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October 31, 2006

I've Made It...

It's official (sort of)! Today is my due date (according to my primary OB Dr). The other specialist said Nov. 2. Either way it's Week 40.

Since I've been *loving* the medical illustrations of pregnant bodies, here goes the *hopefully* last one. See how fun it is to be inside my body right now:

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Wondering if I'll make it to election day. If so, I'm going with the League of Pissed Off Voters Twin Cities voter's guide (to make the best of the options decisions). Here's a link to the Official Endorsement Slate CHEAT SHEET Only two I really support are Klobuchar and Ellison (both endorsed). I'll roll with the crew on pretty much the rest.

I'm glad the political commerical and hate ads will be ending soon. Don't want to see any more political mudslinging. Doesn't make me want to vote for any of 'em.

October 29, 2006

Mom Blogging

friday was fall fun at T's school. each classroom sets up a booth - bball, mini-golf, fortune telling, fishing and this year nails & hair. tiana came back (i was seated reading this at a table, holding on to all the stuff she and her friends had won) a vampire princess:

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then last night she and a friend hit moa for the halloween after dark stuff. since (fingers crossed) i'll have a baby by or on halloween and can't make the festivities myself, i'm trying to let her wear her costume for every possible opportunity. pirates are big this year:

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when will I be able to blog about my TWO kids? this waiting is driving me insane. there are only so many times that i can reorganize the house, extra clean the kitchen, wash the little laundry leftovers, and get all prepared. the carseat is buckled, the bags for the hospital have been in the car for 2+ weeks (WHY did the dr. say she thought i'd deliver early), and his stuff is ready and waiting. i know when he arrives i'll be wishing i had relaxed a bit more. i can sure drive myself crazy...

October 27, 2006

Say it isn't so! Stripper poles for girls. WTF?

VIa Feministing Via UK Daily Mail and The Sun

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British superstore Tesco was selling these stripper poles, targeted at kids (see the pink Barbie/Bratz-like packaging). The packaging says: Unleash the sex kitten inside...simply extend the Peekaboo pole inside the tube, slip on the sexy tunes and away you go! The Peekaboo Pole Dancing kit includes an extendable pole, frilly garter, and DVD to demonstrate sexy dance moves.

It also features fake money - dubbed Peekaboo Dance Dollars - to reward budding private dancers.

Just like padded bras for six year olds:

I'm so scared.

October 26, 2006

It's (Still) A Girl Thing!

A few years back my students from WoSt 3102 - Feminist Thought and Theory gave my daughter a makeover at Club Libby Lu . They filmed the whole thing, edited a video, and wrote really smart papers about girl culture, heteronormativity, whiteness, girl power movement, the gaze, and all those concepts important to Women's Studies. Theorizing the MofA is a very fruitful exercise!

Here's the video (forgive the hiccup in the middle of the clip. i can't find the student's final edit & i don't have time to pull out clips of just T, but you can get the point from it anyway):

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(Click for Quictime file - 14.5 MB file size)

Did you catch the clip of me with a weave-o-rama? Yup. Too much fun!

Well, one of my girl's best friends had a Club Libby Lu b-day party this weekend. Her rock star makeover:

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What's really scary is so much of the stuff for sale in the store (as you can see in the video), and if you get the deluxe makeover package you get a great bag (it's a gir thing!) filled with all kinds of heteronormative gender binary enforcing princess power.

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See Club Libby Lu's website for yourself.

October 24, 2006

Still Waiting...

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The 39 week countdown...

So I went to the Dr. today to check if labor is progressing - it's not. = ( This boy likes it in my tummy. I'm tired and ready but I don't think that's a real reason to induce. I had an appointment for induction Wed night (with hopes of delivering on Thursday am) but I cancelled it. I believe that he'll come when he's ready. I wanted him to come because I thought he might be ready, I want more time off (my grader is teaching my course for a few weeks), I thought my Dr. would be there (she won't & won't be there no matter this week or next week), and other issues. I find none of them good enough reasons to try to induce. The Dr. said We can try and if it doesn't work you can go home and then come back and try again. No thanks.

Then, she went to reschedule induction for the same time next week (just in case) and proceeded to forget that I was in the little room. 30+ minutes later I emerge (I couldn't hold it any longer) and she seemed shocked when I popped into her office. Oh, I'm so sorry! Everything is set for next week!

Good bye. I'll be so happy to not have to go to that Dr.'s office anymore. I like her but really. You see the same Dr. for 9 months and then they aren't there when you deliver anyway. The Dr. who "delivered" my daughter 9 years ago really just ran in and caught the baby before she hit the floor - the nurses did all the work.

So, now I am going to attempt to let nature run it's course. I'll walk a lot, sit up and try to get this boy to come on out.

Landmark for Women In Hip Hop Industry

From allhiphop.com

The Source, Dave Mays, Benzino Ordered To Pay Former EIC $14.5 Million

The Source Magazine, Dave Mays and Ray "Benzino" Scott must pay $14.5 million dollars to former editor-in-chief Kim Osorio, after a federal jury in New York found she was fired in retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment and gender discrimination on the job.
Read On...

October 23, 2006

Now I Need The Baby!

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saturday was the baby shower. beautiful. love and thanks to all who attended.

time for my baby boy to arrive. if he doesn't come by wed, dr. is saying we are going to help him make his grand entrance.

ready. sooo ready.

October 22, 2006

NPR- Black Actors in Love Scenes: No Need to Apply

All Things Considered, October 17, 2006

If you go to IMDB.com, the Internet Movie Data Base, you'll find a disturbing statistical blip. Of the roughly 350 films that have earned more than $100 million, about 50 of them have love scenes. You know the drill: Boy kisses girl, they sink together onto a bed, more kissing and touching, fade to black...
If you scan the same list for American films with non-white leads (again, there are about 50), you'll find love scenes in zero percent. That's right, zero. No blacks. No Latinos. No Asians. Hollywood makes such films; you can find them further down on the list. But America won't watch them.

READ ON HERE

Read the take on this on Rachel's Tavern (a great blog about race, pop culture +)

What do you think??? Why is this the case? It is American audiences? American values? Ideology? Strange phenom? Why ZERO people of color in these roles in top grossing film?

October 21, 2006

Ladies Submit Your Films!

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CALL FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS
The 2007 Black Lily Film & Music Festival (“The Lily�) will be the first event of its kind in Philadelphia—a film and music festival wholly focused on the contributions of women. It will take place May 4-6 in Philadelphia. Recognizing the parallels between the music and film industries—both male dominated fields—in which women continue to strive for the acknowledgement and recognition often taken for granted by their male counterparts; this international, multi-racial, non-competitive festival seeks to highlight groundbreaking women filmmakers and musicians.

OPEN CALL
The films in this section will make up the bulk of programming and may be short-form (0-30 minutes) or feature-length (31-90 minutes) in any of the following genres:

Narrative Films

We are accepting works of fiction that deal with any topic or theme, provided that the work is directed and/or produced by a woman. Preference will be given to recent works, but it is not mandatory.

New Media/Experimental
We are accepting works that don’t fit into the narrative/documentary binary. Works that employ alternative technology and/or structure are encouraged to submit to this category. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to mount video installation, so please only submit works that are meant to be screened in a theater.

Documentary Films
These works may include shorts and features from 0 to 90 minutes. Works not originally produced in English must have English subtitles.

Music Videos
These works may feature artists that are signed or unsigned as long as the director has festival rights to screen the work. They should not exceed 5 minutes in length.


SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

Peace & Justice
Black Lily is collaborating with non-profit group Spearhead Soldier to present works celebrating the global struggle for peace and justice for individuals, families, communities and nations. We welcome narratives, documentaries and experimental works dealing with this topic. Priority will be given to works dealing with violence against women but all will be viewed and considered.

Women in Music
Given the history of the Black Lily organization and our hometown of Philadelphia’s rich legacy contributing to American music, we’ve decided to have a special focus on films dealing with women in music. These films can be narratives or documentaries about musicians, composers, vocalists, promoters or related artists.

Young Lily
Girls aged 19 and under are encouraged to submit film & video works that will be shown in conjunction with the Open Call, but will receive special attention for a Black Lily Honor on closing night and also be screened as part of the Girls Workshop.

The Five Spot: Paying homage to the home of our original music series, five [5] works created by local women filmmakers who live in Philadelphia and the surrounding area will be showcased. Artists must have lived in the city for at least six months prior to submission. Any pieces 45 minutes and under are welcome for this showcase.


PRIORTITY DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS DECEMBER 1, 2006
Late deadline is December 31, 2006

Download Submission Guidelines HERE

Download Entry Form HERE

Please mail submissions (and a postage-paid return envelope if desired) to:

Black Lily Film & Music Festival
c/o Painted Bride Arts Center
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA

Submission fees must be made out the Painted Bride Arts Center
(Please include “Black Lily Festival� in the memo line)

For updates and more information, check out blacklilyfilm.org and myspace.com/blacklilyfilm

** PLEASE NOTE THAT A SEPARATE CALL FOR MUSICIANS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DECEMBER **

October 20, 2006

Another DVD ordered!

"don't need you" is a documentary film that tells the story of the origins of Riot Grrrl in the American independent music scene of the 1990s, and how this feminist movement evolved into a revolutionary underground network of education and self-awareness through music, writing, activism, and women-friendly community. The film gives audiences a chance to meet key figures in the development of Riot Grrrl and see for themselves how these women have changed the history of music and feminism forever. The film features one-on-one interviews interspersed with rare, archival materials, including original Riot Grrrl fanzines, flyers, and photographs, as well as seldom seen footage from pioneering Riot Grrrl bands like Bikini Kill, Heavens to Betsy, and Bratmobile.

View the Trailer:

Buy the DVD!

I've taught third-wave feminism at Macalester twice now, and have struggled to show them Riot Grrrl material. We usually use the EMP timeline stuff and play music. It's so much better to have it on DVD. Yah! I'm excited for this to arrive!

October 18, 2006

I Need Another Book



We Don’t Need Another Wave
is a critique of the ways in which feminism is discussed in the mainstream media. Today’s young feminists are wary of being labeled. They are media-savvy, hyper-aware of being categorized and marginalized, and are here to tell the world that feminists are feminists — diverse in age and experience — and that it’s time to drop the labels in favor of proactive agendas and united goals.

Topics that matter to young feminists range from lighter issues, such as DIY culture and craftivism, to heavy-hitting issues that feminists have struggled with for generations, including abuse, rape, shame, and self-hatred. The young writers in this collection band together under the banner of feminism to share the message that the F-word is a good thing, and that feminists are breaking new ground while still valuing the traditions and achievements of their sisters and foremothers.

We Don’t Need Another Wave brings a message of unity and a message to get beyond subcategorizing a movement that needs cohesiveness and strives on strength in numbers.

The book even has it's own myspace page.

Buy the book HERE

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Everything seems ciclical. We need to be careful about the pitfalls of the "sisterhood is global" phenom. We do need some common agenda goals and collabos that work, but I've got to read before I make an official proclamation about what's up.

-R

October 17, 2006

I <3 Feminist Adbusters!

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and don't forget to match whatever little hair you decide to keep:

"You Better Call Tyrone..."

haven't gotten my hands on a copy, yet, but i am eager to:



Deconstructing Tyrone
A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation

Natalie Y. Moore and Natalie Hopkinson

Do you know Tyrone? That smooth-talking, irresistible fellow whose essence is full of swagger, rhythm, and flow? The militant revolutionary of the 1960s evolved into the pimp/thug of the hip-hop era? You know, the archetype converted into a hit single?

Tyrone is the Black man seen through the media lens, through stereotype, through the eyes of Black women. In Deconstructing Tyrone, journalists Natalie Y. Moore and Natalie Hopkinson examine Black masculinity from a variety of perspectives, looking not for consensus but for insight. With chapters on Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, on the complicated relationship between women and hip-hop, on babydaddies, on gay Black men on and off the so-called "down low," on strippers and their fathers, on Black men in the office, at school, and in jail, Deconstructing Tyrone presents a multifaceted picture of American Black men now.

“A deconstruction done in love… Breaks down the myths surrounding Black masculinity in a way that inspires hope and points the way toward change.— Gwendolyn D. Pough, author of Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture and the Public Sphere

"With compassion, wit, and keen intelligence, the authors have touched upon our rarely-spoken truths. Here is a vision of the complex, vibrant humanity living outside the bleak statistics and damning headlines." —William Jelani Cobb, author of To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic

“A magnificent job. Deconstructing Tyrone is thoughtfully and masterfully constructed, highly informative, and provocative. I, a child of the Black Power and Civil Rights era, found substantial relevance to my generation and to my own experience. Indeed, there is much in Deconstructing Tyrone that is universal, crossing lines of color, age, and nationality.�— Blanche Richardson, Marcus Bookstores

NATALIE Y. MOORE writes for numerous news outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, the Seattle Times, the Detroit Metro-Times, Bitch, AlterNet.org, and BET.com. She lives in Chicago.

NATALIE HOPKINSON is a staff writer for the Washington Post and a professor of journalism at the University of Maryland–College Park. She lives in Washington, D.C.

BUY THE BOOK HERE

October 16, 2006

Watch this Video!

video on skin tone, hair and dolls. worth the watch!

It's a New Baby (Kitten)!

so I'm about to have a real baby boy but welcomed a new arrival last night.

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so far, her name is precious. black with white stripe on her nose. white booties. bright, blue eyes like i've never seen before. she's so little, hyper, and a love sponge.

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our family is getting so big and i haven't even had the baby yet!

also, baby shower is this sat! email me if you didn't get the e-vite (so much has fallen thru the cracks lately), i'd love to see you there!

Real Beauty

watch this:

October 15, 2006

Teaching with Technology at UMN

Recently I guest lectured in the Feminist Pedagogies course in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies about feminist teaching with technology. My IT Fellowship (2 year appointment) really immersed me in teaching technologies at the U. The fellowship allowed for unlimited courses and I took as many as possible.

On the FMC whiteboard, I listed out all the tech available (for research, teaching, learning and creative activities) at the University of Minnesota.

Here goes what I use:

UThink blogs

UMN personal webspace

UMCal

UM Jabber (chat tool)

WebCt Vista course website

Moodle course website

Breeze Presenter - Multimedia Presentations and Web Conferencing

Course Library Resource Page


There is lots of training available - some free, some at student rates & I HIGHLY recommend you use these resources while you are here (if you are a UMN student):

University Technology Training Center (UTTC)

Digital Media Center (DMC)

CLA Get Wired classes for CLA students

Free, self-paced CD-Rom Tutorials (many software titles)


I also compiled a few links about fem ped's take on teaching with technology:

Active Learning

Information Literacy in the Women's Studies Classroom

Feminist Cyborgs: Teaching Like A Feminist

Feminist Teaching

Wired Humanities Project


Do you have more articles? sites? resources? to add?? Please leave a comment - I'm very interested.

October 12, 2006

Film ? : Theater for Transformation

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Have you seen any documentary films/videos/tv shows about theater, dance, arts and/or hip hop w/high school students? incarcerated populations? Basically, I'm interested how arts are being used as tools for personal and social change. In addition to programs themselves, I'm interested in films/videos that share the power of this work. Anything you've seen? Please leave me a comment!

Today I watched:
Our Town
Colors Straight Up

Recently I've watched:
We Just Telling Stories about Rhodessa Jones & the Medea Project
Mad, Hot Ballroom - ballroom dancing for NYC school kids

Hollywood narrative films I've seen:
Take the Lead

Please contribute some ideas! Links to programs, films, videos, works-in-progress, anything!

Happy Minnesota Fall!

It's Oct 12th & it's a snowy, bone-chilling 27 degrees in Minneapolis right now:

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I'm trying to get writing done because Jr. is truly en route. His head (which feels like a bowling ball pressing on my pelvis) is dropping. Turning in bed is nearly impossible. I spend most of the day hobbling to the restroom (Why rest in restroom? I'm not getting any rest anywhere).

The Dr. called today and no serious complications. I was worried - too much stress with this pregnancy. But, right now all is well and we're just waiting for active labor.

Trying to let my own worries, stress, guilt over all the things I haven't (yet) accomplished in life and focus on all the beautiful and positive:

One of my Mac students made it to the next round for a fellowship I was helping her apply for! You go girl!

One of my current students helped me feel better w/her compliments (she wants to make films & is happy to be in my course this term). It is often so hard to see if you are reaching anyone (especially with large classes) unless a student comes to meet with you. At least I know I'm reaching her (and will hopefully continue to inspire).

Also, wishing I could get on a plane and celebrate your life, PCF, but at least your choice to move to the next level has re-connected a bunch of us UCLA film alumns. RIP love.

... Maybe my next post will be the son. Fingers crossed!

October 11, 2006

We Got Issues: young women + empowerment project

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Hip Hop Association Reel

Founded in March 2002, the Hip-Hop Association (H2A) was formed to facilitate, foster, and preserve Hip-Hop culture. Our mission is to utilize Hip-Hop culture as a tool to facilitate critical thinking, foster social change and unity, by empowering communities through the use of media, technology, education, and leadership development; while preserving Hip-Hop culture for future generations.

support the Hip Hop Assocation

October 9, 2006

I Likes...

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Back 2 Basics - X to the Z

What u see iz what u get now... This is hard time on planet earth... Everyday all day.

When this video aired, it was one of the longest running on BET.

I have many memories of this time but that's what they are now - memories, pieces of the past. Alvin, Flashy Tashy, Marvin - the whole crew.

How are true is it? The world keeps moving. Potential chaos on every corner. Always drama. Always corner hoes, hustlers, pimps, players, police. Never know whats around the next corner but at home it's just you and the foundation.

Staying home more lately.

October 4, 2006

Seeking Executive Director - FYI (Films By Youth Inside)

This is a message on behalf of filmmaker, Alex Munoz whose work some of you may be familiar of. He is also thefounder of the non-profit called FYI (Films by Youth Inside.) This program introduces incarcerated youth to the filmmaking process and gives the youth an opportunity to write, direct and edit their own films. All of their films are screened at Sony studios after they have completed the FYI program. It really is an AMAZING program and I had a chance to see some of the films this past summer and was seriously BLOWN AWAY at the creativity, originality and unique visions presented by these kids!

ANYHOW, Alex is currently seeking a new EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR to run FYI. The candidate would have past experience working with incarcerated youth, have a strong knowledge of film production, possibly a background in teaching, and experience in running non-profits. If ya'll know of ANYONE who fits the bill, please, please, please have them give me a call at (213) 250-9921 ext. 104. THANK YOU!!! peace,
MIA

Info on FYI is below and attached. FEEL FREE TO FORWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Films by Youth Inside (FYI)is an introductory filmmaking program developed and administered by writer/director Alex Muñoz.

The purpose of the program is to imbue youthful offenders with the critical-thinking, cooperative learning and organizational skills they need in order to complete school and obtain decent jobs, while also providing them with a medium for positive self-expression and personal transformation.

Each participant works with professional screen writers, actors, directors and other production technicians. Then each writes and produces a 3 to 5 minute film . either narrative or documentary.

The curriculum includes: 1) feature and documentary film appreciation, 2) screen writing fundamentals, 3) the terminology and techniques of film production, including acting, cinematography and editing, and 4) educational and career paths and opportunities in the film industry.

While educating youthful offenders in storytelling and filmmaking, the FYI program provides the youth with a unique and constructive platform to demonstrate their newly discovered and developing skills.

The FYI Team consists of experienced filmmakers and teachers who have seen persuasive evidence of the transformative and rehabilitative effects of the program. We believe that the lessons learned by FYI participants extend far beyond the fundamentals of film and can literally change their lives.