Essay: What sparked #TripleConsciousness

rasujilani:

I was recently asked to write an essay for brooklynmuseum to give context on the inspiration, inception, and development of #TripleConsciousness. For more information about the program, click here: https://tripleconsciousness.splashthat.com/

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"In 2013, I attended a Park Armory work-in-progress presentation of Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room, produced by MAPP International Productions. The performance addressed ideas of the archetypal Black female in America culture, and I found myself experiencing various streams of consciousness. The ideas were drawn from history, stereotypes, pop culture, and science fiction with source materials like Moms Mabley, Beyoncé, Kathy Acker and Samuel R. Delany. 

I was left with a question: “What impact does the Black woman’s image in pop culture have on America?” I explored and discussed the idea for several months before approaching Shay Wafer of 651 ARTS with the idea of producing a discussion series about Black Femininity. Shay explained that 651 ARTS was producing the Geneva Project directed by Charlotte Brathwaite, which also seeks to examine black femininity through the lens of tradition and cultural remembrance. 

We decided to expand on the concept to include artists and cultural thinkers who focus on themes of Black female identity. Ebony Noelle Golden was commissioned to curate conversations that would broaden our ideas of Black women in America. She added deeper questions that helped anchor the discussion and enlisted the participation of powerful women who rarely appear together on these types of forums. These shared efforts make Triple Consciousness a collaborative platform for exercising the democratic voice in reimagining Black female identity in America.”

-          Rasu Jilani

A new season means new opportunities, new friendships, and new ideas. In our case, it means new music and new collaborations. So, we’re excited to present our Fall mix, Sistas and the Equinox by DJ Mekeva McNeil of Art on Wax. From the new favs like The Internet and Zara McFarlane to funky twists on some of the R&B classics, DJ Mekeva has created a perfectly balanced soundscape for a day when the elements are aligned in our favor. We couldn’t think of a better way to usher in nature’s moment of harmony. But truthfully, whatever this transition brings for you, we’re hoping this score fits the mood perfectly.

Connect with DJ Mekeva on twitter: twitter.com/art_on_wax and on Instagram: instagram.com/art_on_wax

We’re social too! Facebook: facebook.com/zoramagazine and Twitter: twitter.com/zoramagazine

Cover Art Photo Credit: @sansanzabeth

Track List

1. Janelle Monae-Dance Or Die (Nirobi Re Edit)
2. Beyoncé-Best Thing I Never Had (Lars B Remix)
3. Corrine Bailey Ray-Like A Star (Cecil’s Mind Mix)
4. Laura Mvula-She (Hissy Fit Remix)
5. Melissa Nkonda-Africa (TheTronicsound Edit)
6. Zara McFarlane feat. Leron Thomas-Angie La La (Yoruba Soul Dub)
7. Miguel Migs-Close Your Eyes (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
8. Erykah Badu + A1-Bump It (DJ A1 REMIX)
9. Janet Jackson-If (Kaytranada Rmx)
10. Sade-Nothing Can Come Between Us (Pomo Edit)
11. The Internet - Dontcha
12. TheeSatisfaction-Queens (The Internet Mix)
13. Aaliyah-Rock the Boat (shmallen Remix)
14. Lianne La Havas-Forget (Shlohmo Remix)
15. Georgia Anne Muldrow/Mos Def-Roses (Go Yama Remix)

The amazing @bettysdaughter1 is the keynote for this years @blackgirlproj Sisterhood Summit! She is awesome, and it will be awesome.
From BGC: A program of The Black Girl Project, the Sisterhood Summit began in 2011 as a way give young women and girls from across Brooklyn, the opportunity to come together in a nurturing atmosphere to explore issues that are important to them.

The amazing @bettysdaughter1 is the keynote for this years @blackgirlproj Sisterhood Summit! She is awesome, and it will be awesome.

From BGC: A program of The Black Girl Project, the Sisterhood Summit began in 2011 as a way give young women and girls from across Brooklyn, the opportunity to come together in a nurturing atmosphere to explore issues that are important to them.

blackgirlmentalhealth:

Carefree Black Girl: The Life And Death Of Karyn Washington

The 22-year-old old creator of the For Brown Girls blog and the #DarkSkinRedLip project epitomized the Tumblr-popularized image of a Carefree Black Girl. After news of her suicide spread this spring, many were left asking: How could a woman whose mission was to uplift others take her own life?

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We are so excited to be part of the 10th Annual Fort Green Summer Lit Fest! This year will again feature amazing writers including:  Five Quarterly  co-founder Vanessa Gabb; Lit Fest vets Danny Simmons, Jr. and Sapphire; BlackGirl Mansion author Angel Nafis; and prize-winning poet and children’s author Willie Perdomo. Our Master of Ceremonies is writer and WFMU deejay Gaylord Fields.

We are so excited to be part of the 10th Annual Fort Green Summer Lit Fest! This year will again feature amazing writers including:  Five Quarterly  co-founder Vanessa Gabb; Lit Fest vets Danny Simmons, Jr. and Sapphire; BlackGirl Mansion author Angel Nafis; and prize-winning poet and children’s author Willie Perdomo. Our Master of Ceremonies is writer and WFMU deejay Gaylord Fields.

Notes on Anger: A recap

zoramagazine:

In partnership with NY Writers Coalition and MoCADA, we will be presenting selected readings from our current issue on July 24th. You won’t want to miss this evening with readers, writers, and storytellers: RSVP now

About this issue: Guest edited by poet Arisa WhiteNotes on Anger is a phenomenal series that explores the ways in which black women have, as Audre Lorde notes, traveled through the dominions of anger. This fantastic series features writers: Monica A. Hand, Idrissa Louise, adrienne maree brown, Joshunda Sanders, Metta Sáma, Tara Betts, Angelique V. Nixon and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan.

Cover art by: Tiffany Latrice

If you’re in NY tomorrow night, come thru.

In partnership with NY Writers Coalition and MoCADA, we will be presenting selected readings from our current issue on July 24th. You won’t want to miss this evening with readers, writers, and storytellers: RSVP now

About this issue: Guest edited by poet Arisa WhiteNotes on Anger is a phenomenal series that explores the ways in which black women have, as Audre Lorde notes, traveled through the dominions of anger. This fantastic series features writers: Monica A. Hand, Idrissa Louise, adrienne maree brown, Joshunda Sanders, Metta Sáma, Tara Betts, Angelique V. Nixon and Mecca Jamilah Sullivan.

Cover art by: Tiffany Latrice

art21:

"I don’t think that my work is actually effectively dealing with history. I think of my work as subsumed by history or consumed by history." —Kara Walker

New episode from Art21’s Exclusive series: An in-depth look at the creation of Kara Walker’s monumental public project for Creative Time, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby (2014), at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY.

WATCH: Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”

IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”. © Art21, Inc. 2014.

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sincecombahee:

Black Folk Don’t: Do Feminism

May 11, 2014 by 

Published on Dec 23, 2013: There have been many conversations about the definition of feminism and who falls neatly (or not so neatly) within that definition. From Shirley Chisholm to Audre Lorde, this episode gets into it all so watch and let us know what you think. Tune in to new episodes every Monday, and share your thoughts with @blackfolkdont on Twitter. A special presentation of BlackPublicMedia.org, directed by Angela Tucker, and supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Source: everyday feminism

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