Wayne Hodge’s “Negerkuss” is really really brilliant. It gives chills and it reminds me of my first ever trip to Germany and my unforgettable first stop in Köln right in the middle of the carnival! Needless to say, I was horrified… Moreso because everyone kept trying to tell me everything was okay and everything was normal.
de•by Mélissa Laveaux
Dear friends and friends who have friends, family and any kind of acquaintances in New York,
My time here has been awesome. I’ve run into and met some amazing people and had so much fun. This city is magic and alive. My bassist Elise and I are excited and a little sad to be playing our last show in town TOMORROW (Monday) night at the Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 at 9.30PM. Please spread the news far and wide - let’s try to fill up this room!!!
Mélissa Laveaux’s music video for her song “Triggers” seamlessly blends soundscape, imagery rich with symbolism, and the breathless intensity of her vocals and songwriting to present us a mysteriously intoxicating experience that defies genre.
There’s a quiet cool and sexiness that underpins the carefree intelligence present throughout the song - Laveaux is clearly unafraid to stand against the mainstream norm of feminine, vapid emptiness. Laveaux isn’t a fierce woman because she says she is. She doesn’t have to. You just know.
If you’re in NYC, Laveaux will be performing at Rockwood Music Hall on December 9th, at 9:30pm. Buy Tickets HERE
Also be sure to check out her new EP, Memory Is A Strange Bell, available on her bandcamp page HERE.
Pier Kids: The Life is a documentary film about the Black street culture which thrives on Christopher Street and its piers
At the age of sixteen, I was pushed out of my mother’s home because of my sexual orientation and was subsequently forced to live on the streets of New York. I was lucky though. On my first night, I happened upon a group of black gay men and I followed them to the piers at the edge of the West Village. Little did I know that I had found my spiritual home.
Today, white upper-class families make the West Village their home; but as day turns to night, Christopher Street and its adjacent piers also become home to a transient yet vibrant street community known as the Pier Kids. Forming a significant yet invisible network, the Pier Kids are a queer and transgender community of predominately Black and Latino descent representing nearly four thousand of New York City’s sixteen thousand registered homeless youth. Left to wander and with few economic opportunities, the lives of these social refugees are beset with limited and harrowing options as money and food are everyday struggles. Through it all – or, perhaps, because of it all – hope still exists in the shadows of their neglect and abandonment.
Pier Kids: The Life follows the stories of three young people:
DeSean has been homeless for the past four years but considers the piers his “playground, office, [and] living room”;
Krystal arrived in the West Village after she spent years searching for a place she could finally be herself—a beautiful black transgender woman;
and Casper made Christopher Street his home away from home and in doing so found a safe haven away from the homophobic glare of his black community’s scornful gaze.
Together, these three people weave a surprisingly complex story of love, family, exploitation, and hope. But it’s more than the story of three. It’s the story of thousands.
The creators of Pier Kids canceled their original fundraiser after they only raised around $1000 of their $30,000 goal. I know why most of you aren’t paying attention to this: it’s a movie about queer and trans people of color, most of whom are homeless, but this only got 100 notes in almost a year.
Seriously. What the fuck? Does it really take a bunch of mainstream people and sites to pick this up before you pay attention? Why can’t something like this, made by us about us, get more attention from us??
updated kickstarter link:
theyre just over halfway there!
5 days to get 6000 more guys!!
My fingers are still shaking. I am a breath away from a panic attack. I went to see Aja Monet read poetry about her trippy trip to Cuba - and what all the dots it connected about her grandmother, her family and herself. I didn’t take her picture. I couldn’t. Not that I couldn’t move. I just kept fidgeting and scratching myself the whole time because she was saying things so relatable it felt as though she had crept her way into my spine and shone a light on all of my parts, especially the ones I don’t want to see or understand. All this on a day where everyone ditched me and it rained incessantly and I chose to walk around and be with myself rather than my screens :)
Hexagon design elements are one of my favorite geometric visual themes, not only for evoking apiculture, but also, by extension, hive-construct futurism themes in science fiction. They have more angular interest than a square or a rectangle, but with interlocking stability and tessellating properties. And the dipper wand built into the cap is a stroke of genius.
Go check out our bandcamp page, have a listen to the tracks and… BUY THEM! NOW! :)
#MemoryIsAStrangeBell is featured as one of @bandcamp’s “new and notable records” and I quote “Haitian-Canadian singer offers distinctive blend of fresh-shuffling afrobeat, folksy pop and edgy electronics” woohoot!
Get it HERE!!!