BEST POSTS OF 2013 #87: My Mother’s Song - Trailer #1 (Dir. Eric Msumanje | 2013).
A weak voice from a face unseen speaks in hushed tones, unsettling the tranquil sounds of an ambiguous twilight time of day with an arresting soliloquy of pain and trauma. She is one of many in filmmaker Eric Msumanje’s piercing collection of stories shared in his short film My Mother’s Songs.
My Mother’s Songs, depicts a collection of traumatic experiences through the eyes of several young women desperately trying to make sense of their existence.
My Mother’s Songs, is set in a particular part of the African landscape that examines inter-generational trauma. This theme is connected to Africa’s history of brutal colonialism, shattered dreams from independence, and chronic poverty. The film depicts a collection of traumatic experiences through the eyes of several young women desperately trying to make sense of their existence.
- Director, writer, producer and winner of the Princess Grace Foundation - USA 2012 John H. Johnson Film Award, Erick Msumanje.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Adepero Oduye and Lupita Nyong’o for W Magazine
Shot by LORNA SIMPSON
Statuette of Saint Maurice
Gold and Silver, 44 cm.
The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
- James Baldwin (via ceedling)
This swag mofo is Phil Powell, a DC-based steampunk dandy.
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Maria Tallchief (January 24, 1925) – Maria Tallchief is a member of the Osage Indian tribe and was the first Native American woman in ballet. She danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 40s. She joined the New York City Ballet in 1948 and appeared as a guest performer with the American Ballet Theatre in the late 50s. Her sister ,Marjorie Tallchief, was the first Native American to become primere danseuse etoile in the Paris Opera Ballet.
There’s a museum in East St. Louis, Illinois, that’s dedicated to pioneering African-American dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham. Known largely for developing a dance pedagogy that later became known as “the Dunham Technique” that’s now become a staple of modern dance classes, Dunham was also a committed social activist.
But the museum that captures that legacy is in danger of closing due to the mounting cost of its utility bills. “Ms. Dunham could’ve left her legacy anywhere. The artifacts, memorabilia it’s all here for the world to see. The risk is [real]. If I don’t have $486 the lights will be turned off,” says Curator Laverve Backstrom, who spoke with Fox 2 Now St. Louis.
Backstrom notes that the museum is staffed by volunteers and money provided by the state of Illinois can only be used to fix the building’s infrastructure and cannot be spent on its operations.
“The Dunham museum is a well- kept secret. It needs to be out there, people need to know the building is here. I started this job and intend to see it through,” Backstrom said.