cereusarts:

to all the black women poets who have made something like this possible. 

cereusarts:

to all the black women poets who have made something like this possible. 

T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s (2011) by Robert Philipson,  narrated by Jewelle Gomez.

"Worried Blues," by Gladys Bentley.

blackmexico:

Edna Thomas (1885 - 1974) was a prominent African-American actress and singer. She played the role of The Mexican Woman in both stage and film versions of “A Streetcar Named Desire. While not of Mexican origin, the photos illustrates the fluidity of race.

Edna Thomas (1886?-1974) was also a founder and one of several vice presidents of the Negro Actors Guild (founded in 1937) in New York City. She acted on stage (Edna Thomas was Lady Macbeth in Orson Welles’ Macbeth put on in 1936 by the New York Negro Unit of the Federal Theatre Project) and on screen. “Thomas was widely admired in both Harlem and Greenwich Village, considered by many a grand lady of the theater, although her opportunities had always been cruelly limited by her ‘color.’ … She supported her husband Lloyd during the desperate Thirties, although they lived separate lives and Edna’s true love was Olivia Wyndham [Spencer], who lived with them.

There are two Black lesbians who I was privileged to learn from who made a great difference in my life: Audre Lorde and Pat Parker. Not only were they out as lesbians in their writing in the early 1970s, but they were incredibly political women who did not have the illusion that it was enough for them just to pursue their individual artistic careers and let the rest of the world go hang.
Barbara Smith, “Doing it from Scratch: The Challenge of Black Lesbian Organizing,” from The Truth that Never Hurts , 176 (via daughterofzami)
This hatred and our anger our very different. Hatred is the fury of those who do not share our goals, and its object is death and destruction. Anger is grief of distortions between peers, and its object is change. But our time is getting shorter. We have been raised to view any difference other than sex as a reason for destruction, and for Black women and white women to face each other’s anger without denial or immobility or silence or guilt is in itself a heretical and generative idea. It implies peers meeting upon a common basis to examine difference, and to alter those distortions which history has created around our difference. For it is those distortions which separate us. And we must ask ourselves. Who profits from all this?
Audre Lorde. “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism” Sister Outsider. Crossing Press Berkley. 1984. Originally published as the keynote presentation at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Storrs, Connecticut, June 1981 (via fuckyeahaudrelordequotes)