Still Processing
Still Processing
Jan 18, 2018
We Have a Theory About Oprah
Play episode · 47 min

The wait is finally over - we’re back for Season 3! This week, we look at the movie “Proud Mary” starring Taraji P. Henson as a jumping off point for the cultural moment that black women are having right now in pop culture. We run through a brief history of black women in movies and television and consider those who built the foundation for this moment. From Hattie McDaniel to Dorothy Dandridge to Whoopi Goldberg to Halle Berry, we consider what all of this means for how we discuss Oprah’s (possible) presidential run.


Discussed This Week:


“She’s Gotta Have It” (Netflix)


“The Case for the Subway" (Jonathan Mahler, New York Times Magazine)


Black Women Voters of Alabama


“Picturing Us: African American Identity in Photography” (Deb Willis)


Diahann Carroll (in "Julia")


Pam Grier (in "Coffy")


Oprah’s SNL Cold Open


“The Spector of Oprah Winfrey: Critical Black Female Spectorship“ (Terisha L. Stanley, 2007)



Fiction Writing Made Easy
Fiction Writing Made Easy
Savannah Gilbo
The 6 Scenes Every Performance Story Needs
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14 min
Good Ancestor Podcast
Good Ancestor Podcast
Layla F. Saad
Ep036: #GoodAncestor Dr. Jaiya John on Freedom Work
In this episode, I speak with a freedom worker, author, speaker, poet and youth mentor, Dr. Jaiya John. Dr. Jaiya John was born into foster care in New Mexico, and is an internationally recognized freedom worker, author, speaker, poet, and youth mentor. Dr. Jaiya is the founder of Soul Water Rising, a global rehumanizing mission that has donated thousands of Dr. Jaiya’s books in support of social healing, and offers scholarships to displaced and vulnerable youth. Dr. Jaiya writes, narrates, and produces, the I Will Read for You podcast, and is the founder of Freedom Project, a global initiative reviving traditional gathering and storytelling practices to fertilize social healing and liberation. He is a former professor of social psychology at Howard University, has authored numerous books, and has spoken to over a million people worldwide and audiences as large as several thousand, including national and international conferences, schools, Indigenous reservations and communities, prisons and detention centers, shelters, and colleges. Dr. Jaiya is a National Science Foundation fellow, and holds doctorate and master’s degrees in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a focus on intergroup relations and identity development. As an undergraduate, he attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he studied Tibetan Holistic Medicine through independent research with Tibetan doctors.
1 hr 25 min
Art Juice: A podcast for artists, creatives and art lovers
Art Juice: A podcast for artists, creatives and art lovers
Louise Fletcher/Alice Sheridan
Marketing Art for Holiday Gifts [94]
With only two months until Christmas, this seems the perfect time to revisit a topic we first discussed in episode 43 - how to encourage people to consider giving your art as a holiday gift (or requesting it as one for themselves!) This time, we cover the importance of good copywriting; the benefit of a flexible returns policy; and the value of offering gift certificates. We also suggest ways to create and market less expensive items such as prints, coffee table art books, mugs, and calendars, and we discuss how "drop shipping" firms can reduce costs and workload. In other news, Louise has had a breakthrough on some large paintings that she feels have really pushed her into new territory and this sparks a discussion about what that means. What does it feel like to be working in a new way? How do we recognise what works and re-create those conditions over and over again?  Mentioned Contrado https://www.contrado.co.uk/ Red Bubble https://www.redbubble.com/ The Rabbit Hole  https://www.nytimes.com/column/rabbit-hole Kate Green http://kategreenart.com/ Join us Alice's Connected Artist Wait List https://alicesheridanstudio.mykajabi.com/connected-interest Louise's Art Tribe sign-up page https://thispaintinglife.mykajabi.com/art-tribe Find us and sign up for our newsletters at: www.alicesheridan.com www.louisefletcherart.com Submit a question at bit.ly/artjuicepodcast Support the podcast with a small donation at: https://ko-fi.com/artjuice Follow us on Instagram: Alice @alicesheridanstudio Louise @louisefletcher_art Credits "Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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