The song is a statement - a recognition of the chaos all around him. And if you listen, there’s a curious call to action at the end. Oh, Marvin. Thank you for knowing way before most of us that communication and a truthful telling of our stories is key to progress - or rather, what you were seeking: love and understanding.Read More
5 books by 5 black authors - that has changed the way I view the world, and the way I see and understand my position in it. If you’re looking for a few texts to teach you about yourself, and shift your perspective on the way you engage with your multiple communities, the texts below are for you!Read More
Multiple modalities is our modus operandi. And thankfully, we're in an age where we can #SayHerName and say #MeToo. "Intersectionality" is a term that no longer warrants auto-correction. Our differences are becoming understood representations of reality, ways of being boldly claimed and redefined.Read More
I’ve sat in this place, sometimes writing, sometimes pretending to write. I’ve sat here in the midst of broken dreams and promises upcycled into smart capitalist ventures and I’ve thought. I think. I’ve never screamed for pleasure - at least no pleasure of my own.Read More
Antonin Artaud launched a defense of Vincent Van Gogh’s sanity arguing that, “Van Gogh was not mad, but his paintings were wildfire, atomic bombs, whose angle of vision, compared to all the other paintings popular at the time, would have been capable of upsetting the larval community of the Second Empire bourgeoisie …”Read More
If you’ve been like this in any aspect of your life — apathetic, self-centered, dismissive, smug, and generally disbelieving — you’ve probably been like this, at least once, in every aspect of your life, with more people than just those you consider to be social or political minorities.
Oakland artists and curators Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green are presenting The Black Woman is God: Reprogramming that God Code at SOMArts (934 Brannan St., San Francisco), an interdisciplinary show featuring work by more than sixty artists that, too, reveres the Black woman — and it couldn’t be more timely.Read More