I am trying to be a bit more like this plant/flower:

Fights the forces of invisibility everyday. Provides beauty whether or not it’s seen. Is not afraid to disappear or grow again as the seasons demand it. Relies on sun and water to live but also grows from the roots.

Confessions of an #AmbitiousBlackFeminist
(Reza Rites / Venus Sings / DJ Reza Wreckage)

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The Haitian Revolution - A short Reading List (of Anglophone scholars)

"More than two hundred years after Haitian independence was declared on January 1, 1804, it remains a challenge to perceive the spirit that fueled the first abolition of slavery in the New World and gave rise to the second independent nation in the Americas. As recently as ten years ago, the Haitian Revolution (1789-1804), which created “Haiti” out of the ashes of French Saint Domingue, was the least understood of the three great democratic revolutions that transformed the Atlantic world in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. That is no longer true. In the decade since the 2004 bicentennial, a genuine explosion of scholarship on the Saint-Domingue revolution has profoundly enriched our memory of what Hannah Arendt, in her comparative study of the American and French revolutions, called “the revolutionary tradition and its lost treasure”. It is not clear to what extent this development has affected broader public understandings of the Haitian predicament, however."

By Professor Malick W. Ghachem for the John Carter Brown Library online exposition: “The Other Revolution: Haiti 1789-1804.”

* Much more scholarship could have been included in this list. To find more monographs and articles on the Haitian Revolution or, for a general reading list on Haiti, see here and here.

Look fwd to checking these out.

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"One year my colleagues David and Carole were preparing a skit on abuse for a conference, and they decided to perform a rehearsal for their abuser group. Afterward, the group members rapid-fired their suggestions for improving the skit, directing them mostly at David: “No, no, you don’t make excuses for why you’re home late, that puts you on the defensive, you’ve got to turn it around on her, tell her you know she’s cheating on you….. You’re staying too far away from her, David. Take a couple of steps toward her, so she’ll know that you mean business…. You’re letting her say too much. You’ve got to cut her off and stick to your points.” The counselors were struck by how aware the clients were of the kinds of tactics they use, and why they use them: In the excitement of giving feedback on the skit, the men let down their facade as “out-of-control abuser who doesn’t realize what he’s doing."
- “Why Does He Do That” by Lundy Bancroft (via bajo-el-mar)

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people hear black socalled ratchet music and think “what a disgrace”

i hear it and am blown away by how we managed to be stripped of everything, to have our identities hacked at and beaten out of us,

and continue bumping african drum patterns, syncopated rhythms, folklore styles, call and response, and repeating hip movements and corporal stances from collective ancestral memory. 

even when we dont know who we are,

we still know.

and thats huge and miraculous.

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Hi friends,
Last week the Providence Phoenix published a piece I wrote about the Cranston Street Armory, and I wanted to make sure I made it easy for my network to find it. Click here if you’re interested in taking a read.

Shout-outs to editor Philip Eil for the assignment and to all the community members who spoke to me for the piece. 

Click here and here to see my previous two articles in the paper. 

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"At some point, being Black became profitable to anyone and everyone who wasn’t, in fact, Black."
- Jack Qu’emi, The Appropriation of Black Culture through White Consumption of Hip Hop, 2014 (via x09)

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PROVIDENCE, RI - Getting ready for the presentation I’ll be giving tonight at Pecha Kucha Night, Providence, at the The Spot (101 Richmond Street, Providence). In many ways, it will be a preview of tomorrow night’s #musicmovesreza Film Debut and Closing Reception at Warwick Public Library. 

Links about each event are below along with some details and tidbits about Music Moves. Hope to see some familiar faces and look forward to making new friends at both events.

Sunshine and laughter,
Reza Rites / Venus Sings / DJ Reza Wreckage
The #AmbitiousBlackFeminist

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Writing for Work, Writing for Self, Writing for Survival - Workshop Series

Writing for Survival at WPL

Hi friends, 
I’m excited to report that I’ll be back at Warwick Public Library later this month to launch another round of Writing for Survival classes dedicated to “Put[ting] Your Artistic Self Online.” This VenusSings.com link should take you to where you need to go to register as well as find more information about my “Writing for Work, Writing for Self, Writing for Survival offerings.”

Thanks for the support,
Reza Rites 

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