As the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow travels from city to city, there have been many surprises as communities share memories, places and people. Last July, we visited the Bronx Museum of the Arts, where participants were invited to share their photographs and stories of growing up in the Bronx
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“The poses, facial expressions, and body language of the men below will strike the modern viewer as very gay indeed. But it is crucial to understand that you cannot view these photographs through the prism of our modern culture and current conception of homosexuality.
Dawoud Bey during his photo shoot at the Bethel Baptist Church. Location photograph by Truman Grayson via Dawoud Bey. LENS: Photography, Video and Visual Journalism “Reimagining a Tragedy, 50 Years Later“ By Maurice Berger
The Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow stopped by the Bronx community in July, and we are still discovering today the diverse and rich cultures that the borough has to offer! Documentary photographer Wayne Lawrence‘s “Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera“
Marian McPartland at a celebration of her 90th birthday in New York in 2008. Courtesy of Chang W. Lee/The New York Times. The New York Times Marian McPartland, Jazz Pianist and NPR Radio Staple, Dies at 95 By Peter Keepnews August 21, 2013
Visit the campaign page directly at “A Headstone for Mamie Smith, Blues Singer“. “… This INDIEGOGO campaign [is] to erect a headstone for African American blues singer MAMIE SMITH (1883-1946), who recorded the first blues EVER by an African American, ‘Crazy Blues,’ in August, 1920.”
Ajamu. Courtesy of Ajamu. “Acclaimed London-based photographer, Ajamu, presents a series of portraits of under-35 predominantly Black British-born LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) people.”
The Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow wrapped up its’ final city-wide tour funded by the Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund when visiting a New York borough most personal to creator and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris – the Bronx!
In celebration of Nelson Mandela day, check out Thomas Allen Harris‘ 2006 Award winning film, The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela, now available on iTunes as well as Amazon!
It is with great pleasure to present the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow at Brooklyn College, DDFR’s first photo sharing collaboration with a college, sponsored by the Brooklyn College Community Partnership (BCCP)!