Archive for the ‘ent?!’ Category

How to Occupy Wall Street from Your Couch

October 15, 2011

My friend Jess likes to recite an African saying, “When you pray, move your feet.”

“Wall Street”, or more accurately the big corporate world, worships money, so the best way to get at them is to start a better distribution of our money instead of giving it all to big corporations.

1. Move your money from a big bank to a local bank or credit union. This will spur on loans to local businesses and create a more equal distribution of money.

2. Eat! (Locally) Buy from local farms. Microbrew instead of a Bud. Cook instead of going out and eating. Go to a locally owned restaurant instead of a chain. You get the picture.

3. Hippie/hipster chic a.k.a. buy used stuff. Clothes from thrift stores, books from half.com and other used book purveyors, household items from Craigslist, curbs, friends, garage sales.

4. Hang out in immigrant neighborhoods and stores. Go have dinner in your local Korea-town or Latino neighborhood. This serves more for inspiration than anything. You’ll see how there are other brands, other ways of living, people who still  cook from scratch and can re-use stuff.

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In the Castle of Our Skins

September 20, 2011

“The needles of their masts /  That thread archipelagoes. . . ” –Derek Walcott

A call to submit to:

“In the Castle of Our Skins”: A blog carnival series focused on voices exploring the range of contemporary Caribbean/West Indian heritage, background, culture and where these intersect with race & identity.

Contributors and bloggers are encouraged to ponder their own range of issues and intersectionality such as: What concerns do you have if any about your race and national identity? Do these function in tandem at all for you and in what ways? Are they separate or intertwined; in what ways? Is it complicated, this business of how you see yourself and your collective cultural identity? What about where your gender intersects with any of these ideas?–Your sexuality? How you look at the world? How has this skin that you’re in impacted your worldview? Do these outlooks/concerns/ideas change when you’re outside the Caribbean versus inside? In what ways?

What about skin tone? Socio-economics? Crime, perceptions of crime or political agenda narratives? Constructs of beauty, attractiveness, virility and the like? Body image? Your sexuality? You’re a straight, black West Indian man or a gay Caribbean man, or a queer, ‘mix-up’ Caribbean femme? How do you negotiate these variant identities — and in what ways?  What’s everyday survival like and everyday living? What bothers you about these conversations? What would you like to see changed or hear more of? And anything else you want to say!

We’re a small collective of Caribbean and West Indian bloggers, feminists, writers, creative thinkers & artists who think the conversations in this blog carnival are both vital and necessary.

Talk yuh talk — join us and be part of the conversation!

We’re hoping to broaden this conversation with a specific focus on Indo-Trinbagonian identity, womanhood, personhood and what these variant identities mean for the people embodying these spaces. How do these multiple spaces function inside of contemporary West Indian/Caribbean identity? And in what ways? (This call for examination too, is a work in progress—but doh study it, it’ll come together somehow).

Pieces can be any length, any style. Be unflinching if you need to be — or not. Previously written posts and essays are welcome. Send questions, thoughts, suggestions, concerns, essays or submissions links to creativecommess [at] gmail [dot] com.

words to live by…

September 16, 2011

more words to live by…

September 12, 2011

“If you can’t spit theory as effectively at the bodega or the barber shop as you can in the classroom, maybe you need to rethink just what the hell you’re thinking/learning about.

I don’t care if Judith Butler is your homegirl and Foucault gave you a rimjob in a past life. A brilliant message in humble form trumps grad school catchphrases any fucking day of the week.*

* Posted because it seems like academics been stunting on some fuckery on Tumblr this week, and in turn getting their behinds handed to them. Or maybe it’s just my dash?”

Boom!

Penned by the ever astute Ju on the crankyskirt tumblr.

 

 

words to live by…

June 26, 2011

“Girlfriend, let me break it down for you again. You know I only say it ‘cause I’m truly genuine. Don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem. Baby girl, respect is just a minimum. . .”–Lauryn Hill, “That Thing.”

true talk

April 5, 2011

And fyi, SHE isn’t coming either. The same guidelines apply all around.

Word to the (un)wise

March 21, 2011

Image cred: seen on the ever astounding Dr. Clear Heels’ tumblr.

words to live by…

March 16, 2011

just in case you missed the memo…

August 23, 2010

(i saw this on someone’s tumblr and loved the timeless message.)

words to live by…

August 17, 2010

“A revolutionary woman can’t have no reactionary man.”

-Assata Shakur