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Wake Work – Self Care for the Black Community

By Mackala Lacy Last month, my alma mater, the University of California, Irvine, hosted the African Black Coalition Conference, a large scale event dedicated to the education and community building of Black students within California universities, state schools, and community colleges. The annual conference is held at a different UC campus each year and is … Continue reading

Cinema and Television / Creative / Culture / Stories

Smile Undun III: Nonblack Claps; Clap B(l)acks

“Let’s talk about time travelin, rhyme javelin / Something mind unravelin, get down” —André 3000, “Return of the ‘G’” “Go figure muhfucka every verse is a brick” —Kendrick Lamar, “Nosetalgia” I got some coffee from a Victrola in Seattle. Ground some beans this morning; dark and sweet, bean refuse clings to my fingertips, dark awakening … Continue reading

Cinema and Television / Creative / Culture / Poetry / Political Theory / Stories

“What to Say? What Can Be Said?”; or, “Lost Black Words: Vol. ∞”

“Bring wings to the weak Bring grace to the strong Make all evil stumble as it flies in the world All the tribes come and the mighty will crumble We must brave this night And have faith in love…” 4 voices in the room. “We need two cars, right? Two cars?” “Yeah, because your dad’s … Continue reading

Creative / Poetry

4/31 of “The Dark Album: Conduit” – “I’m Locked Inside Dying of Thirst”

John Murillo III This project is one I came up with while dealing with the not-so-well hidden vitriol of my department toward me, my project, and my thinking. It’s called “The Dark Album: Conduit” because this is a set of conversational remixes. I’m putting myself in conversation with other poets, musicians, and artists, living and … Continue reading