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Collaborative Media: ‘It Takes The Hood To Save The Hood’
This video was made almost entirely by students. Bashira worked with them and members from the community to create this video. The people in the mini-doc are real; they share stories of the loved ones they lost to gun violence.
Special thanks to Gloria Cruz, head of the Bronx chapter of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. She supported this production and gave us access to locals who had lost loved ones. Cruz recently organized the “Million Mom March” that took place in the South Bronx on May 8, 2010, and is a tireless advocate for peace.
“It Takes The Hood To Save The Hood” is a perfect example of why I am committed to developing my new business entity, DCAP Media. I want to continue supporting media that brings people together, all while having the freedom to work on a wide range of projects.
I also love any opportunity that gives me the chance to work with young people, teaching them how to tell their own stories.
I feel very blessed to be able to make a living doing what I do: operating as a multimedia producer for major media companies, while subverting the system and empowering the kids through indie media projects and pro social initiatives.
I recently stumbled onto this video on Vimeo called “ÐšÐ£Ð‘Ð˜ÐšÐ˜” that is visually striking. I can’t understand what is being said but it keeps cutting to a feminine face and a doll who is rapidly undressed in stop-motion, covered in in a tar-like substance and then burned.
The first time I thought about femininity in a “scary way” was when I saw the episode of “DuckTales” called “Home Sweet Homer” about a Siren-like creature. The gang is sailing and Scrooge McDuck becomes enchanted by three women in the distance who are singing “Pennies, nickles, quarters, dimes — Come to us, while there’s still time!” He almost ends up being killed. Seeing these feminine figures suddenly become a gross monster was something that really struck me. The realization that femininity could be constructed as a guise to distract for hidden purposes was both disturbing and kind of empowering.
That show was awesome, FTW.
What is it about representations of femininity contrasted with extreme violence that affect us in such a strong way?
Films like The Shining and most recently Shutter Island used images of femininity in the context of aging/death to induce a very uncomfortable or fearful audience reaction.
I could never quite put my finger on exactly why that hallway scene in The Shining was so disturbing to me. Now I think I know why — Aside from the implied fact that they were ghosts who (in their previous life) had been murdered by their father, it was their interaction with the little boy that bothered me so much.
“Hello, Danny. Come and play with us.” They stood side by side, immobile at the end of the hallway. Unlike him, they were not afraid. They didn’t seem to realize they were dead.
We then saw rapid cuts of what Danny sees – the girls lying in the hallway, covered in blood. The scene keep cutting back and forth between their butchered bodies to rapidly encroaching shots of the girls staring straight ahead, not moving a muscle.
“Come and play with us, Danny. Forever, and ever, and ever…”
Danny covered his face in horror. The contrast is too much.
In Shutter Island, there were similar shots — a blood-soaked little girl who can walk around and talk to the protagonist.
Mythical figures such as Sirens, Medusa and the Succubus are constantly reinterpreted in books and movies.
Throughout history, the ruling class in every nation created laws at some point that rid society of “abnormal” women (see Salem Witch Trials) and to justify injustices in the name of protecting femininity (see History of Lynching).
Conflicting ideas about mystical/”unknown” aspects of femininity and our desire to protect/preserve femininity are threads that will continue to be played out in the arts.
Initially to be based at Lang College, the Gender Studies Program of The New School serves all undergraduate divisions. Lang students minoring in Gender Studies will take six courses, distributed as set forth in this requirement doc. Courses are chosen in consultation with the Director of the Program. Students must submit a plan to the program director for their course of study when they declare the minor.
To celebrate the return, there will be a a two day conference featuring various well known gender studies experts.
DATE: Friday, March 26th 6 PM -9 PM and all day Saturday, March 27th
LOCATION: Theresa Lang Center – 55. W. 13th St. (NYC)
Just a few of the themes to be addressed include the task of historicizing feminism, including the particular history of Gender Studies at the New School; continuity and rupture across feminist generations; the impact of feminism on research methodologies in the social sciences; gender and design; the relationship between scholarship and activism; dilemmas in the project of institutionalizing Gender Studies; and gendered structural and institutional policies in the New School university.
I am looking forward to listening to information provided by the following panelists (there are more, but these are the ones I am psyched about):