See Me Now

Lightening skin products are set to become a $10 Billion industry by 2015. A new documentary, See Me Now, tackles the subject of race and beauty within the fashion industry. Made by fashion film-maker Glen Mackay, it includes Black women from four continents.

Fiji-Australian model, Indigenous-Australian television host Leila Gurruwiwi is featured in the documentary. She works for Australia’s Indigenous broadcast network, NITV, on the Marngrook Footy Show, In the interview below, she tells SBS News:

“For me it was very sad to hear some of the stories of some of the girls that have had really bad experiences especially when it comes to their skin and being uncomfortable in their own skin. Coming from a Yolngu background a strong Yolngu woman from Northeast Arnhem Land it’s something that we’ve always been very proud of.”

Read more on SBS News.

Displacement of Indigenous Australians

The Australian Government is getting ready to displace Indigenous Australians living in over 150 remote communities in Western Australia, in a bid to save money. Rather than fixing existing social services, Indigenous Australians will be forced to move from their homes. This poorly conceived policy is nothing short of colonial violence, by dispossessing our traditional land owners from their homes. Continue reading Displacement of Indigenous Australians

Jimblah on Indigenous Hip Hop

Jimblah (AKA James Alberts) is a South Australian Indigenous hip hop artist who has been an outspoken and creative critic of racism in Australia. While hip hop is very popular in Australia, the hip hop played by mainstream channels is predominantly American. Australian hip hop forums are dominated by white Anglo males who are both racist and sexist. This means that hip hop in Australia is exclusionary on several fronts: first in the type of artists that are given an audience by mainstream media; second by the exclusionary set up of the hip hop community online; and third by specifically marginalising Indigenous hip hop artists. Continue reading Jimblah on Indigenous Hip Hop

Buunji – National Indigenous Education Conference

NITV news reported from Buunji, the National Indigenous Education Conference in early November.

Organiser Lillian Gordan says they are promoting Indigenous identity, Indigenous diversity and Indigenous sustainability and an improved delivery of education in a way that won’t interfere with traditional culture.

It’s about bringing everybody together. Buunji is a Wiradjuri word meaning ‘to share,’ that everyone is coming together pretty much from all across the nation, what they’ve done and what they’ve seen and what their hopes are into the future for Aboriginal education.

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Visual Sociology of the Melbourne International Film Festival

Visual sociology of an early evening at the Melbourne International Film Festival 2013. The iconic Forum, the beautiful Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the ever chaotic Flinders Street Station peeking in the distance, and the ultra modern Federation Square. The giant public screen is playing Australia’s first dedicated national Indigenous channel NITV.


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