(Bernard, thanks for inviting me into your world! You know we always have a blast- I so cherish our sisterhood!)
"This speakeasy in Chelsea is named for an 1896 law meant to curb New Yorkers’ liquor consumption. Past a door buzzer and a discerning host is the windowless space, which just about nails a sumptuous twenties vibe (Chesterfield furniture, turn-of-the-century wall hangings, and a few bona fide antiques sprinkled in) despite the odd garish touch (the blinding tin ceiling; a wallpaper panel displaying a cheesy flapper-silhouette montage). The cocktail list comes courtesy of Milk & Honey’s Michael McIlroy and is packed full of perfectly mixed numbers like the Archangel (gin, aperol, and cucumber) and the Old Cuban (aged rum, champagne, lime, mint, and bitters). You’ll have to arrive early to land one of the private tables surrounded by velvet couches and black gauze curtains: each comes equipped with a wall buzzer to call your waitress when you need her and keep her at bay when you don’t. — Melissa Lafsky"
"In one scene in the best-selling novel The Help, a spirited black woman has second thoughts about sharing the gory details of her life as a Mississippi domestic with a white writer who is part of the town’s bridge-and-tennis-playing aristocracy.
"What am I doing?" Minny says, in an uncharacteristic attack of self-doubt. "I must be crazy, giving the sworn secrets a the colored race to a white lady." Later, she justifies speaking out in 1960s Jackson, even though she faces violence and never getting work again. "I … just want things to be better for the kids. But it’s a sorry fact that it’s a white woman doing this." "
Five is a multimedia performance that redefines how performance art is chronicled beyond the traditional mediums of video and photography. At the same time, Five serves as a platform to help voguing transcend its marginalization and be seen as a legitimate art form. Using custom-made interactive sound and video manipulation technologies, Newsome creates line drawings from the five dance elements of voguing.
"I am sick and tired of black folks protesting stuff they have no business protesting.
The object of my latest disgust is a fledgling uprising against Puerto Rican/Cuban artist Sofia Maldonado, a 26-year old Brooklyn resident. Maldonado painted a 92-foot mural that is located at 215 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues in Manhattan.”
…But what hurts me the most is being carted down the aisle, hung up for display, and passed over time and time again by little black girls who would rather have a doll with blonde hair and blue eyes than one who looks more like them…”
Authorities estimate that more than 66% of those who use crack cocaine are white. Yet in 2006, 82% of those convicted and sentenced under federal crack cocaine laws were African American. When you add in Hispanics, this percentage climbs to above 96%.
"If you’re a white student and you arrive at the public elementary school building on 95th Street and Third Avenue, you’ll probably walk through the front door. If you’re a black student, you’ll probably come in through the back.
It’s a very New York kind of school facility: two completely different elementary schools sharing the same space.”
Harvard University announced over the weekend that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard’s president Lawrence H.. Summers said, “When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution. “If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free… no tuition and no student loans! To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard’s financial aid website at: http://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu/ or call the school’s financial aid office at (617) 495-1581 .
Absurd, strange, transgressive, confrontational and confusing performances for video.
Marc Aschenbrenner / Laurel Jay Carpenter / Crystal Curtis / Amy Day / Ruthie Doyle / David Greg Harth / Nate Hill / Wayne Hodge / Mike Jones / Nina Katchadourian / Marni Kotak & Jason Robert Bell / Yeon Jin Kim / Jorge Rojas / Type A