Phoenix Savage

“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

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This Blog…

…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.

Why DON’T You Love Me?

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.

We Collect Inspiration: Tamara Natalie Madden

via Black Girls Rock:

Black Girls Rock: What has been your greatest challenge in your career?

Tamara: The sacrifice. Being an artist requires a lot of sacrifice. It requires patience, and faith. It can be a challenging journey with lots of bumps along the way. Unfortunately, in the art world, I’m not just considered an artist; I am ‘black’, then ‘woman’, then ‘artist.’ All of those titles present there own unique set of obstacles. In addition, to trying to meander my way through the visual art world, while being taken seriously, and not loosing my integrity; I have to be an educator. It’s essential that the new generation of black children learn about the arts, and the value of the arts. They need to understand that art is an investment, which will benefit them for many generations. They also need to know that art is the keeper of history in many cases; it’s an essential doorway to their ancestors.

Read the rest….

Lagniappe

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.'”…

Reminder From a Sister

“These stories raise complex questions about the mediating role of gender categories in racial politics and in particular about the psychological structures of identification facilitated by the idea of maternity. It is impossible to explore these important matters here.” -Paul Gilroy in The Black Atlantic

“Unfortunately, even in scholarship whose specific goal is to sketch a “Black Atlantic” imaginary, there is little attempt to consider not just the way black women travel, but more important, the ways the ideological uses and abuses of gender always undergird any articulation of diaspora-the ways evocations of black populations elsewhere are always shaped by the representation of reproduction.” Brent Edwards in The Practice of Diaspora

Merci Cher Lex

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.