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practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

sickening but not surprising

(I’m not sure what the original source is of this article for citation; there’s a related article at
Also, a NY times (registration required) article:

Washington Post article:

And on this page from the Smithsonian Institution, you can find a link
(dated 3/17)to the announcement press release.
Go here to download a letter to send to Lawrence Small,
the Secretary [...]

this is so, so important

I’ve had friends tell me my site was blocked from a particular computer they were using, whether at work or elsewhere, for content. We take it for granted that just because we’re uploaded we’re accessible, but that’s not the case now and it could definitely get worse. Please sign this, call your congressperson, do [...]

i heart bolivia

Last week brought an end to one of the greatest water battles in history. The people of Bolivia have successfully reclaimed ownership of their water from the Bechtel Corporation. In 1999, Bechtel made an arrangement with the Bolivian government totake ownership of the water supply and charge citizens for its use. [...]

"Given just a little chance, and given a little help, this is going to be a great country."

–Angelina Jolie, on Haiti, and in Haiti, above.
Don’t even get me started.
Check out instead.

My sista! Can I get some?

I remember when the Queen hit the scene. I was living in ABQ. How exciting her voice was! “Ladies First” still gives me goosebumps. Well, not literally. Sometimes.
On the Cuba tip, I’m going tonight to see Bloqueo about the effects of the U.S. blockade on the country.
Speaking of another place to be, I got this [...]

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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 November 11, 2011
      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? November 11, 2011
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine November 11, 2011
      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 […]

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