See Yourself Clearly

Faces and Phases Exhibition.  South African lesbian artist Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of artnews.org

Faces and Phases Exhibition. South African lesbian artist Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of artnews.org

Is your nonprofit organizing an empowering local event? Is a neighborhood gallery or community-based museum exhibiting your art? Are you an independent filmmaker, writer or musician creating work that inspires and excites? Share your creativity and political action with us so we can share it with the world. Email community@progressivepupil.org a photo or video clip with a few words about your event, art exhibition or current project so that you and other progressive pupils can see your work clearly on our blog, Facebook and Twitter.

What Do You Think?

Girl reading comic book in newsstand, c. 1940–1945. Photograph by Charles “Teenie” Harris courtesy of Eyes on Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Art

Girl reading comic book in newsstand, c. 1940–1945. Photograph by Charles “Teenie” Harris courtesy of Eyes on Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

This blog along with Progressive Pupil’s social media, internship program and the documentary Black and Cuba are all how we fulfill our goal to make Black studies for everybody and encourage participation in grassroots organizations. We want to help you be informed, empowered and supported.

Your input is essential to our success. Any Black studies questions you’d like us to answer? Any issues or organizations you want to see more of? Want us to spread the word about your great nonprofit or activist collective? Would you like to share your art, poetry or upcoming film? Get in touch with us so we can share what you need. You can reach us in the comments section of this post or by emailing us at vedan.a@progressivepupil.org. You can also let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter. We’re already excited to hear from you!

Request Lines are Open

Don Cheadle, as legendary Washington DC activist and radio DJ Petey Greene in the 2007 film Talk to To Me.

Your voice is important and powerful. We want you to be heard. Want us to spread the word about your great nonprofit or activist collective? Any Black studies questions you’d like us to answer?  Would you like Progressive Pupil to share your art, poetry or upcoming film screening? Our request lines are always open.

Get in touch so we can share more of what you need on the Progressive Pupil’s blog and social media. You can reach us by leaving a comment or by emailing us at progressivepupil@beautifulmes.com. You can also let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

We are excited to hear from you. Your input is essential to our success.

May Day!

May Day postcard courtesy of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project archive.

May Day postcard courtesy of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project archive.

See yourself in our blog this May, when we will celebrate Organized Labor, Immigrants’ Rights and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Progressive Pupil makes Black studies for everybody so we are looking for visual art, original short films, essays and photography that discuss these issues as they relate to the history, politics and cultures of communities of African descent either within the US or internationally.  We are also interested in press releases and announcements about related social justice work you are doing in your community.

To be considered for publication in May, please send us a brief proposal, press release or flyer to progressivepupil@beautifulmes.com no later than April 25.  We look forward to hearing from you.

What do You Think?

Two young women eating caramel apples, c. 1940–1945. Photograph by Charles “Teenie” Harris courtesy of Eyes on Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Two young women eating caramel apples, c. 1940–1945. Photograph by Charles “Teenie” Harris courtesy of Eyes on Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Museum of Art.

This blog along with Progressive Pupil’s social media, internship program and the documentary Black and Cuba are all how we fulfill our goal to make Black studies for everybody and encourage participation in grassroots organizations. We want to help you be informed, empowered and supported.

Your input is essential to our success. Any Black studies questions you’d like us to answer? Any issues or organizations you want to see more of? Want us to spread the word about your great nonprofit or activist collective? Would you like to share your art, poetry or upcoming film? Get in touch with us so we can share what you need. You can reach us in the comments section of this post or by emailing us at progressivepupil@beautifulmes.com. You can also let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter. We’re already excited to hear from you!

Facing Race, Defining Justice and Making Change

On November 15-17, 2012, racial justice think tank, the Applied Research Center (ARC) and publisher of Colorlines, will host the 2012 Facing Race National Conference. Just ten days after the 2012 Presidential Election, this discussion is the forefront of a critical dialogue about racial justice and social activism and it is timely. More than 1,000 educators, journalists, artists, leaders, and activists are anticipated to attend, along with a stellar lineup of presenters.  The conference is the largest national multi-racial assembly of its kind.

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Brooklyn to Beirut: Art and Theater against AIDS

Join Black and Cuba community partner Sophia Dawson for an evening of Fine Art and Theater at Brooklyn’s South Oxford Space on August 18th. Dawson’s latest works will be auctioned off at Brooklyn to Beirut, an event that will include a talk-back, a solo dance performance by Fela! cast member Danny Soto, and a performance by Paige Gilbert and Khiry Walker. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to HIV/AIDS research, outreach and provide scholarships for students studying Fine and Performing arts. If you are unable to attend, donations are greatly appreciated, and encouraged.

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Twenty Years of African Voices

African Voices Magazine is celebrating their 20th Anniversary on Friday, April 6th from 6:30-8 PM with a free event at the Kumble Theater at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus (DeKalb & Flatbush Aves).

The event, “Twenty Years of African Voices” will be an exciting retrospective celebrating the organization’s influence in art, literature, film, theater and dance. Launched as a literary arts magazine, African Voices is most noted for publishing the best poetry, fiction and art by emerging artists. The celebration will include featured performances by poets Ekere Tallie and Derick Cross; Voice Lessons, a one-act play written by acclaimed playwright Cesi Davidson and directed by Mary Hodges; and a preview from dance choreographer Germaul Barnes’ Black Buddha. RSVP here and call 718-488-1624 or 212-865-2982 for more information. While the event is free, donations are welcomed.