Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Majorca Carter: Greening the Ghetto and Now the World

From Utne's 50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World

If she hasn't got the Genius Grant yet, she is probably on the short list. Majorca Carter is a right on Sistah! Seriously positive.

from Utne

"Bright Green Bronx—and Beyond
Majora Carter, founder, Sustainable South Bronx and Majora Carter Group

Majora CarterFirst Majora Carter took on her neighborhood. Now she’s set her sights on the world. As the founder of Sustainable South Bronx, Carter greened her community by connecting what folks cared about—their kids’ health—to the pollution ravaging their air and water. This year, she left to create the Majora Carter Group. The consulting firm will help other municipalities take advantage of the tactics she honed in the South Bronx: training people who need work to shepherd in new green technologies, transforming polluted sites into lush community spaces, and generally ensuring that everyone has a stake in the clean energy economy.

Read more about Carter's work and the efforts of a new generation of environmental justice activists in Utne Reader's March-April issue."


Time to Change: Black Men, Suicide and Seeking Help

Dr. Sean Joe
Researcher at the University of Michigan focused on preventing "urban African-American adolescent males from engaging in multiple forms of self-destructive behaviors, including suicidal behavior." Dr. Joe spoke with NEWSWEEK following the disturbing online suicide of Abraham Biggs.

Black men do not seek help for mental health issues because we fear being stigmatized and don't trust providers. But this is killing us. We have got to start reaching out. It is a sign of courage and wisdom when you seek help, not weakness. Recently, I sought counseling for stress and possible depression. I found a Black male counselor that I could trust. And although I felt a bit unsure at first, after a couple of sessions, I developed a sense of trust. I did not continue seeing him after he assessed that I was in good condition. But, it was good to check it out and and I feel more secure knowing that I have someone I can turn to. I wish more bruthas would find a good head doc to talk to when things get rough. It could save a lot of our lives.

The Association of Black Psychologists
African American Suicide Factsheet

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Uplifting Diasporic Reel: Slumdog Millionaire

I've been waiting for a an uplifting movie for a while. The last movie I tried to see was Max Payne. That film was just so unrelentingly dark that I had to leave after 45 minutes and sneak into Madagascar 2. But, in about 10 minutes, the Black and African stereotypes in that flic just got to be too much. So, I ran out of that one too and just headed home displeased.

Now, I'm placing my bets on Danny Boyle's new drama Slumdog Millionaire. They are rolling it out slowly over the next couple of weeks so it may not be out yet in your town. But, if it is, check it out.

Take the whole fam on Thanksgiving Day.

Monday, November 24, 2008


Abraham in motion at Harlem Stage

Check this out! Coming up at Harlem Stage.

from the Harlem Stage e-blast!
"Kyle Abraham is recognized for his smooth, athletic Hip-Hop influenced style. Brick, a solo for Kyle, blends this signature style with influences from American visual artist Kara Walker and 17th century Japanese artist Hishikawa Moronobu. In The Dripping Kind, a group piece for seven dancers, Kyle explores a more dissonant, abstract movement style - a departure for the choreographer."

DEC 3 - 6; 7:30PM
Brick and The Dripping Kind
Beauty, full, vessel:

At Dance Theater Workshop

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