas” – one of Mark Cohen’s many paintings addressing gun violence and mass shootings, TD Gillispie’s “War Stories” about toy guns and the loss of innocence).…/art-activism-ripped-headlines-n…/ 

Abre la exposición de arte “We The People: Propaganda Art” en The Box Gallery de West Palm Beach…/abre-la-exposicion-de-arte-we-the…/
'Ripped From The Headlines' Exhibit Takes Over FAT Village Art Gallery…/ripped-headlines-exhibit-takes-over-…


‘Ripped From The Headlines,’ Shocking Fort Lauderdale Art Exhibit Turns Heads…/ripped-from-the-headlines-sho…/

Ripped From The Headlines: Breaking Art News in FAT Village
Ripped From The Headlines features 19 South Florida artists working from deeply personal points of view with a goal: expanding awareness, and inform an ongoing dialogue as the news continues to evolve.…/…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Florida Stand Your Ground Defense For Premeditated Kills of LGBTQ Protesters of MASA conference.

Will the "Florida Stand Your Ground" to be used as defense for premeditated Kills of LGBTQ Protesters of MASA conference? That's New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church seems to be planning if followers take their lead for Calls for kills of LGBTQ+ people and their allies.

The “Make America Straight Again” Conference to Re-Victimize Pulse Nightclub Tragedy is a very real event.
Organized by the New Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church which is calling for capital punishment for All LGBTQ+.

This specific religious sect are vocal regarding their ownership of weapons and ammunition, as well as their proficiency in their usage. 
They also reference their familiarity with both conceal-and-carry and stand-your-ground legislation in the state of Florida,
raising serious concerns that there may be violent escalations during their planned public activities surrounding the PULSE anniversary.”

According to their their website:

"Several congregations from the New Independent Fundementalist Baptist Church (the NIFB) will host their “Make America Straight Again” conference at the location and on the anniversary of the PULSE Nightclub shooting.
With plans to convene at Revival Baptist Church (320 US-27 Clermont Florida) on June 14-16, the organizers of the conference have been secretive regarding their exact itinerary, however they are clear on the reason for their chosen dates. The NIFB are vocal proponents for not only bigotry against and marginalization of the LGBTQ+ community, but also for government-enacted capital punishment of its members.
For this reason they have chosen to hold their conference in Orlando during Pride month on the Anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting to not only publicly celebrate the anniversary of the tragic deaths of the 49 people who lost their lives that weekend, but to advocate for more. (The NIFB’s own promotional video for this conference can be found here.)

NIFB Pastor Tommy McMurtry Prays for Violence at MASA Conference

“Pray that if they do any protests that it gets violent … they have Stand Your Ground in Florida”

They are self proclaimed Hate Group:

Anti-LGBT Hate Group

This movement has several prominent churches being labled by the SPLC as hate groups. They firmly stand on the position that members of the LGBT community should be executed by the government. They glorified the Pulse Nightclub shooting and celebrated innocent people being killed. They regularly have whole sermons dedicated to LGBT hate.


This movement pushes very misogynistic ideals. They require women to be subservient to men. They also go as far as to dictate what women are allowed to wear. They also hold to the ideals of the Quiverfull movement in that they never use contraception. This forces the women to become stay-at-home moms without any actual choice in the matter.


This movement is very anti-semitic. They have a lot of rhetoric centered around Holocaust denial and general advocacy against the Jewish people.