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VIDEO: The Story of Bluesman Robert Johnson’s Famous Deal With the Devil Retold in Three Animations | Open Culture

 

So many hugely successful and talented musicians have died at age 27 that it almost seems reasonable to believe the number represents someย mystical coefficient of talent and tragedy.

 

Cool #femDH #BlackCodeStudies

“If, therefore, in the cool, wild upsurges of animal vitality are tempered by metaphoric calm, such is the elegance of this symbolically phrased reconciliation that humor and ecstasy are not necessarily denied. Nor is physical beauty itself, a force which brings persons together via saturated expressions of sexual attractiveness and deliberately attractive behavior and charm, excluded from this moral vision. Being charming is also being cool, as suggested by the following interlude among black folk in Florida: ‘i “I wouldn’t let you fix me no breakfast. I get up and fix my own and then, what make it so cool, I’d fix you some and set it on the back of the cook-stove . . .” This man was flirting. But a whole ponderation lies concealed within his phrasing. He had cited the cool in an African sense, a diagram of continuity. He had promised to assume the role of another person in order to earn her love. He had promised to dissolve a difference which lay between them. The charm of what “made it so cool” in these senses suggests he knew, in Zen-like simplicity, the divine source of the power to heal, love. He had thereby identified the center from which all harmony comes.”

VIDEO: Me (@jmjafrx) at Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body at UICA

Panel Talk: Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body

About the panel:

Join us for a discussion led by a panel of community organizers, scholars, and artists as we investigate depictions of the black female body in art and in United Statesโ€™ popular culture. The panel will recognize ways that traditional representations of black women aid in systemic racism and marginalization, and will consider methods for using visual language to challenge stereotypes instead of perpetuate them.

Check out the video below and click through for a link to a digital download of the audiobook More than a Woman.

Join Me (@jmjafrx) for the Thursday #UndergroundWGN Panel at #ASALH2017

#TeamTubman and #TeamErnestine mount up!!

Looking forward to participating on this roundtable at this year’s ASALH in Cincinnati!! The show may be canceled, but I’ll be #TeamTubman and #TeamErnestine forever. And I’m joining Regina N. Bradley, Deirdre Cooper Owens, Janell Hobson, and Amrita Chakrabarti Myers to discuss the show, the good, the bad, the provocative, and what it means to have histories of slavery on the small screen.

Details below. Be sure to book your flights for Wednesday so you can join us for this Thursday morning conversation.

And if you haven’t checked out Treva B. Lindsey’s interview with Aisha Hinds, the actress who played Harriet Tubman in the show, read it here.