Showing posts with label African American. Show all posts
Showing posts with label African American. Show all posts

October 08, 2014

Colorless is the New Black: Does Wealth Misinform Black Celebs' Views on Race?


Recently actress Raven-Symon√© caught up with Oprah during a segment of Where Are They Now? Where she talked about how she’s been spending the bulk of her time from under the scrutiny of pop-culture’s critical eye. 
Raven discussed the ways she’s been able to side-step the pitfalls of fame many other child stars succumb to, how excited she is to be enrolled in college, and reflected on the things that make her So Raven. But it was when the star started rambling about eschewing labels while addressing questions about her sexuality (and then, her racial identity), that the masses heard the sound of a record screeching to a halt. 

March 23, 2013

Film Review: Owen 'Alik Shahadah's '500 Years Later'




Looking for something interesting to watch this weekend or during the month of February? 

Filmmaker Owen 'Alik Shahadah's 2005 documentary 500 Years Later is a valuable exploration and dissection of racial politics, as it affects those of the African Diaspora. Written by MK Asante and directed by Shahadah, this documentary presents a global perspective on the effects of colonialism, slavery, and the need for proper education on and agency over African and Black history and dialogue.

According to the official synopsis... 
"500 Years Later explores the tragic legacy of the forced migration of untold thousands of Africans from their homeland and the unique c0 challenges that have resulted from this displacement. Through penetrating interviews with scholars and laypeople alike — and ranging from the United States to London to Barbados — this unflinching documentary sheds new light on the problems of racial inequalities, poverty and oppression."

October 20, 2011

Secret History of the Black Pin Up: From Tease to Sleaze

I recently wrote two blog posts regarding the lack of information on Black pin up or adult models from the 1950's here and here.

In response, a collector, historian and independent publisher named Jim Linderman contacted me and divulged that he'd written and self-published a book (laden with images) outlining the lives and experiences of Black pin up and porn models. 

He had amassed an impressive collection of vintage adult periodicals and pictures showing Black women in various stages of undress and poses. and included some rare finds in his paperback Secret History of the Black Pin Up, which is 118 pages and includes some brief, but  interesting, history with the visuals. 
"There is a whole generation of young women who idolize Bettie Page and such, but they have no idea how UN-glamorous it was for her and the others. I wanted to show some of that, as well as make some points about racism of course." Linderman said in an email exchange