Kuduro was born in Angola, a beautiful country in southern Africa, that was consumed by civil war for past 25 years. The sound is the manifestation of perseverance. The cultural movement first emerged in the musseques-urban setting of Luanda, but today the sound of Kuduro can be heard on the dance floors around the world. According to Angolan writer, José Eduardo Agualusa: “In the entire history of Angola, there hasn’t been such a strongly expressed cultural phenomenon.“
According to Bloomberg news, Petrobras the Brazilian state-run company will expand pre-salt oil drilling to Angola in 2012. Furthermore, US President Barack Obama stresses the importance of 2012 election in Angola. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled the African country for 30 years, is expected to remain in power until 2022. He is the continent’s second-longest serving leader after Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.
In the meantime, the youth in Angola continue to use Kuduro as one of the platforms for self expression. According to the Angolan musician, Paulo Flores “Kuduro represents the voice of a new Angola that wants to be heard, and more than that, has to be heard. It seems to me that the only way for us to know ourselves is having that space to listen to others.”
Kuduro influenced international hit "Danza Kuduro” and remake of the song is featured in the 2011 movie Fast Five and will be featured in the upcoming video game, WWE ‘12. From the humble beginnings in the musseques to the mainstream pop culture, Kuduro is one example of a global cultural movement revolution.
Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights in countries like Angola.
Dada activities included public gatherings, demonstrations, and publication of art/literary journals; passionate coverage of art, politics, and culture were topics often discussed in a variety of media. The movement influenced later styles like the avant-garde and downtown music movements, and groups including surrealism, Nouveau réalisme, pop art, Fluxus and punk rock.
Dada is the groundwork to abstract art and sound poetry, a starting point for performance art, a prelude to postmodernism, an influence on pop art, a celebration of antiart to be later embraced for anarcho-political uses in the 1960s and the movement that lay the foundation for Surrealism. —Marc Lowenthal, translator’s introduction to Francis Picabia‘s I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, And Provocation
John Swett Rock was a pioneer African American leader and orator in the years leading up to and during the Civil War One of America’s first black physicians and lawyers and a dedicated advocate of civil rights and self improvement, he made history as the first African American to be admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. John S. Rock was born to free black parents in Salem, New Jersey in 1825. He attended public schools in New Jersey until he was 19 and then worked as a teacher between 1844 and 1848 During this period Rock began his medical studies with two white doctors Although he was initially denied entry, Rock was finally accepted into the American Medical College in Philadelphia. He graduated in 1852 with a medical degree While in medical school Rock practiced dentistry and taught classes at a night school for African Americans In 1851 he received a silver medal for the creation of an improved variety of artificial teeth and another for a prize essay on temperance. At the age of 27, Rock, a teacher, doctor and dentist, moved to Boston in 1852 to open a medical and dental office He was commissioned by the Vigilance Committee, an organization of abolitionists, to treat fugitive slaves’ medical needs. During this period Dr. Rock increasingly identified with the abolitionist movement and soon became a prominent speaker for that cause. While he called on the United States government to end slavery, he also urged educated African Americans to use their talents and resources to assist their community Following his own advice, Rock studied law and in 1861 became one of the first African Americans to be admitted to the Massachusetts Bar before the Civil War Soon afterwards Massachusetts Governor John Andrew appointed Rock Justice of the Peace for Boston and Suffolk County In 1863 Rock helped assemble the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the first officially-recognized African American unit in the Union Army during the Civil War Rock would later campaign for equal pay for these and other black soldiers. In 1865, with support from Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner, Rock became the first African American lawyer to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court Previously, Rock’s health had deteriorated in the late 1850s. He underwent several surgeries and was forced to halt his medical practice Believing he would receive more advanced care overseas, Rock made plans to sail to France in 1858. Rock, however, was denied a passport by U.S. Secretary of State Lewis Cass who, citing the 1857 Dred Scott Decision, claimed federal passports were evidence of citizenship and since African Americans we not citizens, Rock could not be issued a passport
I’m reading an academic article to get ready for the upcoming school year. It’s basically about the inherent orientalism in “Islamic Art”- meaning basically the eurocentric and idiotic problems with how art history clumps “Islamic Art” into one category which most survey books don’t even represent past the 1800s, despite there being a massive diversity in geography, cultures, religions, and artistic movements generally included in this classification.
Needless to say it’s p. rad. The author is proposing new divisions and classifications within the overall area of “Islamic Art” which more closely mirrors how “Western Art” is divided (ie. Movements, areas, a more examined time line etc.) And this one line made me laugh out loud:
“I deliberately named [the time periods] according to common categories coined for Western History, because I do not believe that the Islamic lands were immersed in different time zones of their own.”
Is it just me, or does that sound distinctly sarcastic/snarky?
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Bill and Hillary, by trying to control
weapons and expand health care—by dealing wonkishly with discrete
issues, one at a time—had unintentionally set off a large and vague
cultural crisis, and the crisis took a particular shape, which may be
hard to recall. During the entire period from the 1950s into the ’90s,
the cultural-reform movements—for black equality, for women’s equality,
eventually for gay rights, and so forth—in the eyes of the left appeared
to be straightforward reforms, conforming to a modernized appreciation
of democratic morality. But, in the eyes of tradition-minded
conservatives, the reform movements were never what they claimed to be.
They were campaigns for moral collapse. This was certainly how true-blue
conservatives began to look upon Hillary and Bill and their various
proposals. The true-blue conservatives had hoped to discover in the
Clintons a conventional family from Arkansas with conservative values in
a Democratic version. But the spectacle, instead, of a modern and
egalitarian marriage, evidently animated by the radical cultural ideas
from the 1960s, led them to fear the moral collapse. And they responded
by looking for what anyone might expect, on the occasion of a moral
collapse. This was crime.
As founder of the We Are Here Movement, Alicia Keys does it again with her newest video Love Is The Answer. This video parallels the Martin Luther King protests in the 1960’s to the present day Black Lives Matter demonstrations.