While our politicians continue to use members of the African diaspora as political footballs, the Growing Up African in Australia anthology tells us what it’s really like. Its editor, award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, talks to contributors Effie Nkrumah, Sefakor Aku Zikpi and Santilla Chingaipe about their diverse, humorous and hopeful stories of family, identity and belonging that paint portraits of lives lived beyond the headlines
In Brittney Cooper’s world, neither mean girls nor ‘fuckbois’ ever win, but “homegirls emerge as heroes”. A professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies, co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective and Cosmopolitan columnist, Brittney reminds us that while black women’s anger is often caricatured as ugly and destructive, it is a powerful source of energy and strength. The Eloquent Rage author talks with Santilla Chingaipe about how feminism and faith in one’s own superpowers can help turn things right side up.
Vivian Gornick says, “Every fifty years since the French Revolution there’s been an uprising on behalf of women’s rights…and each time around a fresh chorus of voices is heard, making the same righteous bid for social and political equality, only with more force and more eloquence than the time before. Among today’s strongest voices is the one that belongs to Rebecca Traister.” Seeing Brittney Cooper in action has been described as, "Like watching the world’s best Baptist preacher but with sermons about intersectionality and Beyoncé instead of Ecclesiastes." Join two of today’s leading feminist voices and international standouts of this year’s Festival, Brittney Cooper (Eloquent Rage) and Rebecca Traister (Good and Mad) in conversation with Santilla Chingaipe to celebrate the power of women’s rage as a galvanizing force. Canvassing the history of women mobilising in transformative political movements – from suffrage to civil rights and the fault lines exposed more recently by the #MeToo movement – they make a call to anger between allies, reminding us that when harnessed, righteous fury can change history.
Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, Growing Up African in Australia brings together the regions of Africa, and the African diaspora, from the Caribbean to the Americas. Told with passion, power, and poise, these are the stories of African-diaspora Australians: diverse, engaging, hopeful and heartfelt.
Join Maxine and a panel of contributors in discussing their stories and experiences of Growing Up African in Australia.
When, and how, does hate flourish in a society? How is hate spreading in our society? When do speech acts qualify as acts of hate? Who is encouraging the spread of hate, and what do they have to gain?
In this conversation, we’ll discuss the disturbing rise of nationalist populism in Australia today, expressed through such events as the United Patriots rally at St Kilda beach, the ‘African gang’ scare campaigns and the white supremacist terrorist attack at Christchurch. Tim Soutphommasane is the former race discrimination commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission and he is the author of an essay published by Melbourne University Press, ‘On Hate’, which examines the threat that racist extremism poses to Australian democracy. Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker who has reported extensively on African-Australian communities.
With Sally Warhaft, the pair will discuss populism, prejudice and radicalism in the context of recent events and the looming federal election.
Not Racist, But returns in 2019. To book tickets visit this link https://www.wheelercentre.com/events/racism-in-the-workplace
This International Women's Day come to ACMI to listen, think, question, discover and dance.
We’re reflecting on the past, questioning the status quo, looking to the future and most importantly celebrating women in film, television, videogames, art and digital culture.
Whether it’s talks, films, tours, VR or just a chance to let your hair down and dance, ACMI is the place to be on IWD.
Hear from creatives and thinkers Santilla Chingaipe, Atong Atem, Nayuka Gorrie, Bhenji Ra and Lisy Kane as they share their experiences and challenges in response to recent cultural shifts, asking what has really changed and what needs to?
Tour Screen Worlds to hear stories of iconic women in Australian and international screen culture.
Grab a drink and listen to some tunes before joining Bhenji Ra and House of Slé for a performance and dance workshop. For the stayers, we’re ending on a high note with a DJ set by the internationally-acclaimed MzRizk.
I’ll be speaking at a few panel events at the Bendigo Writers Festival. Do come along if you’re around!
I’ll be chatting to Oscar nominated director, Feras Fayyad, about his film Last Men in Aleppo at the Castlemaine Film Festival.
Moderating this conversation at the National Gallery of Victoria. Come along if you can.
Taking part in a discussion on the gender pay gap as part of the Victorian Government's conference on gender equality for businesses called Women@Work in the lead up to Equal Pay Day in September 2018. It will be held on 21 March 2018 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square. To register your interest in attending please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For the agenda and information about speakers please visit: https://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/about-us/overview/advisory-bodies/the-equal-workplaces-advisory-council.
Celebrate this International Women’s Day with local filmmakers telling powerful and revealing stories. Join filmmakers Sari Braithwaite, Chloe Brugale and Santilla Chingaipe in conversation with Eloise Ross about their craft and processes, key collaborations and career pathways.
Book via the ACMI website https://www.acmi.net.au/events/women-film/
Giving a speech as part of International Women's Day celebrations in Melbourne.
Taking part in this important research dialogue about women in film in Australia as part of the opening of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival.
Here's the link to book https://www.acmi.net.au/events/women-film-and-independence-21st-century/ Hope to see you there
Interviewing artist Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe following her performance as part of Deep Dive at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.
More details on the event page here https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/en/event-archive/2018/curious-incident-associated-program/the-deep-dive