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Milwaukee’s Latino Youth Speak Out in New Music Video, El Color De La Libertad

Amidst divisive national debate over immigration and policies that separate families, the new student lead music video El Color De La Libertad gives voice to Latino youth, providing a powerful perspective on freedom in the United States.



The product of a collaboration between Jazale’s Art Studio and Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School, El Color De La Libertad (The Color of Freedom) combines the words of Latino 7th grade students with the talents of Milwaukee-based musicians MC(mikal), Klassik, SistaStrings, and filmmaker Wes Tank.  Continue reading Milwaukee’s Latino Youth Speak Out in New Music Video, El Color De La Libertad

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5 Ways Meditation Can Increase Your Creativity

Meditation has been found to be extremely effective for many of our modern problems. Studies have shown that it can help increase your creativity. If you have ever tried meditation, you understand the benefits of how it relaxes and centers you. Seen as more of a spiritual practice in the past, it is clear that it can be extremely helpful in our day to day lives.

Creative business coach Mark McGuinness meditates for 20 minutes a day before he starts work. He focuses on his breathing while doing so. He has found that he gains focus, patience, calmness, clarity, and insight. He isn’t the only one in the business world using meditation. The likes of Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, and many other highly successful people that depend on their creativity use meditation before they start their workday. Here are 5 ways that meditation increases creativity.

Meditation and How it Works on the Brain

There are three parts to the brain that work together in order to get your creative juices flowing. The reptilian part of your brain is your oldest part. It covers breathing and automatic things. The limbic system is where your empathy and emotions can be found. Then there is the Neocortex which is the newest part. It is the most advanced part of the brain. We are capable of being aware of ourselves like no other species. This is why we can learn language, paint, play music, and write screenplays.

The limbic and Neocortex system will both activate to search for solutions. The limbic looks to past experiences to find the best solution. The Neocortex analyzes everything and is looking for a rational answer. Interesting, the limbic system comes up with answers faster even though the Neocortex would perhaps come up with a more rational answer.

1. Effects on the Neocortex

Meditation is a work in progress. It trains you to be aware of yourself and your surroundings. It trains you to be in the moment. The Neocortex is the part of the brain that controls your awareness. When you meditate, you train this part of the brain to become stronger. Meditation on a daily basis will allow you to make better choices. You can see bad habits and analyze the things you’re doing right in your life and things that don’t serve you. It is the newest part of the evolution of our brain. It is in charge of things like:

  • Creativity
  • Solving problems
  • Visioning
  • Strategizing
  • Visionary

By strengthening this area of the brain, you will be better able to reach that creative aspect of yourself.

2. Managing Emotions Continue reading 5 Ways Meditation Can Increase Your Creativity

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Black Woman

a poem by Evany Martinez

How do you tell her she’s too

loud when you silenced her for

Centuries.

 

Too strong when she has to work light

years ahead of you just to catch up.

 

Too violent with your scars

etched Into her back.

 

Too dark when your spirit is

composed of ashes from her

ancestors.

 

Too wild.

Too real.

Too raw.

 

That must be why you

can only rise if she falls.

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Tight Rope Talking

a poem by Sarah Chafin

I’m waiting for you to call,

inviting me to another game

of telephone

I hear, you say

I play

person in the middle

tip-toeing on rope tight

emotions

between everyone

I love

not sure how to feel,

what to say

or if I should

say anything

at all

because anything I say

could be the thing

that causes

this entire family

to crumble

into dust

 

-tightrope talking

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COUNTRY OF MIND

a poem by James Martin

I do not recognise
My city
I do not recognise
My country
Not because
I do not have one
But because I have too many
Worldwide
But isolated
I do not have the poles
Or the canvas
To build my own tent
Only a sleeping bag to roll up
Then move on
And flee
This dead city of mind
This barren country of mind
This long tall history of mind
With its flags
And its books
And their songs
And their words
Which can only fill holes
In its ash-ridden borders
And not the vast depths
Of its fathomless heart
Still alive
And yet distant
Like the faint beat of its waves
Still here –
In this blown speck of dust
Caught in its bright piercing light

 

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She was Love.

She in herself was

impervious to the tension of the earth

for her exterior to crumble,

for earthquaking carcinogens

to filter,

to trickle,

to dismantle.

She was ethereal.

Her footsteps tread lightly.

Her head held in a manner that

whosoever glimpsed her beauty

would question the absence of wings at her back

would not feign respect

He thought that was so at least.

She was a shapeshifter.

Merely unfolding the aspect of herself that was most pleasing

to the sort of man who still needs someone to save

like a prince who needs to wake some distraught maiden with his kiss.

Except this wasn’t that.

Chivalry isn’t dead.

I probably should have warned him,

but her execution was flawless.

He was drawn to her much like

those who are dry tongued seek water.

Similarly, to how those in the desert

come eventually to a palmed tree oasis

prepared to quench thirst.

He sought her,

but she, too, was merely a mirage.

 

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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Genre: Urban Arts is a platform where artists can become published digitally and in print. We also provide exhibiting and performing opportunities for visual and performance artists via pop-up galleries.

Our No. 5 print is currently accepting submissions until August 6th. 2018.


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POETRY

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CREATIVE NONFICTION

VISUAL ARTS

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ARCHITECTURE

INTERIOR DESIGN

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Urban folk: the truth is out there

prose by Paula Puolakka

He has no teeth,

but still, he walks like a king across the gas station parking lot.

In his white pick-up truck, he listens to Led Zeppelin, the foreign sounds of his youth, and

feels like the ruler of I-81 though he’s just a grain of sand in this overpopulated world.

 

His skin is tan and his mustache is thick: a bumper between him and the ladies,

who are only California Dreaming or in the New York State of Mind and

not falling head over heels for the West Virginian.

But when he gets to his hometown, sees the weeds and the wildflowers surrounding the old

warehouse,

he feels peace taking over his heart.

Here, all is well. He’s somebody, even when he’s a nobody.

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Genre: Urban Arts @Bowery Poetry -Eli $tones

Eli $Tones Is A 20-year-old Recording Artist/Songwriter From Milwaukee, WI.

Starting His Music Background With Rock/Heavy Metal, Eli $Tones Fell In Love With Rap Music & R&B In Middle School Which Is Also When He Started Writing And Recording His Own Music.

After Graduating High School, The Young Artist Dropped His Debut Ep, “Elsewhere” (2016), Which Showcases 7 Diverse Tracks Engineered By Himself, Featuring Hit Tracks Like “Idk” & “Like Me”, Both Produced By Wonya Love.

“Elsewhere” Is Available For Streaming On Soundcloud.

Since His Ep, Eli $Tones Jumped On A Completely Different Wave With His Groovy & Bouncy Hit 

Single “Hell Of A Guy [Prod. Key Boy]” And Bangers Like “Flex [Prod. Cashmoneyap]” & “Way Back (Ft

. Shon Mil) [Prod. Tower]” Which Are All Just The Beginning For What Eli $Tones Has In Store.

Since His Ep, Eli $Tones Jumped On A Completely Different Wave With His Groovy & Bouncy Hit Single “Hell Of A Guy [Prod. Key Boy]” And Bangers Like “Flex [Prod. Cashmoneyap]” & “Way Back (Ft. Shon Mil) [Prod. Tower]” Which Are All Just The Beginning For What Eli $Tones Has In  Store.

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Support our small press by purchasing a copy of Genre: Urban Arts No. 4 TODAY! We provide a platform for artists to become published digitally and in print. In addition to this, we also provide exhibiting and performing opportunities for visual and performance artists. A purchase of this magazine definitely will support the arts!

Our No. 4 Prints will begin being shipped on June 25th. No. 4 Print reveals the maturation of Genre: Urban Arts. The size is now 8×11 and hosts 84 glorious pages of art, poetry, prose, photography and critical articles from contemporary artist around the globe.

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Genre: Urban Arts @Bowery Poetry -Team ADHD

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A Rap Group Of Individual Artist Coming Together To Put Out Great Music, Take Lyricism To The Next Level, Stay True To HipHop, Its Culture And represent their hometown. Known As Milwaukee. Josh Jenkins, G Gifted, & JalenG.

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Genre: Urban Arts @Bowery Poetry -Roomana Shaikh

Hi there! I am Romana, a native of the Bronx and my roots are in Pakistan. I started writing poetry to express the inner confusions inside my soul and I still feel as if poetry helps me understand the craziness of our world and of our society. I will be giving a spoken word at Bowery. Come support!

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Genre: Urban Arts @Bowery Poetry- Oscar Sander

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A word from Oscar:
Being a political spoken word artist/poet/performer, you inherit an abundant responsibility. The world and society at large are acutely divided, misinformed, and for the most part totally uninformed and don’t have the proper tools to cerebrally conduct judgment-setting aside pre-conceived familial belief systems and stereotypes. That is where my purpose as a political spoken word artist and playwright is at a potent level. Entertainment is a powerful medium of communication that allows me to reach out to people and put them in a comfortable state and place, at the very least, listen to contrary points of view. I am the messenger with an entertaining delivery and intent, to convince the audience that they are in a classroom void of judgment and condemnation to open their minds and hearts to the greater good of society and to bridge the gap of dismissiveness to talk about our differences, all along laugh and smile as human beings together.
The Oscar Sanders style of spoken word poetry is using multi-cultural dialects and impersonations of famous people and actors such as: Sidney Greenstreet, Al Pacino, Peter Lorre, Adolph Caesar, southern military generals, a Chinese doctor, former President Ronald Reagan, Vin Scully, Jimmy Cagney, Puerto Rican activist, and an African President to embellish the well crafted tongue-twisting intellectual articulate spoken word poetry written and performed by Mr. Sanders.Oscar Sanders is a multiple award winning author, Indie Author Legacy Award Poet of the Year 2017, Best Jazz History Documentary New York Jazz Festival 2017, (NAACP NYCHA JUST READ AWARD 2016 Fiction/Final Hearing, LA, LA NEO NOIR, FILM, & Script Festival 2016 Fiction Final Hearing), Jazz documentaries Billy Bang: Long Over Due (Carmarthen Bay FF 2013 Best Documentary, Capital City Black FF 2013 Best Documentary, Los Angles New Wave IFF 2013, Texas Underground FF 2012, Peoples Film Festival Best Documentary 2012), and seething feature political poetry spoken word performer, and event host of festivals and book fairs. Anders Griffen, of the New York Jazz Record said about Mr. Sanders’ latest film jazz doc Michael Carvin: No Excuses (Official Selection The People’s FF 2017 (released 5/1/17), “The tour of Manhattan performance venues is fabulous…the story is strong and by the end, one feels the collaboration between the musician and filmmaker.” New Voices in Theater feature play performance (November 9, 2017), Thirty day creative residency (December 2017) at Jamaica Center for the Arts & Learning culminating with a theatrical “First Friday series performance January 5, 2017, Bronx Book Fair 2017/2018 host/facilitator of poetry segment Weaving our Voices, and Speed Coaching, New York Screenplay Awards 2016, and 2017 Jury Member.

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Genre: Urban Arts @Bowery Poetry – Romain Thiery

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French photographer, Romain Thiery, has been transforming abandoned places into his own personal playgrounds. As a trained pianist, he placed his passion for the instrument at the center of his photography series, ” Requiem pour Pianos”. In this project Romain beautifully crafted melancholic images that evoke powerful pensive thoughts among many who see them.

His “Requiem for pianos” series is a proof of his attachment to piano, and photography. About fifty of his photographs are focused on a central object: the piano. Sometimes with some of its keys missing, sometimes completely dismantled but always sitting imposingly. “As a pianist myself, emotion takes over when I discover a neglected piano. This is the culmination of my art: my two passions are then united in one and the same feeling. It’s an exaltation of my artist’s life.

To achieve his “Requiem pour pianos” series, he explored several countries including France, Italy, Belgium, Ukraine, Germany, Bulgaria, Spain, and Poland. “Through my images, the musical notes of these abandoned pianos reason again in these buildings in ruins, giving free rein to our imagination”.

Website: www.romainthiery.fr

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Genre: Urban Arts @Bowery Poetry- Artist So Yeon Kim

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A word from featured artist So Yeon Kim:

The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By applying abstraction, I grasp language. Transformed into art, language becomes an ornament. I take in the tradition of remembrance into my practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation. 

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Genre: Urban Arts @Bowery Poetry Featured Poet Katerina Canyon

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We have loads of great talent for you including author and Poet Laureate Katerina Canyon!

Visit her site here:

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Katerina Canyon is the Poet Laureate Emeritus of Sunland-Tujunga, California. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Meniscus, and Waxing and Waning, and will be in The Esthetic Apostle. Her recent book, Changing the Lines is currently available online and in stores. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Genre: Urban Arts @Bowery Poetry Featuring Ricardo Hanley, Jr

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A father, author, and artist. He is a man who deems truths above all things and strives to embody that belief in his everyday life. He is a writer who reflects all facets of living-realities and tangible dreams.

He has released a book of poetry and prose entitled, “Silence Conceiving Symphonies, My Imprints of Existence”. Read about his visions for this book and view “Trump Card” below.

The contents of Silence Conceiving Symphonies, My Imprints of Existence is my first book, which has sprung from my depths like a mother with child. This is a compilation of 29 years of experience humbly lived. I’m honored that this text is within your line of sight. May our thoughts reciprocate a propelling force of understanding that translates into actions of progression. May the contents of this book find the right person who needs to hear it, who needs to see it, feel it, connect and progress. This work is dedicated to all my family and friends who helped me along my path. Whether it was just a brief time knowing you or a long history we’ve shared, you have all added to my growth and I’m thankful to you. I hope you enjoy reading my first book as much as I enjoyed writing it. This is my gift to this world, receive me. ricardohanleyjr.wordpress.com

 

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Genre: Urban Arts @Bowery Poetry featuring Trixi Rosa

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Trixi Rosa has surrendered to a tender unraveling and a restless joy that just can’t be held. Originally from Punakaiki, Aotearoa (NZ), her art carves an awkward inquiry into the intersections of identity and the endless pursuit of place. She shares stories of struggle and survival, resilience, and resistance. Stories of family, love, and sexuality. Trixi Rosa’s poetry bleeds personal experience, both lived and perceived.

We have loads of great talent for you. Here is featured spoken word artist Trixi Rosa.

In our No. 4 Print, Trixi Rosa has two poems featured “A Letter to My Little Sister in Prison” and “Maracas”. Continue reading Genre: Urban Arts @Bowery Poetry featuring Trixi Rosa

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#WorthBleedingFor: The Politics of Periods

By Haafizah Bhamjee

Over the past three years, my team at Amnesty International Wits and I have been campaigning on our university campus for free pads. This meant talking about our periods a lot and in a very public way.

 

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For most of us, this is the first opportunity we have had to speak about menstruation in public. Many girls around the world grow up in homes and communities that restrict what they are allowed to say about their bodies. Speaking of the female body and its functions have always been a big taboo in most cultures. However, this often means that girls and women suffer in silence. Many are unable to speak about the issues that they face daily; one being a lack of access to sanitary products.

According to UNICEF, 1 in 10 school girls in Africa cannot afford sanitary pads. That’s over two million schoolgirls in South Africa alone. A survey we did at Wits University showed that every 1 in 6 students couldn’t afford sanitary products. Many women and girls are forced to use alternative and unhealthy methods of handling their menses. For example, many use old newspaper, rags of cloth and toilet paper in place of pads and tampons. Many more miss out on school, work and other opportunities such as sport. An estimate shows that schoolgirls in South Africa miss out on approximately 70-100 days of school a year, because of a lack of access. This disproportionately impacts girls and women from lower-income communities. It also means that women and girls have fewer opportunities available to them than their male counterparts.

Educating women and girls is the only proven method of reducing poverty in our communities. In a country saddled with political strife, race & sex discrimination and wealth inequality; the conversation around sanitary products is rarely brought to the table. This means our plea often falls on deaf ears. Sanitary products are still taxed as luxury items; something we call the period tax. Earlier this year President Cyril Ramaphosa proposed a 1% tax increase, without considering the implications for poorer communities.

In many ways, menstruation and women’s bodies have become a political conversation. One that we don’t plan on halting any time soon. Through our campaign we have raised funds and donations for students on campus, we have had a march and hand over of demands and we have petitioned 3500 signatures for our course. You can see more of what we are doing by visiting our Instagram (@WorthBleedingFor), Facebook (Amnesty International Wits) and Twitter (@AI_Wits) pages for more information.