Three months ago, a friend and I were talking about survival. We began discussing minorities who are forced into barbarous circumstances beyond their control and are expected to not only survive, but to do so in a society that neglects their well-being and doesn’t deem it necessary to provide a basic level of sustenance and support. We are both from Baltimore, and occasionally discuss issues that plague our communities and others like ours. As...
With a background in philosophy and a proclivity for the readymade, Mikkel Carl’s work epitomizes a transgenerational approach to the media. Much like the the originators of this type of found object work in Dada- and surrounding isms, Carl’s work comes with a strong message and intention of provoking thought in his viewers. Often described as having a certain grammar or syntax to it, his work consistently has a message to share with his...
Back in the day, tagging the streets of Soho and Brooklyn with my friends used to bring about an adrenaline rush unfound in other delinquent activities. Against the walls of those same streets, were countless posters from real street artists, pasted up. Then they started showing up in my childhood neighborhood of Bushwick. The name that showed up in both locations was ASVP. ASVP’s work has been displayed on buildings as paste ups, murals,...
For many, summer in New York City is synonymous with live music. As we come out of our winter hibernation, a new blanket of music will fall over the city. With so many concerts and festivals at our fingertips, it can be hard to choose which ones to attend. If you've been to Brooklyn's Northside Festival at any time over the past nine years (yes! it's now in its TENTH year!), then you know...
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Zach Gross At the start of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s latest iteration of William Shakespeare’s King Lear (dir. Gregory Doran), our titular character is brought out onstage, not only on the backs of his servants but also surrounded in a hollow cube. This cube, which is both a manifestation of his vanity and a metaphor for his disconnect with reality, is then reused twice more during the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (King and...
PHOTOGRAPHY Shan Wallace Representation is something that doesn’t really seem that important, until you don’t have it. Many young black kids grow up gifted at something, but it never occurs to them, or even their parents, what exactly those gifts are simply because they’ve never seen or heard of a person that looks like them use it. But, there are some people who find their way in spite of. One of those people is 30-year-old illustrator,...
PHOTOGRAPHY John Midgley The first time Jamie Hector visited BAM, in Fort Greene, he was 21. As the youngest of seven to a Haitian mother—who worked as a nursing assistant—Jamie lived in Brooklyn his whole life. Repping East Flatbush and Crown Heights, he had heard about BAM, and even passed it a few times, but it was only after a friend invited him to see one of Tennessee Williams' plays that it occurred to him...
For the past four years, the National Book Critics Circle has partnered with The New School’s MFA Creative Writing program, allowing the students to interview each of the NBCC Awards Finalists. In addition to building excitement for the Awards Finalist Reading and Ceremony held at the New School March 14th-15th, these interviews have built an intergenerational bridge between the writers of today and tomorrow. This year, as part of the ongoing collaboration, and in support of...
For the past four years, the National Book Critics Circle has partnered with The New School’s MFA Creative Writing program, allowing the students to interview each of the NBCC Awards Finalists. In addition to building excitement for the Awards Finalist Reading and Ceremony held at the New School March 14th-15th, these interviews have built an intergenerational bridge between the writers of today and tomorrow. This year, as part of the ongoing collaboration, and in support of...

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