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    A page from Keith Haring’s journal: “Life isn’t just front page news, murder, crime, killing. Life can be lived. Lived, loved, enjoyed… Life can be full.”

    Keith Haring Foundation


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    Joan of Arc (1908), Gaston Bussiere


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    Iranian Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami Dies at 76

    My aim is to give the chance to create as much as possible in our minds, through creativity and imagination. I want to tap the hidden information that’s within yourself and that you probably didn’t even know existed inside you. We have a saying in Persian, when somebody is looking at something with real intensity: “He had two eyes and he borrowed two more.” Those two borrowed eyes are what I want to capture—the eyes that will be borrowed by the viewer to see what’s outside the scene he’s looking at. To see what is there and also what is not there.

    With Borrowed Eyes: An Interview with Abbas Kiarostami


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    Algerian Independence (July 5, 1962)


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    beyvenchy:

    and countless others.


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    unhistorical:

    [LGBTQ History Month] Blue (1993) was British filmmaker Derek Jarman’s final feature-length film before his death in 1994 of an AIDS-related illness. Blue consists of 75 minutes of only a single shot of blue - “International Klein Blue,” a hue Jarman first encountered in 1974 and which inspired him to make a film. Jarman and three of his favorite actors, including Tilda Swinton, narrate in prose and surrealistic poetry - on fate and history and the universe between clinical, vivid descriptions of living with and dying of AIDS. 

    Jarman’s narration alternates between gloomy and thoughtful, whispered abstract observations, and sharp, matter-of-fact, explanatory, even mildly perturbed. All this over a still shot of blue, which in its bare minimalism expresses all: The suffocating personal and social stigma of Jarman’s illness. An existentialism both individual and communal, reflecting his own impending death and the lives and deaths of his gay and lesbian friends. “The virus rages fierce,” mourns Jarman,  “I have no friends now who are not dead or dying.” “My heart’s memory turns to you.” He lists, presumably, dead friends, his voice dreamy and fading away into blue void: “David. Howard. Graham. Terry. Paul.” 

    Jarman was diagnosed HIV-positive in 1986 and toward the end of his life began to lose his eyesight. What sight was left “became filtered through a dense blue veil.” In Blue, he muses on color, and illness in colors - yellow for infection, yellow for evil, yellow for bile, yellow for jaundice; green for hospital pyjamas, green for Cytomegalovirus. Blue for blood, sky, for “infinite possibility,” for bliss, for a “bearded reaper” - for Death. 

    “In the pandemonium of image
    I present you with the universal Blue
    Blue an open door to soul
    An infinite possibility
    Becoming tangible”

    Full Movie on YouTube

    That YouTube link is broken, but you can still find it in parts here.


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    A group identifying themselves as members of Youth Against War and Fascism holds up banner in front of the New York Stock Exchange at New and Wall Sts. after they had been ejected from the crowded visitors gallery by guards. The group was booed and jeered by brokers as they unfurled the banner and tossed leaflets to the trading floor.

    Youth Against War and Fascism at Wall Street 
    April 12, 1966

    Flickr


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    Tadanori Yokoo
    Lotus, 1974 
    Santana Japanese vinyl art


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    amberleafwave:

    Assata Shakur, former Black Panther, living in exile in Cuba


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    Today (November 26) is the inimitable Tina Turner’s 77th birthday; she was born in 1939 in Tennessee. Here’s a bit of her on Beat-Club in 1971 performing her classic arrangement of “Proud Mary.” 

    “You see, we never ever ever do nothing nice and easy. We always do it nice and rough. So we’re gonna take the beginning of this song and we’re gonna do it easy. But then we’re gonna do the finish rough. It’s the way we do ‘Proud Mary.’”


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    Tricontinental magazine covers
    c. 1967-1976
    published by the Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America (OSPAAAL) based in Havana, Cuba

    Freedom Archives


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    unhistorical:

    Tricontinental magazine covers
    c. 1967-1976
    published by the Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America (OSPAAAL) based in Havana, Cuba

    Freedom Archives


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    arabstreet:

    On December 12th, over 100,000 people in East Aleppo were trapped in a 5 square kilometer range as they were being bombarded by airstrikes from Russia and the Syrian government to attempt to overtake the rebel-held area. “The Russia-backed ground offensive, which began on November 26, followed an intensive aerial bombing campaign that knocked out most of the medical facilities, targeted civil defence and municipal vehicles and blocked roads with rubble.” The world is sitting and watching a genocide happen before their eyes as civilians are being massacred. Families posted on various social media platforms to say their final goodbyes.


    Donate to:

    Syria Relief: They work to provide many life-saving essentials including food, medicine and medical care, winter provisions including warm blankets and bedding, as well as an orphan support programme. 88.8% of your donation goes into relief, the remaining go into raising money, and a small portion into admin.

    https://www.syriarelief.org.uk/donate/?aleppo-appeal


    Save The Children: Provides food and water, helps repair water systems, supports hospitals, helps schools, and provides emotional help for children. They have helped over 500 000 children in besieged areas so far. 88% of your donation goes into relief, the remaining goes into fundraising efforts. 

    https://secure.savethechildren.org.uk/donate/emergency?sourcecode=SA4006001&_ga=1.158660734.551543489.1481608383


    Islamic Relief Worldwide: They distribute food packs, clothes and medical supplies to communities under siege within Syria and displaced people along the Turkish border. They are also running or supporting camps and providing livelihood programmes, education and psychosocial support for refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. 90% of your donation goes into relief and development, the remaining goes into delivery of relief, campaigning, and generating future income.

    https://donations.islamic-relief.com/?   (Click Current Appeals and donate to Syria Crisis Appeal)


    Karam Foundation: An NPO that develop Innovative Education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distribute Smart Aid to Syrian families, and fund Sustainable Development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians. They distribute clothes, food, water, flour, blankets, infant formula and other basic necessities. 100% of profit goes into building programs, providing relief, and sustaining development.

    https://app.moonclerk.com/pay/m084arkxtho


    I also sell items on www.arabstreet.co and will be donating $10(CDN) of each sale until the end of 2016.


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  • 12/25/16--15:32: RIP. 🌈




  • RIP. 🌈


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    Girls Dancing Around An Obelisk (1798)


    View of the Port of Rippeta in Rome (1766)


    Temple of Philosophy at Ermenonville (1798)


    The Arc de Triomphe and the Theatre of Orange (1787)


    El Coliseo de Roma (1780-90)


    The Bathing Pool

    Hubert Robert 
    May 22, 1733 – April 15, 1808


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    Tyrus Wong, ‘Bambi’ Artist Thwarted by Racial Bias, Dies at 106 | The New York Times

    When Walt Disney’s “Bambi” opened in 1942, critics praised its spare, haunting visual style, vastly different from anything Disney had done before.

    But what they did not know was that the film’s striking appearance had been created by a Chinese immigrant artist, who took as his inspiration the landscape paintings of the Song dynasty. The extent of his contribution to “Bambi,” which remains a high-water mark for film animation, would not be widely known for decades.

    Like the film’s title character, the artist, Tyrus Wong, weathered irrevocable separation from his mother — and, in the hope of making a life in America, incarceration, isolation and rigorous interrogation — all when he was still a child. In the years that followed, he endured poverty, discrimination and chronic lack of recognition, not only for his work at Disney but also for his fine art, before finding acclaim in his 90s.

    Mr. Wong died on Friday at 106. A Hollywood studio artist, painter, printmaker, calligrapher, greeting-card illustrator and, in later years, maker of fantastical kites, he was one of the most celebrated Chinese-American artists of the 20th century. But because of the marginalization to which Asian-Americans were long subject, he passed much of his career unknown to the general public.

    Artistic recognition, when Mr. Wong did find it, was all the more noteworthy for the fact that among Chinese immigrant men of his generation, professional prospects were largely limited to menial jobs like houseboy and laundryman.

    Wong Gen Yeo (the name is sometimes Romanized Wong Gaing Yoo) was born on Oct. 25, 1910, in a farming village in Guangdong Province. As a young child, he already exhibited a love of drawing and was encouraged by his father. In 1920, seeking better economic prospects, Gen Yeo and his father embarked for the United States, leaving his mother and sister behind. Gen Yeo would never see his mother again.


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    Freedom is not only being released from something, but it is being captured by something higher.

    “On this notecard, Dr. King outlines his insights on the concept of freedom.” The King Center Digital Archive


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    We have come a long way in our understanding of human motivation and of the blind operation of our economic system. Now we realize that dislocations in the market operation of our economy and the prevalence of discrimination thrust people into idleness and bind them in constant or frequent unemployment against their will. The poor are less often dismissed from our conscience today by being branded as inferior and incompetent. We also know that no matter how dynamically the economy develops and expands it does not eliminate all poverty. 

    The contemporary tendency in our society is to base our distribution on scarcity, which has vanished, and to compress our abundance into the overfed mouths of the middle and upper classes until they gag with superfluity. If democracy is to have breadth of meaning, it is necessary to adjust this inequity. It is not only moral, but it is also intelligent. We are wasting and degrading human life by clinging to archaic thinking.

    The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them.



    - Martin Luther King, Jr., “Where We Are Going,”Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967.

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