Celebrating little-known stories of Black pride and resilience in London’s West Indian community.
I am in the shower washing off the day’s yard work. Mid-scrub I realize I missed a Black Lives Matter Cleveland rally in support of defunding the police. Relief pours over me.
“Project”(a poster included in issue #153) features a double-sided image, a hand-lettered slogan on one side and an archival film montage of activist and politician Stacey Abrams on the other.
The filmmaker on her 1995 film BloodSisters documenting San Francisco’s leather-dyke scene.
In February 1970, the Black Panther Party (BPP) sought political support from the French dissident writer Jean Genet, after his play The Blacks, which had recently traveled to New York, suggested he might be an ally.
Of all my clients, I liked Wen Changbao because he never touched me. I just listened to him. For a while I thought of myself as his dog, simply because he was my first friend.
The Puerto Rican punk-DIY performance collective on challenging institutional norms for making theater.
“You could dance to it, mourn with it, revel in it, or march alongside it.”
Two artists drawing from punk, graffiti, and traditional Native American aesthetics, talk about protest art and the notion of the “Post-Smithsonian delinquent.”
In the aftermath of Eric Garner’s murder, a Black protester shouts at a group of cops, “Black officers, Puerto Rican officers, nobody likes you! Nobody. You are hated. You’re hated in New York and throughout the United States. This isn’t ignorance. This is anger, officer!” This scene from Stephen Maing’s character-driven documentary Crime + Punishment is another testimony to the rampant racial inequity in the United States.
The artist talks about the genesis, composition, and execution of a recently completed work.
The French writer Édouard Louis recorded his days in New York, around the time of the American release of his novel The End of Eddy. The following entries originally appeared in French in the June 6, 2017, edition of Les Inrockuptibles.
“I originally published this in 2007 thinking, Oh this is a fine book, but I will be joined by a whole lot of amputee writers, and they are going to be here any minute. I’m still waiting.”
A performance artist who grew up in the circus uses clowning, street dance, and butoh in playful and provocative combinations.
“I won’t open my palm for those wanting to dominate.”
On the day of POTUS 45’s inauguration, alt-right front man Richard Spencer was punched in the face during an interview for Australian television.
Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro testifies that James Baldwin’s embattled America is still our own.
Brooklyn-based artist Ati Maier is currently in North Dakota, where she has joined the Standing Rock Sioux in their demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline.