Lil Raggamuffin Summer Camp – Jamaica

This warms my heart. I love the sharing, the focus on Identity, knowledge of Africa, empowerment for the Youth and Community.

What is the Lil Raggamuffin Summer Camp? Watch this….

Show Love and support this grassroots annual project in its 6th year. Find out more on www.lilraggamuffincamp.org

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A Place of Rage: Educational Documentaries

I stumbled on this Educational DVD ‘A Place of Rage’, watched the trailer with sweaty palms and heart beating excitedly; and went on to read the review A Place of Rage: Two Black Feminist Documentaries. This is one to share and support. I cannot wait to see it all.

Much to look forward to in the Fall, or as we say here across the pacific pond, Autumn. Besides, this review so is enticing I would not have needed the trailer or the write up to get all flustered at the prospect of learning; the title and contributors alone – Angela Davis, June Jordan and Alice Walker – is enough: ‘A Place of Rage’.

“This lyrical film begins the much needed exploration of the Afro-American women who sustained and inspired the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s. By shining an intimate light on some of our best known artists / activists Parmar eloquently reveals the power and poetry of the hidden faces. Her film is a visual embrace of who black women really are .” – Jewelle Gomez

“I’ve been showing A Place of Rage in my classes on race, gender and sexuality in U.S. history for over a decade, and it always has a powerful impact.  Mingling the words and images of activist and scholar Angela Davis, poet June Jordan and writer Alice Walker, the film makes a powerful case for the central place of African American women in creating a broadly imagined social justice movement–the kind of movement we need now, as desperately as ever.” – Lisa Duggan, Professor, American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University (2010)

“A Place of Rage documents the lives and politics of three African-American women. Weaving a narrative of spiritual awakenings, political consciousness and poetry through powerful imagery of Angela Davis speaking, Alice Walker reading and June Jordan teaching, A Place of Rage works like a narrative poem. It takes is title from a statement from June Jordan where she tries to articulate how her poetry and her pedagogy emerges from a ‘place of rage’ and builds into some other kind of articulation. The film is moving in its quiet intensity and fascinating in its portrait of three powerful Black artists”. Judith Jack Halberstam, Professor of English, Gender Studies and American Studies and Ethnicity USC. (2010)

Updates will follow.

UBUNTU: I am because we are

UBUNTU: I am because We are

I am because we are

I am because we are. Change your perspective, change the world.

An anthropologist proposed a game to children of South Africa heritage; in this case Xhosa-speaking heritages. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.
When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?” ‘
‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are”.
Where language and egalitarian philosophy meet, the consciousness of society surely shifts for the better. What a way to BE. A ‘living’ embodiment of what community on a micro & macro level should be; exemplified by actions not words. I love this. Head nod to Lateral Love Australia. Ubuntu.