Jayne Cortez, poet

February 15, 2013

The late Jayne Cortez was a major figure of the Black Arts Movement. She was a poet, musician and creative force unto herself. Born in Arizona, she was raised in Los Angeles’ Watts district. She married the great saxophonist Ornette Coleman in 1954.

Her work held “Free” at its center, its heart, as the great generation [=>]

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Pariah and Brother to Brother fire up Queer film

February 26, 2012

Wherever the bird with no feet flew she found trees with no limbs.             —Audre Lorde

It is audacious for Dee Rees to begin Pariah with an image of Black women that today’s film is all too comfortable with, a scantily-clad pole dancer, and then cut to her film’s protagonist, Alike, a character that has little precedent [=>]

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