More About Rashid
Rashid Darden is the author of Birth of a Dark Nation, first in a series of novels about African vampires brought to America during the transatlantic slave trade.
He also wrote the black LGBT novels Lazarus, Covenant, and Epiphany. His volume of poetry is called The Life and Death of Savion Cortez.
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"Far more powerful than "agreeing to disagree" is agreeing to listen. Take the time to hear out those who have a difference of opinion. It’s often how we learn new perspectives we might never have considered."
Artwork by Richard Bloos
I went to Rome & Naples recently and I just want to say thank you for your work, because of it I found myself not just vaguely acknowledging the existence of POC in the paintings I saw but actively engaging with those works that did include noticeable variations in skin tone and different ethnicities. My previously ingrained sense to ignore or be uninterested with POC within history has been overturned- and now I have so much more rich history to explore. Thanks!
You know, this message really just makes my heart swell with joy. We’re trained in so many ways to “not see” things in art. They’re overshadowed by pre-constructed assumptions about art, race, and history that only look for confirmation; these same assumptions obscure variations in what we’ve been told to see.
And thank you for saying “ingrained sense to ignore or be uninterested”, because that’s one of the more insidious and difficult-to-explain concepts here. I’ve tried to show how racism+Eurocentric aesthetics affects how we decide what we like, and what we do not like.
The fact that you explained it so well gives me so much hope that these ideas are taking off-that people are exploring their own sight and finding their own voices to explore art and history in a really engaged and open way.
Added bonus: I really got a kick out of your url. :D
Good thing I checked my hoodie pockets because I will feel like a heathen walking into church with a condom in my pocket.
Negritude Republic is an idea that developed in distinct ways in different countries due, in part, to language, culture, and the political climate.
I wanted to create a brand that in some way would kind of embrace those diversity and celebration of shared black heritage and then work them into apparel for everyone to wear, in a similar way that brands I look up to have done. -BlackDice
Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there!