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Taking the Cake

So there is a lot of press about two children’s books published as of late. One, A Fine Dessert, was published and honored, another, A Birthday Cake for George Washington just got pulled. Both showed smiling enslaved cooks serving their wealthy planter slaveholders.  People sounded off. I had to add my voice to the discussion. In one piece for Salon I am quoted, and in another, I write about the thorny nature of slavery in both national memory and children’s books in the Guardian. Let me know your thoughts on the subject.

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Happy slaves or a wider lens? You decide. I have no interest in the pontificating on the part of the Twiterati/Newgrorati. Nope. Not until they do this:

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Or this:

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Or this:

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Or this:

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Where Food and History Meet: Michael W. Twitty’s Culinary Journey at Afroculinaria | Discover

https://discover.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/afroculinaria/

Hi! I’m waving from Vancouver, Canada where I’m sooo excited to be attending #TED2016 as a new Ted Fellow. If you’re learning about my work for the first time, the above profile link (Thanks Cheri/WordPress!) will catch you up to speed.

If you’re at #TED2016 please come up and say hello! Come join me and my incredibly talented class of Fellows at our talk today!

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Her Pen is a Machete: The Art of Ntozake Shange

“In “Her Pen is a Machete: The Art of Ntozake Shange,” scholars, writers, and artists explore Ntozake Shange’s genre-defying achievements and ongoing influences. From her invention of the choreopoem to her revolutionary approaches to the body, movement, voice, music, dance, poetry, and prose, Shange’s work continues to create space for black women on the page and the stage, and to inspire new possibilities for art and writing.“

Her Pen is a Machete” features interviews with Soyica Diggs Colbert, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Vanessa K. Valdés, Jennifer DeVere Brody, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs. This video is included in The Scholar & Feminist Online issue 12.3-13.1, “The Worlds of Ntozake Shange,” available at sfonline.barnard.edu/worlds-of-ntozake-shange”

 


Filed under: Black Life x Ephemera, Social Justice Tagged: art, ntozake shange, poetry, radical media, radical womyn of color, social justice, video, women

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