Arts & Culture

Image Credit: Nicole Peyrafitte, KA Kingston JaunedOeuf (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Health / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

eye to the eye of the storm
a selection

unbearable witness i do not want to write these words_ escorted by flashing red and blue lights the long white truck an enormous hearse passes slowly down the street through the neighborhood no where to run or hide from its path the stare of its headlights a mark on each […]

Image Credit: Gopal Donogo, Interior Chaos No. 1. (2015). Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 3

Cow Pastor: Song Lines of Memory

In or around 1995, the Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite (1930-2020) bought a property, which included a three bedroom dwelling, in Christ Church, Barbados, in the vicinity of the international airport. Brathwaite referred to this property as Cow Pastor or Cow Pasture. Shortly after purchase, the Barbadian government informed him he […]

Image Credit: Gopal Dagnogo, Nymph without Satyr. (2014). Courtesy of the artist
Arts & Culture / Dispatches / Vol. 2 No. 3

For Little Richard

For those who can’t get with or interpret certain codes, in general or specifically, black folk/culture under segregation didn’t always contain or restrain in the manner/matters classified. I would, in fact, argue that the place inside the inside considered outside, was not, in many communities and places, as binary as […]

Image Credit: Nicole Peyrafitte, KA Cardinal (2020). Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Vol. 2 No. 3

RED RAT

I, the red metal rat practice balance on breaking news & extended edges, apprehend time & trust creative uncertainties. In the man-made present red rat must reclaim her temporalities. In the thriving ruins the mycorrhizal symbioses are forcing stories in disturbance & contamination— are we still longing for salvation? Red […]

Image Credit: Todd Stong, Fire (2), (2018), etching ink on paper, monoprint, 24x18". Courtesy of the artist.
Arts & Culture / Health / Vol. 2 No. 3

Earth Wings

I wanted to see you one last time (more)/ before I left and you/ needed to see me with my/ wings open (a nomad’s tent on my back)/ unfurled rising and the sight of them/ hurting you with fear overwhelming on my shoulders constellations of more colors than you had […]

Image Credit: Virgie Ezelle Patton, Three Sisters: Shelly, Jennifer, Julie, (1990s), Oil on Canvas, 44 x 52, Courtesy of the Ezelle-Patton Family Collection
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

Arts Now

Before we begin, a few things should be said: the A-Line offers itself to public scrutiny as a journal of progressive thought; after publishing four issues of the journal that focus on the enormous political crisis that confronts the United States and its citizens—the veritable inspiration for our creating the […]

Image Credit: Alexandria Smith, portrait of a Love Supreme,2018, graphite, acrylic, oil and enamel on canvas, 21 x 32 in. / 1.75 x 2.6 ft., Courtesy of the artist
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

Black Feminist Regard – as Ethics, as Aesthetics

A preoccupation, if not obsession, that guides my work is how to define black feminism, how to stretch it to reach and to suit black women everywhere, how to evacuate it of unnecessarily prescriptive dogma, how to characterize its ethical commitments, how to theorize the shapes it gives to black […]

Image Credit: Arthur Jafa, Omega Sci Fi, 2014, Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

a prefatory note

The truth to which criticism has access fades to blur and we’re sorry for its reckless scrutiny. But the study that soils transparency, in the rightful belief that it reveals an opacity that’s always there, need offer no apology to James Baldwin since it’s he who teaches us to look […]

Image Credit: Titus Kaphar, Behind the Myth of Benevolence, 2014, oil on canvas, 59 x 34.25 x 7 inches
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

evolution

I’m speaking with a white friend about white people speaking among themselves about their racism. It doesn’t happen, she tells me. Nonetheless, she believes, probably we believe, that’s how whites would learn to build stamina regarding their collusion with structural racism. The least of it is the daily infractions they […]

Image Credit: Felandus Thames, Hottentot Marilyn, 2009 - 2017, Acrylic, enamel and oil on canvas over panel, 48" x  48" x 3"
Arts & Culture / Convergence / Vol. 2 No. 1-2

Not Even Anywhere Place

Jericho first met Jablesse where all gay men meet–behind the parish church, in the shadows cast by thorned silk-cotton trees, until the shadows are layered, and thickest. When he arrived, Jablesse was drowning in tall grass, only his shoulders and head were visible above the green–he turned to stare, not in the once-up-and-down, which saw and […]