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We need better fictions, not these, not ever again.

This is so disgusting. Wow.

I had to re-read that several times. I’m confused.

You’re telling me a white guy is hiring black actresses to play the artist behind his work because he felt like his work would be ”more interesting if someone else made them, someone who could better exploit their historical and cultural references” ?????

That just sounds like a white artist wants to exploit “black culture” so he can make money but wasn’t doing a convincing job so he hired some black actresses to act like it was theirs…. that’s the oldest trick in the book.  That’s Aunt Jemimah … that’s the Annie the Chicken Queen from Popeyes…  that’s the music industry. That’s not very artsy or groundbreaking at all to me.

Then again, this does not even make sense to me. What’s going on? 

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A water vessel in the shape of a leopard.


A water vessel in the shape of a leopard.

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Zig Jackson; “Entering Zig’s Indian Reservation”

"No Picture Taking

 No Hunting

 No Air Traffic

 New Agers Prohibited”


Historical context: The ancestors of the Somali people


Ancient rock paintings in Somalia which date back to 5000 years were found in the northern part of the country (Somaliland), depicting early Somali life. The most famous of these is the Laas Gaal complex, which contains some of the earliest known rock art on the African continent and features many elaborate pastoralist sketches of animal and human figures. In other places such as the northern Dhambalin region, a depiction of a man on a horse is postulated as being one of the earliest known examples of a mounted huntsman.


Inscriptions have been found beneath many of the rock paintings, but archaeologists have so far been unable to decipher this form of ancient writing. During the Stone age, the Doian culture and the Hargeisan culture flourished here with their respective industries and factories.

The oldest evidence of burial customs in the Horn of Africa comes from cemeteries in Somalia dating back to 4th millennium BC. The stone implements from the Jalelo site in northern Somalia are said to be the most important link in evidence of the universality in palaeolithic times between the East and the West.

In antiquity, the ancestors of the Somali people were an important link in the Horn of Africa connecting the region’s commerce with the rest of the ancient world. Somali sailors and merchants were the main suppliers of frankincense, myrrh and spices, items which were considered valuable luxuries by the Ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, Mycenaeans and Babylonians.

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Paul Robeson

Photos: Nickolas Murray

Robeson spoke out against racism, facism, and became an international activist fighting for the labor movement, trade unions, Welsh coal miners, the Spanish Civil War, and the civil rights of Africans everywhere.

Robeson became the first African American celebrity to pose nude. 

The well-known Italian-American sculptor Antonio Salemme invited the actor to pose for him after seeing Robeson perform in “The Emperor Jones.” More than an actor, he saw an awesome body “beautifully formed and glistening with sweat.”  He approached Paul Robeson backstage and told him he wanted to sculpt a life-size, seven foot tall nude statue of him. Paul eyed him and they both grinned like adolescent schoolboys.

He went home with Salemme and posed for the first time that very night. It was his first time among the radicals, the avant-garde, the renegades, anarchists and libertarians.… Paul would pose after performances sometimes up to three hours. Antonio Salemme called it “the highest achievment of my art.”

… In 1930, when it was finally going to be seen publically in Philadelphia, all hell broke loose.  It was recrated and returned to Salemme after they saw there was no figleaf to cover what couldn’t be covered, and race and politics blocked the inclusion of the statue in the exhibit.



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Haiti: Ulirk Jean-Pierre’s Paintings

I have dreams about what happened the night that the vodou ceremony took place at Bwa Kayiman.

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The fascination of our White counterparts with Black hair has always attracted mixed emotions. While some find their interest to be humorous and even natural, others find it annoying and offensive. In an interesting collection called, Can I Touch It?, photographer Endia Beal rounded up a group of middle-aged White women and took them to a hair salon to get hairstyles typically worn by Black women. The hairstyles were free, the ladies simply had to agree to have their photographs taken in corporate attire after, even if they were unhappy with the style afterwards. Interestingly, Endia did not allow the women to choose their hairstyles, instead, the styles were selected for them.

“I said, ‘I am going to give you a black hairstyle,’ and they were like, ‘You’re going to give me cornrows?’ ” Endia toldSlate.

“And I said, ‘No, we’re going to do finger waves.’ ‘Finger waves? What’s that? You mean from the ’20s?’ And I said, ‘These are a little bit different type of finger waves!’ ” she continued.

Endia revealed that she went after women who were at least 40 years old, but that she was really hoping to get the baby boomers.

“I wanted people that had a certain idea of what you’re supposed to look like in the workspace, because it would be a challenge for them to understand what I experienced in that space. And to a degree, many young white women have shared that experience, but for older white women it’s an experience they haven’t necessarily had,” she said.

She went on to reveal that the idea for the shoot was inspired by her experiences while interning in the IT Department at Yale, where most of her co-workers were White males. A big red afro was her style of choice at the time and one coworker tipped her off to a rumor that had been going on around the office about her male coworkers wanting to feel her hair. She allowed them to and then recorded their reactions on camera a week later.

“I wanted to allow someone to feel something different, to experience something they never had before, and through that experience, they felt uncomfortable. And then to talk about it kind of amplifies that feeling,” she expressed.

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Aimé Mpane

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