This looks so, so cool: This year, The AfroFuturist Affair Annual Charity & Costume Ball…
Just a little housekeeping. Racialicious has been in effect for more than eight years. As…
Now, we normally don’t publicize things about our personal lives or jobs on Racialicious.
However, this time is a bit different. After appearing on Al Jazeera’s The Stream as a guest, then guest hosting, then subbing for the amazing Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, I finally decided to make it official. I am joining The Stream (American Edition) as Senior Digital Producer.
I am announcing it here is because I want the Racialicious community to come with me.
Over the years (we’re coming in on seven, almost eight for those counting; close to a decade for the MMW peeps) this community has brought some of the most challenging questions to our doorstep in the service of discussing race. How do we understand issues of race when this whole concept is fictional? As soon as you cross borders, racial labels fall apart, but the societal consequences remain. To what extent does colonialism play into our discussions of racism and solidarity? Where does religion and religious identity intersect with race? How do we even craft terms to describe ourselves without further playing into these systems that do not serve us?
I’ve often felt frustrated that we didn’t have the resources to go out and actively source stories. While some members of our community who are journalists have provided us with great pieces over the years, there are so many times when I wished we had a team to dispatch and cover events. And that’s to say nothing of all the media critique we’ve done over the years. Read the Post Announcement: On Joining The Stream
RETAIL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
We received this email from Macy’s promoting their retail development program:
We’re excited to introduce a Macy’s program designed just for business owners: the 2012 Macy’s Workshop!
Macy’s has developed the Workshop, a retail development program designed to give multicultural and/or women business owners the tools to better succeed. Macy’s is committed to helping diverse retail vendors grow within the industry, and after a successful program in 2011, the 2012 Workshop is shaping up to be even more exciting!
The Workshop is a once-a-year, 4 ½ day training course for up to 20 participants.
According to their site:
Macy’s is in the business of fashion and is committed to aggressively pursuing business opportunities with innovative multicultural – and women-owned retail vendors. This commitment not only serves as a way to cultivate new talent, but as a way to contribute to the fostering of business development in the ever-expanding communities we serve. The Workshop is a comprehensive retail vendor development program designed to give select
high potential multicultural and/or women business owners the tools to better succeed and sustain growth in the retail industry. […]
The Workshop at Macy’s will provide you with:
*An exclusive program located at Macy’s Herald Square Corporate Offices in Manhattan, New York, designed by Macy’s senior level merchants and learning and development experts
*A unique learning opportunity with courses taught by retail experts and accredited faculty
*Exposure to successful multicultural and women business owners
*Interaction with experienced merchants, industry leaders and private brand specialists
*An opportunity to network, collaborate and engage with fellow aspiring vendors
The Workshop at Macy’s offers a comprehensive program that includes classes in:
*Merchandising and assortment planning
*Sales and marketing
*Access to capital
The workshop is FREE but you will have to pay your own travel to NYC and lodging if accepted. Interested? Apply here; deadline is January 22nd, so hurry!
Jobs in racial justice, women innovate mobile, and info on a health center catering to transgender clients after the jump. Read the Post Announcements – Racial Justice Job; Minority Fashion Entrepreneurs Workshop; Women Innovate Mobile; Trans Friendly Health Center
“Now, I know Shakespeare’s a dead white guy. But he knows his shit, so we can overlook that.” — Mr. Morgan, in 10 Things I Hate About You
Ever since one of my mother’s boyfriend’s pressed a copy of Othello into my ten year old hands, I’ve been semi-obsessed with untangling the dynamics of Shakespeare. I love remakes, and the 90s was rich with them, including O, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Romeo + Juliet. And as I get older, there is so much more to tangle with. The roles of race in Shakespeare (I’ve read at least four interpretations of Othello); ethnicity/religion (where do we even start with Shylock?) are always ripe for exploration. And recently, I’ve read about anti-colonalist interpretations of The Tempest and queer interpretations of Othello. So the themes can be endlessly explored and remixed.
So I was thrilled to be offered a spot discussing The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s interpretation of Much Ado Without Nothing – SET IN CUBA!
The set was gorgeous, the production well played, and I would love someone more versed in Cuban politics than I to check it out and report back.
In the meantime, here’s the schedule for the symposium:
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Shakespeare Theatre Company Audience Enrichment Manager, Hannah J Hessel Read the Post “Gender Skirmish”: On Pop Culture and Much Ado About Nothing
Tomorrow night, I’ll be giving a talk at Swarthmore College on feminism, pop culture, and…
I’m working on a children’s book that celebrates engaged fathers with the intent of uplifting families, moms, children… everyone. The language isn’t outwardly political, but it is also about presenting positive images of boys and men of color, especially as integral pieces of loving, thriving families.
I recently launched the project on Kickstarter. Check out its quick 2-minute video:
I’d be really honored if you posted this project on your blog!
The book is for dads, and moms, and single dads, and single moms, and kids. I see engaged fatherhood is key to lifting up our communities. This book counteracts the stereotypes of deadbeat dads of color. It shines love on those fathers out there that are amazing, and making amazing contributions, but invisible within mass culture. It paves the way for this generation of boys to be just as amazing. And from the mom and girl end, I believe that men’s full engagement in family life is key to ending the oppression of women (in so many ways).