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.
I wonder what it takes to be considered a “legend” in Hollywood. Is it the amount of awards a person wins or who has the longest career? This biggest following? Or, in the case of actress Marla Gibbs, is it the tenacity to be an outstanding actress? After playing an extra on two separate films in the 1970s, Gibbs revealed in an interview for The Washington Post that she told the guy who hires extras she is not coming back and said, “I want to do what Diana Ross is doing.” The man responded “Don’t we all?” and Gibbs told him, “Yes, but I’m going to.”
At the start of 2019, young rapper She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, who goes by the name 21 Savage, was at the top of his game. His newly released album “I am > I was” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts, he had two Grammy nominations for the song “Rockstar,” and he was a musical guest on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
There has been only one time in my life where my friends convinced me to buy a movie ticket just to see the previews. Leading up to the Incredibles 2, my friends were on the edge of their seats to see the latest Pixar short Bao. As we watched the eight minute short, we smiled, we laughed, we gasped, and ultimately we choked up.
There have been a few times in my life, if ever, where I wanted to wait in a dimly lit parking lot standing in the rain. I had never been to this area before and was beginning to wonder if I had typed in the wrong address on my GPS. After driving thirty minutes to the outskirts of Atlanta, I ended up in Doraville, GA following a winding street, a row of parked cars, and the promise of the sluttiest cheeseburger in Georgia.