Creative / Literature / Political Theory / Sound

A Mote and A Minute: Deranged Facets of We and the Making

Facet 1 Untimeliness “The problem to be considered here is one of time” —Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Mask Another one left smoldering and empty, and only time will tell. Michael’s body lays splayed on hot asphalt in the sun uncovered for approximately 4.5 hours. Sun overseeing the passage of time and the truth of … 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

"Coalitions" / Political Theory

The Coalition Moment and a Black History

So my name is Ben (@likehercoffee). I represent a collective (@newblackschool) here in NY that works on bringing black radical politics into a range of professional fields. Much of what I say now will be a short recap of one particular line of reasoning I outlined in @newblackschool twitter/tumblr posts. I had not given #NotYourAsianSideKick … Continue reading

"Coalitions" / Political Theory

Black Imperative: A Forum on Solidarity in the Age of Coalition

by Nicholas Brady and John Murillo III “Surrender to blackness.” A grammatical imperative. Grammatical because syntactically it marks a command to or demand of a generalized addressee: “(Everyone) surrender to blackness.” Grammatical because the black flesh scarred and tattooed by these illegible hieroglyphics enunciates at the level of symbolic and ontological world orders: “Surrender to … Continue reading

Creative / Culture / Poetry / Political Theory / Sound / Stories

Hotel Oblivion: A Love Letter to Love, Blackness, and Androids

This piece is one I wrote as part of a trilogy. I wanted to write about Janelle Monáe’s music with enough time and space to capture everything I saw, everything I thought, and everything I thought she was/is doing. This is the first, about Metropolis Suite, and it’ll just work with this album. Each piece … Continue reading

Culture / Political Theory

Three Notes on Solidarity; or, In Want of a Requiem

John Murillo III Lacrimosa First: I want to link here, to a post on my tumblr about my (@writedarkmatter) involvement with the blackening of the #BlackPowerYellowPeril hashtag that appeared and trended on twitter a few days ago. It’s an exchange between myself and @newblackschool about the experience of and take-away from the vitriolic antiblackness expressed … Continue reading