Category: black lindy hop matters

  • Doing antiracism in lindy hop

    I’ve been chasing down as many of the antiracist groups in the lindy hop world as I can find. I want to make a list here, so people can have it as a resource. And by people I mean me, and by have, I mean share. I’m thinking the groups that are specifically anti-racist in […]

  • DJing on the internet! I LIKE it!

    Yesterday I DJed a really nice zoom party/listening session for the San Antonio Swing Dance Society in Texas. I was in Sydney (still am), but perhaps one unexpected perks of a pandemic, is dance scenes’ refocussing on their local community. Quite a few local scenes have been running regular online meet-ups for the crews, keeping […]

  • Small Axes

    I’m part way through ep1 of Small Axe, a BBC short film series about the West Indian community in London in the 1960s-80s. It’s directed by Steve McQueen and has a w o w cast (incl. Letita Wright and John Boyega). If you want to know about the Black migrant history of the UK during […]

  • Time lines of Black dance as white patriarchy

    Someone on fb recently asked: “Question: has someone made a visual timeline/lineage of Lindy Hop? Is this a good idea?” I dislike the linear timeline model because: It puts Africa in the past, when helloooo it’s not; It uses a very western hierarchy of value with a particular dance or people as the apex or […]

  • Africanfuturism

    I’ve gone on about Nnedi Okorafor before. Speculative fiction like Black Panther imagines an African world where its people have gone on ahead of us to create and invent. Without the west. Without colonialism. It’s a pretty powerful expression of the future _and_ the past. It asks Black people ‘What could we have been without […]

  • Black music, white bands: Racist discourse in lindy hop institutions

    Eric Heveron-Smith fb post 25 June at 05:47 A question was posed on a Facebook group called Swingopedia, and I have decided to finally voice my answer. Hey, it’s quarantine, I don’t have any gigs to lose right now… “I’ve noticed that music trends in the global swing dance community have changed, since I started […]

  • Drawing a line from pathologising Black bodies to lindy hop

    What if Doctors Stopped Prescribing Weight Loss? Women, and particularly women of colour, are less likely to have their health concerns addressed by medical professionals. Doctors and health care workers are more likely to emphasise weight loss as a ‘cure’ for various ailments than any other therapy. This interesting article discusses how medical discourse pathologises […]

  • What is Black?

    A friend on fb mentioned that it’s tricky to get a handle on how words can be used in different ways in activist literature, and it’s even harder to negotiate this stuff when you’re trying to learn about a particular social justice topic with the goal of doing activist work. She made a really good […]

  • Sit down, white people.

    So it seems that white people are having trouble dismantling racism in the lindy hop world. Despite at least 30 years* of hard work, we haven’t seen dancers deconstruct systems that privilege white men (for DJing, teaching, MCing, band, and other high profile gigs). Because the people with the power are white men, who, when […]

  • Pay the rent

    what should we do when a white teacher rewrites history to make them look virtuous? I’m not sure if this question from a fb discussion refers to deleting comments, or about teaching practice. If it’s the former, then it’s a matter of poor social media management. It’s quite common for inexperienced SM managers to delete […]