There are songs in the oeuvre of Nina Simone with the power to paralyze. It’s prudent to use some caution, plan ahead, before you listen. Just press play like this was some airy ‘entertainment’ and they can render you useless for the day. The rapturous redemption of My Sweet Lord could evoke the Ecstasy of Saint Theresa in the most diehard of agnostics. There’s that part on the studio version of What More Can I Say? when in the throes of a devastating falsetto she messes up a line, but thank heavens kept the take. And then the battle cry at the denouement of Four Women, a brutal invocation in song of four hundred years through the lives of four Black women — “My name is… Peaches.” The very incongruity of it, the unlikeliness that those four words could possess such power, only amplify its thunder. The song ends. And just try to go about your day after that one. “My name is Peaches,” like a lightning bolt through your spine, and you’re left to pick up the pieces. How to tend to the minutiae of a day after that one? But when the lights go out tonight, especially tonight, we’ll listen. Happy 80th birthday, High Priestess.

There are songs in the oeuvre of Nina Simone with the power to paralyze. It’s prudent to use some caution, plan ahead, before you listen. Just press play like this was some airy ‘entertainment’ and they can render you useless for the day. The rapturous redemption of My Sweet Lord could evoke the Ecstasy of Saint Theresa in the most diehard of agnostics. There’s that part on the studio version of What More Can I Say? when in the throes of a devastating falsetto she messes up a line, but thank heavens kept the take. And then the battle cry at the denouement of Four Women, a brutal invocation in song of four hundred years through the lives of four Black women — “My name is… Peaches.” The very incongruity of it, the unlikeliness that those four words could possess such power, only amplify its thunder. The song ends. And just try to go about your day after that one. “My name is Peaches,” like a lightning bolt through your spine, and you’re left to pick up the pieces. How to tend to the minutiae of a day after that one? But when the lights go out tonight, especially tonight, we’ll listen. Happy 80th birthday, High Priestess.


Bayard Rustin — debating here with Malcom X — was one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s closest confidantes. A passionate and earnest speaker and a very sharp mind, he was also queer as a three dollar bill, and became a somewhat bifurcated icon of two occasionally divergent movements that ultimately sought — and seek — a common goal: a humanity so free that our eyes nearly ache with the brightness of the horizon. He was one of the fiercest and most adored champions of that vision — and we honor him in celebration of Black History Month. Find a way to watch Brother Outsider — you will be glad you did.

Stay tuned for more about some of our African American icons this month. In the meantime, let’s go be free, and remember our political ancestors.


Dancing on some of these racist graves. Like dancing so hard, our shoes are smokin.


"Justice is what love looks like in public." - Dr. Cornel West

"Justice is what love looks like in public." - Dr. Cornel West


If the President of Street Photography can hang, ya’ll need to #StayinLine!


Photo by Humans of New York

If the President of Street Photography can hang, ya’ll need to #StayinLine!

Photo by Humans of New York





Stills from tonight’s screening of Helke Sander's The All-Around Reduced Personality (1978) at YU in Portland as part of their two month Marianne Wex exhibition.
Born in 1937, Sander founded the Coalition for the Liberation of Women in 1968 and co-founded the women’s group Bread and Roses in 1972. The speech she delivered at a 1968 conference of Socialist German Students, which argued that the students’ movement reflected the sexism of its time, is widely credited as the spark that began the New German Women’s Movement. In 1974, Sander founded Frauen und Film, the first European feminist film journal. This, her first feature-length film, received the Prix de l’Âge d’Or at the Brussels Film Festival in 1978. Helke Sander is still active making films, writing, and teaching.
The screening is this evening at 7, and the exhibition is on show until December 15. Get ye!

Stills from tonight’s screening of Helke Sander's The All-Around Reduced Personality (1978) at YU in Portland as part of their two month Marianne Wex exhibition.

Born in 1937, Sander founded the Coalition for the Liberation of Women in 1968 and co-founded the women’s group Bread and Roses in 1972. The speech she delivered at a 1968 conference of Socialist German Students, which argued that the students’ movement reflected the sexism of its time, is widely credited as the spark that began the New German Women’s Movement. In 1974, Sander founded Frauen und Film, the first European feminist film journal. This, her first feature-length film, received the Prix de l’Âge d’Or at the Brussels Film Festival in 1978. Helke Sander is still active making films, writing, and teaching.

The screening is this evening at 7, and the exhibition is on show until December 15. Get ye!


The Colorado River has been the misused lover of many a mining corporation and troubled politician — but beauty always has a way of gracing even the most violent and unfortunate human offenses. It’s uncomfortable and comforting and discomfiting and sort of otherworldly when it does. Here, an aerial view, from Boulder photographer Jesse Varner, of evaporation ponds at the Potash Plant near Moab, Utah. Salts are mined and pumped up from deep below the surface, and the solution is concentrated in these evaporation ponds for extraction as a chemical fertilizer.

The Colorado River has been the misused lover of many a mining corporation and troubled politician — but beauty always has a way of gracing even the most violent and unfortunate human offenses. It’s uncomfortable and comforting and discomfiting and sort of otherworldly when it does. Here, an aerial view, from Boulder photographer Jesse Varnerof evaporation ponds at the Potash Plant near Moab, Utah. Salts are mined and pumped up from deep below the surface, and the solution is concentrated in these evaporation ponds for extraction as a chemical fertilizer.


Mr. Means cut off his braids a few months before receiving his cancer diagnosis. It was, he said in an interview last October, a gesture of mourning for his people. In Lakota lore, he explained, the hair holds memories, and mourners often cut it to release those memories, and the people in them, to the spirit world.

Mr. Means cut off his braids a few months before receiving his cancer diagnosis. It was, he said in an interview last October, a gesture of mourning for his people. In Lakota lore, he explained, the hair holds memories, and mourners often cut it to release those memories, and the people in them, to the spirit world.


On the occasion of what would have been John Lennon’s 72nd birthday, Yoko Ono awards Pussy Riot with the LennonOno Grant for Peace today in Iceland. The official ceremony takes place in Reykjavik on this date, but we met up with Ms. Ono at Ace Hotel New York on September 21 in Liberty Hall where she personally handed the award to jailed Pussy Riot member Nadia Tolokonnikova’s husband Pyotr Verzilov and daughter Gera with Amnesty International Director Suzanne Nossel. It was a gorgeous, landmark moment we were honored to host. As John said, “Love and peace are eternal” — may we all remember this when we face repression.

On the occasion of what would have been John Lennon’s 72nd birthday, Yoko Ono awards Pussy Riot with the LennonOno Grant for Peace today in Iceland. The official ceremony takes place in Reykjavik on this date, but we met up with Ms. Ono at Ace Hotel New York on September 21 in Liberty Hall where she personally handed the award to jailed Pussy Riot member Nadia Tolokonnikova’s husband Pyotr Verzilov and daughter Gera with Amnesty International Director Suzanne Nossel. It was a gorgeous, landmark moment we were honored to host. As John said, “Love and peace are eternal” — may we all remember this when we face repression.


Sonic Trace is the brainchild of radio producer Anayansi Diaz-Cortes — working with the LocaLore Initiative, she and her team are gathering stories from Latin American communities in and around Los Angeles in public (noisy) places about their experiences coming to, going from, staying in and returning to the US. They sent a call out to designers to pitch a portable sound booth and the winners, La Burbuja, have been working with Mat-ter to build this shiny, hypnotic orb pictured above — an illustration Mat-ter made of the booth at Plaza Mexico in LA. They have 48 hours to finish raising money for the project on Kickstarter so give them some strong love. We’re captivated, and very excited to see what’s on the horizon for this team.

Sonic Trace is the brainchild of radio producer Anayansi Diaz-Cortes — working with the LocaLore Initiative, she and her team are gathering stories from Latin American communities in and around Los Angeles in public (noisy) places about their experiences coming to, going from, staying in and returning to the US. They sent a call out to designers to pitch a portable sound booth and the winners, La Burbuja, have been working with Mat-ter to build this shiny, hypnotic orb pictured above — an illustration Mat-ter made of the booth at Plaza Mexico in LA. They have 48 hours to finish raising money for the project on Kickstarter so give them some strong love. We’re captivated, and very excited to see what’s on the horizon for this team.


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