Post-colonial discourse attributes the inability to peacefully govern themselves in many nations, as the result of basing the economic and political structure on the model left behind by the colonizer, which justifies colonization and slavery, that of capitalism.
As an artist who expresses myself through my hair, I identified strongly with the artistic hair practices of the different peoples of Africa, so I based my research on the culture of hair.
“I am an artist, agitator, and techie working for social change.”
My view of culture has changed in the past few years, primarily as a result of my continuing education. I would say that my own shifting view of culture is indicative of not only the nebulous definition of the concept of ‘culture,’ as described in Raymond Williams discussion, but of the changing nature of the cultural process itself.
￼In choosing my subjects, persons “different than myself” as we were assigned, I felt I could not simply go by ‘Race’ or skin tone. Because of the way I was raised I am very comfortable speaking to other races, especially in speaking with African Americans for example, I feel part of my own identity reflected back.
This Changes Everything
Is the representation of African Americans in the film accurate and relevant, and what else, if anything, could have been added or changed to give more voice to African Americans in the film?
On November 30, 2011 I was arrested for failure to disperse from the park at City Hall in Los Angeles with the Occupy Wall Street movement. I used to stay out of politics, but a shift in consciousness made it impossible to continue ignoring the state of the planet and the need to reclaim our planet for the peoplet. This is my story.
In the wake of the eviction of the Occupy Los Angeles protestors from City Hall Park, there is much talk and a flurry of activity regarding what to do next. The obvious legislative issues are being addressed and actions are planned, but what of the Occupy community on which so many had come to depend for the two months it operated? As a resident of the Occupy Los Angeles community, I participated in the creation of what I had already come to believe, is the future of civilization.