Otta Benga, Formerly Enslaved
The Epitome of a Nubian Knight

Otta Benga, Formerly Enslaved<br>The Epitome of a Nubian Knight

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"Whenever I use BLACK it relates to some history of Africans in that particular place. It’s the idea of the color BLACK as a metaphor, or as a representation of African-Americans. It’s the notion of BLACK- BLACKNESS - and all its other meanings in relation to the history of race..."

- 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

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Join The Audre Lorde Project In Our New
Translator Training Project
Application Deadline: September 15th, 2009 (NYC)

Are you fluent in English and Spanish? Are you already an informal translator in your family, community and/or workplace?
Would you like to earn extra income as a translator in community-based organizations?

Join the Audre Lorde Project
in our new Translator Training Project

Application Deadline: September 15, 2009

What is the Translator Training Project?

One of our natural resources is that many of us are multilingual and have been translating for friends, family, neighbors and coworkers as needed. The Translator Training Project seeks to provide opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming immigrants of color who are already informal community translators to gain greater skills in interpretation/translation. The program includes two all day trainings on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 which will focus on sharpening translations skills. There are a limited number of $100 stipends available for this training. After completion of the training participants will also be expected to volunteer some time providing translation for ALP events.

Can I be one of the translators in this program? Yes, if you:

• Were born outside of the U.S. People born in Puerto Rico and Hawaii are eligible to apply.
• Identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, queer, or not heterosexual/ straight
• Identify as a person of color – including African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Caribbean, Indigenous / First Nations, and/or Pacific Islander
• Are fluent in more than one language including English and Spanish

What are the next steps?

• After filling out the info below, we will call you for a follow-up conversation and to answer any questions
• If you wish to participate in the program, but do not need a stipend please note this on your application. While stipends are limited there will be space for some non-stipend participants.

The Translator Training Project seeks to provide opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming immigrants of color who are already informal community translators to:

• gain greater skills in interpretation/translation
• learn resources and strategies to use translation to generate income
• better understand how to make our community spaces more accessible
• share knowledge about health, social and community resources
• share resources on translating health, sexuality and gender issues

What is the Audre Lorde Project?

ALP is a community organizing center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTSTGNC) People of Color (POC) in New York City. We currently have organizing projects addressing economic justice in the Trans community, increasing safety and decreasing police violence in Brooklyn, and building resources and power in immigrant communities. We also have a resource center and coordinate a network of over 30 LGBTST POC organizations. You can check out our web site for more details: www.alp.org



Are there times that we should not call you?


Were you born outside of the U.S.?

Do you identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, Gender Non Conforming, queer, and/ or not heterosexual/ straight?

Do you identify as a Person of Color (of African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Caribbean, and/or Indigenous Descent) ?

Which languages are you fluent in?

Why do you want to be part of this program?

Do you want to participate in this program without the stipend?

Please return this information by September 15, 2009. If you have any questions, contact Lolan Sevilla at 718.596.0342 x.13 or lsevilla[at]alp.org.

Collette Carter (718) 596-0342 ext. 17 ccarter[at]alp.org www.alp.org

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Coney Island Knights:
The Fireworks and The Moon
Friday, September 4th, 2009

Coney Island Knight Sky Fireworks
Captured Using The CACTUS Wireless Shutter Release

Remember that CACTUS Wireless Shutter Release accessory that I blogged about last month in August 2009? Well, this blog entry is the reason why I bought the CACTUS Wireless Shutter Release and had that bad boy air mailed to me straight from Hong Kong ($35 duckets with shipping included!).

CACTUS Wireless Shutter Release Accessory

When you're shooting fireworks the camera has to be on a tripod for steady shots. Otherwise you'll create "camera shake" if you hold the camera in your hand; although, this is okay ONLY if you want to create some blurred fancy or avant garde type shots or something. So, it helps if you have a wired or wireless shutter release accessory attached to the camera to fire off the camera shutter and prevent absolute camera movement.

Anyway, the following pics are my first crack at shooting fireworks last night (Friday) and I was in a nervous mode at first and then in an excited pumped up zone while shooting. The instant feedback you get in seeing the pictures with digital camera technology cannot be understated!! You see the results of your work and can make adjustments, if necessary.

The only crazy thing in my head before the shoot was worrying about some of these stupid ass police officers breaking balls about shooting pictures with a tripod. I actually have some documentation I carry in all my different camera bags that state the rights of photographers with tripods. If you're a photo enthusiast or greater check out: The Photographer's Rights - You can download the PDF and print it out.

And the other thing I was mildly worried about was holding the trigger for the camera shutter which has an antenna sticking out. In these post-911 days in New York City you never know with police officers and them thinking you gonna blow shit up - like there's shit to blow up in da hood of south Brooklyn??? And you know it hasn't been safe for a Black man in Amerikkka as it is for 400+ years!!

Moving along, for you photography buffs out there, I used a Nikon D200 DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera with a 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom lens (this lens is discontinued by Nikon by the way, and it's the primary lens I use and LOVE A LOT!). A fast lens (f/2.8) is not important in this type of shooting because generally you would be shooting at an aperture of f/8 or f11 (better depth of field) and a speed of ISO 100. The fireworks are so bright that you wouldn't need a fast lens shooting wide open (largest aperture) or having to shoot at a higher ISO speed which can introduce grain.

So the CACTUS Wireless Shutter Release performed perfectly under its first job. Man, I LOVE this little guy! LOL! I think I did pretty DAMN well for my first time!! I read an Internet article called How to Photograph Fireworks Displays and it was really and truly instrumental and teaching me the trade (no pun intended, LOL!) before I even got out there.

And for you guys keeping track of things from the Catcus blog entry I wrote, I finally went to my local Radio Shack this past Thursday and bought some black velcro (they call it hook-and-loop fasteners - why this is I have no idea. It's a dumb name!) for $3.49. You get a 4-piece strip (sounds like a KFC order ) with both male and female sides. Now the velcro matches/camouflages perfectly with the black color body of my camera instead of the white velcro I previously used.

So... have FUN looking at the pretty pictures below. I know I had the ultimate FUN shooting them. Be qool, y'all!