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allywoke
Poetry

Ally is the New Woke

A poem by Caleb Calhoun about White Responsibility.

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CBDB at Avondale
Art

More Than Just “Fam”: Post-Covid Live Music with CBDB at Avondale Brewing

The live music scene has always been about much more than music, and while references like “fam” get cheapened by the cynical over time, the truth is that in a culture that values individuality live music creates extended family structures around commonality.

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Dr. Gonzo Hat
Art

Back in the Saddle Again

Theydees and gentlethems, steers and queers, friends of all genders, faiths and creeds may I have your attention puh-lease. If you will direct your gaze to the words in front of you, and simply pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Watch closely now, for my next trick is no sleight of hand. A trick that will confound the senses and baffle the imagination leaving the viewer with a wonderful sense of why. Are you ready now? Are your senses tuned? Are the little downy hairs along the back of your neck at attention? Good, then here we …

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Art

Generational Genesis: Pt.1

“Failure is a huge part of life, but is it truly failure if one is still trying?” Every once in a while testimonial moments of confession are warranted. There are many things that brew and pop within the human vessel that may rarely if ever arrive at a point of fluid release, certain things are rarely addressed. I have concluded, sometimes people are cats.  In the wee-hours when the night has no eyes those cats come in threes, they scramble through the shadows around buildings dotted in summer bushes and trees. I lived in Hampton, VA from April 2004 until …

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Jackie Venson
Journalism

Jackie Venson Isn’t Waiting For Your Approval

Jackie Venson talks the difference between being not-racist and anti-racist, as well as her new album Jackie the Robot Vol 1.

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Art

I Am In Love With My White Guilt

By Justin Blackburn EVERYTIME I call white people out on an aspect of our 400 years of oppression towards black people, I always get at least one white person burping at me ‘White Guilt! White guilt! White guilt! You have the white guilt! You need to let go of your white guilt! I didn’t create slavery, you just have white guilt, white guilt, white guilt!’ To that I say, WHY YES I HAVE WHITE GUILT and I AM IN FUCKING LOVE WITH IT! I want to take my white guilt out to brunch then drive it down to the jewelry …

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Art

Esthers Arresters

ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “ESTHERS ARRESTERS” BY BLINDING STANDSTILL As a result of frequent boil water advisory calls from the City of Asheville, drummer/producer Dave Hamilton became familiar with the phone number. He got the idea to sample the greeting “This is a message from the City of Asheville” to use in a future project. One day, as he was playing drums through effects, he got a call from that number, so he put the phone on speaker and hit record on a recent tracking session. “I did not expect Esther’s message,” he admits of Mayor Manheimer’s recorded statement announcing a curfew …

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Art

Livalot

In the early days of Covid 19, I sat in solitude and questioned my entire existence. I came to the conclusion that everything I’d been working toward for years was no longer my dream. I’d begun to resent digital photography — the very thing that used to excite me. The truth is, the so called instant gratification of digital photography is not so instant, but try explaining that to someone waiting on a photo when a computer goes down. The workload of digital photography is heavy. Hard drives, memory cards, technology, contracts, and editing took time that I’d rather spend …

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Art

No Blues on Sunday

America to this day seems to be some kind of tricky, experimental, societal invention. The music of America is fundamentally aligned and embedded with that same volatile, flavorful, healing energy. It is the gumbo in the crockpot struck by lightning, almost given special supernatural powers. Grown out of the flares of Hades plus the seeds and rains of heaven. From the field chants to the gospel shuffle in the churches, the hymns and hums of gritty blackbelt soiled Delta Blues to wildly scintillating jazz flowing out of the streets and clubs of New Orleans. Yes, this is black music, therefore …

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