Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Between screening Black and Cuba and working on my new multi-platform project 9 GRAMS, I’ve spent some time this summer thinking about the Black woman’s image. Of course in one way or another I’ve been thinking about it my entire life by looking in the mirror and beholding the relentless glamour of my mother and grandmother while I was growing up. In creating films that center Black women’s perspectives and – frankly- a lifetime of struggling to valorize my own, I’ve come to realize the most empowering and aesthetically beautiful representations of Black women are the ones we create ourselves.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on September 1, 2016
Korryn Davies, 23, now among The Counted.
In memory of Korryn Gaines, who was killed today in front of her 5 year old son by Baltimore police, please take a moment and look at The Counted. Published by The Guardian, The Counted is an online database of people killed by police in the U.S. It appears Korryn Gaines will be number 631 in 2016.
The police officers involved attempted to arrest Korryn for failing to appear in court to answer nonviolent traffic charges.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on August 2, 2016
Renowned scholar Dr. Kali Gross discusses how this Progressive Pupil production shows the international impact of mass incarceration and racial profiling. Read here.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on July 18, 2016
Produced by Progressive Pupil’s Executive Director Robin J. Hayes, the 9 Grams play follows a Hollywood screenwriter (Maisha Yearwood) who is placed in solitary confinenent in a Turkish prison because of where she’s from and how she loves. The play is part of a transmedia project that aims to illuminate Black women and the LGBTQ community are impacted by mass incarceration. The next staged reading of the play is part of the ProudAF Theater Festival in New York City. July 16, 2016. Tickets available at thetanknyc.org.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on June 27, 2016
Off to Haiti! Black and Cuba will be screening at the annual Caribbean Studies Association conference. I’ll be answering questions and hearing feedback afterwards. It is my first trip to Haiti and I’ve already learned so much in preparation.
Did you know:
- Haiti has a lower homicide rate than the Dominican Republic and Jamaica?
- Vodun which we call “Voodoo” accepts followers of all genders and sexual orientations?
- The first place Columbus landed in Haiti in 1492 was renamed Limonade ?
Being a Black revolutionary often requires making lemons into Limonade. I’ll be sharing more of my journey during the next two weeks on The Progress and Instagram @robinjhayes.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on June 4, 2016
See a 1982 concert by the legend
Our hearts go out to the entire Paisley Park family. May he rest in power.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on April 21, 2016