“How the German ‘Left’ Learned to Love Israel and Hate Anti-Zionist Jews” and other Twinks…

Mari Matsuo [Mari_Matsuo] How the German ‘Left’ Learned to Love Israel & Hate Anti-Zionist Jews | @MaxBlumenthal http://t.co/lWpJuReQyv via @AlterNet #FreePalestine

quiet storm [nadia870] I love how some people wanna act like the Black Friday weekend boycotts had nothing to do with the 11% decrease in sales this year.

Sydette [Blackamazon] They want black men to apologize for putting their hands up . That’s where we are right now

jamey hatley [jameyhatley] People think racism looks like hate. It also looks like fear, an innocent joke, silence, indifference…

the kinte space [KinteSpace] my advice for my children: do not waste yr time or risk yr life telling a cop how u feel – save talk about feelings for people who care

Shadow And Act [shadowandact] Review: Drama ‘The Retrieval’ Is a Finely Crafted & Evocative Film (Now Streaming on Netflix) http://t.co/Irp9BBwqSS http://t.co/ynOavX6oIm

the kinte space [KinteSpace] ‘The Retrieval’ Trailer – YouTube https://t.co/oKFSLGZc7C

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Brief lecture on deconstruction or post-structuralist theory – YouTube https://t.co/BSBpHWS9B8

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Brief lecture introducing concepts of structuralist literary theory. – YouTube https://t.co/Vrf74tPTU9

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Lecture on basic editing techniques in film. – YouTube https://t.co/TUGUzEJNBq

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Ferdinand de Saussure – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://t.co/3neZ2enbsB

Conrad Hackett [conradhackett] Black & white drug use similar but punishment more common & severe for blacks http://t.co/jJaRR8Z9Et http://t.co/2xZRUjoXAt

African Proverbs [AF_Proverbs] Wood may remain ten years in the water, but it will never become a crocodile. ~Congolese Proverb.

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Anthology of American Folk Music – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://t.co/HDeWEAeDJo

The Verge [verge] The surreal fantasy paintings of Jakub Rebelka http://t.co/eqHVWzXwe3 http://t.co/6EA6lUDxFw

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Tomi Ungerer – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://t.co/5r0Ls1EIo1 http://t.co/0BlvOKrXYT

EricaJoy [EricaJoy] Just read this piece by @KieseLaymon and am moved to tears, once again: http://t.co/eiT2SBPpSU So powerful.

the kinte space [KinteSpace] after climate change and the decoding of the Neanderthal genome there should be less popular interest in science – more Catholic to come…

ghetto intellectual™ [kzshabazz] “Freedom’s Journal,” First African American-owned newspaper (1827) http://t.co/wgBZN3lWmv http://t.co/Q5F58UK5P0

Nnedi Okorafor, PhD [Nnedi] “If it’s French literature and it’s in Zulu, you’d say this was off. But if it’s African literature in English this is ok.” – moderator

Cinema In Noir [CinemaInNoir] Lou Gossett Jr. Says ‘Book of Negroes’ Is Better Than ‘Roots,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ + Watch New Trailer http://t.co/6Ab4M3m9oc

Nnedi Okorafor, PhD [Nnedi] “Abacha was death. His supporters and apologists…They were the precursors of Boko Haram.” -Prof Wole Soyinka

Rebel Heru [Rebel_Heru] Stop talking about spending power as our greatest asset, that can be nullified very quickly.

Dave Winer ☮ [davewiner] Steve Albini on the surprisingly sturdy state of the music industry. http://t.co/k1rEO3BotM

The Root [TheRoot] This week’s image goes back to the Age of Enlightenment in Eastern Europe. http://t.co/cqRA0YLCxr http://t.co/nl1CHU2MeZ

Flying Pigeon LA [flyingpigeonla] Santa Monica: more biking, more walking, fewer crashes. Bike ridership gains 300%+ over 10 years:… http://t.co/awd9euu98N

Nana Ocran [NanaOcran] ‘Professor #Angela #Davis: Policing the Crisis Today’ on Vimeo http://t.co/bDCtLkwIK7 #Vimeo

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Check out ‘Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist’ on Vimeo http://t.co/9wgQLkgRnN

The Onion [TheOnion] Employee Wishes He Had Enough Job Security To Voice Opinion http://t.co/OnTmjt5ayv http://t.co/Rq1h5MvQas

WILLPOWER and Cloüd, 12/6 8PM Miami Art Basel 2014 [@willpowerstudio]

Location: Moksha Family Arts Collective
When: Saturday, December 6 8–9 PM

OUT OF THIS WORLD from WILLPOWER STUDIOS on Vimeo.

I am collaborating with electronic music producer Cloüd for this one hour performance where we will be going back to back.
I will be playing my tracks with keys live on top, while projected visuals reacting to the music play behind me.
I will also be controlling the visuals by waving my hands in the air using a sensor and the software I wrote that ables me to create via physical movements.
William Ismael

“[@chescaleigh] Black teenage boys are 21X more likely than their white counterparts to be shot by a cop.” and other Twinks…

Franchesca Ramsey [chescaleigh] Black teenage boys are 21X more likely than their white counterparts to be shot by a cop. #Ferguson (via @upworthy) http://t.co/STrmFHnu1E

Asia Leeds [AsiaLeeds] Lynching is a U.S. institution. It’s the fourth branch of the U.S. government.

BlackHistoryStudies [BlkHistStudies] Exactly!!! http://t.co/TpV60E8Bvb

Free Black Man [RevrendDoctor] The arrests last night started when a state trooper LIFTED a woman ACROSS the line by her neck and slammed her on the ground. Then we moved.

DarkSkintDostoyevsky [daniecal] Wasting ur breath. No one as adept at subordination and white paternalism as a black male athlete @brownandbella @DeionSanders

Pamela Council [PamelaCouncil] CNN: we’re just gonna keep reading what Darren Wilson said over and over like its fact and compare everything else to that.

The Straits Times [STcom] ‘Kill them before they grow’? #France‘s black justice minister slams #US police killings http://t.co/7yJsAza2ku http://t.co/5wrHCwgbVv

ProBlackEmpowerment [Strong_BlackMan] Fuck all u hypocritical white folks whos ready2 go2 war when some1 kills a white American abroad but expects us2 be cool while we get killed

Bim Adewunmi [bimadew] The obsession with “wondering what MLK would say” precludes hearing anything the *people on the ground* RIGHT NOW are actually saying.

Mreeuh Chang [MREEUH] white supremacy serves no function but to sustain itself, recessive gene caucasoids constantly defending themselves against their extinction

Ainehi Edoro [brittlepaper] Apparently the Bhagavad Gita influenced certain aspects of Shuttle in the Crypt, Soyinka’s prison poems.

Jazmine Hughes [jazzedloon] “What age is a black boy when he learns he’s scary?” There are so many black parents who have to break this to their sons tonight.

Petty LaBelle [d_Sassy1ne] My 7 year old son just said: “Don’t worry mom. If we want to live, we just have to stay home”. I’m turning off my tv. My heart just broke

AfroFuturist Affair [AfroFuturAffair] Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens | Bitch… http://t.co/tl3eLcGFmx

Sarah J. Jackson [sjjphd] So Boston Public Schools called homes of 7th graders+above to discourage “violence” re #Ferguson. Totally offensive. http://t.co/F9kPw9ljfb

cutie j [babygossamer] White people out here saying that calling them mayo is racism but when a 12 year old black boy gets shot they’re fighting for the shooters

Imani ABL [AngryBlackLady] Sick of hearing people telling the protestors to be peaceful. How about telling law enforcement to stop the violence? #Ferguson

Asia Leeds [AsiaLeeds] We talk about #IdaBWells and lynch law in class today. Timely.

LIBERATOR Magazine [liberatormag] The Greatest Love Song Ever / Stevie Wonder’s Key of Life » http://t.co/JVYQGNjkDG http://t.co/erfF0NK9tc

SuperCreepy Rob Lowe [jteeDC] Post racial police work. RT @bendreyfuss: Michael Brown “looked like a demon” to Darren Wilson http://t.co/QIZ5cLC8gU http://t.co/9X4hff1v6V

Sherlock Holmegirl [MentionMeT] When black people *actually* owned their communities guess what happened? Whites burned them down. Fuck yo Walmart.

Ferrari Sheppard [stopbeingfamous] Study: White People Think Black People Are Magical http://t.co/ayHS7osizu via @thescienceofus

LIBERATOR Magazine [liberatormag] It’s sad watching people trying to stalk & copy your path, rather than walk it alongside you, when you struggling yourself to carve one out.

Shadow And Act [shadowandact] Watch Trailer for Artist Kara Walker’s Documentary ‘An Audience’ http://t.co/6Entxdbge0 http://t.co/8Z3ZSpTpQC

the kinte space [KinteSpace] AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda TRAILER – YouTube https://t.co/gSkgIgJCwr

 P. Mimi Poinsett MD [yayayarndiva] I’ve learned to never hold my breath waiting on justice….

Maria Popova [brainpicker] How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself – lovely vintage guide to self-reliant play and joyful solitude http://t.co/URwDjKVJnd

Vintage Honey [thesoulasylum] White people started this. No one can end racism except them. It’s not up to black people to eradicate something we didn’t start.

Tim Okamura Art [TimOkamuraArt] @hifructosemag: Empowered, soulful portraits of African American women by @TimOkamuraArt: http://t.co/2TDp2md1v8 http://t.co/YGdPRWzhkz” :)

Another Africa [another_africa] Pioneering artist James Webb on what sounds could represent, & how those meanings change with context + presentation http://t.co/Gnr4H3QIXj

the kinte space [KinteSpace] @JustMuteMeNow you could also sprinkle some hemp protein in the oats while they cook…

Channing Tatyummm [JustMuteMeNow] @KinteSpace ooooo that’s a good idea!!

@EricaJoy : “I just published ‘No Solution’, the follow up to ‘The Other Side of Diversity.’” and other Twinks…

EricaJoy [EricaJoy] I just published “No Solution” https://t.co/xVjk2g9xoM, the follow up to “The Other Side of Diversity.”

Side-Eye (Forever) [prisonculture] We are just 3 weeks away from opening statements in her retrial. It’s so close. http://t.co/pKV4QzON8j

Anita BAEker [DeportaDora] Charles Manson is an 80 year old convicted mass murderer in prison and he has a wife. Like, do I gotta murder a few motherfuckers?

HER SWORD IS SHARP [IAMHUMMINGBIRD] http://t.co/ehPuOP7VzT

Maria Popova [brainpicker] Thoreau on the art of walking – such a wonderful antidote to our sedentary culture of desk-bound work http://t.co/G6DMk5ZUpn

LIBERATOR Magazine [liberatormag] @MarianGoodman: Harry Belafonte and Steve McQueen in conversation http://t.co/UIFG6fENjt” Paul Robeson movie coming soon.

Miguel de Icaza [migueldeicaza] Why is there no Chipotle of French food?

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Artsy – Discover, Research, and Collect the World’s Best Art Online https://t.co/KYGWsJA5mr @another_africa

Lisa Fischer [lisafischersing] @BryanWilhite http://t.co/VfnkD1zFpI

Sweet Slips [Ndeshi_M] My dad is Jamaican and my mum is Iranian, which meant that we spent most of our family holidays in Customs.

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 my 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.