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Bree Newsome Returns to the South Carolina State House

Activist and performance artist Bree Newsome returns to the South Carolina State House this afternoon to deliver the remarks for the opening ceremony for Every Black Girl Inc.’s 2018 National Conference. On June 27, 2015, nine days after Dylan Roof murdered nine people at Charleston’s Mother Emanuel Chruch, Newsome geared up and climbed a 30-ft … [Read more…]

SXSW Sounds for a Feminist Future

screengrab from "Attitude" by Leikeli47

Last week, I pressed my face against the glass and watched from afar as everyone else went to Austin to hear some of the best music the world has to offer at South by Southwest. Even with the bloat and menace of corporate influence, SXSW still beckons music lovers, even those who just can’t get … [Read more…]

An Unsweetened Weekend Mix #6

Jolie Holland, 2015

  I’m here to tell you what’s new and new-ish in southern music. This is my inconsistent but persistent attempt to spread the good word about the women, trans, non-binary, and queer folks making music in the South these days. Now you have something to do besides puke green beer this weekend. Happy Friday!   … [Read more…]

How to Persevere

how to persevere

My dream, for as long as I can remember, has been to write a book. It doesn’t even have to be a bestselling book, or a critically acclaimed book. Just the act of having a publisher deem it worth publishing would be enough, and my entire one-item bucket list would be complete. That goal seems straightforward, right? ‘So write it!’ my … [Read more…]

Questions about School Walkouts Across the South?

High school students in Minneapolis protest for gun reform, February 21, 2018 (photo by Fibonacci Blue)

Tomorrow, a nationwide school walkout will memorialize those seventeen teenagers and teachers murdered on Valentine’s Day a month ago and call attention to the ongoing murder of teens and teachers in our schools. This is a protest for awareness and policy change. We’ve long moved past the need for thoughts and prayers, and, those of … [Read more…]