Web Finds: Emeli Sande, Miranda July & More

I haven’t watched any documentaries on here, but you might find something of interest.

Have you been paying attention to The rise of black lesbian and gay cinema?

Miranda July gives us an awesome tip for those of us who are easily distracted hehe (this is an outtake of The Future).

The Death of the Black Owned Independent Bookstore, from the AALBC Blog (on the right hand side of your screen, you should see a “Support Black Businesses” image; click it for AALBC’s database of Black owned indie bookstores)

I might as well put Teju Cole in charge of my reading list.  His comments on Michael Ondaatje got me to add Coming Through Slaughter and Running in the Family to my reading list:

For purposes of marketing, writers are designated as poets, novelists, or something else. But writing is about matchmaking, an attempt to marry sensations with apt words. Ondaatje makes language translucent – the exact word, the exact placement of a comma – and the reader has the uncanny feeling of encountering ideas directly. His work is about the things I care most about: memory, threshholds, solitude, work (usually the work of hands), dangerous loves, half-remembered songs and scars of all kinds. It is a particular constellation of thoughts and experiences, so particular to me, I sometimes feel, that I’m unsure if I’m reading or if I’m the one being read.

The words of Emeli Sande are inspiration for any artists (h/t: Concreteloop)

Web Finds: Loneliness, Shyness & More


My crush persists: AFFRM recently launched their website

In an interview with Film Society Lincoln Center, Terence Nance shows some love for Ghana and notes books as a source of inspiration.

Zadie Smith’s On Beauty is being adapted into a film by Kasi Lemmons!


A reading list for young men of color

I’m adding Emily White’s Lonely to my to-read list because of mensah demary’s words

James Baldwin in a 1984 interview with Jordan Elgrably. Baldwin gives us so many gems, but here are a few highlights:

Thank God for visual artists:


Was there anyone to guide you?


I remember standing on a street corner with the black painter Beauford Delaney down in the Village, waiting for the light to change, and he pointed down and said, “Look.” I looked and all I saw was water. And he said, “Look again,” which I did, and I saw oil on the water and the city reflected in the puddle. It was a great revelation to me. I can’t explain it. He taught me how to see, and how to trust what I saw. Painters have often taught writers how to see. And once you’ve had that experience, you see differently.

A Word to the shy:


Did what you wanted to write about come easily to you from the start?


I had to be released from a terrible shyness—an illusion that I could hide anything from anybody.

I was going to excerpt some of the highlights of this article but I would’ve had to repost the whole damn thing. Check out Teju Cole enlightening everybody on the White Savior Industrial Complex.

I was browsing Facebook when I came across this song (via Alternate Takes: a new jazz blog):

sound familiar? The greats inspire the greats.

Web Finds: SXSW Recaps, African Film Library & More


African Film Library has launched!

Colorlines & Shadow & Act recap SXSW

S&A has several reviews for films shown at SXSW including Gimme the Loot (which won the Grand Jury Award for Narrative Feature) and The Last Fall; but I just wanted to highlight a bit of music from Colorlines’ recap:

MUSIC: The female hip-duo TheeSatisfaction has been performing at SXSW since 2010 but this year they’re on everyones radar: they’ve been featured everywhere from the NY Times to the LA Times and everything in between including what seems like every music blog on the internet. Thee Satisfaction raps about politics, justice, sexuality but they describe their blend of music the best: “funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip.”


First I read this then I went here. Instant love.  I look forward to reading more.


More from SXSW: videos and photos of the All Africa Showcase hosted by Spinlet

I’ve been feeling like a grown up jamming to Gregory Porter’s Be Good.  The official video, directed by Pierre Bennu has been released.  Watch Below:

“The dance of love is something that can be done alone but it is also fun with somebody else,” says Bennu. “I wanted to show two characters; one who was so busy dancing alone, never looking to have a partner… and another so desperate for love that he would do whatever it took to get it. What that character finally realizes is that all he needed to offer forth was himself.”

Web Finds: Ava DuVernay, dream hampton & More


Some love for my hero Ava DuVernay: AFFRM picks up Restless City & some other news for AFFRM + a release Date for Middle of Nowhere

And for the man who made me crush so hard on San Francisco: Barry Jenkins is working on an adaptation of a graphic novel (and it sounds interesting!)

Indies Unchained shares how to find out about free film screenings!


I’m adding Rings of Saturn to my to-read list and planning to re-read The Stranger because of this list of novels of solitude compiled by Teju Cole

I added Rebecca Walker’s Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness to my to-read list after reading dream hampton’s essay Audacity


Saw this video over at Traveling Black Chicks.  The video is kind of long but definitely worth it for anyone pursuing entrepreneurial dreams