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

The REEL Black Same Gender Loving Filmography Resource (A 24/7 ONLINE FILM DATABASE)

The REEL Black Same Gender Loving Filmography Resource (A 24/7 ONLINE FILM DATABASE)
Click The Pic To Access The Film Library Database! (166 Films)
LAST UPDATE: Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

White Scripts and Black Supermen:
Black Masculinities In American Comic Books

A Documentary Film by Jonathan Gayles


I LOVE comic books and this is just rich!! I DEFINITELY WANNA SEE THIS FILM...

Official Website: BlackSuperMen.com

Jonathan Gayles, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of African-American Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A., Psychology), Winthrop University (M.S., School Psychology) and the University of South Florida (Ph.D., applied anthropology). His primary areas of interest include the anthropology of education, educational policy, Black masculinity, race and ethnicity as well as critical media studies.

An avid comic book reader as an adolescent, he was often frustrated by the general absence of African-American superheroes. He identified with the few African-American superheroes that he did discover primarily because they too were African-American men. As an adult and with a growing interest in the critical engagement of Black masculinity, his retrospective consideration of these characters has greatly diminished his fondness for the characters. With adult eyes, he was shocked by much of what he read in the comic books that he so loved as a child. In preparing a paper on the subject for an academic conference, he encountered a growing body of scholarship on race and representation in comic books. Furthermore, he was introduced to communities of scholars and artists that critique representations of African-Americans in comic books and create their own representations of African-Americans in the genre. After deciding to produce a documentary, he bought a Canon XHA1S, attended an intensive summer documentary film institute offered by Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies and began shooting during the fall of 2009.

New African-American U.S. Postal Stamps Released - New KWANZAA Stamp and A Set of Romare Bearden Stamps

The United States Postal Service has just released some new African-American stamps...

First, the Romare Bearden 4-design collection came out September 28th, 2011. Romare Bearden (1911-1988) was one of the 20th century's most distinguished American artists. His art has been praised for depicting the complexities of African-American experience while addressing universal themes, and is in the permanent collections of major museums across the nation. Though he created works in many media, he is particularly celebrated for his groundbreaking approach to collage. Using various materials, including cut papers, foil, and fabrics, he transformed collage into a forceful means of expression with mainstream appeal. Four collages by Bearden, described in order from left to right below, appear on the Romare Bearden (Forever) stamp sheet.

Second, we have the latest iteration of the KWANZAA stamp for 2011 which was released October 14th. The stamp art, a highly symbolic design, depicts a family celebrating KWANZAA. The prominent colors in the artwork represent the colors of the KWANZAA flag — green for growth, red for blood, and black for the African people. Artist Daniel Minter created the stamp design.

KWANZAA, the African-American cultural holiday conceived and developed by Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga, was first celebrated on December 26th, 1966. Kwanzaa is traditionally celebrated from December 26 through January 1, with each day focused on Nguzo Saba, or the seven principles. Derived from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits", KWANZAA is rooted in the first harvest celebrations practiced in various cultures in Africa. KWANZAA seeks to enforce a connectedness to African cultural identity, provide a focal point for the gathering of African peoples, and to reflect upon the Nguzo Saba, or the seven principles, that have sustained Africans. Though KWANZAA is NOT a religious observance, but a cultural affirmation and celebration, Africans and African-Americans of all religious faiths and backgrounds practice KWANZAA.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Egbe JagunJagun Presents An
African Cultural Event
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 / 2PM - 6PM
Harlem, New York City

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Egbe JagunJagun
Will Sponsor An
African Cultural Event

Singing, Drumming and Dancing

In Honor Of
Elegba, Ogun & Ochossi

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
2PM - 6PM

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building
Ar Gallery - 2nd Floor
163 West 125th Street
(Between Lenox Avenue & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd)
Harlem, New York City

For More Information
Please Call 212/283-4035
email: egbejagunjagun[at]yahoo.com

Saturday, October 8, 2011

4th Annual Q Black Cinema Film Festival
Oct. 21st - Oct. 23rd, 2011
Long Island University (Bklyn Campus)
Spike Lee Screening Room

About Queer Black Cinema:

Queer Black Cinema International Festival (QBC Film Fest), created by Angel L. Brown-Ross in 2008 is an Avant-garde film festival that will bring you the best films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world.

Queer Black Cinema International Festival (QBC Film Fest), created by Angel L. Brown in 2008 is an Avant-garde film festival that will bring you the best films about the Black LGBT experience from around the world. The three-day festival consists of showcasing films by both gay and straight award-winning filmmakers of African descent. The festival also includes industry lead panel discussions and workshops, great networking social events/parties, closing with a prestigious Award ceremony, honoring officially selected film makers. The Annual Film Festival takes place mid- October. All are welcome to attend regardless of their sexual orientation, race or gender. We aim to enlighten, educate and entertain our audience with socially conscious films while providing an open forum for the community-at-large to discuss various issues dealing with the Black community and beyond in a safe environment.

WORKSHOPS #1 (Discussion) $10 advance /$20 at the door
WORKSHOPS #2 (Reading) $5 advance / $10 at the door
PARTIES FREE/discount for Badge holders until varies times (see event listing)

QBC Film Festival Facbook Page

Monday, October 3, 2011

Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC
October 1st, 2011 - February 12th, 2012; Featuring Kehinde Wiley, Basquiat, more...

Sleep by Kehinde Wiley

Official Exhibit Website: corcoran.org/30americans

October 1st, 2011 through February 12th, 2012
Washington, DC

30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

30 Americans is a wide-ranging survey of work by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. Selected from the Rubell Family Collection, the exhibition brings together seminal figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hammons with younger and emerging artists such as Kehinde Wiley and Shinique Smith. Often provocative and challenging, 30 Americans focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture. It explores how each artist reckons with the notion of black identity in America, navigating such concerns as the struggle for civil rights, popular culture, and media imagery. At the same time, it highlights artistic legacy and influence, tracing subject matter and formal strategies across generations.

P.S.>> Kehinde Wiley, who is one of my favorite African-American artists (and same gender loving [SGL]), is one of the 30 featured artists.

Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Gallery Ph: (202) 639-1700

The main entrance is located on Seventeenth Street between New York Avenue and E Street NW.

Wednesday 10AM – 5PM
Thursday 10AM – 9PM
Friday 10AM – 5PM
Saturday 10AM – 5PM
Sunday 10AM – 5PM

CLOSED Monday & Tuesday

Admission Pricing
Tickets for 30 Americans are now on sale.
Adults $10
Seniors (62+) / Students (with valid ID) $8
Children under 12 FREE
Members FREE