Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

I Too- Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.
Mike Brown, Sr. at the funeral of his son.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Similar but Different

1910's US Marines tattoo jacket "A Girl in every port" HC collection
Joan Crawford wearing a sweater decorated by her husband.

The Democratic Cup

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Yes, He's Handsome -- But He's Not Your Model.

A Sioux man. South Dakota. ca. 1895-1899.

Photo by Jesse H. Bratley. Source - Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
How you look at these photos has something to do with who you are. Many in fashion would see the juxtaposition, the clash of styles, the diverse threads entwining in the crazy, mixed-up cultural and aesthetic tapestry of America. Yadda yadda yadda. 
Many Natives looking at these photos see the genocide of their ancestors.


The Absence of Native American Power from on Vimeo.


This room at the US Naval Correctional Facility in Seattle, Washington, was the first to be painted Baker-Miller pink (a.k.a. Schauss pink). Full spectrum fluorescent lights ensured that the color was not distorted. Courtesy Alexander Schauss.