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 Simmonsafrolez)
"Commonwealth (Cheap Chicks)" Bahamadia
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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]
Junot Diaz - Moyers & Company Show 151: Rewriting the Story of America (via kenobi-wan-obi)
Poc were born for scifi :)
Omggggggg lawddddd Lupita in Americanah???
Dr. Kenneth B. Clark conducting the Doll Test, Harlem, New York (Gordon Parks, 1947)
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PUBLIC STATEMENT ON NYPD USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE ON MR. KANG WONG
On Sunday, January 19th, Mr. Kang Wong, an 84-year old man, was stopped by the police for jaywalking at Broadway and 96th Street. Mr. Wong, confused because of a language barrier, attempted to walk away when the cops then used…