Praise and Thanks

With Respect and Acknowledgement to Elegua,

Thank You, Yemaya.

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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.



Weekend Note: the Egguns are part of our Future!

Sending out Greetings, Salutations, Respect, and Love to my Egguns, known and unknown! This weekend I will talk about the infusion of ATR (African Traditional Religions) in contemporary cultural production, especially with regard to literary works we tend to view as “futurist.”  Where do the Eggun and Orisha (Lucumi) appear when it comes to the liminal? Or the Lwa (Voodun)?