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“Black Americana” Seeks To Deconstruct Negative Stereotypes About Black Love |The Culture

Featured in The Culture, “Black Love”

Black Love | The Culture

Black Americana” is a project aiming to deconstruct negative stereotypes through redefining and “reappropriating” relics of black americana. The goal of this first installment, says artist Tanisha Pyron, is to explore the dynamics between black women and men at various points in the African-American historical timeline. “[We’re] looking to quantify and establish what it took for one black man to love one black woman in the past and what it takes now and cast vision for it will take generations to come,” she writes.

To learn more about “Black Americana”, check out their Facebook page. Take a peek at some of the photos from this first installment below!

via “Black Americana” Seeks To Deconstruct Negative Stereotypes About Black Love.

Martin Luther King on the Dream & the Nightmare – #JusticeOrElse – YouTube

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’sI Have A Dream” speech and all of his peace-filled sermons are treasured tools of the American race catalog. They are the slices of King’s life that please us most. The problem with this is the same with all great leaders, – men grow up over time. All leaders eventually face realities beyond the heart and those realities are the ones of nightmares. Martin Luther King, Jr had those same revelations in the last years of his life, a secret heavily under guard.

Published on Jul 16, 2015

Minister Louis Farrakhan has advised all to study the last speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to reflect on the evolution of his message—from one of an integrationist “Dreamer” in 1963, to one of a true wide-awake revolutionary in 1968 when he was murdered.

 

Jay Smooth: 12 symbols of Southern pride actually worth celebrating – YouTube

Published on Jul 16, 2015

In this installment of the Illipsis, Jay takes on the Confederate flag and considers the ways in which Southerners can take pride in their culture without celebrating symbols of white supremacy. Jay has a message for Northerners too, namely, that they aren’t exempt from the need to grapple with the uglier parts of United States history.

via Jay Smooth: 12 symbols of Southern pride actually worth celebrating – YouTube.

Watch the First Black Woman Who Served in the US Senate Go Off on the Confederate Flag | Mother Jones

Carol Moseley-Braun’s 2014 interview on her 1993 Senate struggle to establish a case to abolish the Confederate Flag. The titled article includes the original video of the then Senator Moseley-Braun’s actual speech on the floor of the Senate. Riveting.


On July 22, 1993, an impassioned Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois—the first African-American woman to serve in the US Senate and its sole black member at the time—took the floor to rebuke conservative legislators including the late Jesse Helms, who were backing an amendment to secure the Confederate flag as the official design for the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Moseley-Braun said: “The issue is whether Americans such as myself who believe in the promise of this country, who feel strongly and who are patriots in this country, will have to suffer the indignity of being reminded time and time again that at one time in this country’s history we were human chattel. We were property. We could be traded, bought, and sold.”

via Watch the First Black Woman Who Served in the US Senate Go Off on the Confederate Flag | Mother Jones.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4457005/senator-moseley-braun-remarks-confederate-insignia

Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA) | May 30 – Oct 18, 2015

WILDERNESS INTO A GARDEN, DAEGU ART MUSEUM, SOUTH KOREA

30th May – 18th October 2015

In 2015 the Daegu Art Museum will present a solo show of Yinka Shonibare, a British-Nigerian artist.

Approximately 80 of his pieces including sculptures, two-dimensional works, installations, and video works will be on display, showcasing his extensive range of art. The exhibition will be comprised of six sub-themes: money, play, empire, conflict, environment, and love.

 

Shonibare employs an adaption of individual elements upon which our common impressions of African people have been predicated in his own artistic idioms. His mannequins wearing traditional African costumes in bright, loud colors are a symbol, metaphor, and implication of the violent imperialism Western powers have committed in the past century toward the “black continent”. Hidden behind the mannequins’ humorous, hilarious actions is the artist’s criticism of the “monster of outrageous capitalism” dominating the spirits of people around the world. The Daegu Art Museum has paid special attention to his works since the topics he raises such as colonialism, post-colonialism, globalization, and cultural identity are inextricably bound up withKorea’s historical and cultural contexts… More

Yinka Shonibare, British/African Artist

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Penny Dreadful’s Lily/Brona Croft Takes Charge – YouTube

For “Penny Dreadful” enthusiast, this was an over the top performance for Billie Piper.

Published on Jun 22, 2015

Frankenstein monster having a feminist oscar-wining moment. Totally unbelievable.

via Penny Dreadful’s Lily/Brona Croft Takes Charge – YouTube.

Average Is Failure | Vaughn Edmeade

Watch Life Coach Vaughn Edmeade explain why “Average is Failure” and skills are not enough. Brilliant and concise development strategies.

Vaughn has spread his message to tens of thousands of youth and young adults. He has dedicated his life to helping others accept the challenge of strengthening their character. His hope is that one day those in urban and inner-city communities, especially, will be able to realize brighter possibilities for themselves and those around them.

via Average Is Failure.

The funniest TED Talks | Playlist | TED.com

The funniest TED Talks

TED Talks

Funniest TED Talks

Great TED Talks illuminate an idea. Sometimes, they do it while making you laugh. These talks will bring a smile to your face. Please note: Vigorous debate ensued among our staff about which talks to include. So we hope you’ll find something for every sense of humor.

via The funniest TED Talks | Playlist | TED.com.

Crystal Valentine – “Black Privilege” (CUPSI 2015 Finals) – YouTube

Crystal Valentine performs her poetic analysis of Black Privilege. It will amaze you. Thrilling performance.

Performing for NYU during finals at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. NYU won the tournament.

via Crystal Valentine – “Black Privilege” (CUPSI 2015 Finals) – YouTube.

Eric Casebolt: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com

McKinney, TX 2015

A McKinney, Texas, cop has been placed on administrative leave while his department investigates his actions in a video that shows him cursing at juveniles, violently detaining a 15-year-old girl and pointing his gun at two unarmed teens at a community pool party.

He has been identified as Corporal Eric Casebolt, a 40-year-old Navy veteran who has been an officer in McKinney for nearly 10 years, according to Fox 4 News.

Casebolt is white, while the teens he is seen arresting and yelling expletives at are black.

The video, posted to YouTube, went viral on social media, prompting police to review it and put Casebolt on leave. The incident happened Friday, June 5 and he was suspended Sunday.

via Eric Casebolt: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com.