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- Anti-Gentrification? Build Community
Anti-Gentrification? Build CommunityI'm tired of the current fight over gentrification. Recently, Spike Lee, himself an affluent member of a privileged class, lambasted the cultural encroachments of gentrifiers in Brooklyn. A firestorm ensued, with salient points on many sides. As one blogger rightly stated, "the current discussion about gentrification in NYC isn't helping anyone." What discussion should we be having instead? How can we build progressive, thriving communities for people of all socio-economic backgrounds? As another columnist noted, "Small, personal decisions, like buying your coffee at the local place instead of at Starbucks, can give gentrification in your neighborhood a more organic, human character." Yet it is not merely where you choose to caffeinate that indicates the character of your culture. It starts with small personal interactions, the building blocks of community.
Racism, sexism, classism and ableism are decried in the court of public opinion as vague, monolithic concepts that are only identified when an obvious tragic example presents itself. Yet these ills are perpetuated at the micro-level on a daily basis, through a lack of earnest interaction. You can scowl around your neighborhood in anger or disdain, or try to create a bubble of silent isolation, but this only breeds anger, disdain, and isolation in return. Sometimes all it takes is a smile or a nod to open communication. Taking it to the next level is knowing your neighbor's names, maybe even their kids' names, where they're from, how long they've been there. Then show your support! Help an old lady across the street. Don't call the cops on the neighbors' teens skateboarding up and down the sidewalk. Growing up in a diverse New Orleans where racial and class tensions often ran high, I learned early on the power of a neighborly gesture to make people feel welcome and included. A little goes a long way, and engenders goodwill.
What does not engender goodwill is excluding rent-stabilized tenants from accessing the in-house gym, kicking the African drummers out of Marcus Garvey Park, limiting dates available to Soul Summit, or any other of the numerous cultural aggressions being played out in New York, New Orleans and across America. You can't ask a complete stranger to change their behavior and lifestyle for you, as they have no incentive to do so. But you can ask a friend and neighbor to change their behavior for you, if you are willing to make equal concessions to ensure mutual happiness. Basic negotiation principles dictate that in order to ask a concession from someone, you must have one to offer in return, and to create mutually beneficial arrangements, you must have an earnest understanding of the other party's interests and goals. We are negotiating for the cultural soul of our communities and that must begin with an honest dialogue. Where there is no goodwill, the dialogue cannot begin, and there is only polite silence masking anger and distrust.
How can we build progressive, thriving communities for people of all socio-economic backgrounds? By bringing everyone in the community to the table when decisions about that community are made. By providing space for people to continue their pursuit of happiness as much as they can while they can still afford to be there. By acknowledging the privileges we each hold based on our skin color, gender, education, earnings and abilities, and by responding to the people we encounter daily in an empathetic way. We can take a legitimate interest in what is going on around us and know that we can either make it better or worse by our contribution. Some successful examples of people coming together to build community can be found across America with programs like Habana Works, or the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, or the Ashé Center in New Orleans. What are some other organizations in your communities doing good work to bridge the gaps? Shout them out in the comments. Then get more involved. I'm committing to action over arguments today.
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"Black Jesus" will be a live-action, half-hour comedy that sees Jesus living today in Compton, CA. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he's "on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers." Somehow, we doubt that's going to go smoothly.
The new comedy is already in production, with an anticipated premiere scheduled for later this year. And not to worry, "Boondocks" fans. A fourth season of that show is still on the way. Considering it took McGruder five years to put out the first three seasons, we should be used to waiting by now.
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- When Images of Diversity Don't Match Reality
When Images of Diversity Don't Match RealityThe most diverse place on campus is a shiny, happy spot that exists in two dimensions: the brochures, viewbooks and annual reports that colleges and universities produce for public consumption. Glance through these glossy publications and you'll see smiling out at you a plethora of minority member faces. Such images are meant to convey these institutions' warm embrace of diversity to prospective students, employees and supporters. But research suggests that when the images don't line up with reality, the use of minority member photographs can backfire, generating an effect exactly opposite of the one intended.
In an article published this month in the journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, researchers investigated the reactions produced by the "overrepresentation" of minority images in a flyer advertising a local university. The study, led by Jennifer Spoor of La Trobe University in Australia, found that white students felt more positively about a flyer that overrepresented the proportion of Asian students on their campus than about a flyer with more accurate depictions.
However, students of Asian ethnicity (a stigmatized minority group in Australia) felt less favorable towards the advertisement that showed many Asian faces than toward a flyer that showed a more realistic number. "Minority group members may be frustrated by the fact that overrepresentation gives an overly rosy picture of majority-minority relations," Spoor theorized, while members of the majority group may feel only a gratifying glow upon seeing their university portrayed as diverse.
Images that present a misleading vision of diversity are common in college publications, finds Timothy Pippert, an associate professor of sociology at Augsburg College in Minnesota. In a study published last year in the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, Pippert and his colleagues analyzed more than 10,000 photographs found in the recruitment materials of 165 four-year educational institutions in the U.S. The majority of schools, Pippert reports, "provided images of diversity" that were "significantly different than the actual student body." In fact, the whiter the student body at a college, the more often images of minorities were featured in its publications.
At times, this misrepresentation of reality has verged on the fraudulent. Both the University of Wisconsin and the University of Idaho have been caught digitally pasting minority faces onto photographs of white students used in marketing materials. Diallo Shabazz, an African-American student whose face was Photoshopped onto the cover of UW's admissions brochure in 2000, sued the university and received what he called a "budgetary apology": the university earmarked $10 million for the recruitment of minority students and the implementation of diversity initiatives.
It's a good thing that our colleges and universities are no longer treating minorities as if they were invisible, at least in the marketing sphere. And to the extent that brochures and viewbooks are aspirational documents, the inclusion of minorities' images may tell a hopeful story of what institutions wish to become, even if they're not there yet. But making sure that minority group members feel a genuine sense of belonging on campus will take far more than a handful of photos.
This fact is represented with painful clarity by a new project, "I, Too, Am Harvard," a photo campaign in which students of color attending Harvard University make public their own images of life at that august institution. These photographs, in which students stare straight into the camera, are nothing like the beaming images found in admissions brochures. In the portraits, students hold signs expressing some element of their experience at the university -- a day-to-day reality that is very different from the multicultural fiesta featured in the university's marketing materials.
In these students' silent telling, their race is more apt to be negated than celebrated. "You don't sound black... You sound smart," reads the sign board held by one student. "I don't even think of you as black," reads another. "You're the whitest black person I know," reads a third (evidently somebody's idea of a compliment). And held by one young woman, wearing an expression both challenging and vulnerable, is a sign bearing someone else's comment, and her own question: "'I don't see color.' Does that mean you don't see me?"
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High School Poets Deliver A Powerful Message Chicago Needs To Hear Right NowFour teens' powerful performance from the Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) youth poetry slam semifinals in Chicago is attracting a lot of attention.
A video of TEAM Englewood Academy's spoken word performance of "Hide Your Schools, Hide Your Homes, Hide Your Children, 'Cause He's Wrecking It All" at the Young Chicago Authors-organized event has been viewed over 2,000 times since it was uploaded to YouTube on Saturday.
The team's poem describes Mayor Rahm Emanuel as "Mr. Wreck-It Rahm" and specifically criticizes the mayor's support for closing Chicago public schools and city mental health clinics, while also supporting the building of a new basketball arena for DePaul University using some public funding.
"There's not money for our schools, but there's enough to build a 'New Chicago,'" the teens say. "But that 'New Chicago' is not for us."
"Time to stop the destruction of our city," the poem continues.
According to the TEAM Englewood website, the academy's spoken word team was first established during the 2008-2009 school year. The team won the "Spirit of the Slam" award in 2012.
One of the team's co-coaches, Dave Stieber, has previously described LTAB as "one of the best things that Chicago has going for it" in a HuffPost blog.
The LTAB team finals will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Cadillac Place Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., in Chicago. Tickets cost $10 for students and $20 for adults.
(h/t Beachwood Reporter)
- Six Diverse Creators Taking on the Arts
Six Diverse Creators Taking on the ArtsI recently attended an exhibition called Black Dress: Ten Contemporary Fashion Designers, a showcase displaying the work of ten current black fashion designers from New York. During the following discussion panel which focused on the underrepresentation of blacks in the fashion industry, one of the many attendees brought up a good point that expressed the concerns of many in the room: the reason for the lack of diversity in the fashion industry is due to the lack of promotion around black designers' work.
Having thought about what she said, I started to think of the underrepresentation of other minorities in the fashion industry and the limited diversity in many other art culture subsets. As a result, I decided to look around and to give more recognition to these six creators who are following their passions and doing beautiful work.
Devaun Robinson is the creator of the brand Mid-Point. His clothing line originally started off as street wear, sporting bright colors and daring people to be bold with what they wore. Gradually, the brand grew to be Mid-PointEclectic, a US men's brand that caters to its customers through color, fabric and cuts. To read more about Devaun Robinson, visit
here, and see his clothing line at the Mid-Point website.
Kahlil Joseph is an actor in film, television and on stage. His career has led him throughout India and America and he currently resides in Los Angeles, where he works for the What Matters Most film company. There, he uses his creativity to make videos that combine powerful imagery with the music of his choice. His latest piece is called Wildcat, featuring an all-black rodeo in Oklahoma. You can view his work on the What Matters Most website.
Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr. is a Texan guitarist, singer, actor and songwriter. As a musician known for the Blues, he composes beautiful pieces with backgrounds in rock, R&B and jazz. To read more about him, visit his site and view his music video for his song, "Numb."
Sonoya Mizuno is a ballet dancer from Tokyo. She studied at the Royal Ballet School and was photographed for Lacoste and Harper's Bazaar. Currently in London, she was in Venus in Eros (2012) and is starring in the upcoming film, Ex-Machina. In the fashion clip Autoerotic, Mizuno uses her skills and interpretive moves to dance with an albino python. See her thoughts on the film here.
AlunaGeorge is a duo from London who sings electronic-R&B-pop-like music. Aluna Francis and George Reid have thus far released two singles, "Your Drums, Your Love," and "You Know You Like It," and have won an NME award for their debut album, White Noise. You can read more about them and buy their album on their website.
Oliver Chapusette, currently living in Brussels, is a street dancer and part-time model from Haiti. This clip of him is only one of many vignettes filmed by Linda Brownlee that feature a variety of performers. The collection, titled, Limber Notes, focuses on people who are passionate about what they do and who are willing to share their talent with others. To see what Oliver has to say about his participation in Limber Notes, you can read it here.
Are there other artists you'd like to give a shout out to?
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