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Archiving 101 with Skyla Hearn of The Blackivists

Join us for Archiving 101 with Skyla Hearn of The Blackivists on March 20th from 2-3pm CST. This workshop is for anyone interested in creating an archive and will cover the physical and intellectual labor of documenting, collecting, and preserving analog and digital materials.
Learn more and sign up.

Recently Published:

Image: A full-length portrait of artist Alkebuluan Merriweather. She is standing and is wearing a grey beanie, a pink dress and a black leather trench coat with white sneakers. Behind her is a mural at the west wall of the Regal Theater displaying images of artists including Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, Nat King Cole, and Josephine Baker among others. Along the mural walls are wheel stops made of precast concrete. Photo by Samantha Cabrera Friend.

Archiving Through Social Media: An Interview With Alkebuluan Merriweather

written by Onyx Montes

Instagram archives, like Alkebuluan Merriweather's @homagetoblkmadonnas, are pushing the boundaries of what digital archiving can be. Read more.

Image: A screenshot taken during Bimbola Akinbola’s performance Evidence. Akinbola presses her face into the canvas. Her hair covers her face, with her hand supporting her to the right of her head. Image by Benji Hart.

Makeup, Mortification, and Memory: A Review of “Evidence” by Bimbola Akinbola

written by Benji Hart

Bimbola Akinbola's performance series "tells stories about the unspoken truths bodies reveal in space centering on shame, alienation, and the lingering nature of our existence." Read more.

Image: An illustration of two pink figures wearing cat-like masks. One is tattooing the other. They are both in a red room with a model showing human anatomy in the background. Illustration by Sammi Crowley / @notcoolart.

A Mean, Feline Person

written by Riley Yaxley

Tattoos, Louise Bourgeois, and memories of a lover are examined in this essay about the struggle to communicate feelings in a relationship. Read more.

Image: A black and white illustration of two protestors performing a ritual in front of other protestors holding signs in the background. One protestor with black hair holds a bundle of sage in their left hand while raising their right hand in a clenched fist, the universal sign of political solidarity. Smoke from the burning sage wafts in the center of the image. The second protestor with a small Afro hairstyle holds a black candle in their right hand, and rests their left hand on their hip. Their left and right hands cross each other. Illustration by Kiki Lechuga-Dupont.

Protect Your Magic: A Cautionary Tale of Witchcraft, Anti-racism, Activism, and Commodification

written by Kevin Whiteneir Jr.

In recent years, Occultism has left the niche world of counterculture and has become part of the mainstream's obsession with commerce, capitalism, and social recognition. Read more.

Image: Marcus Pruitt leans over a a table while painting a picture with greens and blues. He is wearing a black sweatshirt under a jean jacket and a cross necklace. Photo by Sarah Joyce.

The Evolution of a Thought: Interview with Marcus Pruitt

written by Kyra Horton

Poet and journalist Marcus Pruitt discusses the emotions that show up in his writing and what keeps him writing poetry. Read more.

From the Archives:

Image: University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf2-09786], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library. Photo shows about a dozen adults and children outdoors in Chicago’s Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood, many of them sweeping the streets with brooms.

The Blackivists’ Five Tips for Donating Your Materials

written by The Blackivists

The Blackivists offer 5 quick tips if you’re considering donating your collection to an archive, museum, or other cultural heritage organizations. Read more.

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