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YES!!!! “Black Rage” The #AfriFemArtisticGenius of Lauryn Hill| Live Houston Texas 10/31/12”

Here are the lyrics (h/t Erica Kierulf)

I simply remember all these kinds of things 
And then I don’t fear so bad… 

Black rage is founded who fed us self hatred 
Lies and abuse while we waited and waited 
Spiritual treason 
This grid and it’s cages 
Black rage was founded on these kinds of things 

Black rage is founded on dreaming and draining 
Threatening your freedom 
To stop your complaining 
Poisoning your water 
While they say it’s raining 
Then call you mad 
For complaining, complaining 
Old time bureaucracy 
Drugging the youth 
Black rage is founded on blocking the truth 
Murder and crime 
Compromise and distortion 
Sacrifice, sacrifice 
Who makes this fortune? 
Greed, falsely called progress 
Such human contortion 
Black rage is founded on these kinds of things 
So when the dog bites 
And the ceilings 
And I’m feeling mad 
I simply remember all these kinds of things 
And then I don’t fear so bad 

Free enterprise 
Is it myth or illusion 
Forcing you back into purposed confusion 
Black human trafficking 
Or blood transfusion 
Black rage is founded on these kinds of things 
Victims of violence 
Both psyche and body 
Life out of context IS living ungodly 
Politics, politics 
Greed falsely called wealth 
Black rage is founded on denying of self 
Black human packages 
Tied and subsistence 
Having to justify your very existence 
Try if you must 
But you can’t have my soul 
Black rage is founded on ungodly control 
So when the dog bites 
And the beatings 
And I’m feeling so sad 
I simply remember all these kinds of things 
And then I don’t feel so bad

Black Women Visual Artists? Yes, We Exist!: 10 Relevant Resources
  1. African American Women Artists: A Selected Annotated Bibliography (source: Smithsonian Institute) 
  2. The Art of African American Women (source: Dr. Cora Marshall)
  3. Black Women who Rule the Art Scene (source: The Root)
  4. 10 Female African American Artists to Know (source: Essence)
  5. The Art of History: African American Women Artists Engage the Past (by Lisa Gail Collins)
  6. Creating Their Own Image: The History of African American Women Artists (by Nell Irvin Painter) 
  7. Black Women Film and Video Artists (by Jacqueline Bobo) 
  8. The Art of Black American Women: Works of Twenty Four Artists of the Twentieth Century (by Robert Henkes)
  9. Black Female Photographers.comBlack Female Photographers Tumblr , National Black Female Photographer’s Day (founder Kym Scott)
  10. Skin Deep, Spirit Strong: The Black Female Body in American Culture (by Kimberly Wallace-Sanders)

We are a people. A people do not throw their geniuses away. And if they are thrown away, it is our duty as artists and as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children, and, if necessary, bone by bone.
—  Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens:Womanist Prose (New York: Harcourt, Inc, 1983), 92

#AfriFemArtisticGenius Renee Cox, Photographer. Mixed-Media Artist. Curator.

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"After Hot-En-Tot: A Conversation with artist Renée Cox.” 

On Thursday, Oct. 22, the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art hosted #AfriFemArtisticGenius Renee Cox. This conversation was moderated by former Spelman Cosby chair Lisa E. Farrington, Ph.D., chair, department of art and music, John Jay College, City University of New York., the program was organized in collaboration with the Spelman College Department of Art and the Women’s Research and Resource Center.


The AfriFemArtisticGenius of Simone Brewster




Simone Brewster is only 29, but has already produced a repertoire of designs that include furniture and jewellery. She trained as an architect before deciding to work at a smaller scale.  


“It was just meant to be a temporary time out, but I’ve become more and more intrigued by work that connects directly with the body,” she says. Brewster’s Mamy table and Negresse lounger are confrontational pieces created from a deconstruction of the black female body. Her jewellery fuses the feel of Bauhaus design with tribal African artifacts. To make it she uses wood and copper, instead of the metals – silver, gold and bronze – that are usually associated with value.

Caroline Roux, Heaven and Hell 

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The #afrifemartisticgenius of Laura Palmer Edwards will be featured in an exhibit she curates entitled: “Black by Popular Demand” at Gallery 360 on NorthEastern Univ’s campus. Ends March 6, 2013

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Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1940.

When she was a little girl, her father taught her how to draw and how to make books from homemade paper and “hogmawg,” a collection of mud, clay, twigs, leaves, lime, animal grease, and glue. The artist uses hogmawg in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. Her mother taught her weaving, needlework, and button work.

Aminah’s Home and Studio

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