unique art fundraiser/ diaspora vibe (miami)

August 24, 2008 § Leave a comment

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new short film: dreams (sueños)

July 9, 2008 § Leave a comment

film still

film still

Here’s a link to info about a new piece I’ve been working on: dreams (sueños). It’s a short film that I think of as a visual poem in three parts. It is about the negotiation of the neighboring cities of Miami and Havana, both physically and politically. It will be in the show, Space is the Place, this summer at Diaspora Vibe Gallery, in Miami.

cuban blogger

July 7, 2008 § 1 Comment

(from the New York TImes, March 6, 2008)

from nytimes

Yoani Sánchez, 32, and her husband, Reinaldo Escobar, 60, established Consenso desde Cuba , a Web site based in Germany. Ms. Sánchez has attracted a considerable following with her blog, Generación Y, in which she has artfully written gentle critiques of the government by describing her daily life in Cuba. Ms. Sánchez and her husband said they believed strongly in using their names with articles despite the possible political repercussions.

photo by Jose Goitia for The New York Times

zora neale hurston film on pbs

April 6, 2008 § Leave a comment

A documentary about Zora Neale Hurston will air this week on PBS.

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun

April 9, 2008 at 9 pm
Check local listings
Writer, cultural anthropologist, chronicler of folk roots and ethnic traditions, daughter of former slaves, Hurston was one of the most celebrated – and most controversial – figures of the Harlem Renaissance.

king, obama, and a miami underpass

April 4, 2008 § Leave a comment

(image by NURI VALLBONA/MIAMI HERALD STAFF)
Serge Toussaint holds a photo of the first version of his Martin Luther King Jr. work under Interstate 95 at Northwest 62 Street. Toussaint removed the image of Barack Obama.
Miami Herald article posted on April 4, 2008 by Trenton Daniel.
Serge Toussaint painted a mural of slain civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on an Interstate 95 underpass. He has since been forced to cover Obama’s image. He used white primer. The muralist said he was paid by the city of Miami to paint a King theme piece as part of a beautification project.

”What’s the point of painting Martin Luther King Jr. if you can’t paint his dream?” said Toussaint, referring to Obama as King’s realized dream of racial harmony.

After painting over the Obama portion of the image, Toussaint explained, ”I was so ashamed,’. . . It was like I was painting on Mr. Obama himself — `Bro, I’m sorry!’ ”

political theater about liberty city

March 11, 2008 § Leave a comment

– from the play “Liberty City,” now onstage at the New York Theater Workshop through Sunday, March 16
article online from the NYTimes
and a review from the NYTimes
In the play, Thompson plays generations of characters primarily based on herself, her family and the other African-Americans and Caribbean immigrants with whom they came in closest contact (and conflict) in the struggling, vibrant and politically charged Miami neighborhood of Liberty City from the late 1960s on.
Here are a couple of quotes I found intriguing from the article:

“too much political theater gets locked into preaching to the converted. But it doesn’t have to. As long as you use the central tool of empathy. That’s how you make good theater, and theater for people who may not know about the things you’re dealing with.”  – Jessica Blank

“What so much of the theater of politics is missing is the artistic part.” -April Yvette Thompson

It’s great that a play like this has been written and is now on stage. Now, when is it coming to Miami?

trinidad and tobago

January 24, 2008 § Leave a comment

hiking in tobago, a waterfall waterfall in Tobago

on the way to maracas on the way to Maracas in Trinidad

bake and shark (or bake and condiments on the right) Bake and Shark (or just Bake and Condiments for the Vegetarian, on the right) at Richard’s at Maracas

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