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oh! this is awesome thanks
There’s a Romare Bearden app and it’s FREE!
SITES is pleased to announce that two FREE apps are available in conjunction with our traveling exhibition “Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey.”
For both iOS and Android, the first is a conversational audio tour(available for web here) with 20 stops that gives listeners new intellectual routes into the works of Romare Bearden and into the bewitching heart of Homer’s “The Odyssey.” Voices on the tour include Dr. Robert O’Meally, exhibition curator and Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is joined by Diedra Harris-Kelley, Bearden’s niece and the co-director of the Romare Bearden Foundation. Artist, writer and musician, Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, provides additional perspective, contributing his own thoughts about Bearden’s genius. Jazz musician Branford Marsalis contributes to the audio tour with the song “Sea Breeze,” originally composed by the multi-talented Romare Bearden. more
Reblogged from hnknta
Indigenous people of Brazil trying to prevent their eviction from an old indigenous museum which they have been living in for the past 7 years.
On March 22nd all of the inhabitants and their supporters were forcibly removed or arrested.
The building is being destroyed to make a parking lot :(
Reblogged from musicnerdery
An imagining of Lagos in the year 2081 A.D. The Great Crude Explosion has just occurred; leaving oil flowing freely through the streets of the slums. Politicians have been exiled at the heels of bomb blasts and the populace’s uprising. The building of a new Center of the World has begun, much to the bewilderment of Western nations. This is the birth of New Lagos…and men of taste are wearing Ikiré Jones.
Bringing the Science Fiction handle from way back full circle. Good show, sir.
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Reblogged from afrofuturistaffair
One of the winners of this year’s James Tipree Jr. Award is: Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam
From the website:
In Ancient, Ancient, Kiini Ibura Salaam’s startling stories combine science fiction, fantasy, and mythology in a sensuous exploration of what it means to live while struggling to define self and other. Salaam’s language is poetic and sensuous — a unique and original voice. The stories are ambitious and challenging, demonstrating excellent range in both storytelling style and imagery, from the mundane to the fully fantastical. Salaam is particularly interested in agency in oppressive social realities and explores how oppression works on our gendered bodies.
Looks like I have another book to read.
This will be worth it!
Reblogged from newmodelminority
On February 28, I launched a pet project of mine I’ve had on the back burner for a while — Revision Path. While my main focus for starting Revision Path had to do with showcasing black web designers and black web developers, the project really started to take shape based on my frustration with the mainstream tech and design community when it comes to talking about race.
My feelings had been bubbling under the surface for a while now, and I think Jamelle Bouie’s recent article in The Magazine titled “And Read All Over”. He talks about how the majority of tech journalists are mostly white and mostly male at high-level technology blogs, websites, and magazines. This spun out of control with a few ill-informed (but perhaps well-intentioned) tweets from Jason Calacanis about how the technology field is merit-based and it’s about hustling hard. That started to spin into how the technology field is biased all-around and blah blah blah.
Thank goodness the Harlem Shake meme came along and broke that up, amirite?
But this isn’t just in the tech community — it’s in the design community as well (which some would say is a subset of the tech community). Chris Messina wrote a piece way back in 2006 titled “The Future of White Boy clubs” that talks about how speakers panels at design conferences are largely white men. In 2013, this has changed, but not much. A lot of design conferences still have mostly white men on their speaker panels. And to use Bouie’s earlier example of tech journalism, the design blogs also have mostly white men at their helms. And who are they writing about? Other white men. (And white women too.) Very few web designers or web developers of color — particularly Black ones — are talked about, featured, or even shown on popular design and/or development websites, blogs, or magazines.
Anyway, this issue of race and representation in these communities flares up every year or two, burns white hot (pardon the expression), and then dies quickly with no resolution. Tempers flare, people write a few overwrought 2,000 word blog posts, the dust settles, and nothing changes.
When I started the Black Weblog Awards in 2005, I did it because I knew there were brilliant, funny, talented black bloggers out there who were not being recognized by the mainstream blogging community (mainly in some other award events like The Bloggies, The Weblog Awards, etc.) Seven plus years later, the Black Weblog Awards is still going strong and still recognizing those voices.
I hope to do the same thing with Revision Path, and I’ll need your help to make that happen.
This month, I will reach out to several black web designers and web developers I know so I can start pulling together content. If you have any suggestions for black web designers and web developers that would like to be featured on Revision Path, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking for all kinds of web designers and web developers from freelancers to agency people.
If you’re a black web designer or web developer and wondering why there’s no websites talking about you or featuring people like you in your same field and you have a voice and a vision, then Revision Path is for you.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Maurice, I totally want to support you in this effort. I will reach out in mid March. I LOVE the idea of not just being pissed off but ALSO taking action. #win.
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Black Radical Imagination is an upcoming show at Papillion Institute of Art in LA. Next week Feb 16th
Featuring emerging filmmakers Akosua Adoma Owusu, Adebukola Bodurin, Jacolby Satterwhite, Amir George and Anansi Knowbody.
It was recently written about on Shadow and Act http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/black-futurist-short-films-screening-in-l-a-next-week
Reblogged from afrofuturistaffair
By Joseph HughesCongressman John Lewis is a living legend. A more than 25 year veteran of the United States Congress, Lewis was one of the original Freedom Riders. He’s also the sole living member of the Big Six — leaders of six of the significant civil rights organizations active during the height of the civil rights movement — whose members included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lewis’ story is a significant part of American history, and now he plans on sharing that story with a new generation, as Top Shelf has just announced March, an autobiographical graphic novel trilogy co-authored by Lewis and drawn by Nate Powell. The first book arrives in stores this August.
Reblogged from ladyfresh
Omar Ba is a Senegalese artist who holds a degree from l’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-arts de Dakar, and has been living in Geneva, Switzerland, since 2003, where he completed an MA at the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts.
Omar Ba’s paintings present a colorful, fantastic, at times chaotic world where the order of things as we perceive them in the visible world is turned on its head. Giant plants tower over a miniature human world gripped by globalization; huge mother and father figures become hybrid godlike creatures at once terrifying and seductive because of the sheer beauty of Omar Ba’s craftsmanship and decorative use of saturated color.