Our first feature length film, Red Bone Guerrillas, is returning to Brooklyn for the first time in ten years! Screening at Spectacle Theater this saturday the 20th and next wednesday the 24th. Also, we are kind of in love with this writeup. If you can’t make it, please spread the word.#supportwhatyouwanttosee
- Peter Jackson, 2 December 1889. Born in 1860 in St Croix, then the Danish West Indies, Jackson was a boxing champion who spent long periods of time touring Europe. In England, he staged the famous fight against Jem Smith at the Pelican Club in 1889. In 1888 he claimed the title of Australian heavyweight champion. (Photograph: Hulton Archive).
- Johanna Jonkers of the African Choir, 1891. (Photograph: Hulton Archive).
- Albert Jonas and John Xiniwe of the African Choir, 1891. (Photograph: Hulton Archive).
- Sara Forbes Bonetta. She was orphaned in inter-tribal warfare in West Africa, captured by slave-raiders, and presented as a ‘gift’ to Queen Victoria at age 5. (Photograph: Courtesy of Paul Frecke).
- A member of the African Choir, who all had portraits taken at the London Stereoscopic Company in 1891. (Photograph: Hulton Archive).
- Member of the African Choir, 1891. (Photograph: Hulton Archive).
Missing Chapter From America’s History Books
One In Four Of America’s Cowboys Were African-American
Many of the slaves in the 17th and 18th centuries were familiar with cattle herding from their homelands of West Africa. This brings historians the question of the name “Cowboy” and whether or not it was made from slave cow herders.
- On some Texas trails, about a quarter of cowboys were black.
African American cowboys were largely African American freedmen after the Civil War who were drawn to cowboy life, in part because there was not quite as much discrimination in the west as in other areas of American society at the time. For enslaved Blacks the West offered freedom and refuge from the bonds of slavery. It also gave African Americans a chance at better earnings. . After the Civil War many were employed as horsebreakers and for other tasks, but few of them became ranch foremen or managers. Some black cowboys took up careers as rodeo performers or were hired as federal peace officers in Indian Territory. Others ultimately owned their own farms and ranches.
- Hundreds of black cowboys were among the very first hands who drove huge herds along trails to Abilene, Kansas, the cattle-selling center of the Old West. They were especially skilled in vetting horses. When herding cattle, many black riders rode “on point,” ahead of the dust. Black cowboys were forced to do the hardest work with cattle, such as bronco busting, they had special skills with breaking in steeds.
Photo: No original source found, possible circa 1913 http://www.geni.com/projects/Black-Cowboys/1986
Lemi Ghariokwu: Afro Art Beat
"Wow! Goddamn!"… these are the two words Fela Anikulapo Kuti said when he first saw Nigerian artist Lemi Ghariokwu’s work.
Most renowned for the album covers and sleeves designs he made for the Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, in this video interview the Nigerian artist and illustrator Lemi Ghariokwu talks about the beginning of his carreer, his meeting with Fela, and his recent works.
Find more about Lemi Ghariokwu’s work here : myspace.com/ghariokwulemi
Interview filmed at Art Arc Gallery, London