Bree Newsome garnered national attention when she climbed a 30-foot flagpole at the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina last week and removed the Confederate Flag. But, the activist, singer, and filmmaker is not new to discussing and addressing issues of race and racism in the United States. Her powerful 2010 short film “WAKE” deals with the intersections of race, belief, and culture in the South. It gives a glimpse into what Newsome’s ideological and directorial stances are on the whole.

Among the other videos on Newsome’s channel, you can see the activist discussing issues Black science and fiction at Spelman College.

Jenn M. Jackson is the Editorial Assistant for The Black Youth Project. She is also the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Water Cooler Convos, a politics, news, and culture webmag for bourgie Black nerds. For more about her, tweet her at @JennMJack or visit her website at