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Welcome To The Belly of The Dragon: How a Stigmatized Barbados Community Opened My Eyes and My Heart

Introducing: FRESH MILK


What is FRESH MILK?

The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. is a Caribbean non-profit, artist-led, inter-disciplinary organization that supports creatives and promotes wise social, economic, and environmental stewardship through creative engagement with society and by cultivating excellence in the arts.

Critical. Creative. Fresh.

The Official 1st Anniversary Post!


It just came to my attention that this blog has just passed the one year of existence mark! Interestingly enough the 1st post came on September 19th 2011 and the last post (before this) also came on September 19th (2012)!

Of course there was a long break in between there but…  the milestone is still worth celebrating.

I thank all of you who have taken the time to read my posts and hope you have learned, been inspired or benefited in some way from them. I also would like to thank those of you who have followed the blog.

Now on to the future!

Here’s what to look forward to:

  • Reviews and recommendations
  • Interviews and artist features
  • A dancing Unicorn
  • Expanded and improved content base

Happy Autumn (or Spring if you’re in southern hemisphere)!

 

D. A. Boxill
Dream | Aspire | Believe

 

(P.S.  I was joking about the Unicorn dancing, it’ll probably be too drunk and might be singing)

Hello again world!


After quite a long hiatus, the blog is back in action! You would have noticed some changes, such as a complete rebranding and makeover as well as an expansion of presence across social networks.

Facebook: http://fb.com/daboxill

Tumblr: http://daboxill.tumblr.com

Twitter: @daboxill

Once again welcome back or welcome if you’re now coming aboard!

 

Life imitates art and art imitates life. In this cycle we are all placed into, sometimes one or the other becomes mundane. Sometimes a different viewpoint, a fresh approach or little inspiration is all one needs to change the mundane into beautiful and exciting. Feel free to be inspired.

D. A. Boxill

Dream | Aspire | Believe

A risk that women will forever be Atlases


By Daniel Boxill

As the pillar of support for the family unit, which functions as the foundation of society, women provide social cohesion and are the backbone of any strong community.

They make up half of the world’s population and comprise over one billion Commonwealth citizens. Yet, the value of women in society seems to never truly be appreciated.

Women themselves often seem to be unaware of the power they hold, allowing themselves to constantly be downtrodden, while maintaining their silent fight just to survive inhuman conditions.

War especially highlights this. During armed conflicts, invading forces often rape, beat and mutilate women. The women are treated as nothing more than objects and they often go willingly, sacrificing themselves to protect their children and families.

This is the true double-edged beauty of a woman. Strong enough to bear the emotional burdens of the world, but all too often called upon to sacrifice themselves for others.

In Greek mythology, Atlas was forced during the Titanomachy (The war of Gods vs Titans) to forever bear the burden of the sky on his back. So too does the fate of women seem.

There is a risk that women will forever be Atlases. Although in most of our societies, patriarchy is deeply ingrained and everything seems geared towards the advancement of men over women, women are the ones who in fact hold power.

I would argue:

  • Women control most societies’ economic power. They are the ones who control the spending in most households.
  • Usually left to take care of children, women are the ones who are responsible for training each new generation and what is indoctrinated into them in their early life. They therefore heavily influence belief systems.
  • Men are enamoured by women and will do most anything to win them over and to impress them.

Unless women lobby and agitate for change, several things to which they’re subjected will continue to be taken for granted as acceptable. Women need to grab hold of the power which they own and use it to improve their lives.

There must be a balance however. Simply replacing men in power with women will solve nothing. It will simply create a role reversal where men then feel inferior and then have to fight for power creating a cyclic gender war.

The aim should be power-sharing, where women are allowed to have power along with men, with both groups being empowered, motivated and feeling like worthwhile members of society.

(Originally published: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/americas-and-caribbean/correspondence-there-is-a-risk-that-women-will-forever-be-atlases/ )

About Author: Daniel Boxill is a freelance multi-media artist. With a passion for music, literary talent and a background in art and design, multi-media artist is an apt title. He is freelancing while currently pursuing his undergrad degree in Literatures in English from The University of the West Indies’, Cave Hill Campus located in his native Barbados.

Jehad Nga: Turkana


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This is the stunning work of American photographer Jehad Nga His Turkana series, is a portrait of a diminishing Kenyan tribe in a purpose-built, darkened off hut, so that the viewer is confronted with the individuals and not distracted by the dire surroundings of people suffering. Continue reading “Jehad Nga: Turkana”

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