northanger (northanger) wrote,
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The Niggerati Network

THE NIGGERATI NETWORK, via KOUFAX AWARDS, via wampum(=paradigm), via cabal(=eden)

AQ 252 = KOUFAX AWARDS = FOUR-FIVE-NINE = NEW DIMENSION = SEVENTY-SIX = GLOBAL SUMMIT
D26 FC = KOUFAX AWARDS = COMPLEXITY = LIGHTNING-FLASH = NINETY-THREE
GON1 24 = KOUFAX AWARDS = TRANSINFINITE = LOVECRAFT = QIYAMAH = STRANGE ATTRACTOR
GON2 24 = KOUFAX AWARDS = SOMEONE NEEDS TO POST SOMETHING NEW

On the name of the site

"If you go back to what I was saying earlier about her being a feminist during the Harlem Renaissance, and look at some of the documents that were internally circulated in the twenties among black artists and intellectuals, there was a very specific call on the part of the black press for people to avoid discussions of black sexuality -- particularly black female sexuality. That attitude was seen as necessary to counter white racist stereotypes of black female licentiousness that had been going on since slavery -- stereotypes that had become a justification for attacks on black women. Most of her peers are saying that what she openly discusses are taboo subject matters that can't be treated safely in a white racist society. In fact, there are some literal, printed guidelines for black contributors meant for internal circulation, one of which by George Schuyler, who says to stay away from the erotic and from black female sexuality. So, it is an era of those kinds of warnings, and here is Zora Neale Hurston writing a book like Their Eyes Were Watching God, which turns completely on a sixteen year-old black woman's visualization through the metaphor of a pear tree, of orgasm. Clearly, she is doing some pretty wild stuff, particularly in her milieu and in her context. She wrote about rural southern blacks at a time when it was thought best to counter black stereotypes by demonstrating how similar black society is to white society, that there is nothing to fear between the races. She does just the opposite, showing white America how different black America is. Given the fact that this was during the height of the Klan, it was a very high risk, aesthetic move. In its context, it enraged many people and was politically very risky." [yes, more please...]

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