SHARED SPACES, 2019 revision. We know them well. I’m taken to the green and gritty parks we’ve laid upon, venues where music and meaning rings through the ears straight to the core to reverberate, forums for cultivated interests – the more obscure, the better.. they would be nothing if not for collective being. Shared spaces […]
Hip-hop used to be characterized by raw, vocal activism aimed at generating public conversation. Now, with the advent of social media, has the genre become characterized by individuals simply looking for fame?
The #missingDCgirls have woken us up again. Black cis and trans girls & women reported missing across the country number close to 75,000. 37 of the cases in DC – all Black and Latinx – reported since January remain unsolved. In the past few weeks, spikes in disappearances of young women of color – and […]
According to the Associated Press, over 500,000 people marched on Washington, DC on January 21, 2017, and the New York Times reports that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office counted 400,000 people marching in the Big Apple. Marches took place, not only in cities throughout the United States, but around the world, bringing […]
We started off discussing Monsanto on slightly damp benches. Dani’s disdain for the company’s careless disruption of the natural flow of things quickly shifted into the group’s deep appreciation for the deliciousness of ugly fruit, specifically blood oranges from earlier in the summertime. “GMO OMG.”, she recommended, “It’s on Netflix.”. I ran into the Raleigh-based […]
On this hot, sunny Saturday in September, the people of the Queen City and beyond marched together in protest to denounce and heal from the killings of Keith Lamont Scott and Justin Carr, to resist the presence of the National Guard throughout the city, and to exercise freedom of speech and assembly in statements against systematic violence and institutionalized racism. Charlotte, like Ferguson […]
As we marched down to K Street and blockaded the traffic, car horns filled the air as members of our group spread out and started to paint the mural, which bore the words “reconstruct, reinvest and resist.” It was an overcast day as we seated ourselves in the middle of a park near one of […]