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RIP Paul Horn

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Power, autonomy, body and twerking: Kimari Brand

Brilliant breakdown of twerking and bodily representation.  Smart insights from Kimari Brand about power and the significance of the dance form (film by Irma L. Garcia).  Brought to me by the ever-on-point Feministing.  Good preview of the video by Sesali Bowen in Feministing:

Utilizing multiple experiences — including a course on performance, feminism and social justice, a trip abroad to study Afro-Caribbean culture and politics, and her experiences as a Black girl at an institution of higher education that prioritizes white supremacist “credibility and status” — Brand has reframed the dialogue about twerking.

via “Twerk It Girl” examines twerking for autonomy and resistance.

I think twerking is at the heart of a lot of the moral panics about young women’s sexuality.  More particularly the moral panic attached to twerking is represented along racial and/or sexual and/or class lines depending on the expected audience (Miley Cyrus).  Worth discussion and re-presenting which Brand and the filmmaker Garcia do really well.

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Cannibal capitalism: Derek Boogaard, hockey and head trauma

Turns out that the 3-part New York Times (you still suck) documentary is available at youtube.  Worth watching for the discussion of representation, violence, and consumption of sports bodies.  Cannibal capitalism – mediated violence where viewers devour the bodies of sports stars who are trading of their bodies for fame.

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Fela Kuti: Music is the weapon documentary

Consider this a juxtaposition to the clip about Paul McCartney and Fela.  Here is Fela narrating a portion of his life.  Included in this film are some great musical moments and some insights about what made Fela so dangerous.

In my opinion the liberated space he embodied and willingness to share risks make him a poignant anti-colonial force.   Of course I have problems with Fela’s sexism, but the quotes from the queens in this film give us some insight into their experience.

Of course when you google “Fela’s queens” you get western women reprising the roles of the women who married and risked with Fela.  Perhaps this is colonialism, that I can’t find any interviews with the “queens,” but I can find interviews with Americans playing Fela’s wives on broadway.  Some communications pushes out other communications.

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Picking your nature narrative


National Geographic videographer Paul Nicklen gets an incredible story and series of images from his time with an instructive leopard seal.  A few thoughts:

1.  Nicklen could have moved on after the first day when it was obvious that the Leopard Seal was taking care of him.  The choice to stay suggests that Nickelen was overjoyed to get this particular interaction with the seal — as a means of telling a story.

2.  It is cool that we get a contrast to the usual story of brutal nature, but the cute nature is just as toxic to the animals that live out there.  Global warming, pesticides, chemical run-off, garbage, and general intrusion into a low-human area are all recent human contributions to the arctic.  I sincerely love the video and the suggestion of care from a predator is distinctive.   It seemed like there was a lot of food around for the seal.  I wonder if the leopard seal would be as generous when food is scarce.

3. I feel bad for the penguins.

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Bad Brains: this band is obviously better than any other band

Totally grooving on the un-embeddable Bad Brains documentary: A Band in D.C.  Click the link.  Watch the video.  Learn and get inspired. 

Thanks to Gwarizm for the link. 

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