The African Renaissance Monument in Senegal, larger that the Eiffel tower and the statue of liberty .. Things you don’t see in mainstream media.
This is beautiful.
I think this picture better illustrates the size of that monument.
I never even knew this existed this makes me so happy to find out about it
Is this made out of stone or some other material? Because holy shit wow that is HUGE.
this was p controversial upon its building because a) senegal has a high percentage of Muslims who felt that the amount of skin shown in the figures was inappropriate and didn’t fit with the culture and b) it was designed by a North Korean artist despite being marketed as representative of African art and c) cost about $27 million (US) which to many citizens seemed exorbitant in the context of the gov’ts neglect of other crucial public needs
I’ve visited it myself and it is very impressive but if you’re interested in Senegalese art look up récupération, joe ouakam, papa ibra tall…
Happy Birthday, Jessica Williams!
Jessica joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2012 at the tender age of 22, making her the show’s youngest cast member ever as well as its first black female correspondent.
“It’s impossible to be perfect, and you won’t do a good job if you’re too focused on proving yourself to others. Instead, I try to envision myself succeeding in whatever I’m doing.”
[photo description: image of Ruth Ellis, a Black lesbian woman squatting next to a car with her arms folded. she is looking at the camera and smiling.]
Black History month with Ruth Ellis.
Ruth Ellis (1899 – 2000) dedicated countless years of service to her community, and particularly black LGBT youth. In 1937 Ruth moved to Detroit with her partner Babe, the two bought a house, which from 1946 to 1971 was known as the “Gay Spot.” Not only did their home serve as a safe space for Detroit’s LGBT community, but the couple also offered lodging and support to many black LGBT youth in need. In a time before the Gay Civil Rights Movement began Ruth was a beacon of light for many LGBT youth who found themselves in the dark. In 1999 The Ruth Ellis Center was founded in Detroit, MI, which continues to offer lodging and support to LGBT youth in need. She continued working with LGBT organizations until her death in 2000 at an age of 101.
FEATURE: Kai Davis
"My identity is already very politicized because I am Black, I am a woman, and I am queer. […] Just me writing poetry and allowing my identity to come forth in that poetry is already a political statement, no matter what I say." - Kai Davis in an interview with Radical Privilege
The first time I saw Kai Davis perform Fuck I Look Like? I was in awe. Everyone who’s seen the video can relate. It’s a fast-paced, quick-witted, emotionally charging, unapologetic calling out of normalized racism in classrooms. The more bits of poems I read, the more I wanted to read. Her chapbook became my travel companion. She’s brutally honest in her poetry and that makes for poems that don’t necessarily make you happy, but that you crave nonetheless. Here are my personal favorite poems by her:
The Capsula Mundi concept, from designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, uses an egg-shaped burial pod made from biodegradable starch plastic as the coffin, in which the body is placed in a fetal position and buried under the ground. A tree (or tree seed) is then planted over the top of the pod, which will use the nutrients from the decomposing body as fertilizer for its growth. Although the Capsula Mundi is still a design concept, not an actual option for those planning for their funerals (in part because of regulations about burials and cemeteries), the designers hope that in the future, this type of burial will be allowed and “memory parks” full of trees will be planted. Instead of cemeteries full of headstones, the trees would serve as living memorials to the deceased.