One of the best parts of public school education is meeting talented people from all over your city. I had the pleasure of meeting Kenyatta A.C. Hinkl;e when I attended duPont Manual high school. We were both in the award winning visual arts magnet program. She continues to create stunning, thought provoking work that inspires me. Since I am featuring women who are making a difference with their talent this week, it is only right & proper to start off with the Kentifrican Museum of Culture presented by this beautiful artist mother.
She has been running a Kickstarter campaign for the Kentifrican Museum of Culture to appear within a storefront in Leimert Park Village in Los Angeles, CA. The museum will provide free public programming that allows collaborations with members of the community to re-construct and re-imagine their own personal and collective histories. You can find out more details about the project in greater detail here:
We need to raise $15,000 by June 6th. So far we have only raised $1,046. We need more than a miracle to raise the remaining balance in the next 8 days. I am continuing to be optimistic and I know that stranger things have happened within the crowd funding sector. We really need your help to change the tide. I know that this project is unique and could have the power to make an extremely positive impact.
We have already received support from the SPArt foundation to help provide free programming. All we need to do is to raise the funds to help us rent out the storefront space so that we can have a space to hold workshops, exhibitions and discussion space that will be the container for all of our collaborations.
Here is the project's website where you can find out more information!
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle is an Interdisciplinary Visual Artist, Writer, Performer and Teacher
Now when I say all Blacks hate YT people don’t take it literally…
BUT DON’T TAKE IT FIGURATIVELY EITHER.
Truthfully we love and envy the hell’outta YT folk. When we walk in your suburban homes we think, damn you mean you don’t use curtains to hide your valuable possessions. must be nice.
When we glance at the mail on your coffee table we think, damn they just send you credit cards…PRE APPROVED!
When a murder happens in your community we think many things, damn they are genuinely shocked. damn they actually called the police. damn the police actually came.
Who wouldn’t want those benefits. If my dermatologist offered White skin and my HMO covered it, I would be in that chair today with ski boots ready to tackle the Alps.
Fam this title came to me years after one of my friends told me that black people cannot be racist because racism requires power. And since black people have no power we can’t be racist. So black people relax, have sex, eat a danish.
Since Black people cannot be racist we also cannot end racism. Now I know that may be shocking in a stupid America that believes anything is possible if you twitch your nose and blink hard enough. But don’t be dismayed be relieved. Because trying to shut down the Nigger Factory will kill yo’ass.
I use to believe that if i just explained racism over and over again in a sensible manner YT people would get it. WRONG! It’s been years and I’ve gained nothing but more stress induced cholesterol in my arteries. Plus I can see that race conversations make my non-black friends uncomfortable. Now how we gonna progress if just saying “Black” makes you sweat and piss your pants.
To be honest, I actually believe that a large number of YTs, maybe even a majority, really do understand the black struggle and inequality. I haven’t met them yet but my gut tells me that they exists. Every YT person I know truly cares with their hearts. But there pockey-books.
If you have a child age 6 months to 3 years and you live or work in the DC or Maryland area, please comment or send me a message. I am working on an Afrocentric preschool coop and we have an interest meeting in two weeks! I am open to suggestions and comments! If you have been following the blog this month, you know that I'm trying to organize a preschool coop in the Mount Rainier area. I love living in Mount Rainier and I want to give my son an other preschool aged children the opportunity to thrive in an Afrocentric, arts based environment.
Of course, any snacks or meals will be all natural and delicious! The interest meeting is Sunday May 4th. For details, please email me: info(at)nappy queen(dot)com
I can hear Sanaa Lathan's voice asking me in my Behind the Music interview:
"So when did you fall in love with hip-hop? --er, Craig Robinson..."
"Well, Sanna, can I call you Sanaa?"
"No. 'Monica from Love & Basketball' will do."
"Well, Monica from Love & Basketball, I remember it like it was yesterday. To be precise, it was Season 8, Episode 16. Craig Robinson's character Darryl is confronted by Val's (Ameenah Kaplan) boyfriend (played by Jerry Minor), about some suggestive text messages."
Ok, so that scenario is a little ridiculous. So I'm just gonna share my 8 reasons why Craig Robinson is my celebrity crush:
That’s when she looked at me with a straight face and said “there is a $175 registration fee and your toddler’s tuition will be $422 per week.” I quietly reflected on how many hours I would have to work for that to make sense financially. I was also mad that I wasted my time when they could have just told me over the phone that they were bat s*** crazy.
But this experience is not unique.
There was a recently piece in The Washington Post about the fact that 31 states have infant childcare costs tat are substantially higher than college tuition. I have been blessed with a stellar support system, so up until recently I have not needed weekly daycare. I also work from home so my childcare needs have been minimal. What is clear, though, is that we need more preschool co-ops NOW.
I run (along with my other co-owners) a health food coop in my neighborhood (The Glut Food Co-op in Mt. Rainier) and I am starting to see so many possibilities.