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#Formation as Curated by Black Women

This archive is constantly being updated…keep checking back for more. For a selection of posts that center the voices of black women from New Orleans, see here: Doing and Being Intellectual History: #Formation as Curated by Black Women.

I wrote this on my Facebook wall on February 8th:

In case my politics of citation is unclear, I am sharing posts about ‪#‎Formation‬ written by black women, +1 for those written by black southern, NOLA/Louisiana women (the VSB post was the exception, but that was funny). You don’t have to agree or like Beyonce or the video, but you do need to listen when the kindred are speaking. This is theirs and they are ours and we are theirs and they’ve got something to SAY. If you fall in this category and I can share or boost, please send your link my way…

I’m compiling them here for archive purposes only. If you decide to use any of the material here–cite the author and link to the original post as much as possible. Give the author their due. If you decide to use them in a class, ASK permission of the original author first. Yes, even if your class is today. If you want to use this post as a bibliographic reference or reading list, you don’t need my permission but let me know (I’m curious who will use this) and do please link to the original post. Otherwise…read on…

In rough order of appearance on my TL (minus the VSB post):

Beyonce’s Formation is Her Best Thing Yet and it’s the IDGAF Anthem | Luvvie AjaYi at Awesomely Luvvie (2016)

Statement From the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club on Mother’s Day Secondline Shooting

via Louisiana Justice Institute Blog who reprinted it from the Original Big 7 facebook page: The Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club community…

#NOLA: Evacuteer Launches in Time for 2013 Hurricane Season

Evacuteer is “a non-profit that aids and enhances the CAE, proposes a collaborative effort between the Arts Council of New Orleans and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to commission 17 public art pieces to not only beautify the neighborhoods that house the pick-up points, but to serve as visually-striking and memorable cultural landmarks that also serve as the neighborhood pick-up point meeting place in the case of an evacuation of New Orleans.”

The premise:

Non-emergency: During calm days either during hurricane season or out of hurricane season, beautiful and visually striking public art pieces will be seen by many of the targeted demographic because we already can assume that the residents who are will use the CAE have high rates of foot, bike and bus activity. The goals of a public art piece along with and clearly defined explanation of what it is and why its there will be to become a neighborhood landmark. Eventually, the neighborhood and community members will begin to equate the art with the CAE. Ideally, “That’s where you report to if you need to evacuate” or similar interactions will follow conversations about the public art at each of the 17 pick-up points.
Emergency:  During an emergency these pick-up point locations and the public art signifying them will be used to make the decision to use the City Assisted Evacuation Plan as easy as possible. The hardest part of anything is starting, and we need to implement a strategy that makes evacuating as easy as possible for residents. Knowing exactly where to report during an evacuation is the first step.  It is estimated the over 30,000 residents will begin their evacuation journey at one of these pick-up points.

The sculptures are set to go up over the next month, in time for the 2013 hurricane season.

Robert Fogarty, co-Founder and Board President, posted the following on the Dear New Orleans Facebook page:

Teaching #NOLA with Tumblr

Image Credit: Edouard Marquis, “Creole Women of Color Taking the Air,” 1867, Louisiana State Museum

Seeing everyone polish off their syllabi and check attendance rolls reminds me I’ve been meaning to share my experience using Tumblr as a course blog.  The fall semester is almost here (already for some) but is it ever too late to innovate?  Or get started on the spring load?

Below are some notes on my time teaching “AFRS 215: Black Women in Atlantic New Orleans” as a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow in the Africana Studies Program at Bowdoin College.