Rare Photos of Vintage Beauty Sophia Loren Rare Photos of Vintage Beauty Sophia Loren
Dance Theatre of Harlem’s first performance in 9 years, tomorrow at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. Dance Theatre of Harlem’s first performance in 9 years, tomorrow at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.
awakeningapril:

imadeva:

Please Share this photo as widely as possible.  This is Indonesia in Papua. Black people are still treated like slaves in Indonesian occupied West Papua. This photo shows hundreds of Melanesian Papuans being arrested and led away like animals by the Indonesian military and police after a peaceful pro-Papuan independence congress was being held on October 19th, 2011.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KupXhPh6cu4
Many of those seen here were also brutally tortured by the Indonesian military beforehand and at least 7 Papuan civilians were confirmed dead as a result of the crackdown by security forces. Indonesian police chief Imam Setiawan said it was his duty to “destroy anyone who would speak of a free West Papua”. West Papua is a nation which has been illegally occupied by Indonesia since 1963. Over 500,000 indigenous Papuans have been killed by the Indonesian military since their country was taken from them and they regularly face racism, torture and unspeakable human rights abuses from Indonesian forces.  Papuans are even banned from raising their national flag, singing traditional Papuan songs or from wearing traditional dress. There are Papuans serving 15 year jail sentences simply for raising the national flag of West Papua. Please help, visit www.freewestpapua.org and www.facebook.com/freewestpapua Don’t let the voice of West Papua go unheard. Thank you very much

This, is disgusting.  We get our culture, knowledge, and education from these people, and to disregard them in such a manner because of the color of their skin is a barbaric practice.  Spread the word!!!

awakeningapril:

imadeva:

Please Share this photo as widely as possible.
This is Indonesia in Papua.
Black people are still treated like slaves in Indonesian occupied West Papua.
This photo shows hundreds of Melanesian Papuans being arrested and led away like animals by the Indonesian military and police after a peaceful pro-Papuan independence congress was being held on October 19th, 2011.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KupXhPh6cu4

Many of those seen here were also brutally tortured by the Indonesian military beforehand and at least 7 Papuan civilians were confirmed dead as a result of the crackdown by security forces.
Indonesian police chief Imam Setiawan said it was his duty to “destroy anyone who would speak of a free West Papua”.

West Papua is a nation which has been illegally occupied by Indonesia since 1963.
Over 500,000 indigenous Papuans have been killed by the Indonesian military since their country was taken from them and they regularly face racism, torture and unspeakable human rights abuses from Indonesian forces.
Papuans are even banned from raising their national flag, singing traditional Papuan songs or from wearing traditional dress.
There are Papuans serving 15 year jail sentences simply for raising the national flag of West Papua.

Please help, visit www.freewestpapua.org and www.facebook.com/freewestpapua

Don’t let the voice of West Papua go unheard.

Thank you very much

This, is disgusting.  We get our culture, knowledge, and education from these people, and to disregard them in such a manner because of the color of their skin is a barbaric practice.  Spread the word!!!

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exiledpoetssociety:

South Africa. Basutoland (now Lesotho). Maseru. A boy plays an oil can guitar in the burned out ruins of his home during political violence. 1961
Ian Berry

exiledpoetssociety:

South Africa. Basutoland (now Lesotho). Maseru. A boy plays an oil can guitar in the burned out ruins of his home during political violence. 1961

Ian Berry

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Can’t say I agree with this article on how India.Arie’s lighter seeming complexion on the cover of her new single, “Cocoa Butter,” is “colorism-trolling” or a “stunt.”

India.Arie says this is a lighting effect, not the effect of skin bleaching.  But this Colorlines article says that India.Arie is engaging in black beauty blasphemy (really?) for even attempting to start a conversation about colorism.

What do you think?

Last Friday, thechanelmuse and I went to see the Blues for Smoke exhibition at the Whitney Museum. Before viewing Blues for Smoke, which was largely disappointing, we sat in on a poetry reading at the museum.  It was bad.  Here are my thoughts. If I’ve reached at least one poet/spoken word artist out there, my work is done…don’t do this to people.
Harryette Mullen speaks, and I think:
Why do they talk in that up-down way?
How many times you gon’ say that word though?
I don’t connect with poetry that isn’t written in the way people speak.
WTH?
How is this an award-winning poet?
Wow…..
She’s a bad performer.
Cornelius Eady speaks, and I think:
I can understand this. Yassss :)
I love gardenias. (As he recited, “The Gardenia”)
Please don’t sing if you can’t. Not cute. Not even close.
Inconclusiveness is unwelcome.
Patricia Smith speaks, and I think:
She loud.
She stutters a lot.
Yuck! I hate erotic poetry.
Isn’t she a bit old for this?
Why are people laughing? Not even funny.
Last part (of “Fame”) was good.
Fred Moten speaks, and I think:
Babe, that monotone voice is not a good performance device.
Some poetry should just be read silently, not aloud. Not by you.
I want Max Brenner’s milkshake & waffles.
Tracie Morris speaks, and I think:
Last one, thank you Jesus!
Don’t talk.  Just recite.
(She says, “This poem doesn’t have words.”) HAVE A SEAT!
I hate when poets sing. (She began singing in an operatic, high pitched, off-key voice.) It makes me embarrassed.  I feel angry for being subjected to her horrific indiscretionary pitch.
The Lord have mercy, Jesus!
Be over soon.  I don’t want to just walk out.
Afterward, that hussie had the nerve to perform with a band!  We promptly excused ourselves.

Last Friday, thechanelmuse and I went to see the Blues for Smoke exhibition at the Whitney Museum. Before viewing Blues for Smoke, which was largely disappointing, we sat in on a poetry reading at the museum.  It was bad.  Here are my thoughts. If I’ve reached at least one poet/spoken word artist out there, my work is done…don’t do this to people.

Harryette Mullen speaks, and I think:

  • Why do they talk in that up-down way?
  • How many times you gon’ say that word though?
  • I don’t connect with poetry that isn’t written in the way people speak.
  • WTH?
  • How is this an award-winning poet?
  • Wow…..
  • She’s a bad performer.

Cornelius Eady speaks, and I think:

  • I can understand this. Yassss :)
  • I love gardenias. (As he recited, “The Gardenia”)
  • Please don’t sing if you can’t. Not cute. Not even close.
  • Inconclusiveness is unwelcome.

Patricia Smith speaks, and I think:

  • She loud.
  • She stutters a lot.
  • Yuck! I hate erotic poetry.
  • Isn’t she a bit old for this?
  • Why are people laughing? Not even funny.
  • Last part (of “Fame”) was good.

Fred Moten speaks, and I think:

  • Babe, that monotone voice is not a good performance device.
  • Some poetry should just be read silently, not aloud. Not by you.
  • I want Max Brenner’s milkshake & waffles.

Tracie Morris speaks, and I think:

  • Last one, thank you Jesus!
  • Don’t talk.  Just recite.
  • (She says, “This poem doesn’t have words.”) HAVE A SEAT!
  • I hate when poets sing. (She began singing in an operatic, high pitched, off-key voice.) It makes me embarrassed.  I feel angry for being subjected to her horrific indiscretionary pitch.
  • The Lord have mercy, Jesus!
  • Be over soon.  I don’t want to just walk out.

Afterward, that hussie had the nerve to perform with a band!  We promptly excused ourselves.

Bey & Jay’s trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth anniversary has some lawmakers and some Cuban-Americans questioning and even despising their decision to go to Cuba.
I understand that Cuba is torturing some of its people, but so is the US…. And there are lots of people, especially blacks, living in extreme poverty in Cuba.  The same happens in the US and all over the world…
Despite injustices, which are most definitely unfortunate, life does go on.
On another note, I’m kind of upset that Bey is jackin Solange’s style.  She’s cute and all, just seems like she’s playing dress-up. Bey & Jay’s trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth anniversary has some lawmakers and some Cuban-Americans questioning and even despising their decision to go to Cuba.
I understand that Cuba is torturing some of its people, but so is the US…. And there are lots of people, especially blacks, living in extreme poverty in Cuba.  The same happens in the US and all over the world…
Despite injustices, which are most definitely unfortunate, life does go on.
On another note, I’m kind of upset that Bey is jackin Solange’s style.  She’s cute and all, just seems like she’s playing dress-up.

Bey & Jay’s trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth anniversary has some lawmakers and some Cuban-Americans questioning and even despising their decision to go to Cuba.

I understand that Cuba is torturing some of its people, but so is the US…. And there are lots of people, especially blacks, living in extreme poverty in Cuba.  The same happens in the US and all over the world…

Despite injustices, which are most definitely unfortunate, life does go on.

On another note, I’m kind of upset that Bey is jackin Solange’s style.  She’s cute and all, just seems like she’s playing dress-up.

Gentrification has Berlin’s long-time residents heated.  Like in New York, and in other parts of the country I’m sure, “hipsters” or artsy types looking for cheap rent actually raise the price of living to prices that working-class residents just can’t afford.

It has Germans so upset, that they are protesting the demolition of preserved parts of the Berlin wall, which they live above.