Watching She's Gotta Have It again, on Netflix the second time after so many years. It's just as good as the first time I saw it, in 1986! #Genious #SpikeLee #shesgottahaveit
It's pretty cool, at the Citi OpenIn Washington, D.C. I walk around and in spite of not seeing many black faces amongst the organizer and players, and I'm sure they're many. I felt welcome. I didn't feel out of place, but not completely familiar to be honest. But everyone who mentions Arthur Ashe always spoke about him with great reverence. Another thing that I notice is that nobody refers to Arthur Ashe as the “black” or “African American” tennis star. He was a star without the categorization. And that I think is special.
Why We Pick Difficult Partners. This doesn’t come as a surprise. But the parter you’re sleeping with is just a substitute for a parent. Let’s hope you had a loving and understanding parent. See the complete video on YouTube
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie went on to reveal her first experience of racism “The first time I wrote an essay in my class, my very first essay and at the time I used my initial and my last name and my last name could be anything some people tell me sometimes it could be italian. So the professor came into the class and said who wrote this essay? And he called my name and I raised my hand and he looked surprised and even though it was a very small moment, that’s when I knew what being black meant, it meant that you’re not supposed to write the best essay in class if you are black it meant that black achievement is considered so rare”. “And I was so irritated by that because for me growing up in Nigeria, black achievement is ordinary. And there was a part of me that wanted to say this man - really I was saying it in my head “you’re stupid””.
This is how you lose her. Junot is kicking the ass out of the perception of what it is to be American. And Yunior is American. Junot Diaz blends his stories seamlessly with the popular culture in ways that they find it somewhat difficult to negate. Junot Diaz is well versed in white people talk, not just the accent of white folks we black folks use in ‘job interview’, as Dave Chappelle would say. But Junot is in there. He is asserting his humanity in language and color the dominant culture knows’— because we all know that dominant culture is too white and not about me. The Calibans are revolting again. Book review: https://wp.me/p4pgza-X5
The Hierarchy of Paintings Titus Kaphar “What I'm trying to do, what I'm trying to show you, is how to shift your gaze just slightly, just momentarily, just momentarily, to ask yourself the question, why do some have to walk? What is the impact of these kinds of sculptures at museums? What is the impact of these kinds of paintings on some of our most vulnerable in society, seeing these kinds of depictions of themselves all the time? I'm not saying erase it. We can't erase this history. It's real. We have to know it. see video: https://youtu.be/DDaldVHUedI
Olga Yetkoua, Little God Published on Nov 8, 2013 Seyi Rhodes and Wael Dabbous of Channel 4's Unreported World travel with local midwife Olga Yetikoua into the jungle where, despite an absence of electricity and ultrasound and with only the drugs she can carry, she struggles to help women who would die without her intervention. See full documentary: https://youtu.be/ZafzQ3TYZhg
“Bootsy” Collins and Basquiat, young black geniuses. So what does a developed young black genius work looks like? The irony is unless that artist is dead at a young age, or old, their efforts will be demeaned, I’m thinking about Lauryn Hill. Her legacy receives little if no respect. Especially compared to the celebration of her debut in the Fugees, as a young Ingénue, and her first solo album: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Listening to “What’s Good” with Stretch and Bobbito, By far the best music, hip-hop, radio show. They were featuring the story of another young black genius, William Earl “Bootsy” Collins. They talked about how he was playing as a nineteen-year-old for the great James Brown, the black musical Andy Warhol. See Story: https://wp.me/p4pgza-Wh
Widow Basquiat: A Love Story | Book Review Perspective is an amazing thing. You think that you’re true about an issue, and then all of a sudden, a perspective comes along that causes a paradigm shift in your thinking. In comes, Jennifer Clements’s book Widow Basquiat, a very personal accounting of the relationship of her friend Suzanne Mallouk longtime lover of Basquiat’s, and it reads like porn. Not just any salacious sexy porn, but art port. Not the stuff with all the nudity and sex, artists call that art. Jennifer Clements’s book Widow Basquiat exposes the exploitation, the exploited and the need to be exploited. In her story about Mallouk, a Canadian with Palestine roots who came to New York and befriends badass graffiti (graffiti another word nigger”) artist Jean-Michele Basquiat, the New York 1980’s art scene’s enfant terrible. see review: https://wp.me/p4pgza-VQ