olisaurusrex:

"Alternative R&B must die" FKA Twigs speaks out on racism in the music industry through genre-specifying:

"When I first released music and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like: ‘I’ve never heard anything like this before, it’s not in a genre,’” she continued. “And then my picture came out six months later, now she’s an R&B singer. I share certain sonic threads with classical music; my song “Preface” is like a hymn. So let’s talk about that. If I was white and blonde and said I went to church all the time, you’d be talking about the ‘choral aspect’. But you’re not talking about that because I’m a mixed-race girl from south London." [x]

olisaurusrex:

"Alternative R&B must die" FKA Twigs speaks out on racism in the music industry through genre-specifying:

"When I first released music and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like: ‘I’ve never heard anything like this before, it’s not in a genre,’” she continued. “And then my picture came out six months later, now she’s an R&B singer. I share certain sonic threads with classical music; my song “Preface” is like a hymn. So let’s talk about that. If I was white and blonde and said I went to church all the time, you’d be talking about the ‘choral aspect’. But you’re not talking about that because I’m a mixed-race girl from south London." [x]

teachmoments:

At this point I should say for the sake of clarity: The state of Ohio IS offering school districts the opportunity to administer the PARCC test as a traditional “paper and pencil” exam this year. 
My district has opted to try to use our somewhat limited technology resources to administer the test. 
Were it up to me, I would not have made that choice.

teachmoments:

At this point I should say for the sake of clarity: The state of Ohio IS offering school districts the opportunity to administer the PARCC test as a traditional “paper and pencil” exam this year.

My district has opted to try to use our somewhat limited technology resources to administer the test.

Were it up to me, I would not have made that choice.

breenewsome:

#Ferguson: Reports that 18 year-old Vonderrit Myer shot & killed by off duty #STL cop. Cops say Myer was armed but witnesses say he was only holding a sandwich when he was tased, fell over & then was shot #16times. Needless to say, tensions are high. Photo via @search4swag on twitter

breenewsome:

#Ferguson: Reports that 18 year-old Vonderrit Myer shot & killed by off duty #STL cop. Cops say Myer was armed but witnesses say he was only holding a sandwich when he was tased, fell over & then was shot #16times. Needless to say, tensions are high. Photo via @search4swag on twitter

#livid #ferguson #police brutality
If you’re a student in one of the black schools here and you get into a fight you’ll probably get arrested and charged with assault. We have kids here who are barred from voting before they’re even old enough to register.
-

A black (male) protestor/resident of Ferguson, as quoted in Newsweek. 

Here is where the “talking-head”/op-ed bent of our media and culture has failed us. While they all want to bemoan the “12% voter turnout at the last election,” no one has the sense to ask about the structural forces that contribute to that low figure. Instead they (and I’m including Al Sharpton in this category) yell at black voters to do their part, or, when they’re being nice about it, try to get protestors to register to vote. But listen to those protestors who cannot vote. They’re telling us they never stood a chance.

(via madrassoup)

topshelfrecords:

This year we’ll be teaming up with Washed Up Emo again in hosting our annual CMJ showcase at Brooklyn’s wonderful Cameo Gallery. The free event will feature Connecticut’s The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Michigan’s Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), Brooklyn natives Field Mouse, Baltimore’s Wildhoney and Connecticut’s Sorority Noise.
With the venue being on the smaller side, we expect it to be at capacity all night. To ensure entry without issue — even if we’re at capacity — we’ve made 50 VIP tickets available (you can order one or learn more about them here). Here’s the line-up and info for the show:
Washed Up Emo Presents: Topshelf Records 2014 CMJ Showcase @ Cameo Gallery // 93 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 October 24, 2014, 6:30pm // 21+ // free, VIP tickets limited to 50 Washed Up Emo DJ set: 11:30pm - 4:00am downstairs immediately following the show
The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)
Field Mouse
Wildhoney
Sorority Noise
Here’s the Facebook event page if that’s your thing.
Thanks!!

topshelfrecords:

This year we’ll be teaming up with Washed Up Emo again in hosting our annual CMJ showcase at Brooklyn’s wonderful Cameo Gallery. The free event will feature Connecticut’s The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Michigan’s Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), Brooklyn natives Field Mouse, Baltimore’s Wildhoney and Connecticut’s Sorority Noise.

With the venue being on the smaller side, we expect it to be at capacity all night. To ensure entry without issue — even if we’re at capacity — we’ve made 50 VIP tickets available (you can order one or learn more about them here). Here’s the line-up and info for the show:

Washed Up Emo Presents: Topshelf Records 2014 CMJ Showcase
@ Cameo Gallery // 93 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
October 24, 2014, 6:30pm // 21+ // free, VIP tickets limited to 50
Washed Up Emo DJ set: 11:30pm - 4:00am downstairs immediately following the show

Here’s the Facebook event page if that’s your thing.

Thanks!!

#holy shit this lineup

trans-witch:

i never let my guard down, so why did i let it slide for you?

#!!! #music
The liberal discourse on gentrification has absolutely nothing to say about finance or prison, the two most salient institutions in urban life. Instead, it does what liberal discourse so often does: it buries the structural forces at work and choreographs a dance about individual choice to perform on the grave. We get tiny dramas over church parking lots and bike lanes and whether 7-11 will be able to serve chicken wings. Gentrification becomes a culture war, a battle over consumer choices: gourmet cupcake shop or fried chicken joint? Can we all live side by side, eating gourmet pickles with our fried fish sandwiches? Will blacks and whites hang out in the same bars? wonders Racialicious.

The problems of gentrification always boil down to those of mutual tolerance (and so, poor black people often become “racists” intolerant of yuppies); the solutions, therefore, reside in personal conduct and ethical choices. In “How To Be A Good Gentrifier,” Elahe Izadi offers such helpful pointers as saying hello to your neighbors and not crossing the street to avoid them. After all, if you’re going to participate in the expulsion of poor people from their communities, you might as well be civil.
- Liberalism and Gentrification by Gavin Mueller // Jacobin Magazine (via mizoguchi)
An open letter to President Bollinger and the board of trustees

simonjaaa:

Emma’s parents wrote this. It’s seriously good. 

#sexual assault/
i’m bored and my bus doesn’t leave for another hour, so here have a picture

i’m bored and my bus doesn’t leave for another hour, so here have a picture

#me #brooklyn-bound
Homer

literarystarbucks:

Homer goes up to the counter and asks if they have any wine dark teas. The barista goes in back to check. He doesn’t return for 20 years.

70sscifiart:

Cover art for Octavia Butler’s Le Motif.

70sscifiart:

Cover art for Octavia Butler’s Le Motif.

jonathan-e:

Charlie Mingus

jonathan-e:

Charlie Mingus

#oh lord don't let 'em shoot us #oh lord don't let 'em stab us #oh lord don't let 'em tar and feather us
I want something else. I’m not even sure what to call it anymore except I know it feels roomy and it’s drenched in sunlight and it’s weightless and I know it’s not cheap. Probably not even real.
- Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves  (via autobibliography)
revolutionary-afrolatino:

Student Suspended for Speaking Native American Language

When Miranda was teaching a classmate to say “posoh” and “ketapanen” on January 19, her teacher scolded her. Native News Network reported her saying “You are not to speak like that! How do I know you’re not saying something bad? How would you like it if I spoke in Polish and you didn’t understand?”
The words Miranda was chastised for translate to “hello” and “I love you” in Menominee.

revolutionary-afrolatino:

Student Suspended for Speaking Native American Language

When Miranda was teaching a classmate to say “posoh” and “ketapanen” on January 19, her teacher scolded her. Native News Network reported her saying “You are not to speak like that! How do I know you’re not saying something bad? How would you like it if I spoke in Polish and you didn’t understand?”

The words Miranda was chastised for translate to “hello” and “I love you” in Menominee.

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