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
Posted by Progressive Pupil on December 30, 2015
(from l. to r.) Rachel Dolezal, Dorian Corey and Andrea Smith
I am, in the words of Black twitter, #ActualBlack. I say this not to endorse “identity policing” but to point out:
- I have parents, grandparents and great grandparents who were forced to cope with the following forms of White supremacy (in chronological order): the TransAtlantic Slave Trade, lynching, segregation, mass incarceration, and microaggressions.
- My body, skin, hair, voice, accent (or lack of accent), sashay, and personal aesthetics are to some degree disturbing in all public and private institutions (except for prisons and the morgue).
- I did not sign up for this club, but I am proud to be a member.
In all seriousness, I have been thinking a lot about the question: Why has the outing of Rachel Dolezal and Andrea Smith as White – allegedly – caused such a sensation?
Posted by Progressive Pupil on July 13, 2015
Dr. Robin J. Hayes, director of the award-winning documentary Black and Cuba will be on New York City’s WBAI today Tuesday April 14 at 2pm EST to discuss the film and “Feeling a Foreigner” on the Artsy Fartsy Show. Listen live or download here.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on April 14, 2015
The Harlem Chorus, narrators of Black and Cuba
The award-winning documentary Black and Cuba is now available for streaming. The film follows street smart students who are outcast at their elite university, band together and adventure to Cuba, whose population is 60% Black. Black and Cuba’s release comes on the heels of President Obama’s announcement that the US will thaw relations with Cuba and ease travel restrictions to the island. See the film and see Cuba for yourself. This weekend only, the filmmakers are offering a limited number of 10% discounts to subscribers in order to express their gratitude for your support. Go to Vimeo on Demand and use the promo code SHAKUR15.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on April 3, 2015
Progressive Pupil New Leader for Social Change Claudie Mabry Registers Voters
Today, too few of us will make our voices heard at ballot boxes throughout the United States. The representatives chosen to speak and decide for us at local, state and national levels in these mid-term elections will have a great deal of power over many of the things that matter to us most: such as how our children are educated, whether we feel safe with police officers in the street, the conditions in which we work, and how much we are compensated for our work. Voting is an important way we can use our power, but too many of us have been falsely convinced that we do not have any power at all. (Click here to find out about the voter identification laws in your state).
Posted by Progressive Pupil on November 4, 2014