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Trailer for Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask

DVD and 35mm
52 minutes, 1996, United Kingdom
Director: Isaac Julien, Producer: Mark Nash for the Arts Council of England
in English and French with English subtitles

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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

— Lao Tzu (via your-maj3sty)

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But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.

— Daphné du Maurier (via howtocatchamonster)

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African women—women from Africa, women expected to speak for and as Africa, women invited to events to be African—face the daunting burden of speaking, but not too well; understanding, but not too fluently; responding, but not too abrasively; knowing, but not too comprehensively. And always, always, upholding their dignity as African women. U.S.-based institutions invite African women to be African women: we want colorful head dressings so we can ooh and aah, appropriately chunky jewelry that socially conscious students can emulate, and down-home wisdom rendered in proverbs and riddles, references to ancient wisdom and secret knowledge.

Chimamanda Adichie visited the University of Maryland to participate in the Dean’s Lecture Series, and she said “fuck, fuck.”

It happened early during her session. And here’s the context. She described walking near her ancestral home, on the way to visit a favorite uncle. A woman who was walking ahead of her slipped and fell and said, “fuck, fuck.” And so Chimamanda repeated, “fuck, fuck,” several times as she told the story. In fact, the story became the words, “fuck, fuck.”

I loved this moment of her session. It was perfectly pitched. Calibrated to manage our expectations of Africanité. With this one gesture, Chimamanda refused to assume the mantle of the sage-like African woman who knows a lot, but not enough to ever intimidate U.S. hosts, who are all too willing to explain local customs.

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Why don’t you live for the people.
Why don’t you struggle for the people.
Why don’t you die for the people.

Fred Hampton

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Zoom thebowerbirds:

Source: Covet Garden
Lovely industrial bedroom. Great balance of colour!


Source: Covet Garden

Lovely industrial bedroom. Great balance of colour!

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Let me say this, though: I am SICK & TIRED of white people attempting to define what racism is. Especially when it is an attempt to define it to a person of color.

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