Abantu Book Festival: “Ghetto Is Our First Love”

I decided to interrupt my posting of the Black Portraiture III Conference panels; instead, I have included audio recordings from my attendance at the Abantu Book Festival that occurred from 6 - 10 December 2016 in Soweto, Johannesburg. The Abantu Book Festival included movie screenings, school visits, panel discussions, and musical performances from local South African artists, … Continue reading Abantu Book Festival: “Ghetto Is Our First Love”

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BLACK PORTRAITURE[S] III: “Imagining the Black Female Body”

On the first day of the Black Portraiture III conference, I was in attendance for the “Imagining the Black Female Body” topic session which included, as panelists, both black women artists and scholars from different disciplines that, in their works, foregrounded the experiences, exploitations, or (mis)representations of black women and their bodies, both in the … Continue reading BLACK PORTRAITURE[S] III: “Imagining the Black Female Body”

BLACK PORTRAITURE[S] III: “Passing for Black in Apartheid South Africa”

During my second week living in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, I had the opportunity to attend the BLACK PORTRAITURE[S] III conference held at the Turbine Hall in the city. Such event occurred from 17 November to 19 November 2016 during 9:00 until 18:00ish each day. The conference itself provided a discursive space to (re)imagine the politics and poetics … Continue reading BLACK PORTRAITURE[S] III: “Passing for Black in Apartheid South Africa”