“Las Filipinas no saben aun desmayarse.” (Filipinas do not know how to faint.) —Jose Rizal, 1887
“Of course, had they worn corsets, they might have.” —Fernando Nakpil Zialcita, 2005 (Authentic Though Not Exotic)
There are no words.
In this video, performance artist Marina Abramovic was doing a piece at MoMA, wherein people could sit across her and look into her eyes. This in itself is such a powerful way of connecting with another human being. As her former love, Ulay, arrives and sits across her (unknown to her), the sea of emotions in both their eyes seem to tell an entire saga in just a few seconds.
*A bit of a background: The two artists had had a passionate affair in the 70s and parted ways (quite literally) on the Great Wall, when things fizzled and faded out. (Curator Klaus Bisenbach talks about the reunion)
This video is edited footage from the HBO documentary, The Artist is Present.
Indeed a ‘masterful scene of pure drama’ (Blouin Art Info), as well as an utterly riveting capture of human (re)connection. Sans the clutter of words.
Gradient Lair. This sister has incredible access to truth and such an accessible way of conveying it. The shade she throws isn’t mean-spirited; it is, in fact, illuminating. Sociopolitics from a black woman’s point of view. Grace and strength all at once. Get into it.
Knowledge Equals Black Power. Yo, this blog here? They give it to you straight with no chaser. All black people who read it will feel that much taller for doing so. They know our history so that you can know it, too. Dig it.
This Is Rape Culture. My goodness my! This blog goes IN on global rape culture. This stuff is mandatory. The resources it provides will help us all chip away at this ugly, ugly culture we’ve devised.
Illuminati Eyebrows. I just discovered this blog a few days ago searching through the “Wonder Woman” tag and every single one of his posts gives me LIFE. I don’t know him, but I feel like we might be twins separated at birth. This one is for geeks who like some critical thought with their media.
Fuck Yeah Black Gay Couples. Joseph Beam said that black men loving black men is a revolutionary act. Well, this blog has taken up the challenge to make black men loving black men much more commonplace. Black love is beautiful and they know it. So important.
racismschool. Homie will school you. Nuff said.
Racialicious. Trust me when I tell you that these folks are the real deal. race and intersections. They will give it to you scholarly or they will give it to you colloquially. Either way, it’s bound to make you think. Go peep them.
Son of Baldwin knows what’s up.
Remember when people made things? When people took pride in hard work and working with their hands. Remember when some worked hard enough and honed their craft well enough to be called craftsmen?
That was long before people described them as being JUST a mechanic, a welder or carpenter….Or farmer. It was when an honest, hard fought living was honorable and respected. No one came out of school expecting to be handed a high paying job because they were entitled to it or because they arrived out of higher education. They earned what was given to them.
I wonder if we’re better off? I wonder if we value what we have more. I wonder if we know how to still build things, innovate and work hard for something great.
I’m smart enough and educated enough to sit behind a desk and stare into a computer for hours a day, wearing a suit and having wads of cash thrown at me. Theres nothing wrong with that. We need people to do that and their work is valuable. I just choose dirty hands, creating beautiful things from raw materials and honing the craft.