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Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe!!! I couldn’t believe the scale and detail and massive-ness of these visions. I went to the Brooklyn Museum over taking-day break (i’ve talked about the problematic nature and history of museums and my complicated love of them) to see Mickalene Thomas’ work. I’m sure that someone has written in better detail than I but goodness the [re]clamation of western art traditions, the centering of BLACK WOMEN and the story-telling, multiple ways of knowing and showing. It was really beautiful and impressive. Though I have no clue who has this much room in their house, it is now a goal of mine to have high ceilings. The colors, the rhinestones, the enamel, the paint the lightness the heaviness the many browns and thick lips and direct gaze and the fabulousness. Collage- like quilts- collecting little bits and gathering them as a new, vibrant whole. Obvious and subtle metaphor and umph. So cool.

Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe!!! I couldn’t believe the scale and detail and massive-ness of these visions. I went to the Brooklyn Museum over taking-day break (i’ve talked about the problematic nature and history of museums and my complicated love of them) to see Mickalene Thomas’ work. I’m sure that someone has written in better detail than I but goodness the [re]clamation of western art traditions, the centering of BLACK WOMEN and the story-telling, multiple ways of knowing and showing. It was really beautiful and impressive. Though I have no clue who has this much room in their house, it is now a goal of mine to have high ceilings. The colors, the rhinestones, the enamel, the paint the lightness the heaviness the many browns and thick lips and direct gaze and the fabulousness. Collage- like quilts- collecting little bits and gathering them as a new, vibrant whole. Obvious and subtle metaphor and umph. So cool.

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sweet red yams,
black eyed peas and okra seeds
braided into my ancestors’ hair. 
brown-skinned geniuses
boarding white ships
to some ‘new world’the green slimy survivalbut I like how it tastes
to cross ocean divides,
to cook ancient food,
touch, and be alive.-pambana
(image of an okra flower it is yellow with a deep brown middle with two pods, image found here: http://2pat.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/okra/)

sweet red yams,

black eyed peas and okra seeds

braided into my ancestors’ hair.
 

brown-skinned geniuses

boarding white ships

to some ‘new world’


the green slimy survival


but I like how it tastes

to cross ocean divides,

to cook ancient food,

touch, and be alive.


-pambana

(image of an okra flower it is yellow with a deep brown middle with two pods, image found here: http://2pat.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/okra/)

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James Marion Sims, NYC 
The Butcher of BLACK WOMEN. 
what I refer to him as

Someone needs to take this statue down. 

I have been dying for the longest to spray paint that shit out of it

I just wanna point out that the statue is in the North. Yup. They did f’ed up ish to Black folk and owned slaves too.

when my mom worked at the nyc health department she got a plaque made to put onto this statue (although we’d prefer to tear the shit down), recognizing the Black women who’s bodies were used without consent, recognizing their foundational [forced] contribution to this important gynaecological history.
the department said nope, not putting that up, we’d have to do that to every statue in the city.
my mom said SOUNDS PERFECT.

generalbriefing:

howtobeterrell:

searchingforknowledge:

howtobeterrell:

James Marion Sims, NYC 

The Butcher of BLACK WOMEN. 

what I refer to him as

Someone needs to take this statue down. 

I have been dying for the longest to spray paint that shit out of it

I just wanna point out that the statue is in the North. Yup. They did f’ed up ish to Black folk and owned slaves too.

when my mom worked at the nyc health department she got a plaque made to put onto this statue (although we’d prefer to tear the shit down), recognizing the Black women who’s bodies were used without consent, recognizing their foundational [forced] contribution to this important gynaecological history.

the department said nope, not putting that up, we’d have to do that to every statue in the city.

my mom said SOUNDS PERFECT.

Filed under <3 mom public health ob/gyn Black women Black feminist doctors of color woc speaking Truth to power

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meshicaurbanity:

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Top: Kathleen Cleaver and Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale (right) at a Free Huey rally in Oakland, California, in the summer of 1968. [Photograph Howard Bingham

Bottom Left: Members of the Brown Berets

Bottom Right: Luciano, at left, with other Young Lords, photographed in Newark in 1970.Photo: Getty Images/Hulton Archive

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cultureshockvagina:

“Nderedi” by SIMPHIWE DANA

I found this video years ago, and I’m still waiting for someone to give me the translation. :( This is a South African artist with amazing talents.

The concept of this video has been described on various websites/blogs:

“a sketch of a future africa in which the west never had a hand…looking at utopian ideas based on african philosophy”

“african futurism based on traditional african principles”

Could someone please give me the lyrics?

(Source: vulva-peregrination)

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"I see Feminism as one system of analyzing the formation of private and public identity as well as a political impulse toward freedom equality. There are other such endeavors such as Critical Studies and Afrocentrism. The premise of much of my work is that race exists only as a social construction and not as a fact of biology. Feminist analysis of the construction of gender, was my avenue to better understanding the formation of a racialized individual and group."
-Mequitta Ahuja, the artist

"I see Feminism as one system of analyzing the formation of private and public identity as well as a political impulse toward freedom equality. There are other such endeavors such as Critical Studies and Afrocentrism. The premise of much of my work is that race exists only as a social construction and not as a fact of biology. Feminist analysis of the construction of gender, was my avenue to better understanding the formation of a racialized individual and group."

-Mequitta Ahuja, the artist

(Source: afrovisionary)

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