Eliciana Nascimento and the Orisha Cinema

Euro-Brazilian Carlos Diegues, his film Quilombo is a sweeping historical epic that contains touches of Orishas traditions. Nosa Igbinedion, his film, Oya: Rise of the Orisha, intends to use Orishas traditions within a 1980s Hollywood, action-movie aesthetic (with dashes of 1970s Hong Kong)—it even bills itself as an “African super-hero” movie. Euro-Brazilian João Daniel Tikhomiroff, his lush, beautiful film (which is in my private collection), The Assailant, delicately and brilliantly weaves Orishas traditions throughout the rich tapestry of legend surrounding the capoeira master Besouro.

And now I hold in my private collection the work of Eliciana Nascimento, her film, The Summer of Gods. It is my first film that is of my new genre: Orisha Cinema. I cannot speak for you but this film is my first work engaged with Orishas traditions that is made by a person that is a not only a direct descendant of the tradition but is also an ordained practitioner of the tradition. This physical/meta-physical authenticity is important to me because to form such a voice in a world completely designed to eradicate/silence such a voice is a success that deserves respect and recognition—not from the super-heroes of Hollywood but from me, here in the rasx() context.

The Summer of Gods

The assumption here is Eliciana Nascimento will continue make films about Orishas traditions (and any other topic that engages her) and she will grow more to be for Bahia what Julie Dash is for the Gullah Islands. It is not place to lay authoritative guidelines about how this Orisha Cinema should be served. Ms. Nascimento herself lays the groundwork.

In The Summer of Gods she used actual people currently practicing Orishas traditions—including dancers which is another first for me. Unlike the many complaints one can justifiably have for Bollywood dance sequences, I certainly welcome an authentic dance/music interlude in the Orisha Cinema. Ms. Nascimento definitely opens the path toward this. In fact I experienced this very thing live at a recent screening of The Summer of Gods here in Los Angeles.

The same desire that I have to see something like the Mahabharata with James-Cameron Avatar-like production values can be directed toward the Orisha Cinema. On the other extreme of masque, Julie Taymor practical theatrics, preferring abstraction and symbolism over photorealism would serve all of African film and definitely Orisha Cinema. Souleymane Cissé, his film, Yeelen, supremely sustains such live-action theatrics. Above all, embracing the opportunity to teach the world about how families of African-based symbol systems work (often driving European forms through syncretism), showing how the very concepts of symbolism and abstraction are foundationally African—and how psychologically/metaphysically essential these symbol systems are to African whole health—would fill the Orisha Cinema with life blood. In view of these few possibilities and more beyond what I can see, I look forward to what Eliciana Nascimento builds upon and develops with her craft and her art.

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Financial speed dating questions that would make me even more forgettable…

This Blog post is actually a public note to myself about personal financial goals. The use of “speed dating” (which I know nothing about) is just a self-serving, shame-risking tool to help me remember my dedication to what is new.

What is new to me is actually applying a “principle” or “rule” about money that I’ve long intellectually understood for decades—but didn’t really incarnate as intellectual feeling. You feel me? I’m sure many of us have heard that, “Money is a tool.” Or something like, ‘Money is means to achieve goals that have nothing to do with the love of money.’

The problem with these intellectual concepts is applying them in life in intimate and meaningful ways. For example, in my apartment-dwelling-coin-operated-laundry-pathetic existence, 25₵ means, laundry (when I was a child, this meant lose at arcade game). My point is that money is a symbol that represents something else and should be treated as such.

So let’s get back to my deadly “speed dating” questions:

Deadly Question #1: Have you ever saved US $1,000 per month for 12 consecutive months?

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When this question is asked of me, I assume that the sister asking me this question has easily achieved this goal more than once in her economic lifetime. And I have learned to make sure that when you read the previous sentence you understand that I am not being sarcastic. When a Black woman is willing to achieve she will achieve.

When I look at the sister’s physical body and see that she has clearly showed an interest in taking care of that as well, I am looking at someone effectively asking me, “I have shown self-mastery and therefore dominance in the realms of finance and physicality—and would like to share my life with a partner who has done the same. Are you that person? Do you have the demonstrable potential to become that person?”

In the real world, a certain kind of women have very smoothly and elegantly asked me questions like, “Do you have a house?” Or, “What do you do?” (…not an inquiry about what you enjoy in life as a career but is the sophisticated version of asking, “Do you have job?”) Such questions (to me) are the equivalent of my ‘deadly’-precise (but more just) question posed above.

My answer today? No excuses, no details about the challenges of my life… my answer to that question is no. Boom. Done. Next.

Deadly Question #2: Excluding Tax-Deferred Cash Instruments, have you held more cash than credit card debt for at least six months?

The imaginary sister I have composited together from my memories, dating back to my childhood, is actually being generous here by asking for six months of self-secured vulgar debt. I would ask for at least 12 months. She is actually trying to give me a break here. She is likely to have done the research and knows that high-income-low-net-worth individuals “struggle” with credit card debt—often covering expenses for children.

And here I come again, disappointing her: my answer is no. What I am telling her is that I have failed to live beneath my means for decades. All my sister has to do is conjure up some memories of some Black man from her life—and her mother’s life—that was a pathetic, childish, multi-hundred-thousand-dollar financial drain and project her deep-rich hatred for that man on me. Her contempt for “me” is thick enough to cut with a knife.

Boom.

Done.

“Men” my daughter should stay away from…

I am too old to ask for excuses when it comes to finances. I am passionate about never getting a free ride in this economic arena. When parents tell their children they are “too young” to have a “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” they are often speaking from a fusion of morality and biology. Let’s just speak from finances and suddenly it would make sense why so many Americans hate math.

The other deep fascist shit about giving the intimate other a free economic pass is the reality that the financially dominate person is actually unprepared to interact intimately with a person that is her equal. She is more culturally biased toward “dealing” with a financial superior or suckling an adult financial child. It is not what she “likes” to do—it is all that she knows to do. This is the other reason why I am so passionate about rejecting the ‘free’ pass.

So, should any of you find me years later and I am still single, understand the rasx() context: I’m still answering ‘no’ to my own deadly questions.

A rare non-exchange un-between @liberatormag and @KinteSpace (Twinks without links)

the kinte space [KinteSpace] @liberatormag look up our word for “instruction”; it begins with the same sound as our word for “star”…

the kinte space [KinteSpace] @liberatormag this one word provides us with insight into how our eldest ancestors viewed the world, before the Adamic fall of “Man”…

the kinte space [KinteSpace] @liberatormag this one word changes how we interpret “spare the rod and spoil the child”…

the kinte space [KinteSpace] @liberatormag this one word shows how eating food had a relationship with ‘querying’ the sky…

the kinte space [KinteSpace] @liberatormag this food-sky relationship made us deeply, deeply value accuracy and correctness…

the kinte space [KinteSpace] @liberatormag these deep, deep values predate what we now call “morality” or worse “goodness”…

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the kinte space [KinteSpace] @liberatormag this one word provides deeper meaning in “thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”…

the kinte space [KinteSpace] @liberatormag who would be so fastidious as to differ between “rod” and “staff”? …Charleston Heston?

the kinte space [KinteSpace] @liberatormag and with the coincidence of your latest posts, this concludes my mentioning of this very serious matter on the freaking web…

LIBERATOR Magazine [liberatormag] We must practice how to best foster life and be a good resource for it. All else is reactionary ideology and organized dogmatic egotism.

the kinte space [KinteSpace] the problem with getting “good” at arguing is the time lost meant for studying and incarnating for constructively manifesting

the kinte space [KinteSpace] imprisoned within a reactionary bell-hooks-mis-inspired context, the effort to critique essentialism is reduced to dismissal of vile dogma

the kinte space [KinteSpace] just because the 20th-cent. Black radicalism of my childhood beat too many women and failed to pay bills does not mean it can’t learn, grow