From @ncsutechnician: Dr. Mia Mask presents, "Overlooked Black Narratives of the American West" at the College of Design.
NC State’s College of Design and Department of Media Arts, Design and Technology, with the help of NC State University Libraries, welcomed Mia Mask, a professor of African American cinema at @vassarcollege, to present at “Overlooked Black Narratives of the American West,” hosted at Burns Auditorium on Feb. 22.
Derek Ham, the department head and associate professor of Media Arts, Design and Technology, started the proceedings with a quote from James Baldwin, a Black civil rights activist and author.
“‘It comes as a great shock … to discover that the flag to which you have pledged allegiance … has not pledged allegiance to you,’” Ham said, quoting Baldwin. “‘It comes as a great shock to see Gary Cooper killing off the Indians, and although you are rooting for Gary Cooper, that the Indians are you.’”
This quote highlights one of the messages from the presentation: Classic Westerns have historically propagated negative stereotypes of minority communities. Mask said what distinguishes Black Westerns is their portrayal of a more nuanced perspective on the challenges faced by early settlers, notably by not singularly casting Native Americans as the antagonists.
Congratulations to Noelle Robinson on winning one of three @somfoundation Robert L. Wesley Awards! 🏅🐺
Robinson is a fourth-year architecture student at North Carolina State University pursuing a minor in Landscape Architecture. She has served as a NOMAS (@nomas_ncsu) chapter board member and as the AIAS (@aiasncsu) Freedom by Design (@fbd_ncsu) chapter Media Coordinator.
Winners receive a $10,000 award in addition to a yearlong mentorship program that connects the students with leading BIPOC practitioners and educators.
Featured Projects (in order):
🖼 “South Durham Food Cooperative,” collage. The Morehead Hill and the Black Hayti communities in southern Durham have been historically divided by inequitable practices of displacement, exclusion, and segregation.
🏘 “Containers for Liberation,” multimedia collage. The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture claims a sliver of land near the historic Brooklyn Village in Charlotte, NC.
📐 “South Durham Food Cooperative,” model. The historic Forest Hills Shopping Center is reimagined from an underinvested asphalt car park into an expansive and thriving food cooperative complex to breathe life back into the earth and to blur the boundaries between the neighboring communities.
🛐 “Renaissance of Hope’s Resource Hub,” exploded isometric projection. A neighborhood strategic development plan is underway led by Renaissance of Hope, a group of active change-makers from a faith-based community center.
Learn more about Noelle, her work, and the award: 🔗 link in bio