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([personal profile] nanila Jun. 3rd, 2012 04:43 pm)
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei with a kitty. What's not to love?

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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 31st, 2011 10:26 pm)
The early termination of last week’s theme was caused by the torpedoing of my intentions by an avalanche of work and illness. I’m taking this week off, as I didn’t have the energy to prepare at the weekend (see: work and illness). My apologies.

I hope, however, that this entry might keep some of you amused for a little while. Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned the three-part BBC television series called Mixed Race Britannia? It traced the evolution of the profile of mixed race people in modern Britain. I watched all of them and wrote them up. The series put a rather rosy spin on the acceptance of mixed race couples and mixed race people in the UK today that I didn’t think was entirely justified, but it did provide rich historical coverage from the early 1900s to the present, focusing primarily on London and Liverpool.

Mixed Race Britannia: 1 of 3
Mixed Race Britannia: 2 of 3
Mixed Race Britannia: 3 of 3

Paul Robeson was an American singer, actor and early civil rights activist. In 1930, he played Othello opposite actress Peggy Ashcroft (Desdemona), a role which required him to kiss her on stage. It was not a performance he could have made at home. Robeson and Ashcroft took their liaisons off-stage as well - a romance that would flame periodically for decades.

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From actual astronauts last week, we go to Fictional Astronauts this week. Leading the way with her seminal role as communications officer Lieutenant Uhura in the original TV series Star Trek is actress and singer Nichelle Nichols. After the Star Trek series was cancelled, Nichols volunteered at NASA to help recruit minority and female personnel. One of her recruits was Charles Bolden, who was an astronaut...and is now Administrator of NASA.

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The last laureate of this week, Chilean poet, diplomat and feminist, Gabriela Mistral, was the first Latin American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1945. Born into poverty, she won recognition for her published poetry while working as a teacher’s aide. As she gained stature, her position in the Chilean education system became more influential and she was able to champion reforms to expand access to those not from the privileged classes. She traveled widely and guarded her personal life closely. She died of pancreatic cancer in 1957.

Gabriela Mistral on beauty in art (translated into English) )

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And in breaking news, what a wonderful way to round off the week: The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to three women of colour. The winners are Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakul Karman of Yemen for 'their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work'. Live text-based coverage from the Guardian can be viewed here.
Rigoberta Menchú Tum is a Guatemalan human rights campaigner. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 for her work to promote the rights of Guatemala’s indigenous peoples, who were tortured and killed in great numbers during the 36 year civil war that finally ended in 1996.

“We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism.”

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is the Burmese opposition leader opposition leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 while under house arrest after the ruling military junta in Burma refused to honour the results of general elections in which her party won majority votes. She was finally released from house arrest on 13 November 2010. She delivered the 2011 Reith Lectures, which were covertly recorded by the BBC and smuggled out of Burma.

“The value systems of those with access to power and of those far removed from such access cannot be the same. The viewpoint of the privileged is unlike that of the underprivileged.”

“It is often in the name of cultural integrity as well as social stability and national security that democratic reforms based on human rights are resisted by authoritarian governments.”

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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 4th, 2011 10:02 am)
Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer & the first Muslim woman ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She has campaigned for the rights of women, children and refugees in Iran for decades. She has also defended many prominent dissidents. She has effectively been forced into exile after her Center for Defenders of Human Rights in Tehran was shut down.

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This week’s theme is Female Nobel Laureates. Sadly, there are so few - and correspondingly even fewer of colour - that this really will only fill one week.

Dr Wangari Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her environmental work in Kenya. I learned of her death last week from [personal profile] ajnabieh’s entry about her, from which I extract this quote from Wangari Maathai’s 2008 Blackwell Award acceptance speech. The Blackwell Award is given by the Hobart and William Smith Colleges in honour of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910), the first woman in America to receive the Doctor of Medicine degree, to a woman “whose life exemplifies outstanding service to humanity.” The list of awardees can be viewed here.

Planting trees can be politically dangerous )

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([personal profile] nanila Sep. 29th, 2011 10:30 am)
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was a singer, dancer, actress and possessed one of the most radiant smiles on Earth until her death in 2010. She refused to compromise her left-leaning, anti-segregation principles for Hollywood or the social norms of the day, choosing instead to make her mark in nightclubs and on television.

It is possible to look at pictures of Lena Horne all day. )

Lena Horne sings “Stormy Weather” in 1943 (YouTube, 05:06)
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([personal profile] nanila Sep. 27th, 2011 11:24 am)
Today’s Trinidadian jazz pianist and singer and absolutely stunning woman comes to us courtesy of [personal profile] aris_tgd’s suggestion.

+7 because she’s just WHOA )

Hazel Scott plays "Takin’ A Chance" (YouTube, 03:35. Skip to 02:30 if you want to see closeups of some truly astounding fingerwork.)
Hazel Scott plays two grand pianos. And sings. (YouTube, 04:10)
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([personal profile] nanila Jun. 12th, 2011 10:52 pm)
British-Palestinian hip-hop artist and singer. Her beautiful voice features on The Narcycist’s “Hamdulillah”, which I’ve posted previously. She tends to rap about Middle East politics in Arabic.

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Logic feat. Shadia Mansour - So Serious
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([personal profile] nanila May. 24th, 2011 10:41 am)
Japanese-American actor and activist, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu on Star Trek. He is so awesome, he even has an asteroid named after him (7307 Takei).

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George Takei dons his Takei apparel and lends his name in support of Takei marriage and Takei pride marches.
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([personal profile] nanila May. 23rd, 2011 10:36 am)
Poet, playwright and civil rights activist. "I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt."

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