In the culinary world, only a handful of regional cuisine reaches international level. “Southern food,” is considered a delicious, heart-warming, feel-good cuisine that affects all those who try it. According to John T. Edge, the director of Southern Foodways Alliance, the Southern food people refer to is based on food developed by women, who are often black, originating from dishes generated during slavery in the South of the United States.
Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are hosted by schools, archives, museums, and cultural institutions all over the world. The idea is to help increase the voices of LGBTQ, female, people of color, or other marginalized persons as Wiki editors. On March 30th, I attended the Art+Feminism edit-a-thon at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta where people of all backgrounds were invited to learn how to become a Wiki editor, learn the rules of Wikipedia, and create articles about female, non-binary, women of color, etc. artists.
After a pilgrimage tracing a transatlantic slave trade route ended in South Africa, Artist Xaviera Simmons traveled throughout the African continent before she had to ask herself, ‘Who am I here in this country? Who are my people?’ Simmons recalled to Elysian magazine, “[African-Americans] don’t have a motherland. Africa is 54 different countries. There is no place in Africa that I could ever go that would be my home. I’ve been all over Africa. Where can I go, and it’s like home for me?”
The irony of buying a $700 sweatshirt that once would cost you $15 at Walmart is not lost on most people. Most people would have never dreamed that their once low-budget school clothing would now be deemed “vintage” and worn by some of the most famous celebrities.
In 2015, the news of Flint, Michigan not having access to purified water went viral. The reaction to this news felt like the U.S. was finally realizing the reality that water supplies are limited, depleting, and potentially contaminated. Excessive levels of lead, iron, and even E.coli were found in Flint’s water. Despite national outroar, numerous lawsuits, and millions of donated plastic water bottles, eventually the rest of the world started to forget about Flint. Flint started receiving less donations and press attention even though their crisis continued.
Tangled in a web of thick vines and bright leaves, a face stares back at me. I cannot quite tell who it is, but I feel the face is playful. It is pouting its lips as if asking for a kiss and beneath it, there is another one flipped upside down.