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January 08, 2007

damali ayo


I CAN FIX IT + How to Rent a Negro

I CAN FIX IT: 2000 people were asked for 5 things individual people can do to end racism. I CAN FIX IT is a collection of our solutions in our own words. To download the guidebook click here: People are asked to post this link on blogs and everywhere you can post on the web.

The mission is to put this guide everywhere you can think of: libraries, bookstores, coffee shops, colleges, high schools, kindergartens, community gardens, street corners, on line and off line. Send it to your local paper. Send it to Oprah. Slide it into the Sunday paper or your favorite magazine while you're waiting in line at the grocery store. Send it to Michael Richards and Rosie O'Donnell. Copy and put it everywhere. Donate your office copier time to making copies, find people to print it in bulk and start getting it out there. Solutions don't work unless people have access to them. Or as one person told me- these are good ideas but the solutions happen when these ideas are actually put into action! Right on.

I CAN FIX IT is a "Now Art" project by damali ayo. More information at damaliayo.com

How to Rent a Negro is now available on iTunes: Apple iTunes LINK: click the link and your iTunes will open OR search for "damali" in the iTunes music store.

Please download the free digital booklet here, a bonus that adds depth to the album.

For those of you without iTunes, the album has been distributed to a variety of digital music services and I will let you know when it has gone live on these (raphsody, napster, etc.) The CD will be pressed in late January and will be available for purchase on CDbaby.

About the album: DAMALI AYO TURNS BOOKSTORES INTO COMEDY CLUBS with readings from her book HOW TO RENT A NEGRO. As an added bonus, ayo shares the stories behind the book about her 30 plus years as a "professional black person." Ayo showcases her trademark combination of humor and generosity that both challenges and entertains her audience. It's a whole new way to talk about race. This intimate yet playful performance is the kind of cd you'll want to give to friends, relatives, and play over and over.

damali's book is available on amazon.com and at your local Borders, Barnes and Noble, and independent book sellers.

recorded by sara lerner
produced by christos ikonomopoulos- audiofantastic.com
mastered by clark salisbury
photos by thom wallace
design by damali ayo

"Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation." -angela davis

Posted by jo at January 8, 2007 06:01 PM