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

Political Theory

The Void Speaks Back: Black Suffering as the Unthought of the American Studies Association’s Academic Boycott of Israel

By Nicholas Brady The black is off the map, and it is from this void that I encounter the discourse around the recent passing of a resolution by the American Studies Association in support of the international boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In spite of good intentions it … Continue reading

Cinema and Television / Creative / Culture / Poetry / Stories

Smile Undun^2: Fruitvale Station Premier

By John Murillo III Everything is out of order, nothing is constitutive to the order of chaos; the mind, the electric order of chaos, and the manifestations of the imagination—for example, memory—participate in illusory ordering for the sake of the grander illusion of wholeness, pureness, sanity, selfhood. Accuracy might not ever be a farce, if … Continue reading

Culture

Looking for Azealia’s Harlem Shake, Or How We Mistake the Politics of Obliteration for Appropriation

Nicholas Brady “Undisciplined and vulnerable, firmly rooted in our time, might we nevertheless feel, even without recognition, the rhythms of the poetry from a future in which M — might be? Might we allow those rhythms to move us to repel the quotidian violence through which we currently are defined without demanding of the future … Continue reading