We must look at Ferguson as another battle of resistance to make People of Color relevant to the redistribution of power in the United States.

The 13th Amendment was a work in progress from when the first person was abducted from Africa and deposited as property, and not as a person, in the eyes of the United States of America. The implementation of the 13th amendment to end slavery is still in process.

We need to recognize the difference between a true end to slavery and the mutations of slavery that we currently live in.

The creation of capital through the killing of the Black body became slavery. During Reconstruction, a sense of solidarity grew between “freed” Black people and poor White people. Jim Crow made segregation laws to enforce that even the poorest White person was still not Black in the eyes of the U.S.A.

The rise of mass incarceration has been driven by the same mechanism that drove slavery — the creation of capital through racism.

Victoria M. Ruiz, "ON FERGUSON: To be relevant is to be powerful" (via fvckthemedia)

i am in awe of Victoria’s brilliance & ability to articulate nuanced perspective on very complex topics with eloquence

fvckthemedia:

enjoy <3!

made this lil mix ft. some of my recent faves. the pict i snapped this morning while wandering around west philly on 3 hours of sleep. stayed up real late editing this week’s issue. i feel lucky to get to travel around and see all my pals in other cities this week and to be getting used to it enough to also carve out time for projects like the media while traveling.  every time we post  a new issue of the media i feel so proud of everyone that i actually could cry. currently sitting alone at a weird coffee shop in absury park, nj waiting for the potty mouth/perfect pussy show to start, trying to keep it together, but i have a lot of feelings about this week’s issue and am just sort of overwhelmed and honored to know so many intelligent and passionate people who have huge hearts and care a lot about pushing back and creating space and thinking critically about everything. <3

fvckthemedia:

enjoy <3!

made this lil mix ft. some of my recent faves. the pict i snapped this morning while wandering around west philly on 3 hours of sleep. stayed up real late editing this week’s issue. i feel lucky to get to travel around and see all my pals in other cities this week and to be getting used to it enough to also carve out time for projects like the media while traveling.
 
every time we post  a new issue of the media i feel so proud of everyone that i actually could cry. currently sitting alone at a weird coffee shop in absury park, nj waiting for the potty mouth/perfect pussy show to start, trying to keep it together, but i have a lot of feelings about this week’s issue and am just sort of overwhelmed and honored to know so many intelligent and passionate people who have huge hearts and care a lot about pushing back and creating space and thinking critically about everything.

<3

accidentally watched the &#8220;VMAs&#8221; for the first time since i was like 12, this is my review. mostly just felt bored the entire time, with occasional tinges of pain and sadness, followed by anger at the fact that something as fake as the MTV VMAs was actually making me feel anything at all. there is one quote that kept playing through my head while watching&#8230; it&#8217;s a quote from jes of destruction unit&#8217;s media interview last year, about ascetic house&#8217;s tapes to prisoners program. &#8220;i don&#8217;t care about reforming the prison system. why would anyone want this stuff re-formed? i&#8217;m only concerned with showing people that they can take their own path.&#8221; i don&#8217;t agree when it comes to actual prison reform, but in terms of the psychic imprisonment caused by pop culture i kind of do. i know it&#8217;s complicated but after watching the VMAs i am feeling really sad about how much intelligent thought goes into picking apart the pop culture machine instead of showing people that there are alternatives. ugh sigh 

accidentally watched the “VMAs” for the first time since i was like 12, this is my review. mostly just felt bored the entire time, with occasional tinges of pain and sadness, followed by anger at the fact that something as fake as the MTV VMAs was actually making me feel anything at all. there is one quote that kept playing through my head while watching… it’s a quote from jes of destruction unit’s media interview last year, about ascetic house’s tapes to prisoners program. “i don’t care about reforming the prison system. why would anyone want this stuff re-formed? i’m only concerned with showing people that they can take their own path.” i don’t agree when it comes to actual prison reform, but in terms of the psychic imprisonment caused by pop culture i kind of do. i know it’s complicated but after watching the VMAs i am feeling really sad about how much intelligent thought goes into picking apart the pop culture machine instead of showing people that there are alternatives. ugh sigh 

when i see or hear inspiring work by a female, queer, or POC artist, you know whose opinion i don’t want?

a straight white dude’s

when will editors for mainstream publications think critically & intentionally about who they assign to? 

talimix:

Incredibly honored to be playing this show in a couple of weeks! This is especially surreal since as a teen I saw some of my first ever shows at cake shop. Time is a funny circle

very excited that Alice is playing w/ Alice Cohen

talimix:

Incredibly honored to be playing this show in a couple of weeks! This is especially surreal since as a teen I saw some of my first ever shows at cake shop. Time is a funny circle

very excited that Alice is playing w/ Alice Cohen

I will not be returning to Ferguson

late summer travels

8/27 - boston - the sinclair
8/28 - philadelphia - first unitarian church 
8/29 - asbury park - asbury lanes 
8/30 - dc - rock n roll hotel
9/5 - raleigh - hopscotch
9/6 - richmond - ‘fall line fest’
9/7 - knoxville - pilot light 
9/8 - asheville - mothlight
9/9 - nashville - stone fox 
9/10 - louisville - dreamland 
9/12 - cleveland - beachland tavern
9/13 - buffalo - sugar city
9/14 - albany - the low beat

pls send recs for your favorite local attractions that are within walking distance of these venues. also come see potty mouth + say hi ; )