there will be more to say about it

like so many men
like so many women
like so many men
you fear
you despise
you desire
a woman who
says yes
says no
in other words
voices a decision
positive
negative
in other words
consent
i am
a foreigner
to you
i am
alien
to you
my sexuality being
willfully
gloriously
defiant
resistant
distant
to beck and call
of marital call of duty
or other notions
of respectability
that mutes female eros
my sexuality being
too loud
too visible
too tangible
too intangible
to ignore
or control
i am deprogrammed
from the cultish
hymns and calls
of rape culture
i smashed my tv

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My radio show At the Edge interviews Kathryn Buford @liveunchained about their Indiegogo campaign http://www.indiegogo.com/liveunchained Tues Feb 26 8pm EST

warsan-1My radio show At the Edge: An Afrofuturist Salon is back with an episode featuring Kathryn Buford, Chief Visionary Officer/Lead Editress of Live Unchained, an organization that “represents black women’s collective and individual creativity.” “Live Unchained was born out of the desire to preserve, share and honor the diverse voices and experiences of black women across continents.” (www.liveunchained.com & 16396_10102254273779090_867894660_nhttps://www.facebook.com/iliveunchained)

Kathryn will discuss Live Unchained’s crowdfunding campaign to bring London-based Somali poet,Warsan Shire and “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” to Washington, DC, as well as the February 2013 launching of an Indigogo campaign to raise funds for the event set to take place in Fall 2014. Live Unchained’s 1st annual awards ceremony is named “Terrifying, Strange and Beautiful” after a line from one of Shire’s popular poems, “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love.” Shire’s captivating poetry on womanhood, love and social justice have garnered international acclaim as she has performed in many countries and been featured in prestigious media outlets like Vogue Italia. Live Unchained will host a workshop with Shire on healing through narrative, panel discussion on cultural activism and an experiential awards ceremony with a special performance by Shire to honor Live Unchained artists.

Live Unchained crowdfunding campaign: www.indiegogo.com/liveunchained
Live Unchained artists promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OJjzWQC6Bw
Live Unchained postcard campaign press release:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/Live-Unchained/University-Illinois/prweb10407655.htm & http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/terrifying-strange-and-beautiful?website_name=liveunchained

Kathryn is a writer, digital media consultant and sociology PhD student at University of Maryland. Her current research explores social entrepreneurship and women’s art and emancipatory knowledge across the African diaspora. In addition to Live Unchained, her writings have appeared in various online media outlets including Everything PR, Argophilia and SiliconANGLE, where she curated the technology and social change series.

The radio episode is HERE: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/at-the-edge-an-afrofuturist-salon/2013/02/27/live-unchained-terrifying-strange-and-beautiful-campaign

At the Edge: Tzynya L. Pinchback, Poet & Visionary – Go to iTunes & download right now!

At the Edge: Tzynya L. Pinchback, Poet and Visionary 08/08 by At the Edge An Afrofuturist Salon | Blog Talk Radio.

 

Followup to interview-Tzynga L. Pinchpack: Part 2, Art Show, Charleston

Hi there, hope you enjoyed tonight’s radio show.  Many listeners inquired about the upcoming art exhibit in Charleston, SC.  Please make it your business to get to Charleston and see this absolutely amazing art line-up that will include Tzynga L. Pinchpack, Bianca Dorsey, and other outstanding artists who will be in town for the opening show and activities.  Cookie Washington is the curator for this very important art show:

“Some of the first tales of mermaids and merwomen were brought to America by Africans enslaved along the coast of South Carolina. Black mermaids traveled with enslaved Africans from Yoruba to distant lands, comforting them in the holds of the slave ships that took them far away from their homeland in Africa. Known by other names, her traditions continue in the countries to which her people were dispersed. Because of the rich oral traditions of these peoples, few if any of these stories were written down until they were recorded by collectors of folk tales toward the end of the 19th century.  I can think of no better venue for an exhibition of Black Mermaid art quilts and art dolls than the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in the historic city of Charleston, SC.”  — Cookie Washington

Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore with be on view at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Historic Charleston, SC from August 28 through October 28, 2012.

 

 

Followup to Tzynga L. Pinchback interview: Part One (re Bianca Dorsey)

Many thanks to Guest Bianca Dorsey, an artist who will be one of the artists participating in the art exhibit,  Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore.  Many listeners requested information on her work, so here it is:

Bianca’s work and many other artists’ work will be on view at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Historic Charleston, SC from August 28 through October 28, 2012.  Her paintings can also be seen at : http://bianca.dorsey.brooklynartist.com/

Bianca’s art jewelry can be seen at: www.amajewelry.com