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Good morning Coast Salish Territories, Tkaronto & Global Village. This morning I woke up thinking about studies in African Diaspora Performance especially with its intersections of gender, class, sexuality; Intersectionality, Pan-Africanisms, De-colonialism’s and Queerness. More specifically I am excited by my commitment to creating a module & curriculum in Performance Studies using the Anitafrika Method.
One of my elders told me years ago that in recognizing the absence of what I need, I must commit myself to creating it. How many of us grew up watching Fame? I was raised in and around the Jamaica School of Drama, now the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts of which Drama School is one branch. Watching Fame was a reality in that I had a real place with which to draw a parallel to the television series. What I did not recognize was the coloniality of Performance Studies Programs. It took me a long time to recognize that my perpetual disappearing act from performance training spaces (bcurrent Coba, exceptions) was primarily because those spaces were racist, misogynist, homophobic, classist & or otherwise deeply problematic. These spaces dared not centre me or my experiences but instead asked me to centre a particular perspective grounded in colonization.

Fast forward to now, having decided to come back to Postgraduate Studies, I am much clearer about the importance of creating what is not there. The world is indeed changing & the ongoing conversation I am witnessing in some Universities that I visit, is how to de-colonize the curriculum. Here is a question I have: do Black, Womxn, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, Differently abled, Economically Challenged, People of Colour (these categories are not mutually exclusive) need to be a part of those conversations? Yes! Yes! Yes! Again.

How do those who have in the last 500 years been described as the dominant colonizers also be the ones to lead the process of de-colonization? Shouldn’t ‘colonized’ peoples be at the forefront leading the Change? Shouldn’t we be listening to BIQTPOC peoples’ Ideas, Methods, Frameworks if we truly are invested in educational change?
#power #integrity #change

9 Comments

  • 1w ago jinaw11 jinaw11

    😍😍😍

  • 1w ago hellojello_jm hellojello_jm

    Those places are not really interested in educational change. Maybe some people within them but not at the core. This is not to say that it is not possible.

  • 1w ago g.h.e.t.t.o_stories g.h.e.t.t.o_stories

    Thank you my authentic Nubian Queen for your continued love of our people.

  • 1w ago blacktivistmommy blacktivistmommy

    👏🏾 👏🏾 👏🏾

  • 1w ago wirelessreflections wirelessreflections

    👸🏿👸🏿👸🏿👸🏿🔥🔥🔥👏🏿👏🏿🙏🏿...4,3,2,1....u r lay in down da math.

  • 1w ago wirelessreflections wirelessreflections

    Laying down da science of it...well said🙌🏿

  • 1w ago katbandoo katbandoo

    Fuck yes!!

  • 1w ago friendofvin friendofvin

    🔥 looking up how to cite an Instagram post using CMOS!!@drkakaliqueenb

  • 1w ago poramorinfo poramorinfo

    Wow yes to this all. An indigenous elder told me recently to use the word - Re-Indigenize Education, Re-Indigenize Healthcare etc bc we’re not change old systems we’re re-creating new, that’s the focus, so we have been using term within our work now too.
    Indigenous ppls, Queer, Economically challenged etc etc should lead these conversations,and be rooted in our understanding /lens of solutions and pedagogy of change.

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