Tonight was absolutely everything and more!
Love Jones (1997)
Director: Theodore Witcher
roots.|&|rigor. screening in APPOSITIONS: STILL / BIRTH / SHIT : LORNA WILLIAMS at DODGEgallery.
Reception: May 18, 2013 6-8pm
On View: May 18 — June 29, 2013
DODGEgallery | 15 RIVINGTON STREET | NEW YORK, NY 10002
Featuring: Lorna Williams, Samarah Tahir, & Yemaya Gabriel.
Art Direction|&|Still Photography: Allison Janae Hamilton
Production Assistant : Ash Tai
*in NYC. It’s going down tonight!!!
— Lewis Gordon, “African American Philosophy, Race, and the Geography of Reason.” (via zombimatter)
Oh he’s showin her that superpower alright.
*award winning witchcraft.
They represent the flag of the Iworo and it undergoes a process of reaffirmation in the religious, spiritual and material world. Also called in Cuba, are minor, male and female, “Taewa and Kaínde” children of Chango and Oshun, although raised by Yemaya. They have a large, miraculous virtue and incomparable power. We find them living in la Palma. Protagonists of the known pataki of the sign “Di Otura” where Ibeyis beat the devil.
Blackberri wearing the sacred necklaces of a priest in the Afro-Cuban Yorùbá-inspired Lucumí tradition, by Robert Giard, 2001. Elisa Rolle quotes his profile from Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Participation in African Inspired Traditions in the Americas:
Born in 1945 as Charles Timothy Ashmore, Blackberri is a singer, composer, poet, photographer, and political activist. He is of mixed origins and started his career as gospel singer. He came out to his mother when he was a teenager and his mother accepted his being gay. After going into the armed services, he stopped singing gospel, but he returned to music in 1967…
In recent years, although Blackberri has continued to perform, he has devoted much of his time to the AIDS-related causes and organizations, including the Black Brothers Esteem Program at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center, also in San Francisco. In 2002, he was honored at the San Francisco Candlelight Vigil with a Lifetime Achievement AIDS Hero Award.
Today, Blackberri is a priest of Lucumi, or babalorisha: he first became seriously involved in this spiritual tradition in 1984 and was initiated in Oriente, Cuba, in 2000…In 1995, he [had] decided to visit Cuba with Queers for Cuba, a Bay Area-based organization. There, he “met Oshun, who blessed [him] in a lot of ways.”
Blackberri has visited Cuba seven times since 1995. On each of these visits, he has experienced a spiritual epiphany. This was the chief reason he ultimately decided to undergo initiation in Cuba: “That’s where I feel most strongly connected to spirit.”
Blackberri once said: “I think we choose [to be queer] as a part of our destiny, because of the things we have to teach other people about themselves, about life.”
*this is GREAT!