NIOT Princeton

Black Cities: Architecture/Race/Theory

Milton Curry of the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning will give a talk “Black Cities: Architecture/Race/Theory” at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27, in Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture, Princeton University.

‘Black Girl’ in photos and film 3/29/17

black girl movieShown in conjunction with Princeton University Art Museum’s exhibition Revealing Pictures, director Ousmane Sembene‘s critically acclaimed Black Girl explores the struggles of a young woman from Senegal who becomes a servant in France. In French with English subtitles. Introduced by Caroline Harris, associate director for education.

At the Garden Theatre on Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.

Bystander Intervention Training: Non-Violent Tactics for Disarming Hate, March 27

Stacy Small-Lorenz, PhD and Marie Smith, JD, MEd, will present a 2-hour interactive workshop at Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau St, Princeton, on Monday, March 27th, 2017 at 6PM.  This event is cosponsored by the Coalition for Peace Action. Please r.s.v.p. to



A Social Studies Teacher Was Tired of His Black Students Only Identifying With European Culture, So He Did Something About it

Kufere Laing raised money to buy books that helped his seventh and eighth grade social studies students  in Detroit “build their identity, something that typical textbooks don’t provide. ‘Often times, the information put in front of Black students isn’t at all relatable,’ he stated. ‘With pre-teens, it’s important to have a lot of work around identity. Who you are in this world, how can we make sense of your experience?’”

HOODED: a film by Myles Loftin

“I created a multimedia project that humanizes and decriminalizes the societal image of black boys and black men dressed in hoodies. The media has always put a negative light on black men in hoodies and even when you google “black boy hoodie” you get images of criminals while the search “white boy hoodie” produces cookie cutter stock photos of white teenagers smiling. I photographed four black teens/men and portrayed them in a positive light that is in direct contrast of the media representation that has oppressed us. The final product is a series of photographs, screenshots and a film that attempts to shiftperception. Society’s standards placed against black males need to be erased because they are extremely harmful and divisive. It contributes to the reason black males are targeted more by police, why we receive longer jail sentences than our white counterparts and the  discrimination that we receive. This project seeks to understand where these negative portrayals come from, and how we can change them for a better future. Also, by reversing the portrayals of black and white males this project seeks to understand how the perception of both will change depending on how they are depicted.

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