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The Sun and the Moon

And of course, it took nothing from you.
Why would I allow that?
I would never allow the sun
defile the moon.
Each is in their own instances
beautiful,
mystifying,
useful.
And who is not
in love with them both
for a time?
Why then must one choose
this thing or that?
I will take,
have whatever I prefer
during the time
and in the manner
in which I want
and nothing
can done about it.
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#GenreRepYourCity 2018 Edition

It’s time again for #GenreRepYourCity! We’re putting a little spin on it for 2018.

Read the details below:

    1. Fill out the form (it’s just under the instructions).
    2. We will send you the sign (free of charge).
    3. Fill in & assemble your #GENREREPYOURCITY sign.
    4. “Get up, get out, and get something” (Outkast).
    5. No. 3 means get out into the world see some art. You decide what art is.
    6. Take a picture (selfie or otherwise) alone or with some dope ass art piece in your town.
    7. Post on IG, Twitter or FB tag us and add #genrerepyourcity in the post caption.
    8. Go H.A.M.
    9. H.A.M.: Hard as a muthafucka (He Who Shall Not Be Named)

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Garden of You

by Eric Campbell

On sunny days I enjoy stepping into my backyard
Walking over to my fence
And peeking into your garden
It’s beautiful.
I often wonder if you planned
To perfectly place these plants

I watch as you tend to your aloes and dracaenas
I’m enthralled by the love you have for your baby’s breaths and hydrangeas
The way you glow when you are near your sunflowers.

They surround you and lean into you
As if you are their mother
Goddess.
I know better than to pick the roses
Not for fear of the thorns
But instead, so I can continue to watch it grow.

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Listen to the Next Generation

By Nyesha Stone

 

There aren’t many organizations that put Milwaukee’s youth at the front of their list. Yet, TRUE Skool, Inc. is a nonprofit that focuses on providing middle and high school youth with unique resources, outlets and much more to empower them to be the best they can be.

 

Through their programs, events and their many community initiatives, they’re providing a platform for the youth to voice their opinions and make a difference.

 

On March 24, starting at noon for four hours, TRUE Skool held a public free event “Fighting 4 Justice: The Next Generation,” to show the community how young people are making change in the cream city. There were live performances, a DJ, and two youth panels, along with refreshments, a raffle and lots of networking.

The event was held at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art to feature their “Resistance, Protest, Resilience” exhibit that has been modified and includes over 40 photos from the Collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) that showcases pictures from the twentieth-century movements and also events that lead to crucial social and political changes.

 

The Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media at Mia organized this exhibit in 2016. Fast forwarding into 2018, this exhibit aligns with the 200 Nights of Freedom 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s Fair Housing marches, according to TRUE Skool.

 

“This exhibit is dope,” said Creative Development and Outreach Director of TRUE Skool Fidel Verdin. “But, it’s not just about the history, it’s about what does that look like today.”

 

This event was a space for open dialogue about tough topics that allowed for all walks of life to share their opinions. Although there were panels, the audience had the chance throughout to stand up and share their voices with those around them.

There were many topics discussed such as why it’s important to vote, or why a lot of youth want alternatives from voting because they aren’t taught how to vote, how to know who to vote for, and plainly who they’re voting for.

 

Moderator and intern for TRUE Skool Tyrone Randle has been doing social justice work for around three years and he’s noticed there’s a lack of youth voice, which is the importance of the event.

 

“People don’t always look the youth as having an important voice,” said Randle. “I hope this gives them a sense of hope. It’s not always what you see on TV [because] there are youth out here doing positive things.”

 

This event was held on the same day as the youth-led powerful marches across the nation expressing their rights to be safe from guns in schools and anywhere they may go. March For Our Lives and organizations like TRUE Skool are showing the world that the youth are our future and we must listen to them because their voices matter.

 

Although this event was all about giving a voice to the voiceless, everyone agreed that conversations can only go so far and actions need to be taken now. We all know we want change, but for that change to happen we must all come together to plan that change and then that must be followed plan until real change happens.

 

TRUE Skool knows this is only one step to solving the many issues that not only the youth face but the Milwaukee community as a whole. True Skool won’t stop until real results are shown, which has already begun to happen.

 

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Harvest by Rania D.

O birds of hope
don’t flock to migrate
Winter’s approaching,
a less hurried gait
Let’s pick our crops
soft and mellow
Before joys rust
and turn to yellow
We’ll gather grins,
plum and ripen
No squandered tears,
ample dreams brighten
Our diligent pursuit,
we’re creatures awake
For when life’s frost bites,
survival hibernates
Let’s tap and dance
in a feast of harvest
while the scarlet disc
gives in to darkness
The sun shall tilt
dropping her last golden locks
The mist will fill
to chill empty docks
Perched larks of glee,
chirp for me till dawn
Sweet songs to echo
through a season forlorn.
By Rania D.

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Swimmer by Rania D.

I hold onto remnants of your love
It’s not buoyant enough to stay afloat
The drift of thoughts carry me like tidal currents.
Whirling emotions spiraling into a vortex of solitude
Crushing weight of heartbreak is pulling me downwards
I start sinking
Awaiting total submerge
Frantically gasping for air
It strikes me, I faintly remember
Once I was an excellent swimmer
I reach out and emerge
Escape these dark waters that converge
I’m a diver
and have always been a survivor.
By Rania D.

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Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa Exhibition at grunt gallery

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa lives and works in Berlin and Guatemala City. He was born in Guatemala City in 1978 and immigrated to Vancouver in the early 1980’s. In 2006 he received a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and, in 2008, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also a postgraduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 2013. He has had recent solo exhibitions at CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2017); and Gasworks, London (2015). Group exhibitions include São Paulo Biennial, Venice Biennale; LACMA, Los Angeles (2017); Lyon Biennial; and EFA Project Space, New York (2015). He has participated in performance series at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2017); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016); and Tate Modern, London (2015). In recognition of his achievement, Ramírez-Figueroa was awarded the Mies van der Rohe Award (2017); and a DAAD fellowship (2015-16).

 

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The object-based photos are mostly from the video Linnaeus in Tenebris (2017), and watch if the filename says “Linnaeus “, the more body images of Naufus are from the video Mimesis of Mimesis (2016) 

Vancouver B.C. grunt gallery will host a solo exhibition by Guatemalan-Canadian artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa. Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers mark the artist’s first solo presentation in Vancouver since he left the city to pursue an international art education and career. Continue reading Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa Exhibition at grunt gallery

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Prison by Rania D.

I walk in shackles, secured with self-condemnation

Pacing a cell, reinforced bricks of isolation

It’s suffocating and quiet

Suddenly silence is pierced

With fear’s uninhibited tormented screams

Despair is whipping, stinging lashes cut my thoughts

My heart is panting, pounding, pleading for lost hope

I’m looking through thick bars, tall and raised high

Firmly fixed by expectations and dull standards that confine

My voice has been swallowed

Hushed a long time ago

Emotions suppressed, warm tears dry as they flow

And I know there’s only one

who can set my spirit free

The key is a pendant

that has always been

safely kept with me

By Rania D.

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For the People Episode 5

The tables turn as Aarav, @typednotwritten is interviewed by Nakeysha! She asks him questions about his book and his life. If you wanted to know about your the host of For The People now is your chance to learn about him.

For the People Podcast Episode 5

Aarav then talks to creative guest writer and photographer Marta, @writeshitdown about her creative journey and how New York’s fast-paced living keeps her so busy. She also dives into the importance of meeting your creative friends.

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Marx Solvila’s Black Opium EP

Just in times for Valentine’s Day, Wavie Gang’s Marx Solvila announces the release of his EP “Black Opium” which will be available on all digital outlets February 14, 2018.

Download the album by clicking here.

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The Alux Chronicles

The Alux Chronicles is a book that is part novel and part poetry.  It is the biography of the author Michael Sanders. He began writing poetry and short stories when he was 18 years old and continued to do so as he went through the various phases of his life.

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For the People Episode 4

On this episode of For The People, we have Genre contributor Christina Marie Watkins! Find on IG @ChristinaMarieWatkins. Aarav and Christina talk about life and art in a way we haven’t on the show yet. Christina is a well-traveled spoken word artist and painter and we discuss art and getting out there! Making and doing with the gifts we have in life. We also dive into how your network shapes your life. How the balance of work and art take place in ones day to day lifestyle to make sure you don’t lose out on your gifts for this world creatively.

For the People Podcast Episode 4