What we once thought were disabilities, we now know to be blessings. The ReelAbilities Film Festival and Disability Pride Parade are New York City’s big Disability celebrations.
Friday, September 24, 2021 🇨🇺
August 31 to September 13, 2020 USTA BILLIE JEAN KING NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Naomi Osaka 🇭🇹 🇯🇵 🇺🇸 Dominic Thiem 🇦🇹 – 🇦🇷 🇧🇴 🇧🇷 🇨🇱 🇨🇴 🇸🇻 🇫🇷 🇮🇹 🇲🇽 🇵🇹 🇵🇷 🇷🇴 🇪🇸 🇺🇾 🇺🇸
Friday, August 14-22, 2020 YOUTUBE FREE – African, Indian, Middle Eastern, Romanian, French, Greek, Japanese, Women’s, LGBT, Indigenous, Mexican and Disability dance
Thursday, July 9, 2020 🇦🇷 by María Veronica Cabeza
Sat, August 3, 10 & 17, 2019 MANHATTAN ~ Seven miles of city streets become a long pedestrian mall with rest stops that offer free African, Brazilian, Disability, French, Indigenous, Mexican, Peruvian and Puerto Rican entertainment and family activities
July 23-28, 2019 NEW YORK CITY See the best new movies made in the Dominican Republic and by the Dominican diaspora, and network and party with Dominican filmmakers
Sunday, July 14, 2019 UNION SQUARE, NYC ~ Parade down Broadway from Madison Square to the Disability Pride Festival at Union Square
Fri-Mon, July 12-15, 2019 LINCOLN CENTER, NYC ~ The world’s longest-running dance film festival is screening Cuban, Disability, French and Spanish dance films
MARLENE MEYERSON JCC MANHATTAN, UPPER WEST SIDE, Thu-Wed, March 8-14, 2018 ~ Inspiring movies about Brazilian, Colombian, Italian, & Catalan-Spanish people with different abilities #JEWISH #DISABILITIES #FILMFESTIVAL
The Yorùbá Story of Obatala
In parts of Africa, including Ancient Egypt, disability is considered to be a connection with the divine. The Yorùbá story of Obatala, the creator of humankind, is wonderful.
Yorùbá are a people of Western Nigeria, Benin and Togo. The Yorùbá form of West African/Central African culture is widespread across the Americas. It’s even become part of U.S. culture in the blues, country music, some children’s stories, and many other ways.
The Obatala story goes something like this. Olodumare, the one supreme god (same as Judaism, Christianity and Islam), gave Obatala the task of creating people. From the clay of the Earth, Obatala created humankind in his own image. Tiring, he drank some palm wine to refresh himself, but got drunk. When he woke up, Obatala realized he had made some people who were not perfect. In remorse, Obatala promised not to drink palm wine and to protect those who he created.
Love conquers all and love is the gift of disability.