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So yeahhhhjjj, I’m somewhere in between feeling like I can rest/relax after last night’s #musicmovesreza event and asking myself, “what do u mean relax?! Have u looked at your calendar - or folder of flyers for upcoming events?!”

In essence: Hmmmm. Argghhhh. Zzzzzzzz.

Confessions of an #AmbitiousBlackFeminist

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Super behind on sending out a Take 5 with Reza Rites Newsletter, but these are some things going on and coming up in my world. I hope to see friends this Wed April 16 at my #musicmovesreza exhibit at JWU or on Saturday, April 19 at the diversity conference at RIC.

I’ll have copies of 3 AM is the New Black at each of these events and I have a variety of mini displays and Music Moves pop up art shows coming up too!

Follow along on VenusSings.com, and AmbitiousBlackFeminist.com and on social media: @rezaclif, @3amblack, #3amblack, #musicmovesreza.

Sunshine and laughter,
Reza Rites, #AmbitiousBlackFeminist

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jadapoo:

Don’t be fooled by curly hair!

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"So three Black women in maybe two thousand pages of women’s magazines and all of them biracial or racially ambiguous, so they could be Indian or Puerto Rican or something. Not one of them is dark. Not one of them looks like me, so I can’t get clues for makeup from these magazines. Look, this article tells you to pinch your cheeks for color because all their readers are supposed to have cheeks you can pinch for color. This tells you about different hair products for everyone—and everyone means blondes, brunettes, and redheads. I am none of those. And this tells you about the best conditioners—for straight, wavy and curly. No kinky. See what they mean by curly? My hair could never do that. This tells you about matching your eye color and eye shadow—blue, green, and hazel eyes. But my eyes are black so I can’t know what shadow works for me. This says that this pink lipstick is universal, but they mean universal if you are white because I would look like a golliwog if I tried that shade of pink. Oh look, here is some progress. An advertisement for foundation. There are seven different shades for white skin and one generic chocolate shade, but that is progress. Now let’s talk about what is racially skewed. Do you see why a magazine like Essence exists?"

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An excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (2013)

I cannot wait to buy this book. 

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3amblackpoetry:

To a Friend
by Reza Rites

As we look up at the moon we must never forget that the sun will rise in the morning.

As we watch the snowflakes fall to earth we must never forget the rose that will rise from the ground.

As we close our favorite book we must never forget the millions of stories yet to be written and read.

And as we consider the loss of those we love, we must never forget the gifts they left for us to cherish and continue to uncover.

I join you in saying goodbye to someone who left her mark, and I hold your hand, to walk together, back to the fields of love and appreciation. 

I find death and watching the loved ones of those who’ve gone very difficult to process. I have relied on poetry in the past to help me process my own loss. I wrote this for a friend hoping it would help her, but I share this hoping it might help someone else struggling with a loss.

Confessions of an #AmbitiousBlackFeminist.

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black-culture:

black-culture:

You are invited to submit a 1-2 page autobiographical essay or first person creative nonfiction(essays/memoirs) for this anthology .
The aim of Our Black is to create a book comprised of narratives on the Black Experience and the multiplicity of Blackness. The goal of Our Black is to build a collection of narratives that reflect the diverse experiences of Black folk, one which could be used to better understand the complexity, depth, and challenges of Being and living Black.
The book Our Black will be divided into these thematic chapters:
Acceptance and Ambiguous Blackness: Multi-Racial Identity in AmericaBe A Man: The Burden of Black MasculinityBinary Minorities: Being Both Black and LGBTQ(IA)Never Black Enough: Outside the Scope of Legitimate BlacknessThe Intersection of Gender and Race: Being a black woman in americaNot Quite African-American: Black immigrants and First generation AmericansBlack Self Identity: How Much is Blackness Defined by Whiteness?
If interested please send us an email at ourblackproject[@]gmail.com for more information and a copy of our writers’ guidelines. We will be accepting submissions until March 1, 2014. —-extended now to the the 31st
Please feel free to share this post as you please. I am truly blessed to be working on a project such as this and I am driven by its potential. With much work and dedication, this can be turned into something phenomenal.
All the best,
zellie imani

Deadline has been extended to March 31st! It’s not to late to submit, please don’t wait! Email for guidelines and share us our experiences!

black-culture:

black-culture:

You are invited to submit a 1-2 page autobiographical essay or first person creative nonfiction(essays/memoirs) for this anthology .

The aim of Our Black is to create a book comprised of narratives on the Black Experience and the multiplicity of Blackness. The goal of Our Black is to build a collection of narratives that reflect the diverse experiences of Black folk, one which could be used to better understand the complexity, depth, and challenges of Being and living Black.

The book Our Black will be divided into these thematic chapters:

Acceptance and Ambiguous Blackness: Multi-Racial Identity in America
Be A Man: The Burden of Black Masculinity
Binary Minorities: Being Both Black and LGBTQ(IA)
Never Black Enough: Outside the Scope of Legitimate Blackness
The Intersection of Gender and Race: Being a black woman in america
Not Quite African-American: Black immigrants and First generation Americans
Black Self Identity: How Much is Blackness Defined by Whiteness?

If interested please send us an email at ourblackproject[@]gmail.com for more information and a copy of our writers’ guidelines. We will be accepting submissions until March 1, 2014. —-extended now to the the 31st

Please feel free to share this post as you please. I am truly blessed to be working on a project such as this and I am driven by its potential. With much work and dedication, this can be turned into something phenomenal.

All the best,

zellie imani

Deadline has been extended to March 31st! It’s not to late to submit, please don’t wait! Email for guidelines and share us our experiences!

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Oh lord.

oh my god

Yes!! May need to share with my HS students :-)

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Confessions of an #AmbitiousBlackFeminist
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Teaching, Writing & Sharing Art

PROVIDENCE, RI - Been a little busy. Been doing things like teaching adults and youth about digital media and audio storytelling; sharing and promoting #3amblack, issue 3; doing some freelancing with the Providence Phoenix (following a great write-up they did on me in February); putting details together for my next #musicmovesreza exhibit and reception; and co-producing Sonic Watermelons every Tuesday, 7-8 PM.

On top of all of those items, I’m still scheduling meetings to discuss and verify additional sites for teaching my #writing4survival courses, pitching and landing freelance writing or blog assignments, and booking shows and making contacts that get me closer to publishing the 1-3 books I’m ready to complete. 

It’s been a while since I could send out a “Take 5 with Reza Rites” newsletter, though I hope to soon. In the meantime, feel free to check out these five links for additional reading or a break from your routine. Thanks for your support, encouragement and shares.

Sunshine and laughter,
Reza Rites, the #AmbitiousBlackFeminist

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black-culture:

black-culture:

You are invited to submit a 1-2 page autobiographical essay or first person creative nonfiction(essays/memoirs) for this anthology .
The aim of Our Black is to create a book comprised of narratives on the Black Experience and the multiplicity of Blackness. The goal of Our Black is to build a collection of narratives that reflect the diverse experiences of Black folk, one which could be used to better understand the complexity, depth, and challenges of Being and living Black.
The book Our Black will be divided into these thematic chapters:
Acceptance and Ambiguous Blackness: Multi-Racial Identity in AmericaBe A Man: The Burden of Black MasculinityBinary Minorities: Being Both Black and LGBTQ(IA)Never Black Enough: Outside the Scope of Legitimate BlacknessThe Intersection of Gender and Race: Being a black woman in americaNot Quite African-American: Black immigrants and First generation AmericansBlack Self Identity: How Much is Blackness Defined by Whiteness?
If interested please send us an email at ourblackproject[@]gmail.com for more information and a copy of our writers’ guidelines. We will be accepting submissions until March 1, 2014. —-extended now to the the 31st
Please feel free to share this post as you please. I am truly blessed to be working on a project such as this and I am driven by its potential. With much work and dedication, this can be turned into something phenomenal.
All the best,
zellie imani

Deadline has been extended to March 31st! It’s not to late to submit, please don’t wait! Email for guidelines and share us our experiences!

black-culture:

black-culture:

You are invited to submit a 1-2 page autobiographical essay or first person creative nonfiction(essays/memoirs) for this anthology .

The aim of Our Black is to create a book comprised of narratives on the Black Experience and the multiplicity of Blackness. The goal of Our Black is to build a collection of narratives that reflect the diverse experiences of Black folk, one which could be used to better understand the complexity, depth, and challenges of Being and living Black.

The book Our Black will be divided into these thematic chapters:

Acceptance and Ambiguous Blackness: Multi-Racial Identity in America
Be A Man: The Burden of Black Masculinity
Binary Minorities: Being Both Black and LGBTQ(IA)
Never Black Enough: Outside the Scope of Legitimate Blackness
The Intersection of Gender and Race: Being a black woman in america
Not Quite African-American: Black immigrants and First generation Americans
Black Self Identity: How Much is Blackness Defined by Whiteness?

If interested please send us an email at ourblackproject[@]gmail.com for more information and a copy of our writers’ guidelines. We will be accepting submissions until March 1, 2014. —-extended now to the the 31st

Please feel free to share this post as you please. I am truly blessed to be working on a project such as this and I am driven by its potential. With much work and dedication, this can be turned into something phenomenal.

All the best,

zellie imani

Deadline has been extended to March 31st! It’s not to late to submit, please don’t wait! Email for guidelines and share us our experiences!

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