postblackness

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Toure: There’s no one way to be Black.

I love this video for the simple fact that it articulates the truth that we as Black Americans are very complex multidimensional people and that we owe it to ourselves to define our individual existences in whatever ways we see fit. There is no “expectation” (Post-Blackness)

Also, here is Toure’s book on the matter…

Play with your own squishy - Andre 3000

The circumcision has already begun

Desensitizing the very thing or thang that brought you into this motherfucker in the first place

And when I say “motherfucker” I do mean “motherfucker”

Because Mother Earth is dying and we continue to fuck her to death

Play with your own squishy, become the master of your own bation

And yes, God is watching you, but no need to be embarrassed

For the future is in your hands, no the future is in your hand

Play with your own squishy.

P is for Post Black

Post Black: is rooted in Blackness, but not restricted by Blackness. [Toure 2011, Who’s Afraid of Post Blackness, xi]. An emphasis is on Blackness, [art] reflects experiences that were colored by the social constructs of being Black in America. As a social construct, Post Blackness deconstructs Black identity. 

 Thelma Golden + Glenn Ligon’s definition: 

Post Black Art: “a clarifying term that has ideological and chronological dimensions and repercussions. It is characterized by artists who are adamant about not being labeled as ‘Black’ artists, though their work was steeped, in fact deeply interested, in redefining complex notions of blackness” (Golden, 2001, Freestyle, 14).

 

 Ytasha Womack’s definition on an Era:

Post Black Era: “is a time in which the complex diversity within the African American community in the midst of increased opportunity must be recognized and some synergy uncovered” (Womack, Post Black 2010).

The Idea Of #PostBlackness With #RashidJohnson | “A lot of people ask me about post-Blackness. I tend to not give consistent answers because it is language that is still developing.” | Read the full interview now at #FRANK151.com

When people talked about being ‘‘post­racial,’’ they were often really talking about being ‘‘postblack’’ — or, more charitably, ‘‘post-­racist-­against-­blacks.’’ After all, blackness is seen as an opposite to the default — the ideal — of whiteness, and chattel slavery and the legacies it left behind continue to shape American society.