QUOTATIONS OF "BLACK"
- Fred Wilson
"Most of my fortitude to continue doing the work comes from the moral outrage I feel about the injustices that Black people endure disproportionately daily."
- N. Abdul-Wakil
"In the end, what matters is not skin shade but pan-African consciousness. Loving your complexion, your nose, lips, hair length and texture, no matter what the politics or trends decide, and simply be. That's the problem with us (African folks). We're still learning how to love ourselves. So used to glorifying others and putting others first..."
- Dredlocks Tree
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Hey Black Family,
I typically DON'T promote PARTIES and club & bar scene stuff as I feel there are soooooooo many folks out there promoting and cross-promoting these things. And quite frankly, a lot of these party events are economically incentive driven and... I'm NOT getting PAID to promote da shit!!
I do what I do out of passion and LOVE, and seeing my MOM lead the civil rights crusade by example; it's quite humbling when your Mom asks you (a 14 year old kid) to assist her at the Mandala Center (in Harlem back in the day, 1980s) to help feed the homeless; and because there's not enough socio-political news and pro-action happening in regard to the African Diaspora; and certainly not enough critical analysis/thinking out there of our circumstances. Plus the little guy is constantly getting his neck and head stepped on on a daily basis and doesn't get SELECTED to make the major news... because Black lives don't matter in some people's minds!!
Anyway, I will say that I went out to the Coney Island Boardwalk Summer Music Series last year for the first time and had a great time. There was truly great house music, it didn't cost anything, and it was especially warming to me because it is in my 'hood of Coney Island, south Brooklyn where I have grown up all my life. If you check out my Nubian Knights Network YahooGroup with all the stuff I have published over the years since 2002, you'll see that I'm making a truly rare exception here. LOL!
Anyway, come down to my neighborhood and have some FUN!
Coney Island Boardwalk
10th Street Gazebo Behind The Cyclone
3PM to 11PM
DIRECTION: D, F, N, or Q trains to Coeny Ilsand/Stillwell Avenue
(last stop on any of those trains)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
ROD's DVD and Blu-ray Disc Home Movies Queue
My Black Same Gender Loving Films and
My Myriad Mix of General TV Shows and Films
I figured I'd share something FUN and personal about myself that I do in some of my spare time.
The pic below is a bunch of Black (and Asian, Latino) same gender loving DVDs that I haven't watched yet. Some of them I discovered through film festivals, watching a film or two at friends' homes or through my research from putting together the 30+ page REEL Black Same Gender Loving Filmography Resource with 130+ listings!!! And by the way, if you want a Adoe Acrobat "PDF" of the REEL Black Same Gender Loving Filmography Resource just email me at BIG.ROD02[at]GMAIL.COM and I'll be glad to email it to you.
Anyway, this depicts my SGL movie collection thtI haven't watched yet.
The pic below is a bunch of different genre tv shows and films I haven't watched yet either except for The Fall on Blu-ray Disc (I haven't listened to the audio commentary yet). Between the above pic and this one below, you have an idea of what kind of tv shows and films I vibe with.
(Click Da Pic To Enlarge)
Commentary: Obama, Race and My Arrest
updated 11:18a.m. EDT, Fri July 24, 2009
Special to CNN
Editor's note: Jeffrey Wright is a stage and screen actor who has won a Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe. Wright has appeared in "Angels in America," "Basquiat," "The Manchurian Candidate," "Syriana," "W." and "Casino Royale."
NEW YORK (CNN) -- President Obama expressed what many Americans feel regarding the recent arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates -- that the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police responded "stupidly."
Obama is catching some flak for that, but I applaud him for having had the courage to speak his heart and mind.
I wonder if the president himself has ever experienced the blunt end of racial profiling, or if he personally knows of anyone other than Professor Gates who has. Among African-American males in this country, the small minority is those who have not or do not.
Did some prior experience or knowledge inform his response about the Gates incident? I have no facts to back this up, but, to me, it seemed personal. If it was, I understand.
I was arrested last July in Shreveport, Louisiana, outside a bar where dozens of members of the cast and crew of the movie "W." and I had gathered to celebrate the end of filming. There was no bar brawl as widely reported -- nor even a pre-election political argument.
Nine police cars and a fire engine responded; seven people were arrested. Two of the seven suffered minor head wounds at the hands of the Shreveport police. Josh Brolin and I were pepper sprayed by cops, and while face down in the street, I was made to feel the business end of a Taser.
The truth of what led to the whole morass has never been accurately reported. I was asked to leave the bar by a white female bartender who took exception to a comment I made.
As with Professor Gates, the police in my case backed unquestioningly the suspicion of a white woman that the black man she accused must be guilty of something. Once that die of accusation was cast, a ghost of racial bias, misperception, and the potential abuse of police authority was set free to make mischief.
The bar was one of two places in downtown Shreveport that serves food after 10 p.m. A few nights before my arrest, I had gone there very late after work to grab a bite to eat. It was before closing, and there were a few customers and employees inside, but the door was locked. I knocked and asked, over the music streaming from inside, if I might buy a small pizza. The bartender insisted that they were closed.
"Whatever," I said with a shrug of resignation and walked back to my hotel room.
Four nights later and in a festive mood, we gathered at this same establishment. Upon seeing the bartender who had a few nights before told me that the place was closed, I asked her for a drink, which she poured. I quipped, "Ah you're going to serve me tonight!"
At that, she pulled the drink away and told me that I had to leave. I asked if she was kidding. She went on to say that if I didn't leave, she would call the police. As I stepped away to tell friends what had happened, a call was made to Shreveport police.
Two cops, the first of many, arrived in minutes, and I was physically escorted outside although neither of them had the curiosity to ask what had transpired before they arrived. A mess ensued.
To their credit, Josh and the others arrested followed me outside with a few others from our group. The cops physically released me and were seeming to be ready to let me go altogether when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw another member of the film crew driven headlong into the sidewalk by two newly arrived cops.
Josh verbally objected to their actions, at which point a cop said to him, "You too!" I moved Josh away from the fray and held him. We were then pepper sprayed to separate us, after which Josh knelt in submission and was handcuffed.
Disoriented and blinded by the pepper spray, I remained standing until I was kicked in the knee and forced to the ground. I did not completely relax one of my arms as it was twisted behind me, so I was tasered in the back of my ribs repeatedly, eventually handcuffed, left to lie in the street for several minutes, then arrested and hauled off to jail, and charged with impeding police. The six others were similarly charged -- and it all began with a joke.
Nearly six months later, after a good-size storm kicked up in Shreveport over the incident, prosecutors agreed to drop the charges against all of us arrested that night.
New Year's Day 2009 and the same week in which charges were dropped against us, in Oakland, California, Oscar Grant, a young father, was killed in a BART station, surrounded by cops and in the same position as I found myself down in Shreveport. It seems the BART cop may have pulled the trigger of his firearm thinking that it was his Taser.
Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover is known as a law-and-order mayor. The day after the encounter, in the presence of his police chief, Glover apologized to me and privately acknowledged that while most Shreveport's cops were good, there were some "devils" among them.
In public meetings regarding the "W." incident, however, he held fast that the responding officers acted appropriately. Either Glover's public statement was dead wrong, or the joke was on us.
Of course, public officials, particularly at the local level, are loathe to criticize law enforcement officers. On a certain level, it's understandable. Cops answer a noble and difficult calling. The pressure must be relentless, and I imagine a cop is largely underappreciated by most except those with whom he or she serves.
A political pat on the back from the executive in charge must be a comforting thing in controversial times, and politicians prefer to duck behind the political safety of the blue wall of silence than upset the men and women who, like our nation's troops, are charged with placing themselves every day in harm's way to keep us safe.
When he was mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani encamped himself behind that blue wall. After Amadou Diallo, living out the All-American, hard-working immigrant story, was brutally shot down on the steps of his Bronx apartment building, Giuliani refused to question the actions of the cops who fired 41 bullets in killing the unarmed young man.
Is a politician's unwavering fidelity to law enforcement officers the best approach, or does it promote a police culture of impunity and retard progress on law enforcement issues?
What if after the Diallo tragedy, political leadership in New York inspired the passage of serious legislation to keep in check the presumption of criminality that cops so often direct toward young men of color. What if that had led to similar acts nationwide around these issues?
Gates might not be headline news today; Grant might not have died; and New York police Officer Omar Edwards, an African-American undercover officer shot down two months ago by a white fellow officer while chasing a suspect through a Harlem street, might be alive today to toss a football again with his son. iReport.com: "Shame" on Gates
I'm not presuming to blame Giuliani alone for what has become a systemic problem in our country -- that would be absurd, these issues predate him -- but when political leaders in this country express compassion only for those for whom they perceive it to be politically expedient or fail to challenge law enforcement and incarceration issues that cut to the core of the history and culture of race in America, they fail us all. They exemplify what U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder meant when he spoke of the cowardice with which we as a society approach race dialogue in this country.
These are messy, even bloody issues, but the cost of not addressing them is too draining of our societal health. Among other things it fosters a society in which too many young Americans internalize the aura of criminality that's projected onto them and handcuff themselves to self-imposed limitations that stifle us all.
Going to prison rather than to college becomes a rite of passage. They wear their pants below their behinds in solidarity with their friends, brothers, uncles or fathers who aren't allowed belts while incarcerated, though perhaps the low-hanging pants are a defiant gesture to society at large for continually presuming them to be miscreant.
This past week the Apollo 11 crew was at the White House welcomed by the president of a new generation of dreamers. Our great nation put a man on the moon, but it can't train its cops to distinguish between an ordinary brown-skinned brother and a criminal. At its least injurious, as with Gates and myself, this leads to bruised pride and reputation; at its worst, Grant or Edwards gets killed.
President Kennedy famously said, "We choose to go the moon ... and do the other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard." Maybe properly educating, screening and training our nation's police is one of "the other things." My son is 7 years old. May our generation have accomplished this other thing before he's a young man, and before we've sent a man to Mars.
The challenge is one that many Americans are willing to accept -- one, that for the sake of our children, all Americans should be unwilling to postpone.The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jeffrey Wright.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Hey Black Family,
This particular Saturday (July 25th,2009) that just passed was so special for me and I didn't even know it would be a special day!
First, let me give you some back story by saying that I founded the Paddelball Saturdays with Da Bruthaz NYC 5 years ago in the summer of 2005 with my good friend Herb. We play most every Saturday at Morningside Park (122nd Street and Morningside Avenue) in Harlem from 11AM until... (usually 5PM). As I stated in one of my blog entries called And This Too Shall Pass... (which was a tribute to E. Lynn Harris who passed away late last week), I was frustrated for years that I couldn't find Black same gender loving ("SGL" for short) bruthaz in my circles who were authentically interested in playing sports. This dilemma could easily be explored in a workshop (which I have been asked to do) because a lot of my friends simply could not or did not want to explore or play sports in gym class (otherwise known as "PE" or Physical Education) in (public) school when they were kids. There is some woundedness surrounding this issue which is why I was asked to do one day (which I might). And, nah, I'm not a clinician of any sort, but because I do love sports someone thought I would have a thoughtful empathic slant on it in regard to my SGL bruthaz.
From conversations I've had with bruthaz, the woundedness surrounding Black SGL bruthaz and sports is the idea of not having the interest to play them or not excelling at them and then being picked on by one's peers, or you know the deal where the two captains are picking players to be on their team and someone winds up being picked last, which meant oftentimes, you weren't the best player (yeah, I've been there) and weren't of value. But there you are waiting, and because the sides needed to be even, you were picked last, or you weren't picked at all because there were an odd number of kids and thus you were the odd person out and had to sit (legs crossed) and watch (humiliated).
So what makes this disaster in a Black kid's life any different than any other Black kids growing up? Well, the difference is if you're a Black kid who not only is perceived as not being a good player, but you exhibit effeminate tendencies (the so-called opposite of what a MAN should be even though we are growing up as BOYS) and called a faggot or a punk which of course is completely isolating and hurtful just compounds one's self-worth to a lower level that much more. So the threads of Black boyhood, and what it means to be a strong young man combined with sports is something that some adult Black SGL men don't look back on fondly from their childhood. Though I got yelled at for not always playing well (the sport of wiffel ball comes to mind), I can't identify with being called out for being perceived as effeminate, but like many other Black boys, I certainly didn't want to be called out for being a sissy, faggot or punk. It didn't matter if you were homosexual or not - just the reputation of being called those names was hell for ya (at least for me in my experience in the hood of Brooklyn). And so I suspect some of these past demons, and other not so deep reasons is part of the reason why I had (have) so much trouble rallying bruthaz for Paddleball Saturdays with Da Bruthaz NYC.
So, when I self-accepted my homosexuality back in May 1997, from that point forward until 2005, it was a process of frustration as my circles of SGL bruthaz didn't talk much about sports (I LOVE the NFL), much less playing them! I then made a last attempt (and then wouldn't mention it anymore - why bother?) at an ADODI meeting here in New York as an community announcement. My friend Herb said he was interested and that's how Paddleball Saturdays with Da Bruthaz NYC got started. We recruited a few more bruthaz and 5 years later in 2009 here we are still strong.
So, coming full circle, what made Saturday's paddleball session so much FUN, special and rewarding was the fact that one of my paddleball buddies unexpectedly stopped by with a boy that he has been mentoring for sometime now through a mentoring program in Harlem, NYC. Though I knew my friend was mentoring a young male Black child, it really crystallized for me to see the how my friend interacted with the young kid (he may have been 12, I think). So as the rest of us played paddleball in doubles, my friend would be on the other side of the wall and teaching his mentee to play. Then after a while they came over to us and played with us.
Interestingly enough, there was another kid who was standing by an opening in the fence and watching us as we played. His family was barbecuing nearby and he was very quiet and stood on the outside of the opening, but crouching down to see us play. At one point the ball went sailing over the wall (nah, it wasn't me who hit it over, LOL!) and I went to get the ball. When I came back with the ball I passed by the kid and I stuck out my hand in a "low five" position expecting him to slap my hand with a "high five". He just stood there and looked at me like I was crazy. I said "okaaaaaay" to myself and went back to the court to finish out the game. I figured the kid was shy or something, or he was employing the wiseful don't-interact-with-strangers procedure. LOL!
After one of our games was over, we got my friend's young mentee involved in a new doubles match and the mentee was on my side - I was thrilled to have him as a partner, you have no idea!!!!! So just before we started the game, the kid who was quiet by the opening of the fence was now on our side of the opening said "I wanna play". I quickly thought to myself, "Aaaahhh! Now he's being friendly and wants to play" and I said something like, "Okay, you can play after this game is over". And he waited patiently. What was interesting was that the ball sailed over the wall quite a few times (Nope! Again, it wasn't me! LOL!) and the kid would race after the ball and throw it back to me. (which was great for me because I was building up a sweat as it was playing the game! LOL!). So, the little dynamic re-learned is that it takes some people time to warm up to you.
In the next game we had both kids playing. The mentee was on my side and the other kid was playing with another friend I invited for the first time, so the sides were pretty even. Man! Talk about FUN! Us older bruthaz were really making a concerted effort to teach proper form and mechanics to the two little guys on how to aim and hit the ball against the wall with the paddles. It was the first time we had kids playing with us and we were all happy! We (the adult bruthaz) would cheer when the kids did well and you had to see the smile on the kids' faces when they did something well. This was one of the ultimate ways of giving back to the Black community with older Black SGL men (YES! I SAY THAT PROUDLY!) interacting and teaching... MENTORING, the Black youth in the community! And I had a most profound respect for my friend who was participating in the Harlem program to mentor his kid! Though a lot of times the Black SGL collective is minimized by the larger Black community (the church being one example) by those ridiculous rigorous religious zealots (I'm being nice! And they know who they are!), the Black SGL collective contributes HIGHLY to the African Diaspora as a whole and we are the GATEKEEPERS that hold a lot of the community together.
We told the other kid and one of his guardians (that was BBQing) that we'd be here the following Saturday and the guardian smiled in approval. It was truly a beautiful and spectacular day ---> Paddleball Saturdays with Da Bruthaz NYC: KIDS DAY!!!!!
Same gender loving bruthaz interested in chillin' with us are highly encouraged to come check us out. All skill levels from novice/no experience to advanced players are welcomed as well as spectators!
What To Bring...
(1A) A Bottle or Canteen of Water with or without ice
(and/or Gatorade, Glaceau Vitamin Water or Glaceau Fruit Water which all have low sugars)
(1B) A sandwich and/or fruit (something healthy in case you get hungry)
(2) A Towel
(3) Sneakers and sweat pants/shorts/jeans
We Have a Limited Amount of Extra Paddles For People To Use If They Don't Own One. So don't let that stop YOU from coming out to play.
Come Brotherhood & Fellowship With other Black SGL Men @ Morningside Park @ 122nd Street & Morningside Avenue
DIRECTIONS: "A", "C", "D" or # 1 Train to 125th Street - Walk 4 to 5 Blocks to Da Park in Harlem, USA!!!
PLEASE CHECK the MTA/New York City Transit's website for Weekend Service Advisories for possible train changes due to necessary track work and signal upgrades.
NOTE: If for any reason the weather is not good (such as rain) on any given Saturday, then the game will be canceled and we'll rebound for the following Saturday. In some exceptions, we may play the next day on Sunday. The best thing to do is email me Friday evening at BIG.ROD02[at]GMAIL.COM
Saturday, July 25, 2009
As we, the Black same gender loving community celebrate the accomplishments while mourning the passing of E. Lynn Harris, I'd like to say that the greatest thing I took away from E. Lynn Harris was his third and my most favorite book that he wrote, And This Too Shall Pass (1997). He's the only Black SGL author (to my knowledge) to broach the subject matter of the Black SGL experience and SPORTS (specifically American football) which I LOVE. Man! I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!
It occurred to me at the time I read the book that if I had the dream to ever pursue a career as a lawyer, I'd be in the sports arena in order to help young Black male sports athletes manage their money better. It would have been a great service to help my community of bruthaz manage their money better and I may get to see some of them in their towels in the locker room as a bonus! LOL! ).
A lot of prospective Black male athletics come from impoverished or low-income backgrounds and then once they obtain a substantial amount of money in lucrative sports contracts they wind up broke after their career is over due to financial mismanagement. The Washington Post (can't find the link right now) did a huge and extensive (like 8 to 10 page) on-line article on the subject matter of NFL sports athletics and their money.
Anyway, even though I have my little Paddleball Saturdays with Da Bruthaz (NYC) sports league at Morningside Park @ 122nd Street in Harlem, NY during the last 5 years, which is intended as an alternative to clubs and bars for fellowship and brotherhood for Black same gender loving men, I am still frustrated at the lack of desire that my circles of Black SGL men have for sports; the exception is like basketball or track and field where bruthaz watch for the eye candy and mostly not truly interested in the sport(s) itself.
Anyway, I say all that to say that E. Lynn Harris penned an inspiring book that I (a Black same gender loving brutha who LOVES sports, lives in New York City and a huge Washington Redskins fan for over 25 years now) could really get into and escape with. Ironically, I remember in past conversations that a lot of Black SGL bruthaz didn't appreciate And This Too Shall Pass as much as I liked the book.
Anyway, I have to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to my good friend Herb for helping me organize the Paddleball Saturdays with Da Bruthaz (NYC) over these last few years. He gave me hope that there a few (if minuscule amount of bruhs) who like vibin' with me on Saturdays with the sport of paddleball.
Oh, well... CHEERS to you E. Lynn! Thanks for creating and crafting a truly inspirational and exceptional Black SGL sports world I could vibe with. Peace, my brutha!
ROD (aka BIG ROD)
UPDATE (Tuesday, July 28th, 2009): I happened to be looking through my book library and found (and forgot!) that E. Lynn signed my copy of AND THIS TOO SHALL PASS from 10 years ago! WOW! I remember waiting on a long line like everyone else during his book signing in a basketball gymnasium (I'm pretty certain that it was at the YMCA on 135th Street in Harlem, NYC, USA!). Take a look below. I wanted to share this! The paper is turning a little brown, though... LOL!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Published: 07/23/09 08:26 PM
SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Navy says a sailor has been charged in military court with murder and other offenses in the shooting death of a gay San Diego seaman.
Petty Officer Jonathan Campos of Lancaster, Calif., was charged Thursday in connection to last month's fatal shooting of Seaman August Provost of Houston.
Provost was shot multiple times as he stood guard at Camp Pendleton on June 30. The 29-year-old's family believes the shooting may have been a hate crime. The family says Provost complained of being harassed about his sexuality in the days before his death.
Navy officials have rejected those claims and say there is no record of Provost filing a harassment report.
They say Campos, a 32-year-old gas system technician, is being held at the brig and is cooperating with investigators.
UPDATE (Wednesday, July 29th, 2009):
This article was sent to me and so I'm doing a follow-up with y'all! Click the title below which is hyperlinked.
Family Says Closeted Gay Sailor Killed Provost
DallasVoice.com - The Premier Media Source for LGBT North Texas
UPDATE (Sunday, August 2nd, 2009):
Suspect in Houston Sailor's Death Commits Suicide
Suspect in Houston sailor's death commits suicide
By CINDY GEORGE
Aug. 1, 2009, 6:25PM
The sailor charged in the June death of a Houston seaman at a San Diego military base committed suicide in custody, authorities said.
Petty Officer Jonathan Campos, 32, was found unresponsive Friday afternoon in his brig cot at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Campos was alive when he was checked at 11:45 a.m., but was unresponsive when found about 35 minutes later, a military statement said. The apparent cause of death was self-inflicted asphyxiation. He was pronounced dead at 1:15 p.m. Friday.
Campos, of Lancaster, Calif., was accused in the shooting death of August Provost III, a sailor from Houston's Acres Homes neighborhood who was gay. Provost, 29, was killed June 30 while on duty in a guard shack at the Southern California military camp.
After the slaying, Provost's remains were set on fire in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence, Navy officials said.
Arrested for DWI
Last week, Campos was charged with 16 criminal offenses, including murder, unlawfully handling a deceased individual by setting the remains on fire, stealing military property and soliciting a San Diego civilian to kill a fellow sailor. He had been in Navy custody since July 1 and faced a hearing in military court, similar to a grand jury, in the coming weeks.
Provost's family has said other sailors had been harassing him before his death, but the Navy has insisted that there is no evidence the slaying was a hate crime.
Provost and Campos were assigned to the same command, which included about 500 military personnel, but officials have said there is no indication that they had a close association.
Campos had been arrested by police in Imperial Beach, Calif., and charged with driving under the influence about 10 days before military officials say he went on a two-day rampage on the base that involved Provost's death.
Campos also faced charges for using illegal psilocybin mushrooms as well as breaking into another service member's home where $5,400 worth of electronics, jewelry and a .45-caliber pistol was stolen, military officials said.
Campos enlisted in the Navy in December 2001. Provost entered the Navy in March 2008, and reported to Camp Pendleton last September.
A Cultural Festival For Black SGL Folks
New York City
Friday, July 31st - Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
Jubilation! A cultural festival that commemorates the achievements of the gay and lesbian community of color in New York and surrounding areas. It is a 3-day event that brings together thousands of gay and lesbian New Yorkers of color with folks from across the country to celebrate our unique contributions to this great city. From the young to the old, male and female, black and brown. Jubilation! is an affirmation of who we are as proud New Yorkers and in addition to showcasing incredible talent, is an invitation to supporters and friends to join in our celebration.
Jubilation! was created by a community of like-minded New York based event and nightclub promoters in association with notable New York health advocacy organizations and represent the large diversity of ideas, needs and desires of this melting pot city. We have planned a series of activities to cater to every interest and group with the ultimate goal of community) empowerment through cultural events, educational seminars and health forums. A series of events over the weekend of Friday. July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd include:
The Jubilation Meet and Greet
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Propsect Park West
Open to all 21 and over
7PM to 12 Midnight
Saturday, August 1st, 2009:
The Jubilation Block Party Picnic
Block to Be Announced
(See Official Website Link Below For Updates)
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009:
The Jubilation Black Gay Expo
@ The Helen Mills Theater
137-139 West 26th Street
(between 6th and 7th Avenues, NYC)
12 Noon - 8PM, Donations: $5 before 2PM; $10 after
301 West 39th Street
(near corner of 8th Avenue)
9PM - 4AM
For More Detailed Day By Day Information:
Julibation Official Website
Thursday, July 23, 2009
OH DAYUM! DAYUM!! DAYUM!!! I wish I could be out there in London for this exhibit! Anyway, just passing it on to my bloke bruthaz out there!!! LOL! LOL!
ROD (aka BIG ROD)
Artist Charlie Pi returns to the Crypt at St Pancras Church with twenty five new and intriguing portrayals of the black male.
Based in part on traditional stereotypes of the black male such as : the athlete, the shaman, the exotic and the mystery, these paintings shift and twist the stereotypes to create thought-provoking images around the broader areas of : physicality, spirituality and creativity. Titles such as , ‘Rasta and the Bathroom Elk’, ‘Drop the Pineapple’, ‘The higher he climb’, and ‘Olympic Pluckers’, give some idea of Charlie’s creativity and sense of humour.
After the success of last year’s show Charlie Pi has invited three other fiercely independent artists to join him this August. These artists are not ‘fresh from College’ and like Charlie himself produce their art in and for the real world outside of the gallery system, which makes for an immediate and palpable difference in both approach and product.
Beautiful photographs by Trinidadian Performance Poet, RasConrad, ‘I love photographing aspiring black men. There is a power that exudes from them between the ages of 16-35 that I think is unparalleled. Whether it’s his raw anger, deep frustration, hard musculature or innate beauty, the black man is amazing to capture on film at that age.’
Intricate and obsessive painted construct by Bajan Michael Connell. A builder by day Michael uses all the detritus of his job. From shards of mirror to pipe insulation to create semi-abstract wall constructs where every leaf is cut from wood and painted to create magical illusion. ‘I want to bring colour to the streets of London.’
Terence McDonald Humphrey (Montserrat Man)
Founder of 'Trunkstore' a developing independent arts outpost who's ongoing collaborative work includes the ‘No Go Zones Audio Radio Project’ and the emerging ‘Aquarium Project’ will produce a soundscape for the show.
Oh and just a reminder on the exhibition blackˈmanˌkīnd.
Opening Night is Wed 5th Aug, 2009 at the St. Pancras Church Crypt 6:30pm - 8:30pm
FREE ENTRY FREE ENTRY FREE ENTRY FREE ENTRY FREE ENTRY
Exhibition runs 5th -23rd August 2009 Tues – Sun 12.00 - 18.00
Crypt of St .Pancras Church
Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA
020 7388 1461
Nearest Tube: Euston Station
All artists are available for interview.
For more information go to: preview exhibition
As you read this, we are closer than ever to passing comprehensive health insurance reform that benefits American families and small businesses. Despite all the back and forth in the news right now, it is important to understand just how far we've come in this challenging process. That's why I'm holding a press conference tonight (Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009) at 8pm ET, and writing to let everyone know where we are, what's ahead, and why health insurance reform is so important.
Let me be clear: although Congress is still debating parts of the legislation we have achieved critical consensus on several key areas:
If you already have health insurance: reform will provide you with more security and stability. It will limit your own out of pocket costs and prevent your insurance company from dropping your coverage if you get too sick. You'll also have affordable insurance options if you lose or change your job. And it will cover preventive care like check-ups and mammograms that save lives and money.
If you don't have health insurance: you will finally have guaranteed access to quality, affordable health care, and you can choose the plan that best suits your family's needs. And no insurance company will be allowed to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing medical condition.
Now, I realize that the last few miles of any race are the hardest to run, but we can't stop now. There's no dispute about it: we cannot control our long-term fiscal health as a nation without health insurance reform. American families and small businesses understand that the health insurance status quo is taking away those things that they value most about health care. The stability and security that comes with knowing that you can get the treatment you need, when you need it. Without reform, we are consigning our children to a future of skyrocketing premiums and crushing deficits.
We have to seize this opportunity and pass health insurance reform this year. You can help by forwarding this email to your family and friends and letting them know what's at stake in this debate.
P.S. Tune in to tonight's press conference on health insurance reform at 8pm ET on WhiteHouse.gov. (Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009)
Monday, July 20, 2009
As you know gentrification is sweeping through Black communities rapidly displacing Black cultural traditions, businesses, and institutions. The Wall Street Journal reports that as whites move back into the city "Beloved institutions in traditionally Black communities are losing customers who supported them for decades" The Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn is going through the same process, while long time residents and business owners watch what back in 2004 New York magazine called the Manhattanization of Brooklyn.
In Prospect Heights Bob Law stepped up to make sure that long time residents, most of whom are Black, are organized and included in the decision making that is changing the nature and character of their community.
This effort has angered new residents who felt they had a free hand to do as they please, assuming that whatever they did was in the best interest of all To retaliate against Bob, a whisper campaign has begun to charge Bob with being too Black, and to discourage people from eating at Bob's Seafood Cafe on Vanderbilt Avenue.
To offset this anti-Bob law campaign were asking friends and supporters to make a point to eat at Bob Law's Seafood Cafe. In this political climate your support is of great value, Hope to see you at the Cafe. The National Leadership Alliance and Friends Of Bob Law
P.S. > The address is 637 Vanderbilt Avenue (between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue) in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Major trains stop in the area.
It can be argued that in most African American communities it is more acceptable to be a criminal who believes in God and goes to church on Sunday while selling drugs to kids all week than to be an atheist who has a good job, a good education, who contributes to society and supports his family. In these communities you find more tolerance towards gangbangers, drug addicts, and prostitutes, who pray to God for forgiveness than for honest productive citizens who deny the existence of God. This, for me, is one of the most embarrassing elements of Black culture, our zealous embracement of the God of our kidnappers, murderers, slavemasters and oppressors...
Hey Black Family,
Click the link above to continue reading the blog posting, but the first paragraph above is as much context as I wanted to show you in reference to my argument below. Read on...
Thanks for posting the original blog posting my man!
This posting caught my interest because I am a Black male who is an atheist. And this also caught my attention because the original blogger posted it on my birthday last year, which is May 28th, so I had to respond to this. LOL!
But more importantly, what resonated the most with me was the entire first paragraph of his post (above) regarding the Black community's intolerance toward certain things, ideas, actions or particular people in the African Diaspora.
And I wanted to add that a large part of the "African-American community's" (James White's quote) INTOLERANCE is with Black "same gender loving" people ("SGL" for short, and SGL folks are aka Gatekeepers). I've had this conversation with other SGL bruthaz and it's quite frankly a F**KING JOKE how some of us (SGL folk) can be model citizens to our community (but not limited to having a) "good job, a good education, who contributes to society (church is a major area) and supports his family" (for example), but yet all of that good stuff is nullified if certain people within the community are aware that you're same gender loving (homosexual, bisexual & transgendered). Who I'm attracted to, or even sleep with has no bearing outside the boundaries of my personal space and who I interact with; and it doesn't hurt anyone within the sphere of the African Diaspora. So why are some Black folks trippin' over this besides what?... the bible bearing bombardment or their personal insecurities??? I just think some of our priorities are really screwed up and we're not being inclusive of each other which keeps us apart and compartmentalized in many ways.
Historical Case in Point 1: We can go all the way back to the civil rights era of the 60s where Bayard Rustin, arguably the architect of the March on Washington was asked to manifest a strategic plan of prowless, yet he was shut down and given a back seat AFTER the implementation of his ideas because the Black community didn't want to deal with his "homosexuality" getting in the way of the so-called greater good of the civil rights bullet point agenda items.
Historical Case in Point 2: We can go even further back to the Harlem Renaissance era of the 1930s or so, where same gender loving literary artists' , , Zora Neal Hurston and (to name a few) caught massive political hell (as well as the blocking of their distribution) for publishing their infused SGL perspectives and ideologies in their Black magazine periodical called FIRE (I have a reprint of one of the original issues and you can obtain one as well at the following link ---> http://firepress.com/fire/fire.html
So, although there's never going to be a general consensus and agreement upon everything the Black community does, this backlash of the same gender loving collective is unwarranted especially since we can be forgiving people for a number of things. I work in and serve the community, and I do so with respect, not to be marginalized with someone else's tolerance or intolerance.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
"Wiggers and Niggers" Thread
(Hmmm... So Much For a "Post-Racial" America In The Obama Era)
I just got this post from my cousin this evening which was originally posted on Craigslist:
Re: Wiggers and Niggers
I have to agree with you. I never use to have ill feelings for black people but I can't stand them anymore. They think we all owe them something and their rudeness and laziness is appalling. I am so sick and tired of hearing how we need to support their sorry asses. They literally walk into you in a store if YOU do not get out of their way. FUCK that shit anymore !! I stand my ground and knock their fuckn asses over. And then try working with the few of them that do have jobs. They are just plain nasty. They seem to be getting worse and worse everyday. There is no end in sight. We are doomed.
( Sigh ) It's true since Obama won the election, I've noticed the arrogance, and out right rudeness of blacks,even worst then before
Peace, Love and Music.
So... here we go again... First, to say one never had ill feelings toward "Black people" and then say "I can't stand "them" anymore doesn't add up for me. Sounds to me like the feelings were always there and this social episode was just an excuse to overtly come out and say how one really felt all along. And this person's stereotypical bias "the few (Black people) that have jobs" just concretely demonstrates the ignorance going on.
I don't wanna waste time trying to deconstruct some asshole's (yeah, I know, not nice of me) views of Black people, but what I will say is that America continues to gloss over the issue of race and we haven't had a really REAL dialog on the matter. What needs to happen is that all television programming and all television/cable channels all need to be pre-empted for an entire week (yes, a whole week) and during that week a national town hall meeting talking about race and the woundedness (Black and white people and other people beyond) in this country. And I would have Dr. Joy DeGruy as one of the people to head up this national town hall meeting; because trust me, she would really ask questions or propose statements to really get at the heart of the matter for America to heal and grow beyond our current state.
The poster doesn't understand or doesn't want to understand that (new) America was built on violence and racism perpetrated by their people (the genocide of Native Americans massacred in this country is on public record); that that violence and racism is governed by white supremacy and white (male) privilege; the (white) poster doesn't have to worry about getting his or her head beat in or shot to death execution style (Oscar Grant and Gus Rugley and many more lack males) by police officers sworn to protect and serve (if anything to protect and serve white interests as a majority dominance and their property);
that this country, as diverse as it supposedly is, has not one paper currency or coin with the faces of a Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latina/o, Native American, or east Indian person on it; that Black people and white people have fundamental differences in certain approaches or philosophies of values (that clash); by that I mean axiology (I learned that from Dr. DeGruy); that Black people's reactions to things (that the poster may be referring to) are from a woundedness caused by the middle passage to the new world and of slavery from 400+ years ago (post-traumatic slave syndrome). All these things and more contribute to the bullshit we don't wanna talk about and how we react or don't react to one another now in 2009 and beyond! So this is why we continue to walk around in these United States of America separated, smiling (or not smiling) in each other faces, and then folks going online and anonymously spewing and venting all this bullshit instead of having a real conversation about things.
The original poster of the wiggers and niggers thread on Craigslist who said "since Obama won the election, I've noticed the arrogance, and out right rudeness of blacks,even worst then before" might be confusing arrogance with self-esteem or self-worth, or dare I say PRIVILEGE in a country that does its BEST to invalidate the experiences of African people every single day.
And finally, what rational and humane person would say these horrible things about Black people and then end their post with a signature of "Peace, Love and Music."??? I mean, if you're all about peace and love then a more constructive posting without the rhyming words "wiggers and niggers" in the title thread would be in order.
My posting here may not be the most objective, but as an African-American male born and raised in America (New York City), I think I and others Black folks have a right to be angry about a great many things. Not to dismiss some Black folks re-actions, but how in the world could Black people in America not act out in the face of the total disrespect for Black lives on a daily basis??? I mean, what the f**k???
ROD (aka BIG ROD)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
medical school to contribute to improved
medical care. And he's only 14.
Black Youth Invents Surgical Technique - at 14
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 2:26 pm
By: Jackie Jones, Black AmericaWeb.com
"I've always had a passion for medicine," he said in a recent interview. "The project I did was, basically, the comparison of novel laparoscopic instruments in doing a hysterectomy repair.”
By the way, Hansberry is a 14-year-old high school freshman.
In April, the brilliant teen presented his findings at a medical conference at the University of Florida before an audience of doctors and board-certified surgeons.
Hansberry attends Darnell-Cookman, a special medical magnet school that allows him to take advanced classes in medicine. Students at the school master suturing in eighth grade.
"I just want to help people and be respected, knowing that I can save lives," said Hansberry, the son of a registered nurse and an African Methodist Episcopal church pastor. His goal is to become a neurosurgeon.
The idea for his procedure developed last summer during an internship at the University of Florida's Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville.
Hansberry responded to a challenge to improve a procedure called the endo stitch, used in hysterectomies that could not be clamped down properly to close the tube where the patient’s uterus had been. The teen devised a vertical way to apply the endo stitch and, using a medical dummy, completed the stitching in a third of the time of traditional surgery.
“It took me a day or two to come up with the concept,” Hansberry said.
He was supervised by Dr. Brent Siebel, a urogynecologist, and Bruce Nappi, administrative director of the Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research. Hansberry’s discovery won second place in its regional science fair in February 2009 in the medical category.
Education experts say youngsters as young as 10 can experience great achievement at an early age if their thirst for knowledge is encouraged and they are given opportunities to shadow professionals and get internships. Also, a rigorous study schedule that also builds in some recreation is key.
High school internships and other programs are being used by educators to boost the number of young people interested in medicine in the face of projections that there will be a doctor deficit of as many as 200,000 physicians by 2020.
"It's not hard if you have a passion for it," Hansberry said.
Angela TenBroeck, the medical lead teacher, said in many ways, Hansberry is a typical student, but, she told the Florida Times Union that he is way ahead of his classmates when it comes to surgical skills.
"I would put him up against a first-year med student," she said. "He's an outstanding young man. And I'm proud to have him representing us."
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