Upcoming Black And Cuba Screenings

Black_and_Cuba_poster_Final-page-0Dear Philadelphia and Atlanta,

Black And Cuba will be screened at two upcoming film festivals:


Black Star Film Festival (July 31 to August 3)

Black And Cuba screening (including Q&A with Director Robin J. Hayes)

Thursday, July 31 at 4:10pm

International House Philadelphia

3701 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Purchase tickets here: http://blackstarfest.org/event/details/black-and-cuba/


Pan-African Film Festival (August 7 to August 10)

Black And Cuba screening

Saturday, August 9 at 1:35pm

Plaza Theatre

1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE

Atlanta, GA 30306

Purchase tickets here: http://www.paff.org/paff-atl/passestickets/


Please pass along the screening info to your friends, families, colleagues and congregations


In solidarity,

Progressive Pupil

ANC Youth League After Mandela

A child climbs past defaced election posters during an election rally of President Jacob Zuma’s African National Congress (ANC) in Bekkersdal township south of Johannesburg. Image courtesy of the Baltimore Sun.

A child climbs past defaced election posters during an election rally of President Jacob Zuma’s African National Congress (ANC) in Bekkersdal township south of Johannesburg. Image courtesy of the Baltimore Sun.

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has a long history of militancy and pronounced nationalism, fighting against inequality that was once formalized under apartheid and now persists informally through institutionalized economic disparity and continued racism. Early on in the fight against apartheid, the Youth League – with Nelson Mandela as a founding member – had enormous influence in encouraging the ANC to engage in increasingly aggressive protests against the apartheid government, eventually leading to constitutional democracy in 1994. The Youth League’s determination for justice and equality has not been relinquished, even with ANC elected leadership.


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Don’t Call it a Comeback: Misogyny in Modern America

"Misogyny" courtesy of nessie666.deviantart,com

“Misogyny” courtesy of nessie666.deviantart,com

I started this post with the intention of posing a definition of misogyny, providing a couple examples, and wrapping it up. But, when I went onto UrbanDictionary.com to look up the definition for misogyny, the first thing that popped up was “Vampire Ass: an ass so juicy you just can help but sink your teeth into it.” Nevermind the two blatant misusages of grammar, this is a perfect example of how misogyny has infiltrated our every day thinking.


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Empire in 3D: The Installations of Yinka Shonibare


"Flower Time" instillation by Yinka Shonibare courtesy of stephenfriedman.com.

“Flower Time” instillation by Yinka Shonibare courtesy of stephenfriedman.com.

Yinka Shonibare is a British-Nigerian artist who is perhaps most known for his work on “colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization.” He suffers from a disorder called transverse myelitis, which has caused one side of his body to be paralyzed. According to Shonibare himself: “I do have a physical disability and I was determined that the scope of my creativity should not be restricted purely by my physicality. It would be like an architect choosing to build only what could be physically built by hand.”


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Review of the New Black



Many media outlets have praised ‘The New Black’ such as the Starpulse writer Jason Coleman, who writes “eye-opening stuff. Hands down a thought provoking film with equal parts energy and pathos”.


Progressive Classics: Settler Colonialism


Settler colonialism is the act of moving in and taking over. Wikipedia defines the term as a “specific colonial formation whereby foreign family units move into a region and reproduce.” Settler colonialism contains two distinct parts: migration and displacement through power. According to the writers at SettlerColonialStudies.org, not all people who migrate are colonizing settlers. Instead, “Settlers come to stay…They are founders of political orders who carry with them a distinct sovereign capacity. And settler colonialism is not colonialism: settlers want Indigenous people to vanish (but can make use of their labour before they are made to disappear).”


Avoid. Accommodate. Compromise. Repeat.


Delois Blakely at a 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. protest. Image courtesy of the New York Times.

Image courtesy of the New York Times

Editor’s Note: We like to keep profanity, violence, and misogyny to a minimum at Progressive Pupil, but we do not believe in stifling the voices of our writers and community. Be warned, there is some strong language to follow.  In their renowned text The Managerial Grid, Blake and Mouton describe 5 methods of coping with conflict: Collaborating, Competing, Accomodating, Avoiding and Compromising. Given racist stereotypes about Black people being violent, angry and overly emotional – do African Americans choose too frequently to accommodate, avoid, and compromise to fit in?  If so, what are the mental and physical consequences? (more…)

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Barefoot Diva

image courtesy of litlive.ru

Ms. Cesaria Evora was born on Cape Verde in 1941 and was known as the “Barefoot Diva” because she performed without shoes. She was orphaned at the age of seven and fame did not find her until the age of 47 and won a Grammy in 2003 for her album “Voz D’Amor”. Cise (as she was known to her friends) is considered the best Morna singer – where Morna is a genre of music similar to the blues. In fact The Washington Post compared her to American jazz singer Billie Holiday.


Submissions: Black August

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Progressive Pupil is looking forward to engaging and dissecting the Military Industrial Complex for Black August and we need your help!


Fact of Fiction: Overspending or Just Living

Bryan Cranston as Walter White from a GQ photoshoot. Image courtesy of GQ.com

Bryan Cranston as Walter White from a GQ photoshoot. Image courtesy of GQ.com

No matter what generation, there is always a subset of the population living above their means. But, when is enough, enough?