often on the edge

it is where I LIVE,
it is where I LOVE,
it is where I LAUGH

Deadpan (Steve McQueen, 1997)

Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen—now best known for his feature films, Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave—put himself in the line of fire in Deadpan (1997), a restaging of Buster Keaton’s falling house gag from Steamboat Bill Jr. McQueen does more than remake the stunt; his presence as a black man transforms the work into a commentary on race relations and the precariousness of the black experience. 

"Damage Control: How Artists Destroy to Create Art"

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blackpoemusic:

Discover the reason whySo tiny human midgetExists at allSo scared unwiseBut expect nothing. Live frugallyOn surprise.
Expect nothing (fragment) by Alice Walker

blackpoemusic:

Discover the reason why
So tiny human midget
Exists at all
So scared unwise
But expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.

Expect nothing (fragment) by Alice Walker

'Isn't a kind of a trip to know you have your own action figure?' 'It’s pretty dope.’ (c)

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Pew Center: Only a Quarter of Americans Consider Pres. Obama 'Black'

ccording to new survey data from the Pew Research Center, only a 27 percent of Americans consider President Obama “Black,” while just over half (52%) view him as “mixed race.” The data prompted many declare the findings “fascinating” and wonder if this signals yet another (slow) shift toward Post-Racial America. But there’s just one problem.

Can’t a person be both?

As Jenée Desmond-Harris writes in The Root, biracial people with a Black parent have historically identified (or have been seen) as Black. It’s not an either/or proposition.

The only thing fascinating (read: frustrating) is why Pew would force people to choose between these two options. By setting up “black” and “mixed race” as mutually exclusive, as it appears to have done in the “Obama: Black or Mixed Race” (emphasis mine) portion of its poll, it offered Americans a misleading choice that doesn’t reflect their social reality, and certainly doesn’t tell us anything new about how they see their president.

If participants were, in fact, forced to choose between the two options, knowing that Obama self-identifies as black and knowing, too, that he has a white parent and a black parent, it makes sense to assume that many people simply picked the most specific option: “mixed race.”


That does not, by any stretch of the imagination, mean they say “no” to his being black.

…So, although some people with President Obama’s same background might adamantly choose “biracial” or “mixed race” or “just human,” for many others (this writer included), being mixed race is simply the specific way in which they’re black.

In other words, asking Americans whether Obama is black or mixed-race is like making them decide whether he lives in the White House or in Washington, D.C., whether he’s the president or a lawyer, and whether his wife is the first lady or the founder of Let’s Move.

Asking respondents to answer whether President Obama is mixed race or Black seems like a curious question, especially considering Pew did not also have an option to classify him as White—but we already know why that option wasn’t available.

Despite half of respondents classifying the President as “mixed race,” being biracial has not protected him from the racist arrows slung by his most ardent critics looking to delegitimize his presidency because a Black family now occupies the White House.

talesofthestarshipregeneration:

colleenrants:

The Mangbetu people, from the Congo River basin, are best known for their practice of head elongation.  Their skill in music, art, and metallurgy are also remarkable.

weird. why on earth would their head elongation be the best known thing about them? Among whom are they best known for this? and what does it about those watchers that this is the item about these people that they choose to fixate on? 

blackpoemusic:

(…) In remembrance of today is the sad feelings of tomorrow (…)”
African Herbsman by Bob Marley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA35KQurdJM

blackpoemusic:

(…) In remembrance of today 
is the sad feelings of tomorrow (…)”

African Herbsman by Bob Marley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA35KQurdJM