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I credit Toni’s living example with my in-depth understanding that creating cultural work whose goal is to bring radically progressive ideas, images, perspectives, and voices from the margins to the center is an important form of revolutionary social change and community activism. She was the first person that I met who, in 1990, did a roll call of 84 Diasporic African women film and videomakers to counteract the fabricated racist and sexist myth that Black women around the world weren’t making films. She was a staunch supporter of the Black American Independent Cinema Movement. She always differentiated between “Hollyweird” (aka Hollywood) and Independent Cinema. Toni wrote:

'Can the planet be rescued from the psychopaths? The persistent concern of engaged artists, of cultural workers, in this country and certainly within my community, is, What role, can, should, or must the film practitioner, for example, play in producing a desirable vision of the future? And the challenge that the cultural worker faces, myself for example, as a writer and as a media activist, is that the tools of my trade or colonized. The creative imagination has been colonized. The global screen has been colonized. And the audience–readers and viewers–is in bondage to an industry. It has the money, the will, the muscle, and the propaganda machine oiled up to keep us all locked up in a delusional system–as to even what America is.' ~ “Language and the Writer,” in Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions”

Rage and Meditation: Celebrating Toni Cade Bambara’s 75th Birthday by Aishah Shahidah Simmons

http://thefeministwire.com/2014/03/rage-meditation-celebrating-toni-cade-bambaras-75th-birthday/

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"Commonwealth (Cheap Chicks)" Bahamadia

schomburgcenter:

Tune in Wednesday, March 19, 2014 for: 
Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche with Zadie Smith
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[Photo Credits: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie by Ivara Esege, 2013; Zadie Smith by Dominique Nabokov, 2012]

schomburgcenter:

Tune in Wednesday, March 19, 2014 for: 

Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche with Zadie Smith

This event is sold out but can be viewed online via LiveStream*

For more information about this event, click here.

*To use LiveStream you must login using Facebook or an email address.

[Photo Credits: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie by Ivara Esege, 2013; Zadie Smith by Dominique Nabokov, 2012]

We think of immigration in simplistic terms but really immigration sometimes is hard to get your mind around. How do you describe someone waking up in the morning in a house that has no electricity, no running water, they don’t have any television, they only speak one language, the only people they’ve ever met are Dominicans, and by that evening being in the center of New York city. Having cable, lights, electricity, Chinese guy upstairs, right next door a Korean person, downstairs somebody from Uruguay, folks on the television talking about all sorts of crazy stuff. I mean sure, realism might try to approach that. But in my mind when I was a kid, when I read about time travel, time travel felt like a much more honest description to me of what that meant. Being transported from Santo Domingo 74’ to New York and New Jersey in 74’. That was far more honest to the experience than anything I could have written realistically. And for a young mind [at the age of 6] it’s an extraordinary leap. And I think science fiction, I think fantasy.. the genres do a wonderful job of describing many parts of our society that realism doesn’t do a great job of describing.
I’m going to do the mysterious thing and say that Lupita might be making an announcement very soon. I don’t know. That announcement might be about Americanah.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses possible film adaptation to her latest novel Americanah that may star Lupita Nyong’o (x)

Omggggggg lawddddd Lupita in Americanah???

Before I am your daughter,
your sister,
your aunt, niece, or cousin,
I am my own person,
and I will not set fire to myself
to keep you warm.
1/? Things To Remember  (via ahyasidi)
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Dr. Kenneth B. Clark conducting the Doll Test, Harlem, New York (Gordon Parks, 1947)

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Dr. Kenneth B. Clark conducting the Doll Test, Harlem, New York (Gordon Parks, 1947)

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I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.
Tracee Ellis Ross (via streetetiquette)