Fly Art, a Tumblr account created by students Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano has been perfectly mixing popular rap lyrics and Renaissance paintings since December 2013 and we only can hope that they never stop.
On the afternoon of Aug. 9, a police officer fatally shot an unarmed, black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. Details remain in dispute. Eyewitnesses have said that Brown was compliant with police and was shot while he had his hands up. Police maintain that the 18-year-old had assaulted an officer and was reaching for the officer’s gun.
Tonight in Ferguson, Mo. Even CNN is calling out police brutality.
We are watching history unfold. Do not stand down. Spread the word.
No justice, no peace.
Yesterday’s tragic news about Robin Williams has me reflecting on the other notable people we’ve lost this year. One of the deaths that affected me most was Dr. Maya Angelou. Although I didn’t know her personally, her writing touched my soul.
As I’m in the process of launching and refining my multicultural emojis app called Iroc Emoticons, I made this short animation to honor her memory.
I hope you like it.
White Jesus modeled on Cesare Borgia?
The theory is that people were generally not too enthusiastic about the Catholic Church’s regular massacres of Jews and Muslims, because the people they were killing looked like Jesus. Pope Alexander VI then ordered the destruction of all art depicting a Semitic Jesus and commissioned a number of paintings depicting a Caucasian Jesus. His son, Cardinal Cesare Borgia, was the model for these paintings. Thus, the nastiest of all the Borgias, became the iconic Caucasian Jesus so loved by Christians today.
In 1995, GZA’s Liquid Swords album featured the solo track by Wu-Tang Clan affiliate, Killah Priest, ”B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)”. The lyrics include the lines; "I even learnt Caucasians were really the Tribe of Edam, The white image, of Christ, is really Cesare Borgia”
This is crazy interesting
file under: “things I actually should have learned during 13 years of catholic school”
#cleopatra with the nose knocked off. I wonder if people still think she was European like the movies betray…
I still think it’s one of the most desperate things whites have done to blacks and to black history. The disrespect is outrageous. They came to our country and mentally could not fathom how these black civilizations could be so great. They literally rode through our lands and shot the noses off of our statues. Why? So that the statues would no longer resemble the African people and they could LIE about the origins of Egypt and countless other civilizations. It was a widespread practice. It’s why statues of Pharaoh’s and their wives have no noses. It’s why the Sphinx has no nose. When I was in middle and high school, we were taught that the noses had fell off due to time and poor craftsmanship! They have literally tried to teach us that our ancestors were shitty builders of noses just to hide their malicious destruction of our heritage. European fears of African peoples had to come from somewhere. I want to know what part of the history is missing. There’s something that they don’t want to be told.
The shade is real
i was taught that the noses fell off as well and actually continued to believe this. in retrospect this makes no sense, considering greek/roman statues pretty much always have intact noses whereas egyptian ones are always conveniently missing theirs. thank you for pointing this out to me, i hadn’t even made that connection until now.
The bolded was me too and I am seriously embarrassed that I never even thought about how that could be false.
Damnnn. I hate myself for not realizing this.
I hate myself even more, since I know the ancient Egyptians created their sculptural works with the idea of permanence in mind. They were literally built to last throughout the afterlife. Notice how the majority of their monumental sculpture is stone-bound, without any protruding elements or breakable appendages. That’s because many of these sculptures were intended to house the life-force (Ka) of those they portrayed. Of their favorite materials were basalt and diorite, both extremely hard stones that were incredibly difficult to carve. Meaning a nose just doesn’t “fall off” because of “poor craftsmanship,” you would literally have to take a hammer to it. Fuckers.
Just quickly: the Sphinx damage is unlikely to have been committed, as commonly thought, by careless French archaeologists or soldiers’ firing practice under Napoleon. There are records of the nose being missing pre-Napoleon, or British, presence in Egypt. It is absolutely correct to say that it was not due to poor craftsmanship, and it was deliberately (and obviously) removed by chisel. The most accepted theory presently is that it occurred in the 14th century due to disrupting religious idolatry. Damage to various works, Muslims and Christians have both been guilty of through history. Religion is historically as much to blame for the destruction of art as it is to be marvelled at for the creation of it. Damage to architecture and art is also common to violent movements opposing political regimes. That continues to this day.
Europeans have, yes, suppressed and damaged and flat out denied Arfican art/architecture was created by Africans. I’m up for discussing that racist, imperialistic, Western bull. Let’s talk Carl Mauch and Cecil Rhodes and Richard Hall (let’s talk about what a bloody awful, imperialist, destructive bastard of an excuse for an archaeologist that man was). Only one archaeologist at the turn of the century actually argued that the structures of Zimbabwe were of African design, and the first team to validate his work on site were a British all-female group led by Gertrude Caton-Thompson who was a far better researcher than most of her male peers, as despite being of her time she went “Hey look, the evidence says African. It’s African”. You should read up on her too, once you’re done researching the Sphinx’s nose, she’s cool.
And, furthermore, the Greek statue thing above? It. Is. Bullshit. There’s a museum in Copenhagen that literally has a fucking collection of removed restoration noses. A university in Sweden has a good hundred more. The marble favoured by many sculptors was very easily damaged so museums in the 19th century had a bad habit of making them new arms, noses etc out of - usually - plaster. Noses are the most common thing to be missing from Greek statues.
Please, please, please do not lower yourself to the level of traditional European history with this negationist shit. It helps no-one to make up or buy into historical fallacy.
tl;dr Sphinx nose not European damage. 18-20th century Europeans destructive bastards, but not so much with regard to missing noses. African craftsmanship better than Greek. Greek noses do fall off all the time. Don’t believe everything you read. Don’t believe me. Go do some research. Find some primary sources, check out the period/background of the historians you’re reading.