My Dear Apocalypse,

My Dear Apocalypse is a short experimental narrative about several queer folks of color and their journeys to find home and community after experiencing loss.

COMMUNIQUÉ TO A FREE SCHOOL ON THE OCCASION OF THEIR EVICTION, 12/2/13

tatiluboviski-acosta:

dear a free school,

i write this in the shadow of your liberation. while the loss of your home in the meta/anabolic studios is heavy & fraught with distrust & cruelty, i write to remind you of the beauty with which you all set out with. what you all have created is a sacred space: a free school…

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To put it simply: my life right now is revolving around work and food. I’m putting all film projects on pause in order to save up some funds for a car and future living expenses in LA.

Although I may periodically update this page, especially when I finally get my shit together and have a finalized version of my film, for now I’m focusing my energy into a new food tumblr I’ve just started. ^

I’ve been thinking a lot about queer parenting and families lately so you might be seeing a lot more of these soon…

qwear:

Kathy Wittman captured some gorgeous moments of Taan and Noam Sseki, now 7.5 months old! Also loving Taan’s new haircut, which they did themselves! Click hear to read about Taan’s fashion adventures in transmasculine preganancy.

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Madame Esther Quek, Group Fashion Director of The Rake and Revolution magazines (Middle East).

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ahhhhhh. #ahhhhhh

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cnidae:

aye nako - the rind

dealanexmachina:

Okay but can we talk for a moment about the layers of complexity regarding race that are unfolding in this scene right here?

You have:

  1. Two black women discussing very real issues of privilege and passing regarding dark and light skin tones in society.
  2. In which topics of identity and feelings of belonging and kinship are discussed and dissected explicitly, because one is the bi-racial child of the other, at one point actually pointing out how she didn’t feel like she didn’t belong to either group.
  3. Which is further complicated by the fact that Lena is a lesbian, so her comments about belonging (or rather not belonging) to the minority or majority take on another layer of unspoken but very present and implied exclusion/inclusion.
  4. All of which is sparked from Lena’s mom calling Lena out on the fact that throwing a kickass Quinceanera (without really fully understanding the ins and outs and nuances of the culture) is not the same as making sure Mariana is part of her Latina culture, and actually in fact very finely skirts the line of cultural appropriation if it’s all about you projecting your feelings of cultural isolation.

This is what happens when you make women, women of color, and lesbians the main characters of your show. We can have conversations like this on TV, and regardless on whose side of the discussion you fall on, the fact that we’re even SEEING this conversation is, in itself, revolutionary. It has been a long time since I have seen a scene like this tackle the topics of race so head on, and on a family show at that.

Major props to everyone involved in bringing this scene to life, because the writing and the acting make it so neither woman is fully in the wrong, and I am so happy to see this bring brought up, because scene like this spark dialogue about topics that are rarely addressed so openly in our own lives.

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opbnc:

Update: Due to the support of many people in our communities, Monica has been receiving some of the care she needs over the last couple of months. Currently, she’s attempting to cover the cost of having her wheelchair fixed, which will cost between $300 and $500. Any support is appreciated.

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panopticaust:

This video is a perfect example of one reason I want to study the rhetoric of social issues for grad school next year.
If you have ever caught an interview on The O’Reilly Factor, you have seen many of the same techniques that are applied in this video.

Note the following rhetorical devices:

  • 0:05 Introducing guest as “the original tree-hugger” rather than as a PhD holding, trained physicist who has published over 20 books. More importantly, what is the significance of the “tree-hugger” anecdote in context of the interview?
  • 0:33 “…is that a naive worldview?” [Naive (adj) - having or showing lack of experience.] Interviewer neglects to mention statistical evidence that the argument possesses. The term ‘worldview’ limits the scope of the argument and carries connotations. The significance of this and the previous bullet-point is that the introduction is typically the only part of an interview in which interviewers can speak freely about interviewees without the latter being able to defend themselves. (Also true for squeezing in statements before cutting to commercial breaks.)
  • 1:25 - Interviewee addresses the “tree-hugger” statement despite the interviewers attempts to circumvent
  • 4:30 “You are blaming the seed companies […] for suicides.” The word ‘blame’ attempts to diminish the logical integrity of interviewees argument to which she replies “I am first and foremost a scientist,” following up with figures.
  • 9:56 “So you accept that cotton yields have doubled.” Interviewer reaffirms what the interviewee has already stated but does so in a way that suggests admission to the counterargument. Interviewer also does not acknowledge the details that interviewee just provided which change the circumstances in which any admission would be relevant. An analogy would be if I were to say “I got beat up and my wallet was stolen, but I made it home in time to watch the game,” as though catching the game somehow negates the previous statement.
  • 14:04 “Are you seriously saying that…” The interviewer uses the word ‘seriously’ multiple times throughout the interview in an attempt to diminish the interviewee’s argument. ‘Seriously’ implies that it is an absurd impossibility to implement what interviewee is suggesting - which could be appropriate if it were supported with evidence that it were either absurd or impossible.
  • 14:05 “India should go back to…” Interviewer uses the word ‘back’ to suggest that the proposition is somehow the opposite of the contemporary idea of progress (i.e., technological advancement). Interviewee had to repeatedly state that the proposition does not mean to revert or go back to any previous state.
  • 20:15 - Can be interpreted as an indirect ad hominem attack directed at the interviewee’s economic status. It is significant that the interviewer says “those who say to you…” This is either an earnest attempt to persuade the interviewee to defend herself, or a clever way to attack her background.
  • Also note the interviewer’s nonverbal communication throughout the video. She often expresses looks of disbelief, of humoring the interviewee, and asks things like “are you seriously saying that…” with a smile; leading the viewer to think the suggestion is laughable.

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