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The Manifesto of Ascendancy for the Modern American Nigger
By John Ridley
For eleven days in 2001, two blacks ran our country. It’s their example and their achievement–—and not the culture of failure fomented by the leftovers of the Movement–—that must set a new agenda for black Americans.
Let me tell you something [...]

So ironic, really, that this message showed up in my mailbox the same day that Michael Richards’ tirade hit the web. If there’s anyone out there who’d like to contribute to Damali’s project, please e-mail her.

Posted by: “damali ayo” [...]

a very cool project


Our Mission
Believing that tools of self-determination lie within creative practices, The Laundromat Project will provide broad access to visual art as a tool [...]


Not that I believe art is sacrosanct and shouldn’t intersect with the marketplace or pop culture, quite the contrary, but what do Jill Greenberg’s crying babies pictures really mean when she recreates the “tears” for Gwen Stefani’s promo shoots? They look even dumber than they did the first time around.
Did I mention I hate this [...]

I Know A Sparrow Should Sing

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  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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    • Taking a Break February 15, 2012
      Site visitors will probably notice that I haven’t updated here frequently. I am taking a break from my site(s) for at least the summer. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years and I’m burned out on photography and art, the site(s) are in need of major updates/ revamping/ retooling, social media is exhausting, [...] […]
    • A New Mission for Aperture? February 15, 2012
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine February 15, 2012
      Danielle was briefly a contributor to this site; I am very excited to hear about her latest venture, the collective and now journal Mambu Badu “that seek to find, expose, and nurture emerging female photographers of African descent.”  Congrats, Danielle! As you may (or may not) know, last fall, I co-founded Mambu Badu, a photography collective […]

  • "Dedicated to the real photographers of the world—to those who, with their second-hand equipment and their makeshift darkrooms, are today fighting their solitary battles with their recalcitrant medium, not for money or for glory, but because they would rather make pictures than anything else in the world." - William Mortensen
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