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May 14, 2017

The full moon of May is known as the Flower Moon, named for the burgeoning wildflowers that emerge from April rain. It is a time of increasing fertility, and a time to summon into mind the inviolable rights, the wild rights or “wilderness” of humankind. 733 more words

Performing Arts

Truth to Power: Sojourner Truth at BAMPFA

“I SELL THE SHADOW TO SUPPORT THE SUBSTANCE.” SOJOURNER TRUTH

In 1864 Sojourner Truth, a former slave turned abolitionist, filed a copyright for her name, using photography and mass media as a strategic tool to fight slavery and the damaging propaganda used to perpetuate it. 295 more words

Art/Culture

Time Travel with La Négresse

It is no coincidence that I experienced “La Négresse” by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux while at the Berkeley Art Museum last week.  At the time I was reading “Kindred” by Octavia Butler, a pseudo science fiction novel (for lack of a better genre) set simultaneously in slavery and 1976.   622 more words

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