last year, the brooklyn museum took home the crown for ‘best museum’ for the iso14below best of 2013 awards and it looks like they aren’t trying to let that title go.
the museum has linked up with 651 arts and maap international productions to put on a three-part series bringing black women together to wax poetic about black female identity and when/where we enter. historical bae, w.e.b. dubois often spoke about the double consciousness of being black and american, but i hadn’t seen conversations adding womanhood into the mix. i wanted to attack this head on with “year of the real black girl” and it feels good to know that there are other sistas out there on the same wave.
i have to admit with the current trend of “woe is me as a black woman in america” panels and blogs, i had been very apprehensive about engaging in “triple consciousness”. we are currently in a space where it seems hip/revolutionary to complain about the hardships of being a black woman instead of celebrating the experience, honoring how we got over, and creating an action plan to survive/thrive in this country. i gave it a chance because i’ll try anything twice (once, to see if it’s endurable. twice, to see if i actually hate/love it) and found myself whooping and signifying for the entire talk.
enjoy the first installment entitled “body rock” below and make sure you come through this saturday (11.08) for “mythologies of the diva” and “beyond binaries and boxes” on 11.15. both begin at 2pm.
*editor’s note: let’s make a date of it! if you want to get some brunch and head over to the museum after, email me at email@example.com.