Dear Upright African : January 1, 2017

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Stories, Words | No Comments
Dear Upright African : January 1, 2017

January 1, 2017. Dear Upright African, I wrote We Are All Blue partly because private school had failed my Consciousness. That type of European-School-In-Africa that insists on a chronically colonized curriculum. That brand of Eurocentric “international” school in Africa that equips the African child to be more functional in the West than in his or […]

Black Portraitures: Levitating in Blackness

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Black & White, Photography, Queer, Stories | No Comments
Black Portraitures:  Levitating in Blackness

In preparing these photos I wanted to think of Black[Roes], those who are engaged with levitating in and with Blackness. All  were  taken during the week of Black Portraitures III in Johannesburg last November. Some were taken at the event, others at a cafe and others at the home of  friends. I was drawn to […]

La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Afro Cuba, Caribbean, Crea(c)tive Senses, Haiti | No Comments
La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar

La Sirene: Rutas de Azucar (loose translation: Black Mermaid: Sugar Routes) takes as its inspiration Cuban revolutionary José Antonio Aponte’s libro de pinturas, a book of paintings of black heroes that served as a catalyst for an attempted rebellion against colonists. Singer/performer Jadele McPherson in collaboration with Director Charlotte Brathwaite In the year of the […]

@Kiskeácity – Legacy of 1804 in conversation w/ Alice Backer

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Conversations, Haiti, History, Vodoun | No Comments
@Kiskeácity – Legacy of 1804 in conversation w/ Alice Backer

My radio interview with Alice Backer of kiskeácity #LOF1804* This Friday at 9PM, join me as I welcome photographer Sokari Ekine of blacklooks.org to discuss her photo exhibit Spirit Desire inspired by her journey through Haiti and its spirituality as a journalist, educator, IDP Camp volunteer and mobile clinic attendant. The exhibit opens at Calabar […]

Trippin the Heartbeat

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Haiti, Words | No Comments
Trippin the Heartbeat

I told my lover You too are my lover You once embraced me With your trees That whisper together With humming birds A presence A sensual presence We made love everyday You wooed and flirted With me Drawing me in With your mysteries And mountains Of promises Of Something Blackness Drums of Dancing But then […]

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