"We've got to start respecting life yo" -Common
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Many have spent ions attempting to perfect that moves, the sounds, and the swagger that Michael Jackson projected so naturally. Michael's spirit will be remembered for his contributions to the music world but he will also continue to be remembered for the way he complicated understandings of race on the national and international spectrum.
As onlookers into the life of Michael Jackson, we saw a black man rise to stardom like none other and also simultaneously witness his interactions with race, particularly his own blackness, and the complexity that comes with being a black person in a white world.
As Michael's physical appearance changed over years, Michael continued to complicate his image with song like "They Don't Care About Us" which showed that inside he was well aware of his black positionality and what that meant to the world. The music video for the song outlined a view that represented understandings of oppression that were complex and deep, from child famine to the abuses experiences by the prison industrial complex, ultimately illustrating the worlds war against people of color. The imagery of the black prisoner, societies scapegoat and phobogenic object, as the main image invoking thought throughout the video is brilliant to say the least. As a mainstream artist, Michael took it there, to say and show that the black prisoner subjectivity is a product of continual racialized oppression and not a factor as we have all been led to believe of unbiased justice.
I would push to argue that Michael is the biggest star the world has ever known, and in a world of anti-blackness who would have ever conceived that to be of the little boy from Gary, Indiana with the big voice and charisma.
Rest in Power Michael Joseph Jackson the world mourns you (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Life is a big candid camera, you never know when you might catch a real shot. To be glamorous is to be you, and to be raw is to be you, it is never a product of the contrived. Our states of being are mirrors of our world. We live within it and do not exist without it. Our search for originality only brings us back to an existence that already has a connotative meaning.
Complex©ity (ComplexeVille the literal French translation) highlights aspects of subset worlds that give the dominate world its meaning. The proper recognition is never giving to the subaltern but this blog is designed to give space to those who make this world such a non-normative complex and beautiful place.