Photo Stories 2019 [4:] A Sum of Encounters by Emmanuel Iduma

Photo Stories 2019 [4:] A Sum of Encounters by Emmanuel Iduma

I met Emmanuel Iduma in November 2009 in Lagos.  We were both attending a week long writing workshop, I as facilitator and he as a participant. He was very young and had recently started the Nigerian literary journal Saraba along with his friend Dami Ajayi which has just celebrated ten years.  He was gentle, somewhat […]

Photo Stories 2019: [3] Spirit Desire Interviews [Video]

Posted by on Jan 30, 2019 in Conversations, Crea(c)tive Senses, Video, Vodoun | No Comments
Photo Stories 2019: [3] Spirit Desire Interviews [Video]

The following video clips are from a 2016 conversation between myself and Kenyan Filmmaker, Kagendo Murungi. Kagendo transitioned on December 27th, 2017 at her home in Harlem, New York. RIP dear warrior sister! December 7th 1971 to December 27th 2017     Continue watching Spirit Desire interviews here

Photo Stories 2019 [2] Mothers and Sons

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Conversations, History, Photography, Stories | No Comments
Photo Stories 2019 [2] Mothers and Sons

Stranger Fruits is a series by photographer Jon Henry   created as a response to the killing of African American men by police. “The series uses the motif of the pietà—a depiction of the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus—as a means to examine a never-ending American tragedy. The pietà as a form captures both […]

Sisterfire 2018 with Alexis De Veaux

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018 in Conversations, History, Queer | No Comments
Sisterfire 2018 with Alexis De Veaux

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Sisterfire festivals which began in the 1980s.  Alexis regularly attended the festivals and will be present at this year’s anniversary celebration in Washington DC. Below is an excerpt from an interview with the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative on the importance of the Sisterfire festivals.   Alexis […]

Altars: Black Queer Spirit Work

Altars: Black Queer Spirit Work

I encountered Vodou as a queer Nigerian living and working in Haiti  between 2010 and 2016, in the midst of rampant evangelicalism and associated homophobia and anti-Vodoun violence.   In Vodoun I  discovered a black queer  space of beauty;  both historical and contemporary resistance;  the Black Atlantic, those Diasporic crossings that speak to the “Persistence of […]

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