Wednesday, August 27, 2014

This Is Not a Think Piece: Turning Outrage into Action from Ferguson to the Twin Cities

12/6/14 UPDATE: This was originally posted on 8/27/14, but I want to continue to be able to use it as a resource to share with anyone who wants to get involved with activism around police brutality here in the Twin Cities. Scroll down for a list of links, resources, and organizations (like Black Lives Matter Minneapolis) and feel free to add more!

After officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO on August 9, my twitter feed exploded with links, articles, calls to action, commentary and analysis. Right here in the Twin Cities, organizations that had been working on issues of police brutality sprang into action alongside new organizations and concerned individuals; events were planned and executed, and activists of all experience levels got to work answering the question “what now?”

While rallies, marches, social media campaigns and protests can be powerful, their power can only be fully realized when tied to long term organizing campaigns. How can we focus the heightened awareness around police brutality into concrete policy change (like, for example, police body cameras)? How can we plug people who have been radicalized (or at least further politicized) by #Ferguson in to the work that is being done? How can we turn this moment into a movement?

What follows is a collection of interviews, links and resources for anyone in our community who believes that change is needed. Racially-motivated police brutality is a national issue, but from Fong Lee to Terrance Franklin to Al Flowers and beyond, it is also very much a local one. The good news is that we can do something about it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sifu Hotman (Guante x deM atlaS x Rube): First Ave Funeral



We're honored to be part of Adam J. Dunn's #LAAB (Lights and a Backdrop) video series. This is the series' 8th (!) season. I also had a song way back in season 2, and I might have a surprise coming later.

This batch also features new music from Toki Wright & Big Cats, Chantz Erolin, Longshot and more. Check out all eight seasons HERE, and get a great look at what makes the Twin Cities music scene so special.

I love this song. Hope you enjoy it. Get the whole album here.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Spoken-Word Tips Part 3: On Performance and "Poet Voice"



As always, these videos are not meant to be "guides" or teach anyone anything. I'm just sharing tools that have benefited me and the stuff that I think about and try to be intentional about. I'm no expert, but hopefully something in here can be useful for you.

This installment focuses on performance, especially if you're someone who doesn't have a lot of experience. It's an enormous subject, so I've really tried to zero in on some basic, foundational stuff.

This is part three in an ongoing series. Catch the the first two installments here. More to come!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

New Music from Friends, Must-Read Articles, Worthy Campaigns: a Few Early August LINKS

I've been in full-on self-promotion mode lately with the new release, but I also think it's important to highlight other people's work. There's always so much cool stuff to share. And since not everyone uses Twitter, I figured I'd collect a few worthy links from the past week here:

NEW MUSIC:
Big Cats made a half-hour mix of ambient and experimental music. I've worked with Big Cats a bunch over the years, and aside from being one of the most purely talented producers around, he also has vision and ambition. This mix is a great example of that.