RuPaul wisdom

RuPaul “My attitude toward friendship has remained the same. I will support and encourage you with all the love in my heart, but if it’s not reciprocal, I gotta go.”

The Resistance Revival Chorus

The Resistance Revival Chorus: “This is what is happening in this city; art is at the heart of the resistance, and hear our voice, because the resistance isn’t going anywhere.” So excited to see them in person tonight!

Tonight at Gramercy Theatre in NYC. Part of the Employee of the Month Show hosted by @catie_lazarus – with special guests Hannibal Buress, Emily Mortimer and Alex Lacamoire. See you there – doors at 7, starts at 8.

Who is Corky Gonzalez?

Corky Gonzales was a founder of the Chicano movement of the 1960s in the American Southwest. He was also a boxer and a poet. With his poem Yo soy Joaquín, known in English as I Am Joaquin, Gonzales shared his new cosmological vision of the “Chicano”, who was neither Indian nor European, neither Mexican nor American, but a combination of all the conflicting identities. With his poem Yo soy Joaquín, known in English as I Am Joaquin, Gonzales shared his new cosmological vision of the “Chicano”, who was neither Indian nor European, neither Mexican nor American, but a combination of all the conflicting identities. He died at his home in Denver in 2005, saying, “I’m indigenous. I’m going to die at home among my family.”

Soft brown eyes of expectation for a Better life.
And in all the fertile farmlands,
the barren plains,
the mountain villages, smoke-smeared cities,
we start to MOVE.
La raza!
Or whatever I call myself,
I look the same
I feel the same
I cry
Sing the same.
I am the masses of my people and
I refuse to be absorbed.
I am Joaquín.
The odds are great
But my spirit is strong,
My faith unbreakable,
My blood is pure.

RIP Ursula K. LeGuin

Ursula K. Le Guin | “It is our suffering that brings us together. It is not love. Love does not obey the mind, and turns to hate when forced. The bond that binds us is beyond choice. We are brothers. We are brothers in what we share. In pain, which each of us must suffer alone, in hunger, in poverty, in hope, we know our brotherhood. We know it, because we have had to learn it. We know that there is no help for us but from one another, that no hand will save us if we do not reach out our hand. And the hand that you reach out is empty, as mine is. You have nothing. You possess nothing. You own nothing. You are free. All you have is what you are, and what you give.”

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has been a fountain of inspiration for me lately. “The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.” .
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Titus Andromedon

Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon. .
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Toni Morrison

The impossibly beautiful Toni Morrison. “Let me tell you about love, that silly word you believe is about whether you like somebody or whether somebody likes you or whether you can put up with somebody in order to get something or someplace you want or you believe it has to do with how your body responds to another body like robins or bison or maybe you believe love is how forces or nature or luck is benign to you in particular not maiming or killing you but if so doing it for your own good. Love is none of that. There is nothing in nature like it. Not in robins or bison or in the banging tails of your hunting dogs and not in blossoms or suckling foal. Love is divine only and difficult always. If you think it is easy you are a fool. If you think it is natural you are blind. It is a learned application without reason or motive except that it is God. You do not deserve love regardless of the suffering you have endured. You do not deserve love because somebody did you wrong. You do not deserve love just because you want it. You can only earn – by practice and careful contemplations – the right to express it and you have to learn how to accept it. Which is to say you have to earn God. You have to practice God. You have to think God-carefully. And if you are a good and diligent student you may secure the right to show love. Love is not a gift. It is a diploma. A diploma conferring certain privileges: the privilege of expressing love and the privilege of receiving it.“

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Become like water

“Where some people have a self, most people have a void, because they are too busy in wasting their vital creative energy to project themselves as this or that, dedicating their lives to actualizing a concept of what they should be like rather than actualizing their potentiality as a human being.” – Bruce Lee

Noname Gypsy

Noname was my #1 artist in 2017 according to Spotify. She was a frequent participant of YouMedia Labs in Chicago’s library, a program funded by the same grant that funded the program I worked for in North Philadelphia in 2016 and 2017. It was a privilege to work with so many creative, talented kids.

I think I listened to Noname so much because her music reminded me that there are positive take-aways from these initiatives, even if it’s just creating a place for folks to openly and safely express themselves. It was hard to see the positives sometimes when we worked so hard for so little, with beyond incompetent leadership. Noname’s music helped me wade through the trenches.

I’m grateful for the experience of working there, but also grateful to have moved on.

In Noname’s words: “In terms of me like figuring out what it is that I wanted to do in life and who I kind of felt home around was in YouMedia,” she says of the teen-centered learning and creative space at Harold Washington Library. Her interest in writing led her to the after-school program, and from there, she workshopped poems and found like-minded young people and, later, open mics. She continues, “I spent a lot of my teenage years kind of just moving around the city freely and discovering new creative spaces.”