“Amazing portrait “The Bridge” of Dad [via @tamiwrites4you]” and other Twinks…

Tami Outterbridge [tamiwrites4you] Amazing portrait “The Bridge” of Dad #Artist #JohnOutterbridge by #Artist @MikeMassenburg. [twitter.com]

Tami Outterbridge [tamiwrites4you] My shot of @latimes @MelMelconPhoto photographing Dad, #artist #JohnOutterbridge 4 upcoming piece w/ @jessicagelt. [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Theaster Gates [youtube.com] @junecarol_e @mikemassenburg

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Ben Enwonwu | Problems of the African Artist Today [masterpiz.com]

Framing Blackness [FramingBlacknes] The late, great Ousmane Sembene directing Fatoumata Coulibaly in “Mooladé” (2004) [twitter.com]

CBC Radio [cbcradio] Selma cinematographer Bradford Young is challenging how people of colour are seen in films [cbc.ca] [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] African Diaspora Film Festival Opens With “The Man Who Mends Women…” [blackstarnews.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] excellent and chilling line from @avaetc SELMA script when J. Edgar Hoover says, “Dismantle the family.” -not just one family but all of us

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Director Olatunde Osunsanmi @centerwillhold Tackles the Science Behind the Fiction with Hollywood TV/Film Successes [kintespace.com]

Shadow And Act [shadowandact] Watch: ‘Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany’ – Hans J. Massaquoi’s Story [blogs.indiewire.com] [twitter.com]

Another Africa [another_africa] In a remodelling of cultural paradigms, Egyptian artist Khaled Hafez constructs a fictitious universe where gods,… [anotherafrica.net]

The Economist [TheEconomist] Like similar museums around the country, Chicago’s DuSable is struggling [economist.com] [twitter.com]

Another Africa [another_africa] In conversation with activist and visual artist Ismael Ogando, on counter narratives and historical re-enactments… [anotherafrica.net]

June Edmonds [JuneCarol_E]#RacistBruin Group Protests UCLA’s Failure to Address Racism, Sexual Violence, and Corporatization [hyperallergic.com] via @hyperallergic

the kinte space [KinteSpace]#BlackOnCampus sheds light on the issues black students face nationwide [blavity.com]

June Edmonds [JuneCarol_E] Your Twitter feed says more about your political views than you think, study says but not in the way you may think – [latimes.com]

REMEZCLA [REMEZCLA] “Women of color basically invented feminism.” – Gloria Steinem. [remezcla.com] [twitter.com]

michael massenburg [mikemassenburg] Cornel West is falling down: 5 takeaways from The New Republic’s Cornel West story [blavity.com] via @Blavity

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Stream – In the Niger Delta, decades of environmental disaster [Ogoni people; Ken Saro-Wiwa] [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Satellites Expose Just How Bad Indonesia’s Fires Are [wired.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Colour of pollution: Environmental racism [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Black Circus Workers Lynched After Being Falsely Accused of Raping White Woman (1920) [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Alabama State Apologized 67 Years Later to ‘Recy Taylor’ for Failure to Prosecute Attackers [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Looking Black On Today In 1831, Revolutionary Leader, Nat Turner, Was Executed In Virginia [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Racist HP Lovecraft will No Longer Represent the World Fantasy Award, 4 Years After Nnedi Okorafor’s Initial Call [bookslive.co.za]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Looking Black On Today In 1989, L Douglas Wilder Became The First Black Governor In The US [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 23 Years Later the Falsely Accused “Central Park Five” Gets Justice [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Why does Madagascar go without humanitarian help? [youtube.com] @megafunkmega

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Why the quantified self isn’t always the best path for a healthy life [theverge.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Male suicide now a national public health emergency, MPs warned [telegraph.co.uk]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Why Did the Death Rate Rise Among Middle-Aged White Americans? [newyorker.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] More black people jailed in England and Wales proportionally than in US [theguardian.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Why are Black African graduates the ‘most overqualified’ UK workers? [blavity.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Only 5% of African American Households Have More than $350,000 in Net Worth [blackstarnews.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 7 surprising results when you pay your kids for chores [getrichslowly.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] California must stop offering low-income students fake classes [sfchronicle.com] via @sfchronicle

Du Bois Review [DuBoisReview] In “Racialized Modernity” (12.2, forthcoming) scholars reassert Du Bois’ foundational importance to U.S. sociology. [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Lagos Fashion and Design Week | [models.com] MDX [models.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] A Meeting With The Himalayan Sadhu [youtube.com] @liberatormag

Open Culture [openculture] What Ancient Greek Music Sounded Like: Hear a Reconstruction That is ‘100% Accurate’ [openculture.com] [twitter.com]

Tiffany Rayside [tmrDevelops] Also Paradox: [codepen.io] && Coiled Quad: [codepen.io] | via @CodePen | #html5 #javascript [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] got to check out GENIUS PARTY BEYOND #anime on #Netflix @megafunkmega @mariinukai [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] World Scrabble Title Scooped By Nigerian In First For Africa [blackstarnews.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Strange light streaking across Californian sky is actually a Trident missile test [telegraph.co.uk]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Meet David Lloyd: the man behind the anarchists’ ‘V for Vendetta’ Guy Fawkes mask [telegraph.co.uk]

Mama wa Sukiri [TamTamsWorld] She’s BROKEN, look! Fractures to the legs and arms. I was so proud of this. I’m gonna have to make her again. :'( [twitter.com]

Mama wa Sukiri [TamTamsWorld] YASSS! “@carvh12: “@LyudmilaTomova: “The Bull”, 24 x 36″ #acrylic, latest painted for ROYGBIV [twitter.com] ””

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Curious Persistence of Poetry Shops [newyorker.com]

Tseday Mekbib [Tseday] As an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian, the +3000 years narrative is my history. It will not to be diminished or altered to accommodate your ego

Sweet Potato Soul [sweetpotatosoul]@KinteSpace@OvercookedVegan Looks so freakin’ good!!

“Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Reading List” and other Twinks…

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Reading List | The New York Public Library: [nypl.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Author Junot Díaz called unpatriotic as Dominican Republic strips him of award [theguardian.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] A short, crucial explanation of the USA Patriot Act and USA Freedom Act [theverge.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Former BBC journalist found dead in Istanbul airport previously spoke of being targeted by Isil [telegraph.co.uk]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Terrance Hayes reads his poem “How to Draw an Invisible Man” [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Writing Life of a Young, Prolific Poet [newyorker.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] ‘How To Be Drawn’ and ‘The Last Two Seconds’ [bostonglobe.com] via @BostonGlobe

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Hans L. Charles knocks it out the park with the phrase “the system is built for you NOT to be in it” [youtube.com] @AVAETC

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Why South African students are insisting that #FeesMustFall [blavity.com]

Nancy Leong [nancyleong] There were fewer black men in medical school in 2014 than in 1978: [npr.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] from 3% to 1% [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Gig Economy Can Actually Be Great for Women [wired.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] ‘It’s just lady pains’: Are doctors not taking women’s agony seriously enough? [telegraph.co.uk]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Men ‘feel threatened by intelligent women’ [telegraph.co.uk]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] While Xi Jinping charms Britain, China’s struggling women wait [telegraph.co.uk]

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] African Americans Are Moving To Ghana In Record Numbers [afkinsider.com] via @AFKInsider

the kinte space [KinteSpace] I live in South America and yes, I’m black. Can you stop staring now? [blavity.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Nigerian Student Breaks 50 Year Record In Japan [huffingtonpost.co.uk] via @HPYoungVoices

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Google Pumps $2B Into Africa’s Biggest Wind Power Project [wired.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Amazon is suing over 1,000 fake review sellers [theverge.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 5 Great Services for Self-Publishing Your Book | MediaShift [mediashift.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] British Library offers over 1 million free vintage images for download @megafunkmega [digitalartsonline.co.uk]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Of gods and men: how ancient Egypt was the crucible for multiple faiths [guardian.tumblr.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 84 Films By and About Women of Color, Courtesy of Ava DuVernay and the Good People of Twitter [blogs.indiewire.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Giant fantasy sculptures parade through Mexico City [telegraph.co.uk]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Martin Scorsese digitally restores Djibril Diop Mambéty’s masterpiece Touki Bouki [africasacountry.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Cell Phone Turned 40 Years-Old Today. Meet The Black Man Dr. Henry T. Sampson Who Created It | Atlnightspots https://t.co/slmdux37IB

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Prison phone companies fight for right to charge inmates $14 a minute [arstechnica.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Dark Truth About Why South Africa Destroyed Its Nuclear Weapons in 1990 [siliconafrica.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Escrava Anastacia: The Legend of the Enslaved Saint With Blue Eyes and Healing Powers @elicianan [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] If you’re lucky enough to earn a living from your art, you’re probably white @another_africa [washingtonpost.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The surreal black and white illustrations of Kim Dae-Hyun [designer-daily.com]

Tiffany Rayside [tmrDevelops] Secco | Interactive Fresco Painting | [codepen.io] | via @CodePen | #html5 #canvas #javascript [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Amazing Nina Simone Is Much Kinder Than Netflix’s Documentary of Nina Simone [thestranger.com] @megafunkmega @AVAETC

#RNFF2015 [RNCImedia] 12th Red Nation Film Festival – Festival Runs: Nov 12-22 [rednationff.com] [twitter.com]

Ava DuVernay [AVAETC] David Oyelowo to play OTHELLO on Broadway! One would think NYT would lead w/ the actor who plays the lead. But nah. [mobile.nytimes.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 1970s television taught most of white America what racism looks like; it was so over the top it gave most whites a pass. @avaetc @moni_tano

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Eddie Murphy impersonated Bill Cosby in his first stand-up set in 28 years [theverge.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Rise & Fall Of The Famous “Negro Agricultural Colony”, Dearfield Colorado [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Support South LA’s First Beyond Organic Produce and Grocery Market [csuinc.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Kashi “All Natural” Class Action Settlement [mymoneyblog.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] the most good-looking cooking video I have ever seen [youtube.com] @sweetpotatosoul @OvercookedVegan @moni_tano @MaronzioVance

Overcooked Vegan [OvercookedVegan] Your favorite potato (@sweetpotatosoul) is on [brownvegan.com] Señor @BryanWilhite.

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 7 Black vegans you should follow on Instagram @overcookedvegan @sweetpotatosoul [blavity.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] my version of a sandwich: SUNSEED CHORIZO [mlvegankitchen.com] @OvercookedVegan @sweetpotatosoul [twitter.com]

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] learning why many members of my family prefer owning property in Texas [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Parents fined £3m a year for term-time family holidays [telegraph.co.uk]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] btw @MaronzioVance remember on the podcast you asked what’s in Virginia? …we can’t forget about the CIA: [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] From soldiers to sunbathers, how Vietnam’s China Beach became hip [telegraph.co.uk]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] I had no idea… [youtube.com]

“the adolescence of the cool by Mr Bryan D Wilhite” and other Twinks…

the kinte space [KinteSpace] the adolescence of the cool by Mr Bryan D Wilhite [amazon.com] via @amazon

JulieDash [JulieDash] This! @BryanWilhite #theadolescenceofthecool [amazon.com] [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Many thanks Ms. Dash! @another_africa @AVAETC [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Amazon Killed the Bookstore. So It’s Opening a Bookstore [wired.com]

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Adam Savage, Astronaut Chris Hadfield, and Andy Weir Talk ‘The Martian’ [youtube.com] @andyweirauthor

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Endless War Grows: Obama Sends U.S. Forces to Syria, Reversing Pledge of No Boots on the Ground [democracynow.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] racism is not a small problem in a big civilization; racism *is* the “civilization” -our youth needs to know this

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Persian Gulf could be too hot for humans by 2100 [telegraph.co.uk]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.” ― Confucius [goodreads.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Finally some answers on dark energy, the mysterious master of the Universe [arstechnica.com]

ActionAid UK [ActionAidUK] No toilet? For many girls, that means no school when you’re on your period: [po.st] #WorldToiletDay [twitter.com]

Rebecca Enonchong [africatechie] Urine Malaria Test: How innovation is revolutionising healthcare in Nigeria [venturesafrica.com]

Bryan D. Wilhite [BryanWilhite] Building a Pan-African Network of Angel Investors [techcabal.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Moving Beyond Microcredit @liberatormag [newyorker.com]

Donna Brazile [donnabrazile] Chase to pay $100 million over bad debt-collection practices in California thanks to AG Kamala HARRIS. [latimes.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] “How the Other Half Banks”: Author Says America’s Two-Tiered Banking System is a Threat to Democracy [democracynow.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Connecting the Poor Is the Best Hope for Ending Poverty [wired.com]

Rebecca Enonchong [africatechie] 18 million, not 300 million: That’s the size of Africa’s ‘real’ middle class—and it could disappear [mgafrica.com]

Rebecca Enonchong [africatechie] MTN’s $5,2 billion fine and the nasty business of African telecoms [techzim.co.zw]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Nigerians Are Building Fireproof, Bulletproof, And Eco-Friendly Homes With Plastic Bottles And Mud [greenlifes.net] via @sucoltech

Rebecca Enonchong [africatechie] There are only 20 countries in the world where it is harder to do business than in Nigeria [qz.com] #DoingBusiness

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Senegal’s Trash Transformed into Afrofuturist Haute Couture [hyperallergic.com] via @hyperallergic

Rebecca Enonchong [africatechie] Africa has the deadliest roads in the world, and the death toll will probably keep rising [qz.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] At The Intersection of Afrofuturism and Religion in Indie Film, Ori Inu [cypherleague.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Nigeria creating a national ID card for citizens [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 5 diaspora museums from every corner of the U.S. to visit [blavity.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How Black Pirate Radio Stations Revolutionised London’s Music Scene [londonist.com]

Lauren Chief Elk [ChiefElk] The first female Native American elected to a statewide office is setting her sights on Congress. [fresnobee.com] #TeamJuneau

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Meet The First Black Criminal Defense Attorney In The State Of Minnesota [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How The “Mississippi Plan” Was Used To Disenfranchises African Americans Before Jim Crow [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Electing Enemies #Mumia [mumiapodcast.libsyn.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Blackdom: Once the Famous All-Black Community in New Mexico [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 5 Nations That Imported Europeans to Whiten The Population [atlantablackstar.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Slave Narrative-Isaac Johnson: Story of The Father Who Sold His Wife and Four Children [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Kru People: Africans Who Refused To Be Captured In The Transatlantic Slave Trade [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Margaret Garner: Killed Her Child Trying to Prevent a Life-Time Spent in Bondage [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Counting the Cost – India’s rising power in Africa [youtube.com]

Rebecca Enonchong [africatechie] Africa’s leaders are being feted in New Delhi, but ordinary Africans are called “black monkeys” [qz.com] #IndiaAfrica

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Tata Motors sees Senegal as its hub for Western Africa [tata.com] [disclaimer: I hold Tata shares]

zellie [zellieimani] Study: Black Students—Not Crime—Determine If Schools Get Security [talkingpointsmemo.com] #edchat [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Criminalizing the Classroom: Inside the School-to-Prison Pipeline [democracynow.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Why does no one care when boys fail at school and middle-aged men kill themselves? [telegraph.co.uk]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How the FBI Can Detain, Render and Threaten Without Risk [news.slashdot.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Best of Behance: Taiyo Yamamoto @another_africa @megafunkmega [create.adobe.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] interesting sister of real estate [youtube.com] @megafunkmega

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 4 Times Ida B. Wells-Barnett Warned Blacks Against Trusting White Media [blacklistory.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] the climate of the early days of [kintespace.com] ? …imagine an Internet dominated by “blacks” with raven-symone politics

the kinte space [KinteSpace] future white generations (of all skin colors) will probably be told (subliminally) that the Chinese were the cause of climate change

the kinte space [KinteSpace] like how a white dude can shoot up a movie theater and make it alive to a courtroom, America has no choice but to “forgive” Volkswagen

“Is This the Third Intifada?” and other Twinks…

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Is This the Third Intifada? Violent Unrest Grows as Palestinians Seek End to Military Occupation [democracynow.org]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Detainees sue psychologists who engineered, profited from CIA torture [arstechnica.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The World’s Largest Detention Center Is For Black Jews Seeking Asylum In Israel [countercurrentnews.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Shark Island Concentration Camp (Death Island) and Germany’s Apology Years Later [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Quakertown: A Vibrant Black Town Demolished for Its Embarrassment to a White College [blackthen.com]

Gloria L. Blackwell [AAUWGloriaB] Black female heads of household w/a B.A. have less net wealth than a white woman with a high school diploma. -William Darity #WhyWeCantWait

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Shocking Culture Of Sexual Harassment Of Women In South Africa [blackstarnews.com]

Judy Meyer [Justjudy26] I’ve beeen saying this. “Africa cannot develop by simply trying not to be poor” [africanentrepreneur.blogspot.co.za] From your archives @africatechie

the kinte space [KinteSpace] To be young, black and dealing with depression [blavity.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Saving Celia: The Slave Woman Put On Trial For Murdering Rapist Owner [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Devastating Chart Shows Why El Niño Won’t Fix the Drought [wired.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Reed R. McCants (October 9, 1954), Actor, Director, Writer and Creator of Black … [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Dangerfield Newby (1815 – October 17, 1859) was the oldest of John Brown’s raide… [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Fanny Jackson Coppin (October 15, 1837 – January 21, 1913) was an African-Americ… [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Looking Black On Today In 1914, Garrett Morgan Patented The Gas Mask [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Ann Petry (October 12, 1908 – April 28, 1997) was an American novelist who becam… [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] John Stewart Rock (October 13, 1825 – December 3, 1866) was an American teacher,… [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Canada’s Best Kept Secret: Slavery Existed in the Country for 200 years [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] How Blacks have Irish Last Names [trianglebelowcanalstreet.com] via @wordpressdotcom

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Lies We Learned In School: The Long Lasting Effects Of The Atlantic Slave Trade [blackthen.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Blavity Must read: Ta-Nehisi Coates Essay on the black family in the age of mass incarceration [blavity.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Haitian Stories of Resistance [anotherafrica.net] @another_africa

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Spectacular ceramic sculptures by Haejin Lee [designer-daily.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] On Exhibit | Izumi Kato New Sculptures At Moca Tokyo [supertouchart.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Inside Pitchfork, the Site That Shook Up Music Journalism [wired.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Watch a Wonderful South African Short Film Exploring Ancestral Spirits & Deities [blogs.indiewire.com] @ElicianaN @another_africa

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Searching for Sam Gilliam: the 81-year-old art genius saved from oblivion @another_africa @mikemassenburg [theguardian.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Amiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoi Jones; October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014), poet… [blackthen.com]

Maria Popova [brainpicker] Sylvia Plath, born on this day in 1932, reads “The Disquieting Muses” in rare BBC recording [brainpickings.org] [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] On our radar: Selina Nwulu, the new Young Poet Laureate for London [blavity.com]

JaeDreamer [DreamJae]@HeroesInColor00[twitter.com]

Xeni [xeni] Twitter is men who don’t have breast cancer correcting me on how I should feel about breast cancer

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Nasa releases new video showing 4K views of Jupiter @megafunkmega [telegraph.co.uk]

ምክትል ሊቀመንበር [Enkamumu] 1 child arrested for a clock that looks suit case bomb is tragedy. 250,000 child soldiers is just statistics. [twitter.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Homeless mom sentenced to 5 years in prison for “stealing” son’s education [voxpopulisphere.com] via @VoxPopuli

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 20 Black Child Prodigies Mainstream Media Doesn’t Talk About – Atlanta Blackstar [atlantablackstar.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 14 Things black moms don’t hear often enough [blavity.com]

Love Hotelier [TamTamsWorld] 6yr old: what are u gonna be for Halloween? Me: i don’t celebrate pagan festivals. 6yr old: not even Christmas?? Me: no. 6yr old: WHAT?! 0_O

the kinte space [KinteSpace] The Porn Business Isn’t Anything Like You Think It Is [wired.com] @TamTamsWorld

the kinte space [KinteSpace] toddlers CANNOT live in this house! [youtube.com] @JuneCarol_E

the kinte space [KinteSpace] i’m surprised: loads of youtube videos about dudes living in vans [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] a nickel with @MaronzioVance and Kevin Nealon [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] when Sade and Björk have a baby, you get @fkatwigs: a true talent that’s what’s left after the apocalypse

the kinte space [KinteSpace] great move by @JanelleMonae on MANY MOONS biting brilliantly off Sesame Street [youtube.com]

the kinte space [KinteSpace] my 11-year-old daughter told me what @JanelleMonae‘s “boody don’t lie” meant then I told her what I thought it meant -from black history…

the kinte space [KinteSpace] …and that’s how pop stars like @JanelleMonae teach young people without making it such a big hairy deal

the kinte space [KinteSpace] Young Thug Isn’t Rapping Gibberish, He’s Evolving Language [wired.com] via @WIRED

the kinte space [KinteSpace] 5 Incredible black-owned vegan restaurants in Memphis you should know about @overcookedvegan [blavity.com]

About the cover photography of my first chapbook…

My mother took the photo on the cover on my first chapbook, the adolescence of the cool. And the first person who would not consider my mother a photographer would be my darkroom-building father. In that sense, the photo is an anti-photograph for anti-book cover. From a professional book marketing perspective, the cover I designed for my chapbook is a bricks-and-mortar retail disaster.

second printing of the adolescence of the cool

The first problem is the dark-colored “nothingness” that is the top third of the book. There is no author name, no title, no arresting image. It is doomed to sit on the shelves overlooked. This is exactly what I want to communicate because—for most of my relatively-incredible, Black-American life—I have been that overlooked dark color just sitting there (and I am talking about everyday interactions with everyday people). I do not make this statement for pity or sympathy because I can tell you from Blues-experience there is none.

What my father would find very, very difficult to do (because he is so formal, professional and technical) is capture a real, slice-of-life moment. What my mother did with ease in the photo is capture a moment in my life from my youth that even I would forget about were it not for her motherly intrusiveness.

I am sitting in the back of her 1979 Ford Fairmont. She is about to give me this car. But for one last time I am sitting in the backseat like her sheltered, cherished child (—I learned later that such a child is enviously hated by most women raised not-so-sheltered and not-so cherished by their mother). She captures an expression on my face that I have never seen before but I know well how I feel when I have it. I was feeling at least three things simultaneously.

I was slightly irritated that my mother is yet again turning on me with a camera to take a picture of her precious child. But because I was raised in the Old School of Black motherhood I cannot openly disrespect my mother so I am suppressing that young-man impulse. At the age of 16 I started meditating in what I assumed was the Paramahansa Yogananda style of self realization (my mother was not going to let me hang out with a “cult” so I just read his book in complete isolation). So by the time that photo was taken, 21 or 22, I was relatively connected with what is called in English a “spiritual” part of myself.

But I knew my connection was not traditionally Black American. I was always an outsider. I was both rebellious and embracing of my family’s relationship with Christianity—just like my mother actually. Her photo also captured a sense of self-pity (my chapbook documents this in the ‘self-pity portraits’). My mother turned on me to take the photo like some great moment was taking place. But I felt quite insignificant, staring off into a void just south of Bliss.

Now that I am over two decades older than when that photo was taken (with children of my own) I now understand that my mother was taking a picture of a great moment—a great moment for herself well deserved. Although penniless, her youngest son was a college graduate. He has done everything that was asked of him—never gave her that much trouble—and the LAPD had not molested let alone murdered him. This young man represents years upon years of investment, nurturing and development. He is a product of a Black community that crumbled around him in fragments of crack cocaine. Yes, he is the heir of very impressive, formidable Black men but without the womanhood and the motherhood he would be nothing. That innocent and pure look on his face (that I found out later can be quite despised by some of my sisters in spite of their “wishes” to better people) is genuine—and it was mother that made it so.

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So my rebellious book cover for the adolescence of the cool is a Blues cover. How many other Black women groomed young men so excellently only to have them overlooked, obscure—some dark cover on some lonesome shelf without a voice? (Again, I am not talking about being overlooked by the Hollywood-fame world; I am talking about that social space that some mistakenly call “community” and mislabel as “intimacy.”) This mother’s photograph sits at the bottom of the dark space of the cover and the photograph itself is “her baby”, sitting alone in the backseat of a car with the pitch black of the windows, dotted with only hints of light. It is a typical, fractal African expression: bottom-ness sitting within bottom-ness.

So what does Miles Davis have to do with this? Well, Miles put this Blues thang out called Birth of the Cool. My “arrogant” optimism said my development as a “spiritual” person and as—what we call in English—an artist represented the adolescence of the cool. A collection of poetry from my 20s is really a summary of my adolescence when we get African-conservative about humans in time. So the title of my collection and that bottom-position on the cover of the title itself—in that playful typeface—represents the optimism that is strangely imbued in much of the Blues. (And, by the way, it is because of Amiri Baraka, his Black Arts Movement, that I am so able to freely mix Blues and poetry.)

That playful typeface, by the way (again), reminds me of how my mother used to label Tupperware in the kitchen with a magic marker (my mother’s handwriting was way, way better than what’s expressed in the typeface—so this font is more like me trying to label things with my mother marker). Her handwriting was so energetic, happy and optimistic.

Oh yeah: in typical Bryan fashion, I overlooked the obvious: everything I worked on in school, every formal project I completed as a “gifted” child was first reviewed by my mother. So the Blues here is that because my mother now suffers from dementia she will never be able to review this collection of poetry. I was too busy trying to be an adult while the poems were being written to share them with my mother. And now it’s too late.