Yagazie Emezi

DEDICATED TO THE CULTURAL PRESERVATION OF THE AFRICAN AESTHETIC.

Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist
Artist

None of the images posted here belong to me unless stated otherwise.

Pharrell in Interview Germany

nigerianostalgia:

"City of Nsukka. Troops of the Federal government entering the university of Nsukka (one of Africa’s largest university). 1970s
Vintage Nigeria

letmypeopleshow:

Bringing Some Color to the Guggenheim:

What with planning for her retrospective at the Guggenheim, helping inner-city youth enter the music business, fighting gun violence in an advertising campaign, and managing to get a peony named after an African American hero, Carrie Mae Weems was pretty busy even before she got The Call last week from the MacArthur Foundation. So the news that she won a “genius grant” added another whirlwind of activity on her already intimidating schedule.

“I was floored,” the artist said on the speakerphone from her car as she raced between engagements in Syracuse, New York, where she lives and teaches. “It was the most ridiculous thing I’d ever heard.”

Along with the 23 other MacArthur recipients this year, Weems will receive $625,000 over the next five years, no strings attached.

“I’ll buy a new dress and a new pair of shoes for sure,” she says. “But everything will go back into my work because that’s what I do. It will go to the projects I care about.”

A charismatic artist, activist, and educator, Weems is best known for installations, videos, and photographs that invite the viewer to reflect on issues of race, gender, and class.

A wry wit infuses even her most uncompromising works, which comment on stereotypes, slavery, miscegenation, and the exclusion of blacks—as artists and subjects—from Western art history. Her traveling retrospective, which began at the Frist Center in Nashville last year and opens at its final stop, the Guggenheim, on January 24, includes the naughty “Ain’t Jokin’” series (1987-88); “The Kitchen Table Series” (1990) photographs of domestic scenes that inspired Mickalene Thomas to be an artist; and the fabulous Afro-Chic fashion video (2009), among some 200 objects Weems has produced over the last three decades.

She’s been talking to Guggenheim staff about ways to jumpstart a demographic shift in the museum’s typical audience.

“ I want to make sure I have a dynamic presence of people of color flowing through the space,” she says. One idea she’s thinking about is a live-broadcast performative conversation, maybe something along the lines of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show. Maybe with a comic and a house band.

“There could be a night around art and activism, with people who are troubling the waters, as they say,” she comments. “A night called Laughing to Keep from Crying or, Jewish Comedy, Black Comedy, and the Power of Resistance.”

Read more at artnews.com

Untitled (Man and mirror), from “The Kitchen Table Series,” 1990, gelatin silver print. COURTESY JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY. Carrie Mae Weems & Social Studies 101, Operation: Activate, 2011.COURTESY THE ARTIST. The Du Bois Peony of Hope, officially named by the American Peony Society, is part of a Du Bois Memorial Garden that Weems designed in collaboration with landscape architect Walter J. Hood. COURTESY THE ARTIST. Untitled (Man smoking), from “The Kitchen Table Series,” 1990, gelatin silver print. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK. Carrie Mae Weems, Mirror Mirror, from the series “Ain’t Jokin’,” 1987-1988, gelatin silver print. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK. May Flowers, from the series “May Days Long Forgotten,” 2002, digital chromogenic print. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK. Some Said You Were the Spitting Image of Evil, from the series “From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried,” 1995-96, chromogenic print with etched text on glass. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK. 

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neoafrican:

“I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all. I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given them a lowdown dirty deal and whose feelings are all hurt about it. Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”

Zora Neale Hurston

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libbyolga:

John Jude Palencar’s cover art for Octavia E. Butler.

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kemiteko:

I am feeling the designs of Nancy Nwadire of Iconic Invanity.

I’ll be there looking lost and hungry so come say hi and buy me food!

Asker Anonymous Asks:
How did you and Sarah meet?
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
This is good. Seeing via your social media pages some of your experiences. Thank you for sharing and adding to the culture. =) Living vicarious. Peace.
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

Thank you dear!

glorioustiles:

cgypt:

poe-ettic:

How come the word holocaust never seems to get used next to these types of pictures?

I don’t think people realize how fucked up this actually was. Nobody moved in these ships, they weren’t allowed to get up and stretch their legs. Bathroom breaks? There was no bathroom breaks they had to shit and pee where they laid. Which would leak to the person under them. The only time they would get to move is when they needed to splash them down. They would be so done at this point that they would just throw themselves overboard.
These conditions were sick, yet we’re supposed to forget.

oh my god, the second one. i’ve seen plenty of drawings and diagrams, but that one just…

i remember in the seventh grade we all got to choose a passage from any book, and i chose Roots, and i chose a passage that depicted these very scenes. and i got to the part where haley explains that everyone just essentially has to defecate on each other, and this kid busted out laughing. and i just… had no words, just anger. but at least the teacher chewed him out. because its not funny. not at all.

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kelona:

Martin Sensmeier.
Native actor/model from the Tlingit and Koyukon-Athabascan tribes.
Idle No More / Los Angeles, CA

Source: JT Pro Imaging

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abluesforbrklyn:

abluesforbrklyn:

***FOUND (10/3/2013 @ 7:55pm)***

Nasir Williams (aka Nasir Muhammad)
5”8, Athletic build, Around 160lbs
Atlanta, GA

My brother has been missing since Friday (09/28/2013) morning. My stepmother and my other brother, Eli, were traveling through Atlanta for an appointment. He was last seen around 9:15-9:20am when he split away from them. According to his friends that were with him a few days before he went missing, he said he was depressed & feeling horrible since my stepmom has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. My stepmom says that he wasn’t acting normal and had possibly been given some pills. She was yelling at him to hurry up and he wasn’t really responding, slowly walking behind them. They were rushing to catch the 9:22am Doraville train, my stepmom & brother, Eli, ran up the stairs and assume that Nas continued to walk out towards the buses. He hasn’t been seen since.

My stepmom & brother have been handing out flyers with his information. We are really, really worried. Please help us find him.

The police won’t help us because he’s 16yrs old, and they are considering him a juvenile runaway. My brother has no history of running away. He plays tennis and basketball. They recently moved to that area from Snellville, and is completely new to the area. He would not know where he was if he was to come to & doesn’t know anyone.

He was last seen wearing all black - black tee shirt, black jacket, jeans, and sneakers. No hat.

I was JUST told of this, my family was hoping that he would be found by now but he hasn’t been. There isn’t much I can do from here, but try to stay in touch & pray that he is okay. My father & stepmother have been separated for years, but still - THIS IS MY BROTHER.

PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST THIS.
Any information, if anyone knows anything, please inbox or call/text me. (347) 947-8393 or (774) 219-8280 (both cellphone numbers)

THEY FOUND HIM.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
To the anonymous person that just called my phone 10-minutes ago and gave me that information - THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart. My family is so, so thankful for you.

My brother is safe, my stepmother is in contact with him.

THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE. They’ve been looking for him for almost a week, and thanks to you guys he was found in less than an hour after that post.

THANK YOU.

THANK GOD!!!

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NY Mangoes with the pipe lady. #yesmybrokeselfshopped

cutfromadiffcloth:

Brand: Ikire Jones

Designer: Wale Oyejide

Pocket Squares

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abluesforbrklyn:

Please help! My 16yr old brother is missing!
Nasir Williams (aka Nasir Muhammad)
5”8, Athletic build, Around 160lbs
Atlanta, GA

My brother has been missing since Friday (09/28/2013) morning. My stepmother and my other brother, Eli, were traveling through Atlanta for an appointment. He was last seen around 9:15-9:20am when he split away from them. According to his friends that were with him a few days before he went missing, he said he was depressed & feeling horrible since my stepmom has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. My stepmom says that he wasn’t acting normal and had possibly been given some pills. She was yelling at him to hurry up and he wasn’t really responding, slowly walking behind them. They were rushing to catch the 9:22am Doraville train, my stepmom & brother, Eli, ran up the stairs and assume that Nas continued to walk out towards the buses. He hasn’t been seen since.

My stepmom & brother have been handing out flyers with his information. We are really, really worried. Please help us find him.

The police won’t help us because he’s 16yrs old, and they are considering him a juvenile runaway. My brother has no history of running away. He plays tennis and basketball. They recently moved to that area from Snellville, and is completely new to the area. He would not know where he was if he was to come to & doesn’t know anyone.

I was JUST told of this, my family was hoping that he would be found by now but he hasn’t been. There isn’t much I can do from here, but try to stay in touch & pray that he is okay. My father & stepmother have been separated for years, but still - THIS IS MY BROTHER.

PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST THIS.
Any information, if anyone knows anything, please inbox or call/text me. (347) 947-8393 or (774) 219-8280 (both cellphone numbers)

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