Harlem Is Hijaz Is Havana Is Harar, Or: The Whole Point of the Black Arts Movement Is That They Were Moving
“We will scream and cry, murder, run through the streets in agony, if it means some soul will be moved, moved to actual life understanding of what the world is, and what it ought to be.”
— Amiri Baraka
I discuss the participation of young Somali women in K-pop culture, and how it reveals the interconnectedness of digital subcultures from the mid-2000s to now, on the basis of iconic K-pop videos. This essay was part of For the Record: K-pop Fandoms and Digital Diasporas, held on 9 May, 2019 in Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Perhaps we need to face the terrifying and overwhelming possibility that there are no models, that we shall have to create from scratch.
— Toni Cade Bambara, On The Issue of Roles (1969)
First column as Columnist-in-Residence for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Open Space. On Pasolini, Kanye, Azealia Banks and our own degrees of separation from artists vs their art.
“Those days madrassa meant a room above the café. No chairs. Laughter and conspiracy. Sizzled fat to perfume the conversation of men too long in the tooth for niceties. They had no indoor voices. We would impersonate the shoulder pop of the Indian Ocean.”
“What does it mean to pursue futures that leave the rest of us behind?''
On Black Panther's dazzling and equally frustrating power.