The Club of the Unloved: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

The Club of the Unloved: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

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Made this because there was some discussion of Shanaynay from Martin representing brown women in the 1990s as “masculine”, unattractive and a joke in media and I beg to differ. Some of these women may be overlooked in your mind, but they were acknowledged for their beauty, sex appeal, wholesomeness, girl-next-door characters.


There’s a reason you’re more likely to find imagery from Martin’s Shanaynay character in pop culture than any of these pics. Folks choose to ignore black beauty & femininity.

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#black  #beautiful  #media 
"This was all about trying to bring music back to the status of high art. " -Wissam Khodur/Eslam Jawaad

"Creating Music Fit for Museums"  
By Chris Newbould  
April 1, 2014 

The internet has been on fire over the last few days since the announcement of the hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan’s ambitious plan for their next album. The veteran rappers hope to take music back to the status of high art by releasing Once Upon a Time in Shaolin as one single copy of the master CD, housed in a silver-and-nickel box created by the Moroccan-British artist Yahya.

Initially, the unique artefact will tour museums and galleries, where fans will be able to listen to the album in situ alongside visuals and possible appearances from Clan members. Following its world tour, the single copy will be sold to the highest bidder for what the band expects to be a multimillion dollar sum. Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh, the Morocco-based Wu-Tang member who has produced the latest opus, explains: “When I started making this album, I just wanted to make an album that paid no attention to the rules. I knew from the outset that what I was going to do with this album was bigger than me and bigger than Wu-Tang.

“Nobody else has a copy of this record, even the rest of the Clan. That secrecy is vital or the whole project is ruined.”

He adds: “I wanted to take music back to the days when a record was a moment in life to remember. The longevity of a record just doesn’t exist anymore in the era of downloading, and, in many cases, music has been devalued to the point of it being free. Artists such as Beethoven and Mozart are held in the same high esteem as Picasso and Michelangelo, so why can’t Dr Dre or RZA have a similar value to a US$50 million [Dh184m] painting by Andy Warhol? That pushed me to come up with this idea, and figure the only difference is exclusivity. There’s only one painting, and you can’t duplicate it, so I decided to take a music album and limit it to one copy in the same way.”

One part of this story that hasn’t been widely reported is that one of the album’s executive producers is the Dubai-based Wissam Khodur, by day a managing partner at Ohm Events, by night the successful rapper Eslam Jawaad.

“I was signed to the Ringz label as an artist back in 2004, and we both had a strong interest in the business side of music, so we became business partners,” Khodur recalls. “When this project came along, I took on the financial management and co-executive produced it while he produced it musically.”

It’s a fascinating concept, but the cynic in me can’t help noticing that the Wu-Tang Clan have another new album due to drop with a full commercial release in the very near future, too. Could there be an element of marketing involved here?

“When we started on this project five years ago, we just wanted to make a fantastic album,” Khodur insists. “The reception has been amazing, so it’s already achieved a lot in terms of promotion value. There were something like 60,000 tweets per minute when the news came out, but this was all about trying to bring music back to the status of high art. Of course it’ll help the follow-up album, too. No one is upset about that, but ultimately we’re trying to revolutionise how music is sold and hopefully pave the way for other artists to do similar things.”

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#museum  #Chris Newbould  #wutang  #high art 
Roger Brown Study Collection SAIC

Roger Brown Study Collection SAIC

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Roger Brown Study Collection SAIC

Roger Brown Study Collection SAIC

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This Sunday evening, I supported the Trans community from my living room couch. So much sparkle, Beyonce dubs, weave and pride. What a beautiful moment to highlight, Gloria Allen, among others, for all they have done for their community. 

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#trans100  #chicago  #transgender  #transsexual  #trans 

I’m so proud of my good friend @marianmereba she just opened up for Jazmine Sullivan in London. I love when my friends inspire me. Keep following your dreams. Timeless souls


I’m so proud of my good friend @marianmereba she just opened up for Jazmine Sullivan in London. I love when my friends inspire me. Keep following your dreams. Timeless souls

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How to Work Better by Peter Fischli & David Weiss

How to Work Better by Peter Fischli & David Weiss

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#art  #architecture  #learning 

I need white people to stop pretending consent was possible during slavery.

Stop lying to yourselves that those black cousins are the result of illicit love affairs & grasp that slaves could not say no.

When consent is not an option, when you’re only seen as 3/5ths of a human being & you have no legal standing? You can’t say yes.

I need white America to sit down for a sec. Look into the faces of black Americans with the same last names & figure it the fuck out.

Our ancestors were raped by your ancestors. Regularly. Some of the kids were treated kindly. Most were not. They were sold.

White mistresses punished the slaves for “tempting” master & congratulated themselves on that bloody work. Read the narratives.

Not the cleaned up ones either. Read Incidents in The Life of A Slave Girl & understand that Mammy was a victim, not the one who loved you.

She couldn’t care for her kids, couldn’t choose her husband or their father most of the time. She was a slave.

Millions of people died on the Middle Passage. Millions more died here at the hands of your ancestors. Own that.

Now you want to sing Kumbaya & keep oppressing our communities & erasing our contributions. Spare me the tired bullshit.

Male slaves fared no better. There’s a long history of them being raped, tortured & killed too. That was slavery. Stop romanticizing it.

Our children were fed to alligators as bait (feel free to look that up) died of starvation or exposure & that was slavery too. Yep, we were livestock & you use sickly livestock as bait.

Stop watching Gone With The Wind & fantasizing about beautiful plantations if you can’t accept what happened on those plantations.

House slaves had it better in the sense of access to food & possibly better treatment, but they were still slaves.

14 year old slave girls weren’t falling in love with the men who could beat them & everyone they loved to death.

Read the tales of enslaved women who killed their children to spare them. Read about people beaten to death as an example.

Sally Hemings could have left Jefferson in Paris. Of course her entire family was still in his power. And his “love”? Didn’t free her. Ever.

Go look at the pictures of former slaves backs. Whipped until they bled & left to scar so they were maimed for life & couldn’t run.

Also before you talk about the cleaned up narratives, remember that the people relating their stories knew lynching was always possible.

Records of slavery were deliberately destroyed so that former owners wouldn’t have to pay anyone.

That “peculiar institution” was generations of blood, pain, & terror. That’s what built America. Never forget that.

Now stop talking about anyone’s white ancestors like they deserve the fucking credit for the success of people descended from slaves.

American slavery began in 1619. June 19, 1865 was the last official day of slavery. Do the math on how long it takes to heal that wound.

After slavery was officially over? Black codes & Jim Crow laws followed. America’s history of oppression is longer than that of freedom.

Also before any dumb motherfuckers land in my mentions. I have a degree in history. I will read you to filth & bury you in sources.

Trust & believe there is no country here for people who want to romanticize a system that is still grinding away at my community.

All this fluffy fucking talk about American history to coddle white kids feelings & engender patriotism? You won’t get it here.

My ancestors built this country, I served this country & I will tell the damned truth about this country. Don’t like it? Fuck you.

Now let me get in my feelings about slavery before Africans were brought here. Because we weren’t the first people enslaved.

We were deliberately sought out for our skill sets & resistance to disease. Know why we were resistant? We’d had contact for years.

All of that “My ancestors never owned slaves so it has nothing to do with me?” Go look at those NDN ancestors again. See how many were free.

While you’re in there checking that out? Look up those old country ancestors & see how many benefited from slavery indirectly.

Also while we’re talking about NDN relatives? Yo, learn a name besides Cherokee. Better yet, learn about the genocidal tactics they faced.

Look up immigrant groups becoming white in America. Find out who had to bleed so they could gain access to white privilege.

Let’s really talk about the Red Summer of 1919 & how it wasn’t an unusual occurrence. Tulsa, Rosewood? They were just famous.

Let’s talk about welfare & who could access it. Hell let’s talk about who is collecting more of it right now.

Let’s talk about the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action (spoiler! White women!) & what it means to attack black people instead.

Shit, let’s get into the Great Depression & the Great Recession & who is hurting the most financially through both.

Let’s talk about conditions on reservations, in the inner city, & the violence faced by POC who try to leave those areas.

Hell, let’s talk about why we don’t see shows that reflect the American population set in the past, present, or future.

Go read Columbus’ diaries & see what “civilization” really meant to the people he encountered.

For that matter go read up on King Leopold & the Congo. I’ll wait while you cry.

That’s the thing about whiteness as a social construct in America. It’s not about white people, it’s about white power over others.

When we’re talking about white privilege? We’re talking about what it takes to shape this society based on oppression.

America is a young country with a lot of power because of genocide, slavery, & continuing oppression. Individuals build institutions.

All of these conversations aren’t about bringing out white guilt, they’re about ending this institution developed over the generations.

Also let’s be clear that America is sick with this ish across the political spectrum. It may manifest differently but it exists everywhere.

Before I go, let me also suggest that people who are curious about anything I tweeted about take a tour through Google with terms.

It’s not that I won’t answer questions, but there are books out there that I think everyone should read on slavery, whiteness, & America.

Karnythia,  laying it down with righteousness on Juneteenth — the truth about slavery and its lingering effects on America.  (via skyliting)

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