Arts: Cinema Arts Events/Exhibits/Festivals

Julia’s Athena 2024: Abortion Stories, 20K Bees, & Erica Tremblay

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending my fourth Athena Film Festival at Barnard College (my alma mater). Although I have now graduated, it’s always a joy to return to campus and see the next class of wonderful people donning Athena merch and scanning tickets at the door, greeting people and giving directions, and sitting down to enjoy what is hands-down Barnard’s best event of the year. read more.

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Arts: Performing Arts FF2 Reviews

In Dominique Morisseau’s ‘Sunset Baby’ We Feel Rather than Know

When Socrates banished theater from the Republic, it was because of its ability to fool. Weak minds, Plato wrote, would be so convinced by what they saw they would lose all ability to distinguish between fact and fiction, between poet and pretender. Dialogue, of course, was the biggest offender – how could anyone pretend to inhabit the mind of someone else?  read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts Tributes

Art Is Political: My Personal Tribute to Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold, whose quilts brought new life to the Black American experience, passed away on April 12th, 2024, at age 93. 

She was born Faith Willi Jones in 1930 in Harlem, New York—her identity as a New Yorker seeps through in her work. As a child of the Harlem Renaissance, she was exposed to the legendary arts and music creatives, such as jazz singer Dinah Washington and Duke Ellington.read more.

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Arts: Cinema Arts Events/Exhibits/Festivals

Reese’s Athena 2024: Reports on the Student Showcase & Disability Panel

Each March, FF2 team members ride the 1 train all the way up to 116th Street to congregate at the Athena Film Festival. Held on Barnard College’s campus near the northern tip of Manhattan, Athena describes itself as the “premier film festival dedicated to celebrating and elevating women’s leadership and advancing inclusion on screen.”read more.

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Arts: Cinema Arts FF2 Reviews

The Other Black Girl Spotlights Racial Identity in the Workplace

In 1997, Dr. Beverly Tatum posed the question “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together At Lunch?” in her book entitled after said question. In it, she explores how Black children develop their identity amongst the racist stigmas attached to Blackness. She claims that in order for Black children to formulate a positive racial identity, they are best guided by the support of peers of the same race.read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts Events/Exhibits/Festivals

Homelessness Through the Lens of Photographer Leah den Bok

Visitors to the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia expect to feel uncomfortable at the very least. A museum of science and medical history, the Mütter displays only a fragment of the over-37,000 objects in its collection: specimens, antique medical equipment, and wax models. Among other infamous specimens, the museum retains a cancerous tumor that was excised from President Grover Cleveland’s hard palate, thoracic tissue from the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, and a shared liver from the American conjoined twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. read more.

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