February 8, 2016 / / Culturelicious
February 8, 2016 / / Culturelicious
February 1, 2016 / / Entertainment
February 1, 2016 / / film

Ball gives life.

Explosive energy, fierce fashion, and a strict, family focused culture all hallmarks of the ballroom social scene.

Featuring the lives of Chi Chi Mizrahi, Christopher Waldorf, Divo Pink Lady, Gia Marie Love, Izana “Zariya” Vidal , Kenneth “Symba McQueen” Soler-Rios and co-written by Twiggy Pucci Garçon, KIKI is a joyous and energetic look at the next generation of unwavering LGBTQ self advocacy in the face of a hostile world. The artist’s description of the film is full of affirmations and vision statements, revealing the core idea underlying the documentary:

In this film collaboration between Kiki gatekeeper, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, viewers are granted exclusive access into this high-stakes world, where fierce Ballroom competitions serve as a gateway into conversations surrounding Black- and Trans- Lives Matter movements. This new generation of Ballroom youth use the motto, “Not About Us Without Us,” and KIKI in kind has been made with extensive support and trust from the community, including an exhilarating score by renowned Ballroom and Voguing Producer Collective Qween Beat. Twiggy and Sara’s insider-outsider approach to their stories breathes fresh life into the representation of a marginalized community who demand visibility and real political power.

Read the Post Sundance Pick: KIKI

January 26, 2016 / / The internet

I’m absolutely addicted to Vine.

The six second microvideo platform debuted to great fanfare in 2012 and as quickly adopted by all kinds of different artists: stop motion enthusiasts, comedians, and singers quickly found purpose and fame. Less than three years old, Vine is a major site for brands and sponsorships having snapped up the coveted 14-20 year old youth demographic. Still, with around 40 million registered users (compared to Instagram’s 300 million), Vine is still searching for its identity.

With the recent news that Twitter may be facing a hostile takeover and the departure of five major executives (including Jason Toff, the head of Vine), it is clear that change is coming to Twitter and that the future of Vine may hang in the balance.

While Vine may end up being the social media version of the Motorola Two-Way Pager, I think it’s important to document this particular moment in history – a moment where Vine’s various identities (like Twitter, before it) gave rise to separate, powerful subcultures with their own norms on the same platform.

But to term this phenomenon “black Vine” would be a gross oversimplification of the social dynamics at play.

Read the Post Do It For the Vine: Race, Performance, and Microvideo

January 18, 2016 / / Racialicious Reads

It must be emphasized that non-violent resistance is not a method for cowards; it does resist.

If one uses this method because he is afraid or merely because he lacks the instruments of violence, he is not truly non-violent. That is was Gandhi often said that if cowardice is the only alternative to violence, it is better to fight. He made this statement conscious of the fact that there is always another alternative: no individual or group need submit to any wrong, not need they use violence to right that wrong; there is the way of nonviolent resistance. This is ultimately the way of the strong man. It is not a method of stagnant passivity. The phrase “passive resistance” often gives the false impression that this is a sort of “do-nothing” method in which the resister quietly and passively accepts evil. But nothing is further from the truth. For while the non violent resister is passive in the sense that he is not physically aggressive toward his opponent, his mind and emotions are always active, constantly seeking to persuade his opponent that he is wrong. The method is passive physically, but strongly active spiritually. It is not passive non-resistance to evil, it is active nonviolent resistance to evil. Read the Post Dr. King’s “An Experiment in Love”

January 4, 2016 / / Racialicious Reads

Happy 2016 Racialicious Readers!

A New Year is full of promise, hope, and potential. And there’s no better way to start the year off than by reading a productivity guide meets advice memoir from the woman who owns Thursday nights?

Shona Rhimes is the powerhouse creator of Shondaland, featuring her mega-hit shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. After an enviable career of penning hit movies and shepherding projects through the fickle whims of television, one would think Shonda had it all. But few people knew that underneath the amazing professional achievement, Rhimes struggled with feeling comfortable in the public eye. Year of Yes is the story of what happened after Shonda’s sister made an offhanded comment (“You never say yes to anything”) that became the driving force for 2014. Rhimes pledged to say yes to the opportunities that came her way, regardless of how terrifying – and also, learned how to say yes to herself.

*Some Spoilers Ahead*
Read the Post Start off 2016 with ‘Year of Yes’

December 28, 2015 / / Entertainment

By Arturo R. García

Don’t look now, but Rey isn’t the only polarizing character coming out of The Force Awakens.

Unlike Daisy Ripley’s Rey, however, the criticism surrounding Finn isn’t coming from misanthropic white men, but POC who feel John Boyega’s character comes up short — at least thus far — among the new group of Star Wars protagonists.

We’ll save the spoilers until we get below the cut. But personally, I don’t think we can really say where Finn is going until Episode VIII unfolds. Boyega’s performance, however, should not be an issue. And mark me down as being supportive of Finn/Poe shippers in our midst, while also hoping that his adventures with a lightsaber are foreshadowing for bigger feats.

Still, it’s worth looking into some of the analysis spilling out from Finn’s first appearance. And be advised: SPOILERS FOR THE FORCE AWAKENS BEGIN AFTER THE CUT.
Read the Post Voices: The Debate Awakens Around John Boyega and Star Wars’ Finn