— Calgary Herald (@calgaryherald) August 13, 2018
MONTREAL – Robert Lepage’s latest theatre project, a re-telling of Canada’s history through “the prism of relations between whites and natives,” has sparked criticism because there are no Indigenous actors in the cast.
In defending the play Kanata, the Quebec director and the director of Paris’s Théâtre du Soleil, where it is scheduled to premiere in December, have invoked their extensive consultations with Indigenous artists during its creation. But now even some of those consulted are distancing themselves.
What tribe are consultants?
A recent survey highlights several stark generational differences in how people perceive “cultural appropriation,” showing that young people are far more likely to avoid “cultural things” for fear of being offensive.
Montreal show slammed for all-white performance of songs composed by Black slaves
MONTREAL—About 75 protesters shouted “shame” to evening diners on Tuesday at a sunny terrasse outside a downtown theatre that was hosting a show directed by a white man, featuring a white woman singing songs composed by Black slaves.
The sold-out for show by Quebec director Robert Lepage for Montreal’s international jazz festival is a racist appropriation of Black culture, said Lucas Charlie Rose, a hip-hop artist who organized the protest.
Sing whatever the hell you like.
Facial tattoos have been a part of Maori culture for centuries, a sacred marker of the wearer’s genealogy and heritage.
But one woman’s striking chin design – or moko – has generated huge debate in New Zealand, because she is white, with no Maori heritage.
Sally Anderson, who is married to a Maori man, says her moko symbolises her personal struggles and life story.
But she’s been accused of appropriating Maori culture for personal gain.
Has the Self-Perpetuating Eternal Grief Industry really lowered itself to losing their stuff over the hairdo of a made-in-China piece of plastic?
Jake Flores calls himself a comedian but as far as I can tell he’s a part-time bartender and pizza delivery guy. Last week to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, he tweeted a “joke” to his followers instructing them to kill Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Hilarious, right? The Department of Homeland Security didn’t think so and paid this self-describe comic a visit.
Our movies. Our trade secrets. Our defense technology. China has mastered the art of appropriation — to our detriment.
Chinese manufacturers are shipping thousands of fake iPhones to more than 30 fake Apple stores in the city of Shenzhen alone. These phones are designed to look just like the Apple original, capitalizing on the American brand to sell look-a-likes to the emerging Chinese middle-class.
Your culture is my underpants.
I mention this because, earlier this week, a young lady named Keziah Daum tweeted a picture of herself in a Chinese-style prom dress. In the picture, Keziah was standing with her date. She looked absolutely adorable in the pretty dress and her date was obviously wondering how he got so lucky. It was a photo to inspire a smile in anyone who feels pleasure at the sight of youth, beauty, life, love, joy or the harmless delights of just being human.
Those accustomed to seeing Canada sit atop international rankings of best-governed nations may be surprised to learn that a significant portion of Canadian democracy still has a decidedly crooked, 19th-century vibe. Since Canadian political parties operate on a “pay-to-play” basis — in which any voter who wishes to help nominate a politician for office must first sign a form and pay a membership fee — one of the most essential skills for any ambitious Canadian politico is an ability to sell large, but carefully targeted, numbers of party memberships to groups whose loyalty can be assured. This ordinarily includes friends, family members, employees, and coworkers. But, more controversially, it often includes religious congregations and immigrant or minority enclaves as well.
Black Panther comes roaring into theaters Thursday, and along with it comes merchandise and costumes for adults and children alike.
But as thousands of parents prepare to take their children to see the film, which is expected to rake it in at the box office, some white parents have been left wondering about how to approach the subject of race.
White parents are trying to make sure they are not culturally appropriating when they take their children to see Black Panther over the weekend, especially if those children want to dress up like the main character – superhero T’Challa, AKA the Black Panther.
Some parents are worried that allowing their children to wear the Black Panther masks or costumes could be considered cultural appropriation, or even black face.
Believing a centuries-old Indigenous tradition had been all but erased, Interior Salish tattoo artist Dion Kaszas decided to use his body to resurrect the ways of his ancestors, with a needle and ink.
Dot by dot, Kaszas hand-poked pictographs into his thigh and stitched designs into his skin with an ink-soaked thread. He said he had to practise the Indigenous techniques on himself because there was no one left to teach them. But he says that’s now changing.
“In a lot of ways, we are invisible as Indigenous people, so when we embody our tattooing, we actually become visible as Indigenous,” said Kaszas. “You know that those (tattoos) come from something deeper.”
A new “rap yoga” class has ruffled a few feathers in midtown Sacramento. The yoga class featuring rap music would have been taught by a (skinny) white woman and the Sacramento Chapter of Black Lives Matter viewed it as cultural appropriation.
Solfire Yoga canceled the class after the uproar but that didn’t prevent a protest in front the studio early Saturday.
Darrell Spence (whom is black), the husband of the rap yoga instructor (whom is a skinny white bitch), defended his wife saying, “My wife and I we listen to rap music in our home. And we enjoy the music, we respect the music, we love the music.” He further explained, “She wanted to marry her love with hip-hop with her love of yoga. And combine the two and teach a class with a hip-hop theme.”
Founder of BLM Sacramento Chapter Tanya Faison said, “Historically rap music has been a way of expression for black folks to talk about the pain that they go through in their neighborhoods and their lives.” Faison continued, “We’re just trying to make change and we’re trying to get them to acknowledge what they’re doing and be accountable.”
A dominatrix is using her career to transform how white men see Black women. In what she describes as an “emotional sense of reparations,” Mistress Velvet employs Black feminist theory to help push her mostly white, male clients from fetishizing Black women to having a deeper understanding.
The Domme’s relationship with her submissive subjects has had profound implications for her clients.
“I describe it as a form of reparations ― not in a systemic way like we’re getting land back, but definitely on an individual level, it provides me with an emotional sense of reparations,” she told The Huffington Post in a Tuesday, Feb. 13 article. “That’s because of the nature of the dynamic ― that [my clients] usually are white men, that they’re straight, and they’re usually pretty well-off to be able to sustain a relationship with a Domme.
“I started to think more about my relationship with them,” the Chicago PhD student continued. “A lot of them were asking questions. Some people were saying, ‘This is really impacting me in terms of how I think outside of our sessions.’ A client said he started to notice he would only hold the door open for Black women. One client started an organization for Black single mothers in the South Side of Chicago.”
Still, Mistress Velvet said she wants more of a drastic shift in her clients and “just allowing them to be submissive” doesn’t always do the job. That’s when she employs Black feminist theory from books like Audre Lorde’s “Sister Outsiders” and Patricia Hill Collins’ “Black Feminist Thought.” The chapter on controlling images is one Mistress Velvet definitely has the men read.
“Then, it’s moving from them simply fetishizing Black women, to realizing: This is a systemic issue I’m contributing to by the virtue of being a white man and being rich,” she said.
“In terms of unpacking their way of fetishizing Black women and stereotypes about Black women, I ask them, ‘Why do you want to be in my presence, why do you find me attractive?’” she added. “And sometimes they might say things that then remind me of stereotypes of Black women ― like a jezebel or something ― so I’ll have them read a piece about how what they said is related to this historic phenomenon about thinking about Black women. I say, ‘Here are its roots. Here’s why it’s problematic.’ That way, I can say, ‘You can idolize me, but we need to have it be done in a way that isn’t also problematic.’”
“So in disbelief and shock I asked her what she would like to do,” Debbie Miles wrote on Facebook. “She asked that we allow her to handle it.”
Miles wrote that a “white math teacher” arrived in class wearing a do-rag.
“When she asked him to take it off because she felt it was racist, he told her he would not,” she wrote, adding that the teacher said he was “supporting his coloured friends.”
Dave Chambers, principal of Archbishop Denis O’Connor, said it was a “club-initiated activity.”
“The idea was brought forward by the student Black History Committee as a way to promote Black History Month in combination with a dress-down day,” he wrote in an email to the Star.