Inspiration! Roundup: Tawny Chatmon Photography, a New Alamo, New Beatitudes, and More!

This Week's "I want to go to there": Really, what I want to go to is somewhere with more TIME,
and then this picture made me laugh.
Photo by Mohammad Metri.

Tawny Chatmon

Tawny Chatmon is a photographer who creates absolutely captivating series of portraits of black girls, edited in different ways. They are incredible.

Remember the Alama in a New Way

In my first year of university, after talking one anthropology class, I hung out with my bestie who happens to be from Texas and smugly told her that the Alamo was actually an insignificant battle and that General Whathisname didn't actually do the "draw the line in the sand" thing, so it was all just a silly, fake story. I don't think she liked me very much in that moment.

I should have left it to the artists. On exhibit right now in San Antonio is a show called The Other Side of the Alamo: Art Against the Myth. (You can see many of the images on display in that link.) It's a beautiful collection of art by Chicanx artists, questioning the myth of the Alamo.

Mash it Up

I love the funny mash-ups created by Les Créatonautes! I couldn't resist sharing this wild boar cub because it's so dang cute, but there are more hilarious and nonsensical ones on their Instagram.

Don't Get Me Started

I am very excited about a new game that I learned about on the internet called Don't Get Me Started. Here's how you play: you and your friends are hanging out and one person gives the other a random, innocuous topic. They then need to say "Don't get me started about ____" and go on a rant about how terrible that thing is for a few minutes.

Don't even get me started on how fun this could be.

New Beatitudes

If you didn't grow up with some kind of Christian church influence, the beatitudes are a series of blessings Jesus made. You may have heard some of them, like "blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted", or "blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." As far as I understand it, most theologians believe that the point of the beatitudes was to elevate those who would be considered at the bottom of society - the poor in spirit, the meek, those who mourn, and so on.

Here is a new series of beatitudes created by Black American artist Kerry James Marshall.

Blessed is the former slave, for he shall one day be called a master.
Blessed are the unlettered, for they are not burdened with theories of history.
Blessed are the poor, for they make the most of what they are given.
Blessed are the aged, for they can be forever young.
Blessed are the dead, for they are gone. We are on our own now.
—Kerry James Marshall

They are worth a second read.

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