BLACK MUSIC » Past lives in the present
By Jon Daniel
Toni & Slade Morrison
The Big Box
Three feisty children who show grown-ups what it really means to be a kid
The Tortoise or the Hare?
Everyone knows that in the story of the Tortoise and the Hare the slow and steady tortoise wins always wins. Or does he? In this energetic retelling Hare wins but the Tortoise has the story to tell. So you decide, what makes a winner?
The Ant or the Grasshopper? Who’s Got Game?
Generation after generation, classic fables, folklore, and myth remain popular because they quicken the imagination of readers and listerners of all ages.
Peeny Butter Fudge
Children spend the day with their grandmother, who ignores their mother’s carefully planned schedule in favor of activities that are much more fun.
The Book of Mean People
The world and its language can be confusing to young people. To them, meanness can have many shapes, sizes, and sounds.
Little Cloud and Lady Wind
Little Cloud does not want to join the other clouds in terrorizing the earth with storms, but grows lonely and longs to look closer at mountains and seas, until Lady Wind makes her dream come true in this version of the fable, “The bundle of sticks.”
I feel sorry for the poc who believe we must solve the problems of inequality by being “nice” and “compromising” with the oppressors without ever giving them criticisms because then we’ll be “just as bad” as the oppressors.
So there’s this amazing lady named Marsha who runs this self-care organization for queer women of color and she has this yearly Trifecta Tribe retreat in Massachusetts in August for all of the beauties to gather and rejuvenate. I’m subscribed to her emails and so for this year’s retreat she’s giving away a FREE space for a queer trans woman of color. I immediately thought of you. :) Marsha’s email is at the top - hope you get it! Xo
I’m publishing this for any of my followers who are trans women of color. I’m am not a trans woman. I am a nonbinary femme trans person and I was assigned female at birth. Thanks for spreading this info, though!
Art from Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter
Can you imagine being an artist who isn’t allowed into your own show? That’s what happened to folk artist Clementine Hunter. Her paintings went from hanging on her clothesline to hanging in museums, yet because of the color of her skin, a friend had to sneak her in when the gallery was closed.
With lyrical writing and striking illustrations, this picture book biography introduces kids to a self-taught artist whose paintings captured scenes of backbreaking work and joyous celebrations of southern farm life. They preserve a part of American history we rarely see and prove that art can help keep the spirit alive.
Stellar Tadpoles near IC 410 by Steven Coates
IC 410 an emission nebula about 12,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Auriga.
Near the center of the nebulous region is a star cluster ( NGC 1893) and just to the bottom right of this cluster lies two structures that resemble tadpoles.
These structures are made of leftover hydrogen and dust from the formation of the star cluster and the “tails” are from the solar wind coming from the stars of NGC 1893.
It’s amazing the mental acrobatics white people will perform to absolve another white person of racism, while simultaneously placing equal blame on the person of color for “being just as racist”, when all we did was defend ourself…
For those of who who don’t already know, my name is Khadijat Yussuff, and I’m (supposed to be) a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University studying Cognitive Science. Recently, my mom and I fell on some hard times, and our inability to pay the outstanding fee for Fall 2013 made it impossible to continue my education until Spring 2015, despite scholarships and taking out loans.
Growing up in the Bronx, I’ve been blessed to have a hardworking mother who taught me to always try my hardest, and I was lucky enough to go to school free of charge so that I had hope to succeed, unlike many other kids in my neighborhood. I do realize that sometimes, we all need to ask for a little help, and I’ve had really supportive friends who I owe a lot to.
In the past 3 months, I’ve been trying my absolute hardest to not only take care of myself (rent, bills, the usual) but to also take care of my mother in NYC, who is recovering from a stroke and in severe need of medical help as well. Unfortunately, the 2 jobs I have only cover so much, and I’m doing my best to get some extra money for the both of us while trying to create items for an online store I hope to open at the end of 2014 that I hope will generate a small but steady revenue.
With this page, I’m hoping that you can find it in your heart to give anything you can, no matter how small, to help me complete my education at Carnegie Mellon, and to take care of my mother.
Your generosity is much appreciated!
Please help her.
Akua Asa-Awuku’s studies of cumulus clouds have taken her from the Amazon treetops to the skies over Texas. “The great thing about research in the atmosphere,” she says, “is that your laboratory is the earth.” An assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Riverside, Asa-Awuku was born in Ghana. She lived in Australia until she was 10 while her father earned his engineering degree. The family then moved to Bergen County, New Jersey, to be near family. It was here that a teacher spotted Asa-Awuku’s aptitude for science and suggested that she consider engineering.
She attended MIT, one of six black women in her major out of a class of roughly 60, and participated in a minority orientation programme and the Black Women’s Alliance, a campus forum for African American undergraduates. As a graduate student, postdoc and during her first faculty year, she was a beneficiary of FACES, a National Science Foundation-funded stipend programme that is aimed at black scientists in training. “I wouldn’t have envisaged myself being here at Riverside without that programme,” she said.
She recalls experiencing blatant racism in Australia, but what she encounters nowadays are small things: people acting surprised that she’s a highly educated individual, for example. “When people think of a doctor or a professor or somebody in charge, a lot of people think of an old white man with a beard, and that’s something I’m never going to be,” she says. “I know in the end my work shines through.”
For anyone in Chicago, on March 8th at 7:30 pm there will be an art show birthed by women of color who created art pieces processing, resisting, and healing from racialized fetishization from white partners. Message me for address if you are in Chicago and would like to come!