September 26, 2012 · Leave a Comment
I started the week off at the Social Good Summit & the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting here in New York. I am overwhelmed–in good ways and bad. While it’s impressive and inspiring to witness the innovative ways folks are tackling the world’s most pressing needs, it’s equally daunting to see the volume of work still left to be done.
And with all of this inspiration and innovation abounding, the best nugget of advice I heard between these two powerhouse meetings of the best global leaders and thinkers actually had to do with nurturing our spiritual selves. Talking about ”Spirituality & the Digital Age,” at the Social Good Summit, Deepak Chopra shared that the essence of ”. . .human creativity is spiritual.” So in nurturing your spiritual self, you’re actually nurturing the parts of your brain responsible for all that innovative thinking and problem solving.
Image via Social Good Summit
Nikki Kahn featured in Newseum’s “The Eyes of History 2012: White House News Photographers Association”
September 23, 2012 · Leave a Comment
Nikki Kahn, the Guyanese-born, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who Of Note profiled in its recent Guyana issue, is featured in the new exhibit, “The Eyes of History 2012: White House News Photographers Association,” opening Sept. 28-March 29, 2013, at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
“The exhibit showcases dramatic, award-winning images and video from the annual competition of the White House News Photographers Association. The display features more than 70 of the best news images of the people, events and issues that shaped the nation and the world in 2011.”
“You can’t be a Global Citizen, if you don’t know your local roots.” -Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum
September 21, 2012 · Leave a Comment
I attended breakfast this morning with Dr. Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, along with several of my colleagues from the Word Economic Forum Global Shapers. While Dr. Schwab chatted about the blueprint for change, activism, and innovation, he reminded us that as we go forth into the world, we’re more impactful if we know who we are, if we honor our roots, if we are connected with where we come from, and most importantly, that we are needed in our own backyards just as much as we are needed across continents and borders. There is change happening and needed at every corner.
~Grace Aneiza Ali | Founder, Editorial Director
September 18, 2012 · Leave a Comment
A New Queer Agenda
Lisa Duggan, Kenyon Farrow, Amber Hollibaugh, and Richard Kim
Join contributors to the recently launched issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online, “A New Queer Agenda,” for an evening of politics, discussion, and celebration.
“A New Queer Agenda” shows how activists, academics, and organizers can work together to build larger, more effective social justice movements by accessing connections between queer life and issues like immigration, hunger, aging, health care, welfare, and family. The contributors invite us to push beyond the platform of security and belonging offered by gay marriage to a broader politics of economic, political, and sexual justice for all.
More info here.
May 11, 2012 · Leave a Comment
The latest volume of En Foco’s (the non-profit dedicated to cultural diversity in photography) Nueva Luz Journal features a commentary by of note’s Grace Aneiza Ali on the work of photographers Kevin Miyazaki, Cecil McDonald, Jr., and Elizabeth Moreno. See an excerpt below and download the complimentary digital issue HERE.
The personal is political. And perhaps there is no place that embodies both the personal and political more so than the sacred space of the home. A space whose walls often hold our secrets and our secret lives; a space where we find refuge from the chaos of the outside world, and simultaneously, where we unearth the genesis of our greatest conflicts and regrets. Home is where our stories of origin begin.
My own feelings of home – of loss and yearning for it – are what drew me to the work of these three photographers: Elizabeth Moreno, Cecil McDonald, Jr., and Kevin J. Miyazaki. Home for me is in Georgetown, Guyana—a place I have yet to return. My family left seventeen years ago, seeking, like most immigrants coming to the United States, a better life than the impoverished one we were born in. We found that better life. And yet my longing for the place where I grew up has never left. To remind me of that place, I often return to the photographs of family moments taken in our small two-room flat. These images serve as documents, as evidence of a life lived in another world, in another time, as another Grace.
For Moreno, Miyazaki, and McDonald, the sierras of Baja California, the former Japanese-American internment barracks in California and Wyoming, and the family home in Chicago, are where their person- al narratives are rooted. In their collections, they return to roots—the geographic place, the physical edifice and the idea of home. It is this attraction to home, this reverence for what is contained on its walls and within its walls, this coming and going from it, leaving and returning to it, that I find compelling. What their images reveal are places fraught with stories, told and untold; moments, simple and contradictory; and people composed and dimensional. Read on…