C2ST Artist in Residence Aaron Freeman pretends to interview Stanford University Neurobiology professor Robert Sapolsky on the difference between the brains of Chicago Cubs fans and those of lesser beings. According to Sapolsky part of the difference may have to do with higher sustained levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
Remember when you tried to get creative and bejewel your jean shorts or decorate your new tennis shoes with a Sharpie pen? Well this is not that. In the Omo Valley of southern Ethiopia, the Surma and Mursi people don’t have glue guns, sewing machines, sequins or Sharpies to accessorise with. Inspired by the tools and textiles provided by nature alone, these ancient African tribes manage to create their own unique fashion that could easily rival and certainly influence the avant garde looks of Haute Couture Fashion Weeks around the world.
Surprise, surprise there are as many reasons women cover themselves as there are women. Some are criminals in hiding, some want to please their boyfriends, some think it will help them find the right kind of husband, some want to avoid being constantly hit on, some are religious, some just like being covered but my impression from this short doc is for the most part women put on the hijab and/or niqab and/or jilbab because the are born into or somehow become part of a community wherein modesty is the norm.
Maybe I need to get out more but this is the first Afro-Dutch accent I’ve ever heard.
I work monthly with the Second City’s REACH company. It is pert of the theater’s long-standing commitment to developing diverse talent. What I am getting from working with modern talent of color is that the limits for what audiences will accept as “black” are broader than ever. Audiences do not expect ALL black comics to swear or tell tales of ‘da hood’ and sometimes groan at obvious, old “cp time” or basketball jokes.
The world is so much odder and more interesting these days!