Hands Up Don’t Shoot


Hands Up Don’t Shoot, a new multimedia project with Winter Tangerine Review, will explore what it means to be black in America. The concept for the feature stemmed from the realization that unchecked police brutality and institutionalized racism in America allows for the unjust murder of black citizens, defying the claim that this country is “post-racial”.

The injustice of Michael Brown’s death, along with the deaths of hundreds of other black children who were killed for the color of their skin, has been tragically normalized in our society. However, the riots and protests taking place all over the world, reflect a demand for change. Hands Up Don’t Shoot will exclusively feature African-Americans creating art out of this injustice.

The feature will be guest-edited by Cam Awkward-Rich, Randi Butler, Patrick Earl Hammie, Alysia Harris, Kiese Laymon, Fahamu Pecou, Khadijah Queen, Kameelah Rasheed, Danez Smith, and Sam Vernon.

Submissions will be open from December 10th 2014 to January 10th 2015. All submissions are free.

Hands Up Don’t Shoot will be released on February 5, 2015, in honor of Trayvon Martin’s birthday.

For more information and to submit: www.wintertangerine.com/hands-up-dont-shoot