The Myth of the (Black) West: Jonathan Demme & I screening/discussing “Run Of The Arrow” & its director Samuel Fuller, the African & Native presence in the genre of westerns, the Civil War, the New South, Going Native, the legacies of frontier fakery extended to current “Mountain Men” type “reality” television & western individuals like Rachel Dolezal (who most forget forged a “Little Tipi-on-the-Prairie” narrative prior to deciding to become a black woman) + more last weekend in Pleasantville, NY @ the Jacob Burns Film Center. I was honored to partake in the first post-screening program & hope to perhaps return to delve into acid westerns before the end of the series.
(photos courtesy of Jacob Burns Film Center)
#SaddleUpSaturdays #HarlemOnThePrairie #FlashbackFriday
Reflecting on the West & complex visions of America at this inauguration time, while a coalition of black & indigenous activists are massing elsewhere in my Uptown NYC area @ the Harriet Tubman monument. Perhaps fittingly, I am featured today on Swirl Nation, a blog focused on multiracial & multiethnic lives in this land: Kandia Crazy Horse on SwirlNation
With what’s goin’ down on the social & political scenes, I also reflect on my past as a professional journalist & mourn the New Year loss of two of my former colleagues @ NYC’s once-bohemian, alternative newsweekly The Village Voice. I just learned of reporter Wayne Barrett’s (a notable Donald Trump chronicler) passing this afternoon & have still been trying to reckon with the legacy of Nat Hentoff as a famed jazz critic who partly inspired my joining the field of rock criticism. We shall be missing such voices in the media even more during the new presidency in America. May Nat & Wayne rest in peace. – A’ho*
Jazz Critic / my former Village Voice colleague Nat Hentoff
NYT on my former Village Voice newsroom colleague Wayne Barrett
January 20, 2017 | Categories: Interviews, Live, Showout, Tourlife | Tags: acidwesterns, Activism, Activist, alternativenewsweeklies, CountryandWestern, DonaldTrump, Film, GreenwichVillage, Inaugural, IndependentArtists, IndependentJournalism, IndianCountry, Indigenous, InMemoriam, JacobBurnsFilmCenter, Jazz, JonathanDemme, Kandia Crazy Horse, Mixed, MixedChicks, Music, NatHentoff, News, NewWeirdWest, PleasantvilleNY, Race, radicals, rock, rockcriticism, rockcritics, RunOfTheArrow, SaddleUpSaturdays, SamuelFuller, swirl, SwirlNation, TheMythOfTheWest, VillageVoice, WayneBarrett, westerns | Leave a comment
Beautiful poster art in my favorite color, by our brother-in-struggle Kyle Goen #kyledidthis
December 7, 2016 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: AbiodunOyewole, Activism, Art, Artists, ArtistsSpace, artivist, Black Snake Killas, BlackAtlantic, blackcontemporaryart, BlackHistory, BlackLivesMatter, BlackRockCoalition, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, Country Music, CountryandWestern, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, DecolonizeThisPlace, DefendTheSacred, femalesingersongwriters, folk, FolkMusic, FolkRock, FreedomSongs, FreePalestine, grassrootsartists, Icons, IndependentArtists, IndianCountry, Indigenous, InMemoriam, IStandWithStandingRock, JeffMcLaughlin, Kandia Crazy Horse, Karline, KimberlyRobison, KyleGoen, MahinaMovement, Music, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, outlaw country, Palestine, PeteSeeger, poetry, Protect The Sacred, Race, radicals, RadioFreeDixie, rap, RebelMusic, RebelMusicInTheHourOfChaos, RedRoad, RobFields, singersongwriter, SingOut, Sisterhood, Slavery, SlaveTrade, Solidarity, Songbird, Soul, South, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingRockSiouxTribe, TheFutureIsFemale, TheLastPoets, Water Is Life, WaterNotOil, WaterProtectors | Leave a comment
As I have been these many months, I continue to be engaged in the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance in solidarity with the Oceti Sakowin of North Dakota – & now, supporting Split Rock as well (sanctioned by Red Warrior Camp), in solidarity with my cousin’s wife’s people, the Ramapough Lunaape of New Jersey, in order to stop the construction of the Algonquin Pipeline. Due to the escalation of attacks on the water protectors @ Standing Rock last Sunday night, I am receiving many communications on the cause & have now been invited to perform at yet another benefit for the camps, which will take place in NYC before Christmas. Other things are afoot as well & will relate about them as they unfold. Glad to note my Virginia Native great aunt is taking up flooding the phones to the president & state representatives with her circle of elders on behalf of Standing Rock!
( Kandia Crazy Horse, water protector, in Midtown NYC #mniwiconi #NoDAPL #NoAIM #defendthesacred #blacksnakekillers of Turtle Island )
For now, reflecting on having participated in the rally > march for Standing Rock last Wednesday @ Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan & then performing at the Benefit For Water Protectors of #StandingRock on Friday night — making our debut as Cactus Rose at Brooklyn’s famed Jalopy Theater for ole-timey/hillbilly/folk/mountain music. It was an honor to serve as the headliner for this benefit, with our special guest: Seminole/Shawnee/Mikisúkî singer/songwriter/activist Lonnie Moon Fire Harrington. I have been told by the organizer that the event raised almost $2,000 in donations, so – Wopila tanka to all who came through!
Enjoying these last days of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth — before band rehearsals resume for our full slate of December performances & attending two events this week for artists I greatly admire: tomorrow’s BET screening of the Sharon Jones documentary (in memoriam) & the private viewing of Morrison Hotel Gallery’s traveling Neil Young exhibit in SoHo on Thursday evening. Looking forward to seeing y’all out-n-about, as well as at the Standing Rock teach-in later this week @ Decolonize This Place – A’ho!
( Cactus Rose, Native Americana/cosmic country band, debut @ Jalopy Theater – pix by Jan Bell of The Maybelles )
November 28, 2016 | Categories: Live, Red Road, Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, AfroNative, AltCountry, Artists, artivist, Benefit, BlackSnakeKillas, CactusRose, CactusRoseBand, Concert, Country, CountryandWestern, CountryGirls, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, CountryMusic, countryrock, countrysinger, DecolonizeThisPlace, DefendTheSacred, Honor The Treaties, Icons, IndependentArtists, IndianKiller, IndianPoint, Indigenous, InMemoriam, IStandWithStandingRock, JalopyTheater, JanBell, Kandia Crazy Horse, MniWiconi, Muses, Music, NationalDayofAction, native, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, NeilYoung, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, NYStandsWithStandingRock, outlaw country, RamapoughLunaape, RezpectOurWater, SharonJones, southernbelles, SplitRock, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingInSolidarityWithStandingRock, StandingRockSiouxTribe, StandingWithStandingRock, StopSpectra, TheMaybelles | Leave a comment
Howdy y’all / Osiyo skidoi, all my relations! I have not been able to report back much nor update this site, due to all the many #StandingRock actions & Native American circle pre-thanksgiving ceremonies & events I had over this past weekend & some. Among other events, I sang some of my Native Americana music @ the opening of Urban Native exhibit Cave To The Stars – Urban Natives Unrecognized @ Bread & Roses Project Gallery in Midtown last Thursday; I did #HonoringOurAncestors with the central Harlem Native circle on Saturday, followed by the Thunderbird American Indian Benefit Auction that night on the Upper East Side. And still working on my #LeonRussell memorial article, even as I rehearse for this Friday’s Benefit For Water Protectors concert in Brooklyn @ Jalopy Theater. Ho wa, will share some pix of all this activity by-and-by, but now am learning new songs & also preparing for tomorrow’s Standing Rock action in Midtown – if you somehow missed the horrible news of the chemical weaponry, water cannons & rubber bullets unleashed on the Standing Rock water protectors Sunday night in sub-freezing temperatures & its fallout, now is the time to become aware & join us in these support actions & by donating to the camps. I am receiving many communications suddenly from friends who have been relatively apathetic pre-election & several fellow country / Americana artists now querying me about the Standing Rock resistance; so it will be interesting to see how this continues to unfold & whether President “Walking Eagle” Obama will finally do something definitive in response to these unconscionable attacks on my prayerful relations out West. Still enjoying #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth somewhat — despite the unceasing musical losses: sadly, #SharonJones has walked on, claimed by the same cancer that took my dear mother. This has cast a further pall on the holiday week. A’ho*
Art for tomorrow’s #StandingRock action, by my brotha-in-struggle Kyle Goen #kyledidthis
& a lil’ lighthearted #ThrowbackTuesday snap by #NedSublette of me & my brothas Teddy K aka DJ Soul Punk & Cap’n #KirkDouglas of #TheRoots (the last time I got to see Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings live was @ The Roots Picnic in Philly) @ my live #BlackHillbilly #countryandwestern music series #TheHarlemHonkytonk #SaddleUp!
The Guardian UK on 300 WATER PROTECTORS INJURED AT STANDING ROCK report
November 22, 2016 | Categories: Showout, Tourlife, Uncategorized | Tags: Activism, Activist, AfroNative, AltCountry, Americana, AmericanHistory, Ancestors, artist, Benefit, BoldAsLove, Brooklyn, BrooklynAmericanaFestival, BrooklynCountry, Cancer, Country, Country Music, CountryandWestern, CountryGirlsDoItBetter, countryrock, countrysinger, DapKings, DJSoulPunk, grassrootsartists, Honor The Treaties, HonorTheEarth, IndependentArtists, Indigenous, InMemoriam, JalopyTheater, Kandia Crazy Horse, KirkDouglas, Legends, LeonRussell, mountainmusic, Muses, Music, NationalDayofAction, native, NativeAmerican, NativeAmericana, NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, NativeLivesMatter, NedSublette, News, NoAIM, NoDAPL, NorthDakota, NYC, NYC2StandingRock, NYStandsWithStandingRock, OldTimey, RezpectOurWater, RootsMusic, SharonJones, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, StandingRockSiouxReservation, StopSpectra, TheBanjoAmericasAfricanInstrument, TheRoots, Water Is Life, Water Is Life Solidarity Concert, WaterNotOil, WaterProtectors | Leave a comment