Femficatio Perspectives: Lilli Lewis

Lilli Lewis is speaking… “…being asked why I am a musician is like being asked “why I’m my mother’s child.” 1. How did your musical journey begin? To be honest, I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t music playing in my head. Before I even had a piano, at the ripe old age of …

Groundswell: From the Editor

Sometimes there aren’t a whole lot of words. Just ranges of emotion, images and flashes. A grapevine in a whispered storm caused a groundswell and these wonderful Artists gathered. The sanctified vocals of Lilli Lewis in our Femficatio Perspectives  and the poignant experiences of avant-garde jazz diva Linda Sharrock in Eric Zinman’s Confessions, both challenge and lend …

The Playground © Margie Shaheed

KENYA JONES “Where do you live? Down the drain. Wat do you eat? Pig feet. Wat do you drink? Black ink.” Thank God her boss let her leave work early today. It’s a holiday weekend and the bar is sure to be jumping tonight. Heaven knows, folks are eager to shed the skin of another …

Best of British: Artist Photographs by Naomi Woddis

Naomi Woddis has frequently displayed her photographs of writers in the UK, usually during readings throughout London. A writer as well as a photographer, her Poetry Mosaic website is viewed internationally, and she hosts the radio magazine “The Conversational” on Reel Rebels Radio. For our Femficatio Pictorial, Naomi describes the history around 7 photographs of writers in …

Featured Poet: Aldo Tambellini, The Sarah Poems

June 3, 1997 From Ellington’s Theme to Sarah In my solitude with the persistence of vision your breathing haunts me In my solitude the wailing siren awakens war apparitions your breathing haunts me In my solitude the ambulance rush through ghost streets multiple channels your breathing haunts me In my solitude with time’s unknown dimension …

Afaa Michael Weaver – The Femficatio Channel

Afaa Michael Weaver reads three beautifully crafted pieces for Femficatio. “Crushing Peanuts in a Hakka Village”, With My Lover at Drunken Moon Lake”, and “The Workers in Beijing Spring 2005″. A wonderful arrangement, choppy and energetic like most Femficatio films, an interesting slice of literature not normally seen.  

England, My England © by Juned Subhan

Seconds before Hamid Islam switched the television off in his bedroom, white supremacist Mick Spencer, leader of the British Socialist Party who’d recently won a seat in the European Parliament, had finished his speech on BBC’s Question Time in front of a live studio audience. His boorishly predictable platform – how immigration to England should …

Dying By the Rood © by Bethany White

“I shoved him in a closet set Against the wall. This would but let Him breathe two minutes more, or three, Before they dragged him out to be Queer fruit upon some outraged tree” from Countee Cullen’s “The Black Christ” Dying By the Rood I can only wonder what it was like a man, a …

The Queen of Pentacles © by Pavel Rogov

“I was already woman. That’s what I remember,” Lenore said. “…I was never a girl.” “How does that work?” I replied, looking directly into her face. Lenore’s eyes lit up, glowed hazel. She clenched her fist raised in the air, then released it, as if she had the universe in her hands and had decided …

A Note Before Wading

By M Thandabantu Iverson Once during contemporary times, on a plantation somewhere in this country, one of our sisters escaped and ran away. You can imagine what the Masters Association did: They put her face on a parchment and called her a criminal for having the guts and brains to run away. Then they promised …

Hiding the Truth © by Bethany White

for Arthur De Gobineau This moment in history is my chance to have my say. It is brilliant to hate blacks, Mongols. When I write about the cultural habits of the latter, I sometimes wonder how it would feel to touch their glossy black hair like corn silk without kink or curl. Under my fingertips …

Brief: Twelfth Session Permanent Forum In Gear

By Ray L Martin 20 – 31 May 2013 UN Headquarters, New York Special Theme: Review Year Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday 13 September 2007. It was adopted with 144 states in favour. The four votes against were: Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. …

Slaying Women ©

Slaying Women By Kamaria Muntu From the first moment I saw his fiancée I knew my father’s death was imminent…”Say partner, can I git a light?” The out of left field voice gave me a start. “Sorry man” I say almost under my breath, “I don’t smoke.” The dishevelled looking guy seemed a bit menacing, …

Occupied ©

Occupied By Malkia Charlee NoCry Awakened by the feel of smooth fleece beneath her is how Elleliza first begins to open her eyes this day. Tomas, the chubby Bombay cat is below her left ankle, his movements more similar to a motorised stuffed toy than that of a living thing. His breaths measured, gurgled and …

Cold Care II: Purple © Chris Burchette

There is a memory of being slapped open-handed. Sound, Pain, Time, Space cannot be pinpointed and catalouged for archival memory. This memory is washed in color. The hand that hits belongs to my father’s arm to my father’s body to his face. Which I cannot see because I am purple. uniforms The uniform of my …

Preparing for Print!

Dear Femficatio Readers, We’re both excited and a bit overwhelmed here at Femficatio as we prepare to go to print! As such, our next web issue will be on 25th May 2013. Expect loads of Poetry and you’ll see a brand new layout! We couldn’t have gotten here without your dedicated readership. Look forward to seeing …

We’ll Be Back Before You Know It!

Femficatio returns with more  art, articles and perspectives on 18, March. Until then, please revisit our past issues and check out our wonderful contributors. Perhaps take a dare, become a bit cheeky and contribute yourself. See you in two weeks with another spectacular issue! Cheers! Kamaria Muntu Editor

Femficātiō Perspectives: Helene Ruiz

Helene Ruiz is speaking… “If we could actually “see” certain things…like emotion, etc…this is what it would look like through my eyes.” 1. How did your artistic journey begin? i was told from my parents that i did not speak until i was 5 years old and they thought something was wrong with me… i …

Holy Train © Angela Martinez Dy

Holy Train on a train crossing India in the middle of nowhere we stop unexpectedly hundreds of holy men bodies covered in ash quietly storm the carriages filling every empty space above us, below us they become the lakewater coagulating to support the weight of miracles compacting their frames into places they were never intended …

Femficātiō – The Philosophy

by Malkia Charlee NoCry Philosophy Editor 18th February 2013, 19:40 GMT ”Let me just say, at once: I am not now nor have I ever been a white man. And, leaving aside the joys of unearned privilege, this leaves me feeling pretty good …” June Jordan Femficātiō is a feminist framework that seeks to create …

Intelligence © Tathagata Mitra

Intelligence By Tathagata Mitra “What are you writing?” asked Arpita as she appeared from behind Rahul without warning. She did that. It was her habit. It was also much like her to start a conversation without giving attention to formalities, as much as possible. The only time she would start a conversation by salutation was …

A Vintage Blue

Kamaria Muntu Editor 18th February 2013, 14:04 GMT Sexism in the legendary Black Arts Movement (BAM) and Black Power movements of the 1960’s has long been a topic of highly debated and often contentious discourse among its critics and participants. The prevailing ideological orientation of the Black Power and the Black Arts Movement (insofar as …

Photography: Shreetama Mandal

Title: Aegis of our Mother Nature “There are different symbolic layers to this picture. On one hand, it symbolizes the all-giving and caring aspects of mother nature. On the other, there is a metaphorical comparison between the tree and a woman, accentuated by the shape of the tree’s bark,which bears a striking resemblance with a …

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