Echoes of Mockingjay

Mockingjay takes us away from the arena of the first two films in the Hunger Games series and into a revolution. The film lurches between quiet moments and battles, peaceful riversides and an air raid. The audience constantly feels destabilized. Everything is in flux...

Assata: Revolutionary Relatability (part 2)

Assata’s long line of social self-criticism starts in the living room, with a discussion of Television, and how watching it as a child led her to internalize dominant images of beauty, domesticity, and (white) middle class normativity, so pervasive and insidious in 1950s America...

Willie McBride vs. the Fortunate Sons

Tom Waits once said that writing songs against war was like throwing peanuts at a gorilla. Which may be true, but no one said gorillas liked peanuts in their face. After all, the veteran American songwriter made the comment as a self-deprecating reference to the anti-war songs on his 2004 album...

By Existing

This series is intended to be a representation to how much of our resistance today is rooted in our ancestors. So often I hear that we have allowed ourselves to put on reservations or in the conditions that we are in now, but that us not the truth. We are alive today, to take back what is rightfully ours...

Letter to My Father

Richard Wallace, also known as EPIC of the Chicago hip-hop group BBU, released his first solo album last month. Entitled #OPRAH, the title is actually an acronym: "Ordinary People Recording American History." It is, as the Chicago Reader's Leor Galil puts it, "a continuation of Chuck D's comment, but it's also an allusion to rap's current position...

Dr. Mads Gilbert Is Banned From Gaza for Life

He spent the summer drenched ... in the blood and ashes ... of the Israeli ground invasion, covered in evaporated souls ... the victims of Israeli bombs ... he stood smack in the middle ... of a military target: al-Shifa hospital ... ears filled with ... the orchestra of the israeli war machine ... Each apache passing in the sky

What May Come: Radical Printmaking from Mexico

The exhibition What May Come: The Taller de Gráfica Popular & the Mexican Political Print, displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago this past summer and early fall, brought with it an accessible overview of radical printmaking history spanning various regions in Mexico...

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