Pepsi Lives Matter || The Revolution Will Be Sponsored

You know the old saying that the revolution will be televised? Apparently there’ll be commercial breaks featuring misguided Pepsi adverts. And oh boy is this one a corker.

 

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The Real Trump Tragedy || We Will Not Go Gently

In 1934, a racist, homophobic xenophobe was democratically elected into a position of power. He stirred up the national sense of disillusionment and validated a whole host of citizens’ hateful views. He led a campaign of hate against those of certain races, religions, sexualities and nationalities. He was mocked and satirised on the world stage and not particularly taken seriously as a threat or a danger until it was already too late.

In 2016, a racist, homophobic xenophobe was democratically elected into a position of power. He stirred up the national sense of disillusionment and validated a whole host of citizens’ hateful views. He led a campaign of hate against those of certain races, religions, sexualities and nationalities. He was mocked and satirised on the world stage and not particularly taken seriously as a threat or a danger until it was already too late.

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Aching for Home: On Creating Spaces for Blackness in America at NMAAHC

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” -Maya Angelou, “All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes”

Boldly embossed on a gallery wall of the third floor, Maya Angelou’s words are some of the last you encounter at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The quote hangs over the heads of the visitors like a hopeful coda, illustrating this sense of “home” that visitors have arrived at in their journey through the floors of African American history, and speaking indeed to the place of home that has been forged with this museum.

I was lucky enough to read Maya Angelou’s words for myself this weekend, after the Grand Opening dedication ceremony. I joined the 28,000 visitors who gathered together to see the opening of the museum and to hear President Obama address a nation with the hope that this museum would “bind us together, and reaffirm[s] we are all Americans.”

Alongside his wife, Michelle—the first black woman to be the First Lady of the United States—and Ruth Bonner—the 99-year-old daughter of a man born a slave—President Obama rang the Freedom Bell and called African Americans home.

Photo credit: Alan Karchmer / NMAAHC

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So Long, Summer: A Boshemia Review.

As the first autumnal leaves begin to tumble and the humidity of summer rolls out, we at Boshemia thought that now would be the perfect time to pause and take a second to mull it all over, wondering what it all meant.

The past few months have been an incredibly busy time both in front of and behind the scenes at Boshemia HQ. Q & L’s visit to see E in the USA back in June was a big landmark in the Bo-calendar, and this season has also seen the launch of our new Women to Watch Wednesday series; reviews on pop culture and politics; no fewer than seven guest articles; and behind the scenes, two job scores and one impressive placement in South Africa.

By way of review we crafted a couple of questions for each other to reflect on Summer of 2016.

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Women to Watch: Tiffany Renee Thompson on Performance Activism in Black Lives Matter

E recently had the chance to catch-up with Tiffany Renee Thompson, NYC-based blactress and an emerging activist of the Black Lives Matter movement. Tiffany uses performance as her tool for social activism in New York City. She recently organized an off-Broadway fundraiser performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in the Lower East Side.

 

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How to Make LEMONADE

Biographical, confessional, raw, deviant, dope. A few words to describe the experience that is Beyoncé’s latest album, LEMONADE.

I have been sippin’ on Beyoncé’s LEMONADE for about a week now, trying to savor and make sense of the feminist mogul’s alchemical mix of r&b, soul, rock, and country music. Interlaced with spoken word poetry and her own home videos, Bey even samples the sweet sounds of James Blake, The Weeknd, Jack White, and Kendrick Lamar and layers them richly together to create a trans-genre cinematic/musical manifesto that dropped last weekend on Tidal.

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