INSPIRATION

Afropunk Mixtape!

AFROPUNK MIXTAPE #021: SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER Posted by Sound Check on August 24, 2016 at 10:30am View Blog   AFROPUNK Brooklyn is just a few days away and to get everybody pumped we’ve released a pre-festival mixtape packed with some of our favorite politically charged empowerment tracks inspiring us to take back control by means of voting. Mixtape #021: …

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I Was Never A “Museum Person”

I sit here in front of a portrait Sarah Siddons. My summer sweat sticks to the lavish leather on the most indulgent chair I’ve ever sat in. Above me, this oil on canvas hangs like a robust reminder of unrequited love. Joshua Reynolds painted it in 1784. Siddon’s face is demure, luxurious and yet pained. Joshua Reynolds really had it bad …

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The Summer of Weird Politics and Lazy Footwear

I have to tell you. This summer has been amazing. Amazingly crazy. I mean. Turn on the news or log onto twitter and it’s crazy. Armageddon-y af out here. And not in that like, meteoroid-hits-earth-Bruce-Willis kind of way. Like real shit. Real, deeply embedded shit that no one has wanted to talk about for years. And this. If you need …

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Why It’s Important To Express Grief

I found myself on the highway tonight, listening to Zap Mama, Brrrlak. The sky was perfect and blue. An American Kestrel flew overhead. Everything should have felt right, but it didn’t. Something was moving around inside me. From my Solar Plexus, something felt stuck and was aching to get out. It moved, climbing it’s way up to my throat. The trees looked …

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Cocteau Twins: Cherry-Coloured Funk

The first time I heard the Cocteau Twins, I was sitting in a convenience store parking lot smoking a marlboro red. I was wearing all black and harboring a deep, dark crush on some emotionally unavailable, goth kid. Liz Fraser’s voice on Heaven or Las Vegas plunged into my heart and every care melted away. It was sad, hopeful and crushing all it …

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