Know your history. Washington, DC, long known for its past as a part of the slave-owning South, was shocked one fateful morning in 1848 when seventy-seven slaves disappeared from their posts and were later discovered to have escaped via ferry up Chesapeake Bay headed north towards freedom.
The past, present, and future have a habit of crossing paths more often than one would like to admit, especially in these troubled times. Lest you forget those ancestors who lived in the midst of that great evil “that pecular institution,” read the post I provided for you, and think about those who persist in invoking that same evil in the name of politics and racial hatred (we have politicians on the Right who seem to think that enslavingAfricans was beneficial for my ancestors). Calling forth those ancestors to protect us from that evil from reemerging on the land is also Afrofuturism. Ashe!
Of course we do. We are in the now, and we are in the future. We imagine and build ourselves into the very fabric of what we call “world” with not only scientific study and research, but with words, music, beauty, and art.
During one of my morning surfing ventures through the web theGrio.com led me to Dr. Shaw’s blog post about “magic,” or more accurately, perceptions of the world and technological advances. It has occurred to me that someone dumped into 2012 from 1812 or even 1912 via a time machine (and we’re working on that one-trust me!) would think we were all sorcerers who sold our souls to the Devil himself for having these contraptions with sound and sight. Musical instruments with buttons instead of strings (iPods/iPads?). Metal books without paper yet able to hold thousands and thousands of pages you find just by pressing more buttons. Read more and tell me what you think you would do if you were plopped into the 24th or 28th century of our planet. First of all, would anything be left? We seem to enjoy burning out our planet’s ability to sustain itself, lately.
I am RISING with #1billionrising on 14 February. Will you rise? Watch this short film by Eve Ensler and South African filmmaker Tony Stroebel.
Please send the film http://ow.ly/dVLJK to everyone you know, and post it to every social network you are on. We are about to shake the planet, and your participation is crucial.
Please use the hashtag: #1billionrising when tweeting. Join the movement to end violence against women! Power to the people-let’s set it off, sisters and brothers and bring peace to our planet! Click on the links and make it happen!
How Three Black Women Combined Spiritual and Sensual Love, by Cherie Ann Turpin, Ph.D
Edwin Mellen Press, the publisher of my book How Three Black Women Writers Combined Spiritual and Sensual Love: Rhetorically Transcending the Boundaries of Love is now offering my book in soft-cover for half the price: $43.29 USD. It’s a heck of bargain considering the fact that the hardcover is $119 USD. So how do you get it? Well, until Mellen Press starts offering it online at Amazon or on their site, you have to call and ask, though I’m betting if enough people ask, they’ll relent and get on board with market demand much faster. Meanwhile, here’s the contact name and phone number:
Ms. Irene Miller
Be sure to let her know you found out the good news about getting my book soft-cover from me, Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin.