“I was in New Orleans before the storm and I had this body of work based
on Aunt Jemima but it was castings that I had down of women in my
community when I lived in Nashville and the work ended up in New Orleans
with me and I had to leave the work behind and I moved but the work was
made out of plaster so it got destroyed in the storm and that’s what
lead me to the casting because I felt so vulnerable from that
destruction and I felt like I wanted to work in a way where my work was
indestructible.” Savage’s desire for preservation lead to her new
practice of cast iron sculpture however the implication of preservation
extends beyond the physical. ” Casting is very difficult, it’s very time
consuming and casting iron is more difficult, more time consuming than
casting bronze or other metals and most people don’t like it because
it’s iron so you don’t get that same glory feeling from it but the iron
is who I am as a black person.”
via Zora & Alice. Read the rest.
…is finally becoming a place where I want to be.
It is finally becoming a place that reflects every part of me: the poet, the griot, the narrator, the academic and the student.
This is officially the longest relationship I’ve had with a piece of social media.
I’m sure there is a metaphor there, somewhere, for my commitment issues. Or my Capricorn caprice. Or…whatever.
That is all.
Things You Should Read/Watch:
via New Black Man
I love me some Bey. Beyond that, it seems like there is some flawed myth of the Superwoman here that might be interesting to theorize.
Also reminds me of a recent post by jalylah over at the Crunk Feminist Collective on a recent Boondocks episode:
“And Ebony’s superhuman contours, eventually begrudgingly appreciated, reinforce the stratospheric bar that has to be met for black women to break even. It takes so much more for us to be in the black, in life and in imagination, than it does for our other sisters…”
Read the rest.
When Partner Abuse Isn’t a Bruise but a Pregnant Belly
“Partner violence is not just about hitting,” says Patti Giggans, executive director of Peace Over Violence, noting how long it took to raise awareness that “partner violence” occurs at all. Now another alarm must be sounded, she says: “Sexual coercion is the most secretive part.”…
…”We have to treat pregnancy itself as a warning sign,” says Murray. “I always tell other counselors that I’m training, ‘When you see a pregnant teen girl, always, always assess for an abusive relationship, because 99 percent of the time, that will be the case.'”…
4333 words out of 20,000. I’m feeling pretty good about that. I am working slowly but surely. I created a storyboard. I’m in the library. Yes.
I have 15 days. If I do 1500 words a day, I should me more than fine for the 30th.
Just wanted to say that I have really gotten myself together tonight.
Now it is time for apple crisp, True Blood, and a couple of phone calls.