Thank you so much to Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company for this amazing opportunity to connect with, engage with, and learn from the community. The denial of access to quality public education is a fundamental tactic of systems designed to oppress those with whom we struggle for justice. We must combat these systems. The models that advocate exclusively for privatization and massive closures benefit those who are positioned to make the most money off of those models. Thanks to the audience for helping me see this more clearly. Thanks to the art form that you offer the world for creating the environment for us to courageously explore and for amplifying suppressed voices.
a sampling of some of the strong, brilliant, capable, hopeful, tired, wise, unbothered, unapologetic women I've been blessed to meet around the world.
March 08, 2017
International Women's Day
Reading of BLACK IS FOREVER at The Art of Anger, a gathering of students, faculty, and staff to present their favorite readings from poetry, literature, philosophy, and theory that seem to respond to the wrongs of the world. This event featured special (but not exclusive) focus on Literature from the Banned Seven and readings in honor of Black History Month presented by Global and Post Colonial Studies.
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In today's recap phone call, we were celebrating receiving an email about a potential international collaboration with Brazil based Afro Guerrilha . In the email they mentioned hearing about us on blavity.com After heading over to the site, we saw this article about Self-Care Tips for Black Males on the front page. After reading the article we were geeked to see the influence we had on it.
We don't do this for the accolades or features but to impact change in our communities. But this was dope. And affirming. And a total surprise. And we are so grateful.
Let's keep caring for each other. Let's keep caring for ourselves.
Shout out to Jamal Myrick for "getting hipped to the movement" and for incorporating it into this article.
I have written
the vision for Black Men Smile™ so many times.
Every time I do, more is revealed to me,
more responsibility is placed upon me,
more desires to come through me.
Let it all be so.
Pull your pants up.
That's what's wrong with them.
Prison Bound. Jail Bait.
Put on a belt.
You might as well not even be wearing any pants.
If you respect yourself, other people might respect you.
Take your pants off.
Turning back time.
The good ole days.
Music's biggest night.
Celebrate good times.
Video by Carlton Mackey
with Devan Dunson
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
See Also Photos from Protest by Isaiah
do it. and may it scare the fear out of you. -cm