~ Black Moments...#1_2_and 3

...ill be taking these moments to point of the vast ridiculousness that is racism and my perpsective as an multiracial americanized african...here we go...

Only in America...well, not really.

African Americans in Our Gang

The Our Gang series is notable for being one of the first times in movie history that blacks and whites were portrayed as equals, though a number of people, including members of the Black community, do not look favorably upon the characters of the black children today.[3] The four black child actors who held main-character roles in the series were Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison, Allen "Farina" Hoskins, Matthew "Stymie" Beard, and Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas. Ernie Morrison was, in fact, the first black actor signed to a long-term contract in Hollywood history,[4] and was the first major black star in Hollywood history as well.[5]

In their adult years, Ernie Morrison, Matthew Beard and Billie Thomas became some of Our Gang's staunchest defenders, maintaining that its integrated cast and innocent story lines were far from racist. They explained that the white children's characters in the series were similarly stereotyped: the "freckle-faced kid," the "fat kid," the "neighborhood bully", the "pretty blond girl," and the "mischievous toddler." "We were just a group of kids who were having fun," Stymie Beard recalled.[6] Ernie Morrison stated that "when it came to race, Hal Roach was color-blind".[7] Other minorities, including Asian Americans (Sing Joy, Allen Tong, and Edward Zoo Hoo) and Italian Americans (Mickey Gubitosi), were also depicted in the series, with varying levels of "stereotyping" - commonplace in the stylized, slapstick comedy tradition in which the Our Gang films are firmly rooted.

wiki source here

this week in france...

"In the October issue of French Vogue, which is dedicated to "Supermodels," there are no black models. No Naomi Campbell, no Tyra Banks, no Iman, no Alek Wek, no Liya Kebede, no Chanel Iman. Instead, Dutch model Lara Stone appeared in a 14-page editorial in blackface. Aside from the fact that models of many nationalities have gained a greater presence in the fashion industry and should have been used in this magazine, today in 2009 we should all know that white people dressing in blackface is offensive".

( (read the rest here)

last week in holland...

"Apparently enough time had elapsed since Michael Jackson’s death that a cheeky comic tribute to him and the Jackson 5 seemed in good taste. At least it seemed that way a troupe of Aussie TV performers, who rounded out last night’s performance as the “Jackson Jive” in full-on blackface. The crowd ate it up, but an American judge who knew better ground the show to a halt"...

(read the rest here)

its hard to believe they can be so stupid and think this is a laugh...

tryin to be golden


Moley Moments...

see ya next week!

be golden!

~Check out The Moneybags Project!!!

Artists Stan Chisholm and Lisa See Kim invite the public to help create more than 1,000 screen-printed “moneybags” that will fill an entire CTA train car. This project, a continuation of Chisholm and Kim’s current MoneyBags project is part of Art on Track to be presented on CTA Loop trains on October 10. The artists will host four workshops at the Art Center during the month of September at which they will teach the public how to create the cartoon-like bags of money filled with screen printed messages. On October 10th, the artists will fill, brim to brim, a CTA train car with the canvas bags. Framed as a social experiment, the public will be free to find, “steal,” or leave the money on the train.

MoneyBags transfers the recognizable image from the comic to the real and playfully challenges society’s values

Over the past year, Chisholm and Kim have been dropping handmade moneybags, filled with Chisholm’s witty social commentary rather than actual currency, in unexpected public locations throughout Chicago, St. Louis, New York City, and Tokyo. The Art Center’s Art on Track project will be the first sanctioned instance of the MoneyBags project. Working with a motif usually seen only in cartoons, MoneyBags transfers the recognizable image from the comic to the real and playfully challenges society’s values, the role of currency, the idea of ownership, and human impulses towards greed and generosity.

Chisholm and Kim received their Bachelors in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Both artists also practice independently, with Chisholm working under the alias 18andCounting. Art on Track, run by the non-profit group SALVO, celebrates its second year organizing Chicago artists and cultural centers to curate CTA trains. SALVO strives to connect Chicago artists with disparate communities, increasing accessibility to art through making it a part of everyday life in the city. For more information visit www.chicagoartontrack.com.

The ongoing project is chronicled online at http://www.dropmoneybags.blogspot.com

Above image: Stan Chisholm, MoneyBags, Tokyo, Japan, 2009, silk screened canvas filled with silk screened bill sized prints

check out stans website HERE

my minor designer dollar...golden bucks

be golden!

~Art on Track this weekend! (updated 10/15/09)

Art on Track is a mobile art experience aboard an eight-car CTA train, which circles the Chicago loop for a day long celebration of fine arts culture.

The entrance to Art on Track is at the Adams and Wabash CTA platform (Between 200 and 220 S. Wabash). Here you will be able to get your AoT ticket. You will not need to buy a CTA pass to ride the art train. Once you are on the train feel free to interact and explore as much as you like, we will make stops around the loop for you to switch train cars. The handicap entrance is at Washington and wells (36 N Wells).

ill have the pleasure this year of being a part of this unique art experience...
..im doing a new 22 x 28 inch painting that im excited to unveil...

hope to see all of you there...

thanks for all yer support...

(new photo from last weekend)

(more new photos)


be golden