AUDIO: Still Processing: ‘Confederate,’ ‘Detroit’ and Who Owns Stories About Blackness – The New York Times

Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris discuss the proposed HBO drama Confederate and more on 'Still Processing:' "What do the producers of “Game of Thrones,” Kathryn Bigelow and the painter Dana Schutz have in common? Each was recently at the center of a roiling controversy about what it means for white artists to make work about … Continue reading AUDIO: Still Processing: ‘Confederate,’ ‘Detroit’ and Who Owns Stories About Blackness – The New York Times

BLOGROLL: Hobson on Nicki Minaj and the Sugar Sphinx for Ms. Magazine Blog (2014)

Revisiting summer 2014 and this essay by Janell Hobson: "Who knew that after the demolition of Kara Walker’s wildly popular “Marvelous Sugar Baby” art installation (see photo at left) at the old Domino sugar refinery in Brooklyn, the giant-sized booty of her 35-foot-high and 75-foot-long Sphinx would cast a long shadow this summer? "At least … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Hobson on Nicki Minaj and the Sugar Sphinx for Ms. Magazine Blog (2014)

NEWS: International Slavery Museum marks ten years with stories of Ink and Blood 

New exhibit on slavery in Argentina, Cuba, Jamaica, the United States and Bahrain opens: "The young Jamaican African boy peering out from a nineteenth century photograph found by the curator of a timely new exhibition at the International Slavery Museum may be unknown and slowly vanishing into the paper, but says Jean-Francois Manicom, “he is … Continue reading NEWS: International Slavery Museum marks ten years with stories of Ink and Blood 

BLOGROLL: Ava DuVernay Pays Tribute To Michelle Obama’s Slave Ancestor | HuffPost

HuffPost Black Voices reports: "Ava DuVernay shared a powerful photo on Twitter Saturday morning — honoring the progress African-Americans have made throughout the history of the United States. “Become your ancestor’s wildest dream,” the “Selma” director tweeted, attaching a photo of a memorial that pays tribute to one of former first lady Michelle Obama’s ancestors, … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Ava DuVernay Pays Tribute To Michelle Obama’s Slave Ancestor | HuffPost

ART: Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power | @Artsy

Via @Artsy: "Kara Walker is one of the most high-profile and controversial artists in America. The exhibition presented three narrative portfolio series, executed in print—The Emancipation Approximation, Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War and An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters." Source: Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power | Bellevue Arts … Continue reading ART: Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power | @Artsy

FILM: Haile Gerima’s ‘Sankofa’ Revisited

Nijla Mu’min looks back at Haile Gerima's film Sankofa for Shadow and Act: "Sankofa is an Akan word meaning roughly, “We must go back and reclaim our past in order to move forward.” Haile Gerima’s cinematic rendering of this is perhaps one of his greatest filmmaking achievements. Screened as part of the UCLA L.A. Rebellion … Continue reading FILM: Haile Gerima’s ‘Sankofa’ Revisited

Happy May Day 2017 from #ADPhD

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