18th Rave, East London, 1998
"…you will recognize me for I shall be the tall Black lady smiling.”
She lived so fully, I am not as sad that she is gone - as I am grateful she ever was. Rest In Power…
no no no
It’s wild that she describes herself through life as not being pretty. I think she’s gorgeous. Especially when she was acting and singing. But when Hollywood was looking for Lena Horne and Marylin Monroe, I can see her feeling that way after being described as being too black
Hank Willis Thomas: History Doesn’t Laugh (2014, South Africa)
Conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas uses photography to explore issues of identity, history, race, and class. For this series, photo-derived sculptures have been cast in aluminum, silicone and bronze to reframe the original historical image by focusing on the impact of hand gestures.
1-2. Raise Up
3. Victory is Certain
4. History Doesn’t Laugh
5. Die Dompas Moet Brand ! (The Passbook must Burn!)
6. Peace and Freedom
7. An injury to one is and an injury to all,
8 - 9. A Luta Continua
Three fabulous Black ballerinas, Ashley Murphy, Ebony Williams and Misty Copeland are on the cover of Pointe for June/July 2014. Stunning cover. They’re so beautiful. I’ve never bought a ballet magazine but I want a copy of this to read their story and to keep. ❤
Oh and their brown pointe shoes. IMPORTANT.
I never realized pointe shoes were meant to match your skin tone. It makes perfect sense now, but it seriously never occurred to me, because all the pointe shoes I’ve ever seen were pink or some shade of pink/white.
Yay for learning something new today! Boo for having to learn it because of a lack of representation of people of color in ballet…. well, fucking everywhere, but in this specific case…
Yeah, they were always “flesh” coloured to accentuate and elongate the legs…. Growing up, I always hated having to either wear pink or black shoes because it just didn’t have the same look and made me stick out even more.