an recent example of afrosurrealism

sorry to bother you movie poster

If anyone is interested in any recent examples of surrealism, specifically, Black Surrealism. I would recommend Boots Riley’s 2018 film, Sorry to Bother YouMy class on The New Weird covered it.

It features a lot of commentary on racial performances, code-switching, capitalism, unions, and some other things. I will warn you lot to buckle up, this movie is pretty wild and unexpecting, it will catch you off guard.

Here’s the trailer

It’s available on Hulu.

Surrealism

Surrealism Powerpoint is attached.

If you can’t see powerpoint, here’s a pdf: Surrealism

Questions:

  • Find the Juxtaposition in your favorite Surrealism Art
  • Would you consider hip hop as a sense of Surrealism in itself?
  •  As we are in 2021: Would you say Surrealism is practiced through social media memes?

six — 13th (netflix documentary)

Has anyone seen this documentary, 13th. Another recommendation coming from my Race and Ethnic Relations class. This was my second time watching this documentary, the first time watching for a class though. However, both viewings caused an odd feeling in me. It’s a hard watch and it demands a lot of emotional labor, so if you watch—proceed with caution.

Here’s the link (on YouTube)

Self-Care is a Radical Political Act

In honor of Dr. Gary Dillon’s return to our seminar on Monday, April 26, I am sharing with you some quick readings such as this short essay inspired by Audre Lorde’s argument  that self care is a radical political act.  I believe this applies to us all.  In this moment of pandemic and economic hardship, it is now more than ever so clear to see the many ways, racism and structural inequality have taken a huge toll on our mental health.  And then there is the traumatizing gun violence that runs rampant across the United States.  Questions about police practices add to the stress. (Here’s another quick read, “We Can Live in a World Where Police Don’t Kill People”.) And then of course, there’s school and work and the prospect of graduation.  All of these things challenge our abilities to feel good, to take care of our health and our well being.  This is more than a question of “me time,” this is about our survival and our rights to joy.

In many cases, the very idea of happy, healthy–and safe–Black and Latinx peoples feels counter to the status quo.  But what if health, safety, and JOY for Black and Latinx peoples was a priority?  What if you, if all of us, were able to practice self care, to be able to life in safety, in good health, and with JOY?  Imagine how differently we’d move around the world.  Would that count as freedom, as a reclaiming of our humanity?  Would self-care be a political act? (Here’s an article in The Guardian about how the concept of self-care has been stripped of its political dimensions.)  You’re welcome to start the conversation in the comments section below this post.

So on Monday, April 26 we’ll talk with Dr. Dillon about self care, about our mental health.  He will give us some advice about how we can practice self care and be more empowered to confront the hardships we are facing.  Please bring your questions and/or your complaints.  We will use the entire class session to come together as a community.  Hopefully, we will discover some ways to move around in the world feeling a bit more free.

five – she’s beautiful when she’s angry.

Hey everyone, I’m back with another recommendation from Race and Ethnic relations class, this time it’s a documentary/film about the second-wave feminism movement in the U.S during the 1960s.  It’s called “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” — though I somewhat enjoyed the documentary I wished they give more attention to what Black women and women of color were doing around the U.S (and the world); much of the documentary is spent on what white women were doing and how womanhood in until the 1960s effected them. This is funny because one of the women in the documentary spoke about exclusionary second-wave feminism was and this documentary is doing that exact same thing. It spends about 15 minutes in total speaking about the contributions of Black and women of color. 

One of the things I found important was that Black women had to come up with their own movements that functioned on the borderline of the feminism movement because they were talking about their specific experiences as Black women because they were affected by race and sex. Black Sisters United and the Black Women’s Liberation Movement was created because they issues were ignored in the overall feminist movement. 

Here’s a website that gives some information on the women featured in the documentary too.

Cuban Revolution in America

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Cuban Revolution in America was enlightening to read, providing information about the history of the American left and the ties to Cuba. The lack of history about Cuba in this country is not surprising. Every time I read anything about Cuba, I learn a slew of information I never even heard of before. Communism and socialism has become of interest in the past couple of years after learning more about the 60’s and Civil Rights activists being socialists or communists, such as Angela Davis and the Black Panther Party. It’s funny because before taking courses about the 1960s, I knew nothing about communism or socialism, I just knew of the negative connotations associated with the two. After researching more about capitalism, the history of socialism and communism and the Civil Rights Movement, I found that since the early 20th century, there had been a linkage between not only Black Americans but freedom fighters around the world. The reading for this week furthered my understanding of the linkage Americans are forced to search for on their own or learn later in life. When pondering about how many U.S. leftists were able to expand their imagination due to Cuba’s innovative existence and actions, I begin to wonder if this was taught and known, how far would the imaginations soar in today’s times? Would learning this information be the catalyst to find more information about past revolutions as a way to continue this imagination?

How could this reading help our imaginations towards what we want to see in our surroundings, in this nation or in this world?