How Artists Contributed to the Black Power Movement

Roy DeCarava. “Couple Walking,” 1979. © Courtesy Sherry DeCarava and the DeCarava Archives.

Curators Zoe Whitely and Mark Godfrey subdivided a mass of 150 works from as many as 60 to occupy 12 rooms at the gallery. They also set an austere tone for the exhibition, as if to prepare the visitor’s mind, placing five screens at the entrance with each one playing, on a loop, speeches any luminaries including King, Malcolm X and James Baldwin.

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‘Mocking Bird Call’

Snowed under with fan letters, Harper Lee is stealing time from a new novel-in-progress to write careful answers. Her favorite letter, a little out of the mold, is a roasting from a crank in Oklahoma who heard she was guilty of writing a novel in which an innocent Negro is convicted of raping a moronic white woman. “In this day of mass rape of white women who are not morons,” her accuser demanded, “why is it that you young Jewish authors seek to whitewash the situation?” Will this rate an answer, too? “Oh, yes,” said the author—who is kin to Robert E. Lee. “I think I’ll say, ‘Dear Sir or Madam, somebody is using your name to write dirty letters. You should notify the FBI.’ And I’m going to sign it, Harper Levy.”

via: ‘Mocking Bird Call’: 1961 Profile of Harper Lee | Newsweek


Captain Angela Bassett

See All The #CaptainAngelaBassett Tweets

Uhura with child saying "Representation Matters"+Commentary: OMGOMGOMGOMG. NO. ZZZZZZZOOOOOOMMMMGGGGGGG! This is like the greatest crowdsourced casting suggestion I’ve ever seen. Then add a pitch perfect piece of fan art that photoshops her in the uniform looking forward to taking on entire galaxies & solving crisis like a Bawse! I can’t even take the idea that they would now cast anyone else, and hopefully she would consider it a challenge. Having not read anything other than the hashtag on Twitter, and being late to the party surrounding it — let me put forth that if they wrote it so she was Uhuru’s daughter. I’d DIE. Literally, up & die screaming at the TV.  Growing up with the original series, and really connecting with Nichelle Nichols out of all the characters, then watching the Saturday Morning Cartoon series, and imagining when I finally grew up there would be a job waiting for me that took me to outer space. *sigh* that never happened tho’ 😦

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PoC in Fantasy Franchises

Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.

— Junot Díaz

 (FanBros, “The Junot Díaz Episode”)

Childhood Dream: Unlocked


I thought it’d be really cool to do a legitimate action/adventure film that just happens to have a kid in it. Not a kids film; the Spy Kids were more like kids films, this would be like a real action-adventure film because that’s what the original series was like. It was a hard hitting, kickass action-adventure series. That’s what enticed me to go do it. My own series had already played out. That was a cool property still that the studio had. I thought I would go see what they thought of it and they were really into it.

—Robert Rodriguez

via Robert Rodriguez Says JOHNNY QUEST Will Be a Legit Action Adventure Movie | GeekTyrant.