ROOTS’ Year of Transformation: Learning From our Past and Holding Space for What Doesn’t Yet Exist

L-R: Carlton Turner and Sistufara Muhammad lead a community dialogue at ROOTS Week 2015. Photo: Melisa Cardona.  Article by Jessica Solomon (Washington D.C.); Photos by Melisa Cardona (New Orleans, LA) December 7, 2015 As I reflect on this year at

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What ROOTS Means to Me

Article by Clyde Valentín (Dallas, TX) | December 7, 2015 We thank Clyde for offering this powerful testimony as part of our Friends of Alternate ROOTS campaign. If you are so moved, join Clyde in supporting Alternate ROOTS by donating today! As

My 1968 in South Carolina 2015

Article and Photos by Omari Fox (Orangeburg, SC) | December 7, 2015 With official and ‘on the fly,’ #BlackLivesMatter chapters sprouting up everywhere in the country after non-indictments of law enforcement officers in late 2014, South Carolina’s two key cities,

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Building a Documentation Hub Online

Article by Ennis Carter, Social Impact Studios (Philadelphia, PA) | November 5, 2015 Documentation is always a high priority at Alternate ROOTS. We honor our time together by taking good notes, activating talented illustrators, photographers and video journalists, and reflecting

Expanding ROOTS’ Circle through 3BQ

Article by Keryl McCord, Alternate ROOTS Operations Director | November 3, 2015 On Saturday, October 24, Alternate ROOTS held our first-ever Un-Gala, Burlesque, Barbeque, and Bourbon, or 3BQ. 3BQ was designed to not be your typical fundraiser. We didn’t want

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The Future of “The Future is on the Table #4” is on the Web: Documentation for Activation

Article by Nicole Gurgel (Albuquerque, NM) | November 3, 2015 From fall 2012 through spring 2013, multi-media artists Gwylene Gallimard and Jean-Marie Mauclet, facilitated an art-with-community project in Jackson, MS, sponsored by the Mississippi Museum of Art. The artists, who

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Fourteen ROOTers Involved In the Cucalorus Film Festival

Now in it’s 21st year, the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC continues to integrate ROOTS members into the festival in a myriad ways. Led by longtime ROOTS Member and former Executive Committee Chair Dan Brawley, Cucalorus is a non-competitive

Resistance as Legacy

David Montana, Big Chief of the Ouachita Nation Mardi Gras Indians. Photo: Rebecca Mwase, 2015. Article by Rebecca Mwase (New Orleans, LA) | October 2, 2015 New Orleans is ten years post-Katrina. The landscape of the city has been ravaged

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Tassels and Transgressions on the Third Rail: Shaking It Up for Social Justice through Burlesque

Article by S.T. Shimi | October 7, 2015 Editor’s Note: We’re thrilled to publish this article by one of our Barbeque, Burlesque, and Bourbon headliners and longtime members, S.T. Shimi aka Black Orchid. Come on out to see Black Orchid,

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Caring for Self and for Communities: A Reflection on Self Worth

It Will Happen by Stephanie Patton (2014) at Contemporary Arts Center. Photo: Michelle Ivette Gomez, 2015.   By Michelle Ivette Gomez “Don’t give into the feeling or pressure that you haven’t done anything, or you haven’t done enough. Don’t let

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.