The idea for today’s podcast came … from Tumblr. We became interested in the Abomey after seeing a reblog about the royal palaces there. Each Dahomean king built one, following the architectural style and ceremonial elements of the ones that came before. In later reigns, bas relief sculptures recorded the history of the kingdom and its people.
What the post didn’t mention was the transatlantic slave trade, which is where the kingdom got most of its wealth.
Now we deal with the question, does blackface beget blackface? To elucidate, does Bert Williams enaction of psychic violence by presenting a stereotype beget stereotypical behavior?
Can we read a disinterest in Williams or perhaps a double consciousness that presents an illusory Blackness to the White audience members and a satire of stereotype to Black audiences?
I am not accusing Bert Williams of being an ethnic theater espionage artist, secretly mocking the establishment of blackface minstrelsy, but I am saying there is more to be evaluated in the subconscious response to a Black man painting himself into a Black everyman and then presenting an archetype whose existence is defining by constantly being let down and abused by the world around him.
The town of Blackpool presents the Foley’s Carnival and Circus Act!
With more than 40 years of experience in bringing joy, laughter and thrilling entertainment to people around Europe, the FCCA has decided to grace Blackpool with its presence during the last few weeks of summer! There are plenty to do for everyone! We have carnival games, street food stalls to keep your tummy happy and of course the circus act! Come see the famous snake dancer, Madame Dahomey, the Foley Flying Cousins and many more! And if you’re more than ready to take on your fears, the Murky Haunted House welcomes you to its doorstep.
Dates: 24 - 27th July, 8 am GMT+1
Tags: blacksoulsevent, blacksoulsstarter
Titles of posts must be followed by ‘Event Day’ eg Murder on the Dancefloor | Hal & Max | Event Day
You can post a gif para starter (or even a gif chat would be fine too) about your character going to the carnival or even post a para open.
Your character can be involved in anything - meaning, going to play at the game stalls, watch the circus act, eating the street food… etc etc be creative!
Note that your threads have to be wrapped up by 11.59pm GMT +1 on 27th July.
During one of the days of the event, Enya and I will post a major event happening during the carnival.
Please like this post if you would like to participate! Normal threads are to be suspended during the event (however Enya and I will review this again!)
A Natural Born Gambler (1916) - 1st Black American to Write/Direct/Act in own movie - Bert Williams (by changebeforegoing)
One of the various curiosities about Bert Williams insistence on remaining in Blackface is that he often appeared (pre-Zeigfield Follies, exclusively appeared) on stage with casts of ONLY other Black people, none of whom were wearing Blackface. In this film, you see Bert Williams pouring a drink at a counter in Blackface (you can tell by the painted lips) with a bartender who is exactly the same shade as Williams.
A lot of newspaper reviews of the first all Black musicals on Broadway critiqued the casts for having so many gradient skin tones, from passing-White skin to very dark skin. Bert Williams was a Caribbean man with mixed-race heritage that led to him having very light skin. Perhaps he “Blackened up” not because he was so committed to Blackface as an art-form, but because he wanted to be clearly identified as “Black?”
1)1990-Dozens of Muslim militants surrendered & freed 42 hostages they had seized 6 days earlier, in a failed attempt (led by Yasin Abu Bakr) to overthrow the government of Trinidad & Tobago; 2)1963-Artis Leon Ivey Jr., known as rapper Coolio, was born in Compton, CA; 3)1961-Whitney Young Jr. named Executive Director of the National Urban League; 4)1960-Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, better known as rapper/activist/radio host Chuck D of the group Public Enemy, was born in Roosevelt, Long Island (NY); 5)1960-Dahomey proclaimed independent, later renamed Benin; 6)1954-Trevor Berbick was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He briefly held the WBC Heavyweight title in 1986 before losing it to Mike Tyson. He was also the last man to fight Muhammad Ali in 1981; 7)1941-Ronald H. Brown was born in Washington, DC. He was the first African American to serve as the Secretary of Commerce; 8)1920-First international convention of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association opened in Liberty Hall in Harlem. Next night, Garvey addressed 25,000 Blacks in Madison Square Gardens; 9)1895-Benjamin E. Mays, well-known educator and former president of Morehouse College, was born in Ninety Six, SC; 10)1879-Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American to graduate from nursing school; 11)1874-Businessman Charles Clinton Spaulding of the North Carolina Mutual Life Ins. Co., was born in Columbus County, NC; 12)1869-First African American veterinarian Augustus Nathaniel Lushington was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad; 13)1867-Blacks voted for the first time in a state election in TN; 14)1838-Slaves in Trinidad & Tobago are emancipated; 15)1834-Slavery outlawed in British empire. #BlackHistory365 #BlackIsBeautiful #PhotoGrid
When Bert Williams and George Walker first began performing as a duo, they branded themselves the “Two Real Coons”, a direct challenge to the history of Blackface minstrelsy, a satirical performance genre built on the assumption that racial stereotypes come from the “real” behaviors of a people.