Earthenware clay sculpture by Philippe Faraut, 2008. Click Images to Enlarge

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Contemporary Art Week!


Morning tea with Jimi!!! 

"In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first… Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens… When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace… I don’t have nothing to regret at all in the past, except that I might’ve unintentionally hurt somebody else or something… Music is a safe kind of high… I have this one little saying, when things get too heavy just call me helium, the lighted known gas to man."(at Republic Of Global Fusion)


Not sure who the artist is but #repost from @theeafrocanadian #afroart #blackqueen #urbanart

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Vintage Ghana, 1950s.

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© Thulani Mbele 2013

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High school student builds global tech company from St. Louis

by John Pertzborn

(KTVI) – Jaylen Bledsoe is a 15-year-old sophomore at Hazelwood West High School who started his own tech company. He sat down with John Pertzborn to explain how he starting building a company when he was only 12.  [Continue reading and view full story at Fox2now St. Louis.]

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Nabil Anani

Sisters, 2011

Oil painting, 100x90 cm

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The first African American civil rights leader to advocate armed resistance to racial oppression and violence, Robert F. Williams was born on February 26, 1925 in Monroe, North Carolina. The fourth of five children born to Emma Carter Williams and John Williams, Williams quickly learned to navigate the dangers of being black in the Deep South. The Ku Klux Klan was a powerful and feared force in Monroe, and the community where Williams grew up experienced regular brutalization at the hands of whites.

In 1956, Williams took over leadership of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which was close to disbanding due to a relentless backlash by the Ku Klux Klan. Williams canvassed for new members and eventually expanded the branch from only six to more than 200 members.

Williams also filed for a charter from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and formed the Black Guard, an armed group committed to the protection of Monroe’s black population. Members received weapons and physical training from Williams to prepare them to keep the peace and come to the aid of black citizens, whose calls to law enforcement often went unanswered.

With his fellow NAACP members, Williams waged local civil rights campaigns and brought the conditions of the Jim Crow South to the attention of the national and international media. Williams led an ongoing fight to integrate the local public swimming pool and opposed the condemnation of two young African American boys for the “crime” of kissing a white girl during a harmless child’s game—a cause that had been deemed too controversial for the national NAACP.

In 1959, after a jury in Monroe acquitted a white man for the attempted rape of a black woman, Williams made a historic statement on the courthouse steps.

He said of his courthouse proclamation at a later press conference: “I made a statement that if the law, if the United States Constitution cannot be enforced in this social jungle called Dixie, it is time that Negroes must defend themselves even if it is necessary to resort to violence.

“That there is no law here, there is no need to take the white attackers to the courts because they will go free and that the federal government is not coming to the aid of people who are oppressed, and it is time for Negro men to stand up and be men and if it is necessary for us to die we must be willing to die. If it is necessary for us to kill we must be willing to kill.”

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President of the Monroe, North Carolina, branch of the NAACP, Robert F. Williams (center), organizing his branch with arms in support of self-defense against white supremacists.

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This Is The African American Flag

The Red stands for the blood that unites all people of our Ancestry 

The Black stands for our skin and that we should never forget who we are and where we come from

The Green stands for the wealth that comes for Africa

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“I got a part in a movie in 1986, I called it ‘the nigger they couldn’t kill’, yeah… he raped a white woman and they tried to electrocute him but it didn’t work… I called Sidney and I was sick… I said, ‘man they offered me $600,000 to play the nigger they couldn’t kill’. And he said I’m not gon’ tell you what to do… But I can tell you this, the first two or three or four films you do in this business will dictate how you’re perceived in this business…. And I turned it down and six months later I got Cry Freedom and [I] got an Oscar nomination.” ~ Denzel Washington


Contemporary Art Week!


Lost silent film with all-Native American cast found

The Daughter of Dawn, an 80-minute feature film, was shot in July of 1920 in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, southwest Oklahoma. It was unique in the annals of silent film (or talkies, for that matter) for having a cast of 300 Comanches and Kiowas who brought their own clothes, horses, tipis, everyday props and who told their story without a single reference to the United States Cavalry. It was a love story, a four-person star-crossed romance that ends with the two main characters together happily ever after. There are two buffalo hunt sequences with actual herds of buffalo being chased down by hunters on bareback just as they had done on the Plains 50 years earlier.

The male lead was played by White Parker; another featured female role was played by Wanada Parker. They were the son and daughter of the powerful Comanche chief Quanah Parker, the last of the free Plains Quahadi Comanche warriors. He never lost a battle to United States forces, but, his people sick and starving, he surrendered at Fort Sill in 1875. Quanah was the son of Comanche chief Peta Nocona and Cynthia Ann Parker, the daughter of Euro-American settlers who had grown up in the tribe after she was kidnapped as a child by the Comanches who killed her parents. She was the model for Stands With a Fist in Dances with Wolves.

You can watch the first ten minutes of the film here. It is over 90 years old, and was produced by, directed by, and stars Native American people.



Afeni Shakur, black power *freedom fighter*, imprisoned while pregnant facing a  300+ years sentence. Two months after being set free, she gave birth to the future rap legend. 

Afeni Shakur, herself is someone we should all read about.

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Young Mos

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A Very, Very Denzel Washington

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