The M(N)STRY: The Legacy of Black Arkives


Etymology of Legacy: late 14c., legacie, “body of persons sent on a mission,” from Medieval Latin legatia, from Latin legatus“ambassador, envoy, deputy,” noun use of past participle of legare “send with a commission, appoint as deputy, appoint by a last will” (see legate). Can the archive be our arsenal and the archivist our warrior in this current war on memory and information? […]

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Modern Griots Reviews: Notes from #FunkGodJazzMedicine Conversations


Below are some notes from two of the three conversations from Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine: Conversation on Self-Determination: Black Radical Brooklyn: Past, Present, and Future *The history of Weeksville (James Weeks bought land in order to vote) and the four projects of Funk, God, Jazz and Medicine pointed out the intersections between race and […]

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Modern Griot Reviews: #FunkGodJazzMedicine at Weeksville


Our society often focuses more on representation and showing images of oppressed people as proof we have “progressed,” but the other side of true moving forward for people who live in oppressive societies is self-determination, something that often gets ignored for the more superficial representation only politics. Self-determination is the freedom and ability to control […]

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Otherworldly Videos: Afropunk Presents….


Wangechi  Mutu Sanford Biggers Barron Clairborne On MAY 24th at BROOKLYN MUSEUM, Afro-punk pictures presents “The Triptych,” in association with Weeksville Heritage Center. This short-film series (Dir. Terence Nance, Dir. of Photography Shawn Peters, Co-Dir. Barron Claiborne) highlights the work of artists Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu, and Barron Claiborne. Live music and a Q&A with […]

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