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Michael Jackson: Moonwalker, Gravity-defier, Performer & Patent Holder

Pop singer Michael Jackson was born on August 29 in 1958. Jackson was not only a performer but also a patent holder. Jackson was granted patent 5,255,452 for a “method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion.” That’s right—his famous leaning move in “Smooth Criminal” was made possible by a device he created to insert in his shoe. You can read the full story and see more drawings from his patent application here: http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/?p=2574

via US National Archives on Facebook

Brilliant!

ziatroyano:

todaysdocument:

Michael Jackson: Moonwalker, Gravity-defier, Performer & Patent Holder

Pop singer Michael Jackson was born on August 29 in 1958. Jackson was not only a performer but also a patent holder. Jackson was granted patent 5,255,452 for a “method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion.” That’s right—his famous leaning move in “Smooth Criminal” was made possible by a device he created to insert in his shoe. You can read the full story and see more drawings from his patent application here: http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/?p=2574

Brilliant!

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Memnon (2nd century, C.E.) & Memnon from the Trojan War

Memnon was one of several protégés of the wealthy Athenian businessman and philosopher Herodes Atticus. His name was probably inspired by Memnon, the Ethiopian ally of Troy as described in Homer’s Iliad. Although few details of his life are known, his origins as a black African are established by a surviving portrait head. This, as well as his connections with Greek philosophy, attest to the high intellectual status sometimes achieved by Africans in the ancient Mediterranean world.

In Greek mythology, Memnon (Greek: Mέμνων) was an Ethiopian king and son of Tithonus and Eos. As a warrior he was considered to be almost Achilles’ equal in skill. During the Trojan War, he brought an army to Troy’s defense. The death of Memnon echoes that of Hector, another defender of Troy whom Achilles also killed out of revenge for a fallen comrade, Patroclus. After Memnon’s death, Zeus was moved by Eos’ tears and granted him immortality. Memnon’s death is related at length in the lost epic Aethiopis, composed after The Iliad circa the 7th century BC. Quintus of Smyrna records Memnon’s death in Posthomerica.

Literary accounts of the Trojan war, as well as numerous Roman authors, consistently describe Memnon with African characteristics as an Ethiopian from Sudan and Egypt.

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The Rape of the Negro Woman, 1632
appropriate title. Trans Atlantic Slavery began 1444.—-1619 British slavery in the colony began. 1863 Emancipation Proclamation issued. slavery officially ended for American blacks in 1945. (Using the U.S. because that’s the time frame I know best not for erasure) 
Anyone who wants me to get over it can get over dees nuts! 
Trans-Atlantic Slavery= A LONG MOtherfucking time. 

Also why it is important that every black person watch Goodbye Uncle Tom http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3766149445318503265
yes it is about American slaves, but the treatment of the slaves is the focus. You may cringe, you may cry, you may not be able to watch it in its entirety but You need to. period. Because if slavery seems unreal to you that movie will bring it to life for you.

For anyone looking to read more in depth critiques of this Christiaen van Couwenbergh painting (actually titled Three White Men With A Negro Woman) & the phenomenon of rape being presented as heroism in art there’s this review on JSTOR of Diane Wolfthal’s Images of Rape: the “heroic” tradition and its alternatives 
The painting is still on displayMusée des Beaux-Arts Strasbourg, France and as you see in the JSTOR article has been described in the recent past as intriguing & comical. Personally, I find the difference in the depiction of the white men & the black woman to be about what I’d expect. She’s an object to them & to the viewer with very little attention paid to the details of her face. The men are the important people in the tableau after all. They’re having fun, and whatever has happened to her or is about to happen to her isn’t at all important as long as they enjoyed their bit of sport. This wasn’t rape by their lights since she couldn’t be raped. Anyone who wants to say this long over & no one thinks this way anymore should spend more time outside & less time with their head up their ass.

karnythia:

lanomrah:

howtobenoladarling:

The Rape of the Negro Woman, 1632

appropriate title. Trans Atlantic Slavery began 1444.—-1619 British slavery in the colony began. 1863 Emancipation Proclamation issued. slavery officially ended for American blacks in 1945. (Using the U.S. because that’s the time frame I know best not for erasure) 

Anyone who wants me to get over it can get over dees nuts! 

Trans-Atlantic Slavery= A LONG MOtherfucking time. 

Also why it is important that every black person watch Goodbye Uncle Tom http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3766149445318503265

yes it is about American slaves, but the treatment of the slaves is the focus. You may cringe, you may cry, you may not be able to watch it in its entirety but You need to. period. Because if slavery seems unreal to you that movie will bring it to life for you.

For anyone looking to read more in depth critiques of this Christiaen van Couwenbergh painting (actually titled Three White Men With A Negro Woman) & the phenomenon of rape being presented as heroism in art there’s this review on JSTOR of Diane Wolfthal’s Images of Rape: the “heroic” tradition and its alternatives

The painting is still on displayMusée des Beaux-Arts Strasbourg, France and as you see in the JSTOR article has been described in the recent past as intriguing & comical. Personally, I find the difference in the depiction of the white men & the black woman to be about what I’d expect. She’s an object to them & to the viewer with very little attention paid to the details of her face. The men are the important people in the tableau after all. They’re having fun, and whatever has happened to her or is about to happen to her isn’t at all important as long as they enjoyed their bit of sport. This wasn’t rape by their lights since she couldn’t be raped. Anyone who wants to say this long over & no one thinks this way anymore should spend more time outside & less time with their head up their ass.

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