About the Daughters of D.I.G. (DOD) Project

Daughters of D.I.G.—Developing Intelligent Girls—is an Oakland-based QTPOC tribe, dedicated to passing on the art of digging for knowledge of self through a healing and transformative creative process.

Currently curated by creative Lexx Valdez (lexxdigs.com) and artist/healer Erricka Lewis (thisblackdaffodil.tumblr.com).

Contributing curators:
Devoya Mayo (devoya.tumblr.com) + Valerie Scott (chiefofaffections.tumblr.com)

Founded by Lexx Valdez and Devoya Mayo of thehappyblackgirl.com in 2008 as Daughters of Dilla.

Our message is inspired by the beat of J.Dilla:
"Don't Sell Yourself to Fall in Love"

blackmeansforever:

blackchildrensbooksandauthors:

Karyn Parson’s Mission to Share the Untold Stories of Black History Heroes
by Jessica Dickerson
Hilary Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air may not have been known as a fierce advocate for education. But the actress who played her sure is. 
Last year, Karyn Parsons — actress, mother, author and amateur historian — founded Sweet Blackberry, a nonprofit devoted to teaching kids about some of the lesser-known figures of black history. The organization publishes books and videos on people like Henry “Box” Brown and Garrett Morgan, and facilitates school visits and children’s workshops centered around promoting ‘creativity, literacy skills and social responsibility.’
Sweet Blackberry recently launched a Kickstarter for its latest project, a short film that will tell the story of Janet Collins, the first African-American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Ballet. Collins, who died in 2003 at age 86, rose to fame despite being shut out of dance theaters that refused to let her perform unless it was in whiteface…The Huffington Post spoke with Parsons about Sweet Blackberry’s history and its mission. As the Sweet Blackberry website proclaims: ‘This culture is American culture; this history is American History’…continue reading HuffPost’s interview with Karyn Parson
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This is incredible. Must-read

blackmeansforever:

blackchildrensbooksandauthors:

Karyn Parson’s Mission to Share the Untold Stories of Black History Heroes

by Jessica Dickerson

Hilary Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air may not have been known as a fierce advocate for education. But the actress who played her sure is.

Last year, Karyn Parsons — actress, mother, author and amateur historian — founded Sweet Blackberry, a nonprofit devoted to teaching kids about some of the lesser-known figures of black history. The organization publishes books and videos on people like Henry “Box” Brown and Garrett Morgan, and facilitates school visits and children’s workshops centered around promoting ‘creativity, literacy skills and social responsibility.’

Sweet Blackberry recently launched a Kickstarter for its latest project, a short film that will tell the story of Janet Collins, the first African-American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Ballet. Collins, who died in 2003 at age 86, rose to fame despite being shut out of dance theaters that refused to let her perform unless it was in whiteface…The Huffington Post spoke with Parsons about Sweet Blackberry’s history and its mission. As the Sweet Blackberry website proclaims: ‘This culture is American culture; this history is American History’…continue reading HuffPost’s interview with Karyn Parson

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This is incredible. Must-read

Posted on Thursday, August 21st 2014

Reblogged from Black Means Forever

Source The Huffington Post

daughtersofdig:

Meet The Generation Of Incredible Native American Women Fighting To Preserve Their Culture by Danielle Seewalker for Marie Claire UK

Native Americans represent just one per cent of the US population and some languages have only one speaker left. Now a new generation is fighting to preserve the culture.

Meet the women leading that fight: http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/547176/meet-the-generation-of-incredible-native-american-women-fighting-to-preserve-their-culture.html#y5UioxWL1hQHhom1.01

Posted on Thursday, August 21st 2014

Reblogged from Daughters of D.I.G.

Meet The Generation Of Incredible Native American Women Fighting To Preserve Their Culture by Danielle Seewalker for Marie Claire UK

Native Americans represent just one per cent of the US population and some languages have only one speaker left. Now a new generation is fighting to preserve the culture.

Meet the women leading that fight: http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/547176/meet-the-generation-of-incredible-native-american-women-fighting-to-preserve-their-culture.html#y5UioxWL1hQHhom1.01

Posted on Thursday, August 21st 2014

Robert Trujillo Interview on Bevel

Words by Cassidy Blackwell / Photos by Tyler Shaw
On a warm Wednesday afternoon, the Bevel Code team strolled down an Oakland street looking for the home and studio Robert Trujillo, Bay Area Illustrator and Author of Furqan’s First Flat Top. All of a sudden, we heard a burst of laughter and a blast of funk music coming from a house on our right. Looking up, we saw a family of three hanging out of a 2nd story window, huge smiles plastered on their faces and we knew we had arrived at the right spot.

Read on: bevelcode.com/interviews/robert-trujillo

Robert Trujillo Interview on Bevel

Words by Cassidy Blackwell / Photos by Tyler Shaw

On a warm Wednesday afternoon, the Bevel Code team strolled down an Oakland street looking for the home and studio Robert Trujillo, Bay Area Illustrator and Author of Furqan’s First Flat Top. All of a sudden, we heard a burst of laughter and a blast of funk music coming from a house on our right. Looking up, we saw a family of three hanging out of a 2nd story window, huge smiles plastered on their faces and we knew we had arrived at the right spot.

Read on: bevelcode.com/interviews/robert-trujillo

Posted on Thursday, August 21st 2014

Source bevelcode.com

robtrujilloart:

Soul Portrait 2- Anita Baker by Robert Trujillo Welcome to a new series of portraits based on soul musicians. I’ll be experimenting with different styles as usual and putting up some classic and questionable soul artists.  This one was done with ink, markers, on ink jet paper. I t wrinkled, but it was still fun to do.

Anita Baker: I grew up listening to Ms. Baker and always loved her voice. I play the classics like Rapture, Good love, and Angel . Long live that deep voice of Anita! Some folks that have sampled her sound that I love are Thee Satisfaction, Ras Kass, and Abstract Tribe Unique.

robtrujilloart:

Soul Portrait 2- Anita Baker by Robert Trujillo Welcome to a new series of portraits based on soul musicians. I’ll be experimenting with different styles as usual and putting up some classic and questionable soul artists.  This one was done with ink, markers, on ink jet paper. I t wrinkled, but it was still fun to do.

Anita Baker: I grew up listening to Ms. Baker and always loved her voice. I play the classics like Rapture, Good love, and Angel . Long live that deep voice of Anita! Some folks that have sampled her sound that I love are Thee Satisfaction, Ras Kass, and Abstract Tribe Unique.

Posted on Thursday, August 21st 2014

Reblogged from Rob/Tres


"The same conditions that seem to be characterized as disadvantages, hinderances, and pitfalls are the conditions that made me and most of my friends mentally fit, aware, determined, quick on our feet, and focused human beings." — Tajai
 Watch the video at http://creativemornings.com/talks/tajai/1

"The same conditions that seem to be characterized as disadvantages, hinderances, and pitfalls are the conditions that made me and most of my friends mentally fit, aware, determined, quick on our feet, and focused human beings." — Tajai


Watch the video at http://creativemornings.com/talks/tajai/1

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Source creativemornings.com

Great-great-grandma from New York City sets record at Gay Games 9

There are lots of numbers that made Ida Keeling a standout at the Gay Games 9 track and field events Tuesday in Akron.
At 4-feet-6 and 83 pounds, she was easily the smallest athlete in her chosen race, the 100 meters.
With a finishing time of 59.8 seconds, she was also by far the slowest, considering that world champs cover the distance in about 10 seconds.
But consider another number — the one that causes fellow contestants to want to shake her hand and local media to follow her with a camera to record her witticisms.
Ida Keeling is 99 years old.

Read more on Ohio.com

Great-great-grandma from New York City sets record at Gay Games 9

There are lots of numbers that made Ida Keeling a standout at the Gay Games 9 track and field events Tuesday in Akron.

At 4-feet-6 and 83 pounds, she was easily the smallest athlete in her chosen race, the 100 meters.

With a finishing time of 59.8 seconds, she was also by far the slowest, considering that world champs cover the distance in about 10 seconds.

But consider another number — the one that causes fellow contestants to want to shake her hand and local media to follow her with a camera to record her witticisms.

Ida Keeling is 99 years old.

Read more on Ohio.com

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Source ohio.com

via Nina_Parks on Instagram

I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF MOTION FOR #Ferguson right now & I NEED TO ASK YOU ALL TO PLEASE EXTEND THAT SAME OUTRAGE AND PASSION FOR THOSE FIGHTING THAT SAME FIGHT AT HOME. TOMORROW WILL BE 5 months since 28 year old ALEX NIETO was shot 14 times!!! By SFPD - but since ALEX WAS A BUDDHIST HIS MOVEMENT HAS BEEN TRYING TO MODEL LOVE. AND HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN THE ATTENTION IT NEEDS. BY THE MEDIA AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
So please again we need you all to shift that same passion to focus on tangible fights in our local community. #jusiceforalexnieto #justiceforall #alexnietorises
On Friday noon, August 22nd, march with us from Bernal Heights, from the spot where our beloved brother Alex Nieto was unlawfully killed by the San Francisco Police Department, over to Mission Street, and down to the United States federal courthouse in San Francisco’s Civic Center. We will join the Nieto Family in submitting a federal civil complaint to activate the machinery of justice to learn the truth and expose SFPD lies. (The City will now be forced to hand over 911 call(s), witness statements, police reports, autopsy report, photos, video, etc.)

via Nina_Parks on Instagram

I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF MOTION FOR #Ferguson right now & I NEED TO ASK YOU ALL TO PLEASE EXTEND THAT SAME OUTRAGE AND PASSION FOR THOSE FIGHTING THAT SAME FIGHT AT HOME. TOMORROW WILL BE 5 months since 28 year old ALEX NIETO was shot 14 times!!! By SFPD - but since ALEX WAS A BUDDHIST HIS MOVEMENT HAS BEEN TRYING TO MODEL LOVE. AND HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN THE ATTENTION IT NEEDS. BY THE MEDIA AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

So please again we need you all to shift that same passion to focus on tangible fights in our local community. #jusiceforalexnieto #justiceforall #alexnietorises

On Friday noon, August 22nd, march with us from Bernal Heights, from the spot where our beloved brother Alex Nieto was unlawfully killed by the San Francisco Police Department, over to Mission Street, and down to the United States federal courthouse in San Francisco’s Civic Center. We will join the Nieto Family in submitting a federal civil complaint to activate the machinery of justice to learn the truth and expose SFPD lies. (The City will now be forced to hand over 911 call(s), witness statements, police reports, autopsy report, photos, video, etc.)

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th 2014

The Way Mayor Aja Brown Is Transforming Compton Is A Model For Every Leader (via Fast Company)

Her name is Aja (because her mother liked the Steely Dan song), but you can call her Mayor Brown. Compton, the small California city that gangsta rap put on the map—the birthplace of Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, and the infamous Suge Knight; the early training ground of Serena and Venus Williams—has a new kid in town. And if she has her way, she’s going to bring a lot of changes to Compton.
via You Can Call Her Mayor Brown: How Aja Brown Is Transforming the City of Compton - Vogue

The Way Mayor Aja Brown Is Transforming Compton Is A Model For Every Leader (via Fast Company)

Her name is Aja (because her mother liked the Steely Dan song), but you can call her Mayor Brown. Compton, the small California city that gangsta rap put on the map—the birthplace of Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, and the infamous Suge Knight; the early training ground of Serena and Venus Williams—has a new kid in town. And if she has her way, she’s going to bring a lot of changes to Compton.

via You Can Call Her Mayor Brown: How Aja Brown Is Transforming the City of Compton - Vogue

Posted on Tuesday, August 19th 2014

Source Fast Company