Xuxa Says Let’s Play Indian

Let’s play Indian

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Xuxa is a Brazilian TV presenter, film actress, businesswoman, and famous singer in both languages – Spanish and Portuguese – in Latin America. She was best known for her children’s song Ilaire in the early 1990s – the first song I heard as a toddler in my crib. Ilaire is an easy sing-along pop tune that inspires people of all ages to clap, twirl, and jump to the catchy rhythm.

In 1988, Xuxa produced a song titled Let’s Play Indian. It was the second or third song I listened to as a child – and one that stayed with me for ages. The song goes like this:

“Vamos a jugar a los indios pero sin armas con qué pelear.
Vente para mi tribu, yo soy cacique, tú eres mi igual.

Let’s play Indiansbut withoutweaponsto fight with.
Cometomy tribe, I’m the chief, and

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Is the Prison Industrial Complex a form of Genocide?

Inspiring scholarly young womyn of color !

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20140226_212952Antoinette Stone

June 2014

Last week, you probably saw three faces of men who were executed. And you probably noticed that they were all black.

To be able to fully enter this conversation, it needs to be understood that the death penalty is just one piece of the larger prison industrial complex. The Prison Industrial Complex as defined by Angela Davis is the “prison construction and the attendant drive to fill these new structures with human bodies have been driven by ideologies of racism and the pursuit of profit.” [1] The Prison Industrial Complex has not only become a way for private businesses to make a profit, but to also incarcerate people of color, specifically African-Americans. As stated by the NAACP, “African-Americans constitute for 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population” [2] The incarceration and killing of these prisoners is genocide.

This aggressive prison system did not unexpectedly emerge…

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CDS 2014 Video Institute.

Check out my friend’s work!


This past week, I was fortunate enough to take part in the yearly Video Institute that The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University offers. It’s an 8 day intensive where you learn about video production and editing, and you also make your own documentary about the subject that you’ve been assigned. This is a lot more difficult and exhausting than it sounds. Every day you are in workshops, filming, and editing from at least 8:30am to the very earliest 9:00pm every day. This year, this institute was in East Durham, which is the community that I live in, and all the different summer institutes will be working in the community for 3 years.

Here is the documentary that I did about one of our friends who graciously allowed us to use her as our new subject the day before shooting as our original subject backed out at the last…

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