Despite the fact that my partner is a DJ, I don’t listen to a lot of music.
If I did, Hip Hop wouldn’t be at the top of my list. So reading “Misogyny and the Emcee – Sex, Race & Hip Hop” by Ewuare X. Osayande is an education on many fronts.
This book is a collection of Ewuare’s, written and published over the last 10 years. They all challenge the sexism and racism in Hip Hop lyrics and actions in videos that verbally and physically assault Black women. His point in the introduction is that Black men have to step up against this sexism and racism that is destroying the community. The Feminist Review calls it a “brilliantly concise collection of essays”!
My favourite essay so far is “A Wifebeater is not an Undershirt”. It’s a catchy title and his point is well made: “It is this casual indifference to gender injustice that creates the cloud of fear that many Black women live under”.
Looking forward to meeting and chatting with Ewuare on Sunday June 12th from 3-5pm EST at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore. Can’t join us? Watch it online via livestream at 3:30pm EST at www.facingout.ca.
Chances are you either love them or don’t think much about them. Originally I was going to dedicate this blog post to the dog lover. But upon further consideration, it’s for the ambivalent as well – maybe even (dare I say it) for those who don’t like dogs! (gasp!)
I have started reading On Toby’s Terms in preparation for my In Conversation with author Charmaine Hammond next Saturday June 18th at 3pm EST (3:30 EST if you want to tune in over livestream). So far, it’s a tale that has captivated my dog-loving heart. Not just because Toby is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, but because having a dog in my life has changed me – as Toby is certainly doing to his owners at the beginning of the book (but not in a good way!).
If you saw the movie (or read the book) Marley and Me, Marley was a walk in the park compared to Toby. What I have learned so far is that Charmaine and her husband Chris are no ordinary people. I’m not sure many people would have tolerated the repeated devastation to their home that Toby seems to be capable of (5 toilet tank covers in about as many months, to give you an example). But they did. I’m about to read how Charmaine turned this story around, using her extensive background working with troubled teens. If Toby was a person, he would likely have ended up in Juvenile Detention….
So, I’ll keep you posted – the story has a happy ending, because Toby will be at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore with Charmaine on June 18th to give PAWtographs. But how they got from where I’m reading to today is a mystery I’m looking forward to reading about. Stay tuned!
When I was 18, I was agonizing over calculus, choosing what university I wanted to go to, and picking a prom dress.
When Carmen Aguirre was 18 she was disarming a 65 year old drunk, retired, mercenary on a train to Bolivia so he didn’t blow their cover, and figuring out how to get past 2 border patrol guards alive, given the items she had on her person to help with the resistance movement.
These were among the stories we were fortunate enough to hear last night at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore as Carmen Aguirre read from her new book Something Fierce – which is about her life as a child and teenager involved in the underground resistance in South America against the Pinochet regime.
Hearing an author read from their work is always a gift. But last night, Carmen’s voice – strong, confident – shared not only some of her stories and her life with us, it captivated the audience and made those moments real in our minds as well.
Living with terror continually for years is no small feat. Carmen graciously answered questions about the legacy of those years and told us it was theatre that saved her; because she wanted to be an actor so badly, she did all the therapy and healing her teachers told her to, at 22, in order to be able to act well.
If you missed it, you can watch the video of the livestream.
It’s raining today. The thunder is clapping and it’s a perfect day to read. I’m going to hunker down with Something Fierce.
You can get a copy at the Toronto Womens Bookstore.