Emily Kame Kngwarreye, No title (Awelye)
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Kame colour II
1779 painting by Johann Zoffany of Dido Elizabeth Belle with her cousin, Lady Elizabeth Murray. Belle was the illegitimate daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and an enslaved African woman known as Maria Belle. Admiral Sir John Lindsay was the nephew of Lord Chief Justice William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield and asked his uncle to look after Belle.
The eighteenth century was, of course, a time where racial prejudice was simply a way of life with slavery still the order of the day. However, with Belle in his care, Lord Mansfield, one of England’s most senior judges, would go on to make unprecedented rulings against slave traders, laying the foundations for the abolitionist movement.
The fascinating life of Belle has been released as a film, with artistic liberties but one that is sure to be worth seeing.
The news that Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has been banned from any participation with the NBA for life over his racism is wonderful. The only shame is that it has taken this long for the NBA to act on Sterling’s long and notorious history of racism. Sterling has twice been sued for racism and settled out of court, and has either forced African-Americans out of his properties or flat out refused to rent to African-Americans and Latinos.
Unfortunately, the power and money afforded to Sterling has allowed his racism to continue unchecked, until now. It is an encouraging and inspiring outcome in the fight against racism. The widespread condemnation has ignited a conversation that ought to continue; that should and needs to have broader implications outside of the NBA. Well, one can only hope.
Seventeen-year-old Long Island student Kwasi Enin who has been accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. Incredible achievement!
An absolute beauty in every sense of the word. Still dying to see 12 years a slave.