Author: bhmf

November 12, 2020
CULTURE

On the traces of Florence’s colonial past

Site and memory are two inescapable through lines in the narrations of Florence that must be expanded to engage in a profound restructuring of our understandings of the Afro-descendent histories of this context. There are lingering remnants of colonialism with the capacity to evade critical dialogue through the gesture of nomenclature in relation to streets […]
October 27, 2020
CULTURE

Citizenship, resistance and the limitations to imagination

If we are paying attention, we note that each month is marked by new violence inflicted upon Black bodies. September in the United States brought us Jacob Blake, shot in the back in front of his family, sparking another spike in the uprisings that have been in the streets of multiple cities since the murder […]
September 14, 2020
CULTURE

“Fischi per fiaschi” and the roots of anti-racist confusion

Prendere fischi per fiaschi means confusing one thing for another, a phenomenon frequently rooted in listening with specific expectations in mind, or not really listening at all. Today, our theories and aspirations seek transformation from the eloquence of what could be into a practice that fosters stamina in combatting racial injustice and historically cemented imbalance. […]
July 21, 2020
CULTURE

Whoever drinks black, earns color

The past month has seen the aggressive awakening of social consciousness across the world. Black History Month Florence (BHMF) has collaborated over the years with The Florentine to highlight stories and content related to our ongoing research projects and programming including The Recovery Plan, (a pop-up Black Cultural Center), Black Archive Alliance (a research project […]
February 14, 2020
CULTUREevents-articles

Black History Month Florence 2020: Obbligato

A meditation on social obligations, a reflection on the need for countermelodies and a critical engagement with history are all built into the theme of the highly anticipated fifth edition of Black History Month Florence with the co-promotion and patrocinio of the Comune di Firenze. OBBLIGATO is around the corner with over 50 events dedicated […]