This is the only photo (so far) of me and my siblings, taken in our paternal grandmother’s high-rise apartment on Chicago’s south side, on Grandmother’s 71st birthday, October 12, 1971. At 19, I’m the oldest by far of my siblings, with the big ‘fro and “subdued” look; my sister Marion, 12, sits to the right. Grandmother gazes on gamely, as Dad holds unhappy Kati, eleven months; Maggi, five, and Kristi, three, complete the portrait. . . almost. If you look closely, you’ll see an arm behind Grandmother’s back.
Grandmother has just met her three younger grandchildren; since my parents’ divorce in 1965 and my father’s subsequent remarriage, she and her only son have been estranged. Her “faux solidarity” with my mother, Marion, and I, particularly in light of my father having married a white woman, only adds to the stress of being left “the man of the house” for my mother, sister, and maternal grandmother, who lives with us. A surprise “reunion” is my Creative Breakthrough, arranging with them to drive over from Cleveland, for her birthday on Columbus Day, a national holiday.
I hadn’t bargained on Mother finding out, much less insisting on coming to the party! By the time this photo was taken, “you could’ve bought me for a nickel and gotten four cents change”. Not only was Mother there; she was engaged – she organized and TOOK this photo! It has only occurred to me in recent years that Mother was a skilled photographer, who had operated the Photography Lab at Talladega College, including developing her own prints. If she’d had access to Photoshop, my STEPMOTHER’S ARM would likely have disappeared as well. ... See MoreSee Less
Charese Jordan MooreFunny! I loved your mother! We moved from Chicago in 1971 in time for school to start. So that was b4 this picture, but that's how I remember BFF Marion. I remember her talking about Maggie. I also enjoyed visiting your grandmother in Lake Meadows. Memories! That disembodied arm, though! lol
When I went home to Forrest City Ark to see family, I went to my sister's church, Lane Chapel C.M.E. It is is an old-school Black Protestant church where the a piano and drums accompany the choir and the Preacher, a fellow classmate at Lincoln Junior High School, calls members to read the scriptures and yes there was at least one woman who was seriously into church lady hatdom. At the end of service the good Reverend asked anyone who needed a blessing for strength to come forward and slowly half of the Congregation walked to the front of the church. ... See MoreSee Less
Channel 4 News on Twitter I'm heartbroken, speechless. This is the first time I'm hearing of #KhadijaSaye and she's gone. She is among the missing in the Grenfell Tower fire. The loss of life in the fire is enormous, earth shattering. Some stories, including Khadija Saye's, reminds me of 911. Twitter messages indicate she was on FB trying to get help, sharing what was happening to her. I pray those who have her work will help in building a living legacy to her. #KhadijaSaye #Photographer #London #Britain #Missingandpresumeddead ... See MoreSee Less
“This is the stunning and moving art of Khadija Saye. On the brink of great success, she is missing presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower fire. t.co/FgoVQmyz2b”
Celebrating my South African dad, Pule B. Leinaeng (Lee) who raised me. He became my "stepfather" after he and my mother moved in together and later married. We had a difficult relationship for a variety of reasons and it wasn't until I made a film, Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela, about he and the other ANC freedom fighters he left South African together, that I realized the impact of that exile upon our families and psyche. In many ways, that film (and my work in general) is characterized by a longing for home and homecoming. Grateful for the archive that both Lee and my Grandfather, left me as it has made its way into each of my feature documentaries and inspired my present project, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion and its TV spin off! ... See MoreSee Less
Celebrating Fathers Day - with Baba Jaman wearing the Michigan Dad t-shirt & sharing the stories in his family album with Digital Diaspora's new production "Family Pictures: USA" in Detroit this week. Powerful & Affirmative celebrations of our families - genetic, extended & of choice as we re-fashion our narratives to empower our respective, collective & intersecting communities! ... See MoreSee Less
Wonderful PARTICIPANTS at our "Transforming the Family Album" workshop at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit this morning - including filmmakers, artists, writers, media organizations, activists, students... multi-gender & inter-generational.
Pls welcome them to Digital Diaspora Family Reunion and follow/ support their various projects, journeys, films, art projects and memoirs!!!
Here is the description of the workshop: "How can narratives within the family album change the way we see others and ourselves? This session will explore various ways artists and activists can reshape the family album to empower communities for a 21st Century. Participants will investigate and share stories rooted within their own family photographic collections and archives. Participants will create and develop community photo sharing and digitizing projects tailored to their own work and organizations." ... See MoreSee Less