Season of Activism: Brooklyn Museum



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Brooklyn Museum

What is your Activism? Maybe you enjoy contributing to humanity by picking up bits of trash on your path, or perhaps you can be found speaking at a rally. Activism comes in many shapes and degrees of passion. There is a great deal to be passionate about in the world today. It is a fascinating site to step back and consider the array of reactions that artists offer. It also quite an interesting moment in Brooklyn, as the momentum of progress and community empowerment seems to be on pulse. There are some exciting exhibitions coming to the Brooklyn Museum this Spring and Summer, that focus on arts created in spirit of protest and activism. I have taken the liberty of outlining some of the exhibitions that you would regret to miss!

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties
March 7–July 6, 2014
On view in observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

 Ai Weiwei: According to What?
April 18–August 10, 2014

Swoon: Submerged Motherlands
April 11–August 24, 2014

Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago’s Early Work, 1963–74
April 4–September 28, 2014

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Cuff Links: Drunk Monologue on the C Train

Beautiful people, what’s really good?

We’re still figuring out a good posting schedule for LFF, but in the meantime in-between time, I thought I’d share a little nugget o’ ridiculousness with y’all.

As the weather up north gets confusing warmer, layers of clothes are shed, people hang outside on the block, and the incidences of polite “hollas” and unwarranted and inappropriate street harassment increases. Street harassment is not an issue to be taken lightly and we will definitely discuss this on the blog in the near future, but my fellow ladies know how laughable and nonsensical some of these men can get when approaching us.

As part of a tiny project LB and I decided to work on, I documented every single interaction I had with a man who approached me during the 2012-2013 cuffing season. While there is something special we planned to do with all of this data, I thought I’d release some of these ancient files here on the blog for you all the shake your head at.

Here is one where a drunk man tries to converse with me on the uptown C train at 9:00 in the morning. I wrote it all down minutes after it happened because I just couldn’t believe I sat through 15 minutes of his talking.

Wanna hear it? Here it go…

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Americanah: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Tenement Museum

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Chimamanda Adichie signed my book! See more pics from the event after the jump!

Hello, beautiful people!

We apologize for not posting so far this week, but we have good reason! LB spends the greater part of her day educating the future flaneurs of the world and doing a ton of amazing things throughout the eccentric borough of Brooklyn. I’ve spent the last several days cloning DNA and devouring a great, contemporary literary work!

Last week, my dearest cousin Anu, invited me to accompany her to hear our Igbo aunty, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, discuss her latest novel, Americanah. Because I’ve been on a nonfiction binge for the past year, I always strolled past Americanah when I saw it on the “Fiction Favorites” table at Barnes and Noble, kinda feeling as though I was letting my Naija family down a bit. However, when I got the Facebook message from Anu last week, I broke my fiction novels fast and started reading.

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Cape Verdean Matriarch Makes Traditional Dish

In spirit of Women’s History Month and honoring strong women who empower their communities, I decided to create this short of my Grandmother. Here is Mae depicted in Cabo Verde, making a traditional Couscous cake (of corn) for a birthday party. She uses an older method of cooking with a flower pot along with newer technologies. Thriving in her late 70’s, my Grandmother is one of the elders on the island who continue to pass down the nuances of culture and style derived from the roots of survival to my ancestral kin.


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‘Til Queendom Come: Miatta Lewis Ashley

Everyday, there are women of color all over the world working diligently to ensure a future full of passion, purpose, and love for the next generation. Fervently building new communities and mending broken ones, trailblazing in political sectors, fiscally holding their own as innovative entrepreneurs—all while facing the obstacles of objectification, racism, and sexism—these women still manage to wake up absolutely flawless.

As women in the Western world, we hear stories about the nation’s forefathers, and while Susan B. Anthony gets recognition in our grade school textbooks—Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth are also briefly mentioned during the month of February—the stories of our foremothers are usually often and intentionally left out. As a result, many young girls of color grow up not knowing that they come from a lineage of queens. The type of royal figures who rarely enjoy their seat on the throne because they need to provide for their families in every way. The queens whose crowns consist of kinks, curls, coils, and waves in a rainbow of colors, textures, and lengths, with skin painted carefully by the sun.

Although we share similar experiences, we rarely get to hear the stories of the queens we do not know, which is why we decided to embark on the video series, ‘Til Queendom Come—portraits of amazing women of color sharing their thoughts on life and the journeys they have taken.

We gratefully begin our series with Miatta Ashley. A nurturing West African woman who brought a sense of home with her when she entered the United States, Mother Ashley spoke to us about the importance of sisterhood, community,  and an unexpected assimilation into a new culture.

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