In praise of older women and stories yet untold

I’ve been scrolling through Tumblr over the past few weeks and noticed so many Tumblrs posting photos of young  Black women – which is great and they are all beautiful but I got to wanting to see ME. Some layers, some texture and depth,  some life lines.  So it was a breath of fresh air to come across this photo of Toni Morrison on Amphitrit accompanied by some incredibly wise words….. I keep looking and looking at this photo –  Morrison beauty is holistic, complete, breathtaking and alive.

“I know that happiness has been the real, if covert, goal of your labors here. I know that it informs your choice of companions, the profession you will enter, but I urge you, please don’t settle for happiness. It’s not good enough. Of course, you deserve it. But if that is all you have in mind–happiness–I want to suggest to you that personal success devoid of meaningfulness, free of a steady commitment to social justice, that’s more than a barren life, it is a trivial one. It is looking good, instead of doing good.” – Toni Morrison

Thoughtfully & Expertly Transcribed by @llapen Follow her!

Some more Tumbling and I came across this post on the Black Lesbian Elder Project – Via GAQ – who also found it a “breath of fresh air”.

In a youth obsessed culture, and a queer scene where you often have to dig to find good representations of people of color, here’s a breath of fresh air: The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project. This new film collaboration is exactly what it sounds like – a feature length documentary on the lives of several black lesbian women in their 60s, 70s and 80s, talking about their experiences in politically important times.

Older and elderly Black lesbian gay and trans people are one of the most invisible group of people world wide which makes this a hugely important documentary.  The two women behind the project bring even more kudos to the film – Tiona McClodden who was  behind the 2009 documentary black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent is directly involved with the project and Lisa C Moore of Red Bone Press.