Right + Title

New videos posted for the almost-spring! Go on 'head to the Watch Me Work page to see them all. Here's a little taste:

The World's Oldest Ship Reading Series Brooklyn, NY August 24, 2015.

Film by: Charlotte Lagarde

Music by: Fumio Tashiro

Poem: by Samiya Bashir

Series Organized by:Susan Brennan 

Recorded @ J+B Design Cafe by Charlotte Lagarde.

Don Mee Choi quotation was selected from "A Conversation with Don Mee Choi" on The Lantern Review Blog: http://www.lanternreview.com/blog/2012/12/05/

Explore #BlackPoetsSpeakOut

http://blackpoetsspeakout.tumblr.com

"Right + Title" was originally published as a part of I CAN'T BREATHE, a special forum in Transitions: The Magazine of Africa and the Diaspora

http://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/samiya-bashir-cant-breathe

 

To find out more about #BlackPoetsSpeakOut, check out the fantastic roundup of a selection of videos (it just keeps growing, so follow the hashtag and the Tumblr to stay up to date) done by Cultural Front: A notebook on literary art, digital humanities, and emerging ideas.

Read Minal Hajratwala's early investigation of #BlackPoetsSpeakOut in STIR Journal

Read Minal Hajratwala's early investigation of #BlackPoetsSpeakOut in STIR Journal

The first time you watch a video that starts this way, you understand this is not some academic exercise. This poem means business, because here’s Samiya Bashir radiating quantum ferocity as she stares down the camera before unleashing her poem “Catch”:

… we ain’t going nowhere. instead, we trade terrified looks. search for the pass but no one stays open for long…

and you don’t exactly know what basketball has to do with police violence, but you watch her blink-blink-blink when she says “dribble” and you see that the poem is also the catch of a gun, full of fight and fear and threat.
— #BlackPoetsSpeakOut, But Is America Listening? by Minal Hajratwala