Here in the Artivists' Room we converse with artists, organizers, activists, whose art serves as a tool for movement building. It's here where we will explore the intersections of Art and Activism; and the spaces they transform. Join us every month!
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In the room with King Moosa
Today we’ll be talking with the Chicago based Poet, Emcee, & Visual Artist, King Moosa. Kxng Moosa grew up in Rockford, Il; an hour outside of Chicago. In 2007 at the young age of 14, he was arrested and charged, as an adult, for 1st degree murder; a charge that came with a 25 year sentence. While incarcerated, Moosa started to understand exactly what happened with his case, and how he was able to be sentenced in this way as a minor. It was during this time when he began to turn to different forms of art to express not only what he was understanding about the legal system but what he was beginning to understand about himself, his voice, and the type of artist he wanted to be.
Resources & Mentions:
Silenced: An Unlock Civics Documentary https://youtu.be/JlGop_sr0F8
Lu Aya Of The Peace Poets
Today we’ll be talking with the Bronx bred, Poet, Artist, and Educator Lu Aya of The Peace Poets. Lu spoke with me about the journey these five men took to start this collective of modern day griots.
Be it in the streets, in the classroom, or in conversation these storytellers know what it means to transform our communities through the spoken word. Fortified with the belief that the cypher is the opposite of prison, they are committed to raising up the power of the people to be creative and connected. There are so many shout outs in this episode so make sure to grab a pen or your phone and take note!
Today we’ll be talking with the Miami based Digital Illustrator, Artist and cultural worker, Mama Lucha. Mama, whose name comes from a nickname their dad gave them when she was a child, lucha means to fight; they creates their digital designs and illustrations through a queer, abolitionist lens.
Growing up they were introduced to their art practice by their father, who taught them how to freehand draw. The digital illustrations Mama creates are informative, culturally resonant and utilized largely by grassroots organizations and campaigns for justice and liberation for queer, working-class, latinx, Black and Brown communities.
Resources and Mentions:
S1 Episode w/ Aja Monet
JP & The Reina Project NYC
Today we’ll be talking with cultural worker, queer performance artist and educator JP, Founder and Creative Director of The Reina Project, an artistic hub based in the NYC for QTBIPOC communities to celebrate their healing, through art and entertainment. JP started the Reina Project in February of 2019 the goal of its inception was to not only be a space for their community to come together as healing artists but also a place where their expressions weren’t limited nor interrupted by binary interpretations. The Reina Projects serves as an advocacy driven platform by & for QTBIPOC.
Chris Cardi Inc. and The H Street Community Pantry
Today we’ll be talking with Streetwear Designers Chris Cardi & Kevin Bellamy, of Chris Cardi Inc. These college friends started their business after conceptualizing their Streetwear brand based on a project created during an Apparel Design course while in undergrad at Florida State University. Fast forward to today where their small business has become a hub of innovation and community collaboration, Chris Cardi Inc. is based in DC, operating in and serving the H Street NE corridor.
Keep up with Chris Cardi Inc. at www.chriscardi.com
Also Check out Braggusa.org mentioned in today's show they collaborate with artists, connecting them with mentors and a community to hone their artistry.
Jabari Mickles and Born By Pressure: Shifting Black Culture through Fashion
Today in the room we’ll be talking with Digital Organizer and Artist Jabari Mickles of Born by Pressure, a clothing brand that aims to redefine and creatively shift the way we think about culture as it relates to fashion.
Check out Born by Pressure at www.bornbypressure.com
The host is the perfect woman to be holding this space as an artist and organizer. Art has always been used as a tool to organize and activate folks by telling the story of the times and reimagining the world we wish to see. It’s so great to engage in conversations with folks creating these transformative pieces. Look forward to engaging and learning more!
Love the sounds!!
These are exactly the kind of conversations that need to be had right now!