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(4 of 5)    edition xxv | vol. iii

Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop | Family Portrait | The Brown Pages
The Litany Editions | Hand written vector | Po'Chop | Jenn Freeman | Chicago | Dance | Artist Newsletter
The Litany Editions | Hand written vector | Po'Chop | Jenn Freeman | Chicago | Dance | Artist Newsletter
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The Litany Editions | Hand written vector | Po'Chop | Jenn Freeman | Chicago | Dance | Artist Newsletter
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Hand drawn Square in Red for The Brown Pages, an artist blogzine created by Chicago artist Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman
Hand drawn Square in Red for The Brown Pages, an artist blogzine created by Chicago artist Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman
Hand drawn Square in Red for The Brown Pages, an artist blogzine created by Chicago artist Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman
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Torn Graph paper on The Brown Pages, a blogzine created by Chicago based performance artist Po'Chop | Jenn Freeman
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Michael Anthony Harris and Son Jalon Michael Harris on The Brown Pages. An online magazine created by Chicago artist Jenn Freeman, Po'Chop
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our brother and nephew became ancestors

november 28, 2020

a car accident adding to the tally 

that forces us to call this new year

2020 won

what can we say dear Brown Pages reader?

when we set out to create the LITANY editions 

we had no clue they would serve 

as a vessel for voids

we began this series mourning our aunt lisa

and now this one holds 

 

our brother

michael anthony harris, 44

 

and our nephew

jalon michael harris, 26

our therapist said grief is like an ocean

a rising wall of salt water carving over head

a quiet wave lapping at the ankles

weight pulling just above the waist

grief is like an ocean she said 

from a tab among tabs

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Hand drawn Square in Red for The Brown Pages, an artist blogzine created by Chicago artist Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman

creating The Brown Pages continues 

to be a meditation on self-grace and patience

thank you for witnessing and (for some) returning

as always you are invited to grab a treat a blunt

some tea, a comfy blanket and settle in 

slow down 

dear reader 

engage, play, click 

savor

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EBONY is a melancholy voyage 

through identity, history, and revolution 

landing on the pages of the

august 1969 edition of Ebony Magazine

we find black people confronting the police

building economic institutions   

looking at what it means 

to be black in america

along with paying tribute to our brother and nephew

we are here to celebrate LITANY’s fourth chapter EBONY

just in time for black history month

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The Brown Pages | Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman | Chicago Artist | Dance | Performance Artist | Hand Drawn Arrow | Sharpie | Handwriting | Artist Newsletter | Black Burlesque
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The Brown Pages | Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman | Chicago Artist | Dance | Performance Artist | Hand Drawn Arrow | Sharpie | Handwriting | Artist Newsletter | Black Burlesque
Hand drawn Square in Red for The Brown Pages, an artist blogzine created by Chicago artist Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman
Hand drawn Square in Red for The Brown Pages, an artist blogzine created by Chicago artist Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman
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A scrap of graph paper | The Brown Pages | Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman | LITANY editions | Chicago Dance artist | Performance Artist
Can I tell you about my brother? written in sharpie on a torn lavender piece of paper on The Brown Pages
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Photo of Michael Harris & sibling Jennifer Freeman looking at each other. Sibling holding each other close in a kitchen in Poplar Bluff, MO
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Have ya'll watched LITANY| PT IV | Ebony?

pst. click your answer

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A scrap of brown paper | The Brown Pages | Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman | LITANY editions | Chicago Dance artist | Performance Artist
A scrap of graph paper | The Brown Pages | Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman | LITANY editions | Chicago Dance artist | Performance Artist
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Hand drawn Square in Red for The Brown Pages, an artist blogzine created by Chicago artist Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman
Atlanta barber Michael Anthony Harris in his barbershop Up Next
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“but you ain’t dump no more,” he said as his grin faded

 his left eye returned to center

“naw you a grown woman” 

silence settled as our eyes connected

seeing each other

 

him seeing me, “i love you sis"

me seeing him, “i love you michael”

 

“but you know i’m momma's favorite right?”

we broke out in a laughter that echoed those sunday mornings

siblings giddy with playful bickering and boundless love

Michael Anthony Harris' barber chair in Camp Creek, Georgia
Michael Anthony Harris as a child. Brother of artist Jenn Freeman, Po'Chop
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atlanta country boy

who loved his momma, cutting (hair), sweets, rick ross & tupac, strip clubs, red bottoms, don julio, women 

lobster and a fist full of money

michael anthony harris was a slow-talking 

soft-hearted

son, dad, barber, nephew, friend, husband

he was my big brother 

joy embodied

he didn’t give a damn

he had a deep slow laugh that would flare his nostrils wide

and a left eye that would veer to the side whenever he disappeared into thought

Michael Anthony Harris hand drawn by his sister for The Brown Pages | Chicago performance artist | dance | Po'Chop | Jenn Freeman
Michael Anthony Harris | Altanta Barber | Poplar Bluff born | Big brother of Chicago artist Jenn Freeman, Po'Chop for The Brown Pages

last time i saw him he reminded me of our childhood sunday mornings

ma would leave out dressed for sunday school in sheer white pantyhose.

smelling soft, she’d kiss our cheeks

instructing us to be good, not to fight and for michael to make us breakfast

she’d be back to get me dressed and together we would attend service

Hand drawn Square in Red for The Brown Pages, an artist blogzine created by Chicago artist Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman
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Michael Anthony Harris and sister Jenn Freeman, Po'Chop.

after eating bowls of cereal, we’d stand in front of my closet and he’d ask 

“what you wanna wear to church dump?”

dump was the nickname he’d given me as a pale newborn that to him resembled a dumpling

fingers in mouth i’d point and he’d lay a frilly dress across my bed along with socks and black patent leather shoes

vaseline between palms

he’d smooth my hair into two lopsided pigtails

and help me into my dress of choice

i’d sit on the edge of the couch in our living room

buckling my shoes and rubbing lotion on my legs and arms

while he hummed into the bathroom mirror

buttoning a starched shirt and brushing his hair

ready, i'd slide my hand into his

we'd walk down the hill on harper st

hand in hand

laughing and singing

i remember ma’s surprise 

seeing us at the bottom of the hill

just as sunday school ended

Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop | Sibling Portrait | Chicago Performance Artist |
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click the don julio button to navigate this edition via the table of contents.

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A scrap of brown paper | The Brown Pages | Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman | LITANY editions | Chicago Dance artist | Performance Artist
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A scrap of brown paper | The Brown Pages | Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman | LITANY editions | Chicago Dance artist | Performance Artist
Section label handwritten in red, Inside Ebony for The Brown Pages, Artist Newsletter, blogzine, Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop
The Brown Pages | Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman | Chicago Artist | Dance | Performance Artist | Hand Drawn Rectangle | Sharpie | Handwriting | Artist Newsletter | Black Burlesque
Inside Ebony Handwritten in sharpie by Chicago dance artist Jenn Freeman, Po'Chop on newsletter The Brown Pages
Inside Ebony Handwritten in sharpie by Chicago dance artist Jenn Freeman, Po'Chop on newsletter The Brown Pages
Rebuild Foundation's The Listening House on The Brown Pages | Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop | Chicago dance maker | artist
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The Brown Pages | Po’Chop | Jenn Freeman | Chicago Artist | Dance | Performance Artist | Hand Drawn Rectangle | Sharpie | Handwriting | Artist Newsletter | Black Burlesque
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My aunt Jeannie used to do women’s hair outta her kitchen. As a child i spent saturday afternoons at the foot of a swiveling yellow leather chair while “church women” told stories of traveling cousins and sinnin’ deacons. My aunt kept a wicker basket stacked full of the latest magazines for folks to thumb through as they got their hair did. Amongst the stacks were editions of Ebony and Jet Magazines. Amidst the scent of sizzling hair swirling, I spent hours flipping through the glossy pages in awe. Marveling at the colorful ads, the depictions of city life, the elegance of the fashion editorials and the hairstyles. 

 

As the 2020 Rebuild CDF Dancer in Residence, I planned to explore notions of the erotic, femininity and spirituality. Inspired by my own personal history and aesthetics as well as the legacy of cartoonist Jackie Ormes, I was excited to delve into black beauty standards, pin up culture, and the continued evolution of femininity preserved in the Johnson Publishing Company archives at the Listening House. 

Originally a local candy store, the Listening House underwent a renovation to accommodate the Dr. Wax records, portions of the Johnson Publishing Library, and remaining stock from the now-closed Prairie Avenue Books. 

 

While the Covid-19 pandemic was surging and our country was exploding with uprisings against racial injustice and police violence, we spent sunny afternoons at the Listening House. Uneasy about creating work and feeling guilty for not going to protests, we combed through leather bound editions of Jet, Tan, Black World, and Ebony Magazine, pausing to improvise and reflect.

 

Outta those explorations came LITANY | Pt. IV | EBONY. Below you’ll find some scanned pages from Ebony. Hover over the images to reveal a magnifying glass and click to zoom. For mobile viewers pinch for a closer look.

 

We are also sharing a video of one of those afternoons where we moved to Kimberly Jones’ now viral speech.

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How Black is Black? an article from August 1969 publication of Ebony
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June 9, 2020 written by Chicago artist Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop
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A black and white still from LITANY | Pt. III | Collage. Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop | Chicago dancemaker | artist | 5 part film LITANY | VAM Studio
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dotted paper torn on The Brown Pages | Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop | Chicago dance maker | artist | visual artist | collage

with past editions in the LITANY series.

2 of 5 written in red Sharpie for The Brown Pages | Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop | Chicago dancemaker | artist
3 of 5 hand written in Sharpie for The Brown Pages | Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop | Chicago artist
1 of 5 written in red sharpie for The Brown Pages | Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop | LITANY | Litany Editions | interactive
Catch up written in bubble letters using a fine point sharpie on The Brown Pages | Chicago artist | Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop
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thank ya'll so much for reading and sharing The Brown Pages. 

we hope these pages can serve as a virtual refuge. a space to slow down and reflect. 

we'll be back shortly to dive into LITANY'S final chapter. below you'll find a curated list of Black history picks for those who ain't quite ready to close this tab.

until we meet again, be gentle with yourself beloved. you are doing your best.

Still for LITANY | Pt. V | Dynamite, a rocking chair on its side with burlap pants laid over the top
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We were one of twenty recipients of the Foundation for Contemporary Art 2021 Grants to Artist award &

Voted #10 Most Influential Burlesque Industry Figure of 2020

Both of these awards are by anonymous vote or nomination. It is a true honor to be seen and recognized in this way. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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'Later' written in curvise encased in block letters. Handwritten using red sharpie by Chicago creator Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop for The Brown Pages
'Later' written in curvise encased in block letters. Handwritten using red sharpie by Chicago creator Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop for The Brown Pages
'Later' written in curvise encased in block letters. Handwritten using red sharpie by Chicago creator Jenn Freeman | Po'Chop for The Brown Pages