1990. USA. Dir: Jennie Livingston. With Dorian Corey. Documentary. 71 min.
This iconic celebration of queerness chronicles the underground Harlem ball culture of the late 80s, showcasing the vibrant personalities of its predominantly Black and Latinx participants. The historical aesthetics of drag and the minority origins of cultural concepts such as voguing and throwing shade are brought to light in potent critique of oppression.
The folks over at WesPregame just produced a video of some of the students from the Wesleyan Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) doing the Harlem Shake with fifth graders from Macdonough Elementary School. This video has remarkable potential to either cheer you up immensely as you’re studying in SciLi or help you celebrate the end of the midterms. Hope you enjoy either way.
“I also came into contact with human brains and whole pelicans stuffed in jars with preservatives.”
In all our excitement over move-in day and Common Moment, we totally spaced on this heartwarming New York Daily Newsprofile on Ryan Moyé ’16, a newly arrived frosh from Harlem who has spent two years working at the American Museum of Natural History, taking four advanced-level courses and producing a research paper. This summer, Moyé took home the museum’s first-ever Science Scholar Award, winning a $30,000 scholarship. His expertise? Dinosaurs.
“I went hardcore into sciences and math in my junior year,” said Moyé, who won the award for his computer-aided comparisons of the complex skull shapes of prehistoric reptiles called crurotarsans, which are ancestors of crocodiles.
Not all of Moyé role models in the museum were fossilized, however:
To stay afloat in the sea of bones and research, Moyé got help from a mentor, Stephen Brusatte.
A graduate student under Mark Norell, the museum’s paleontology chairman and curator, Brusatte says he was impressed by Moyé’s perseverance. Together, they charted the evolving shape and size of the prehistoric skulls.
Wesleying caught up Moyé, who just turned 18 last week, for a brief interview about the museum, his impressions of Wes, and human brains in jars. Click past the jump for the full interview.
The TODAY show recently had a series on Education. Here, they look into a charter school in Harlem and how its students are overcoming obstacles to make their dreams come true. For at least one such student, that dream is going to Wesleyan.
At about 4:45:
MEREDITH VIERA: You’re a junior, talking about Wesleyan
NATASHA HALL: Yes. Oh, that’s my dream. I’m determined to make that happen.
Reflecting on the story at the end of this clip, Viera shows some support for Hall saying “She’ll get in” (I wonder what the Admissions Office thinks of that statement?). Regardless, good luck to her.
Watch the video embedded below or on the NBC site.
Also, Geoffrey Canada, the man that most of the video focuses on, is set to be our speaker for the coming Martin Luther King Day 2011. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Harlem Children’s Zone.