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Intersections Contact Photography Opening at Daniels Spectrum

Last night I had the pleasure of being one of the photographers exhibiting work at Daniels Spectrum on the 2nd floor.  Our series is entitled Intersections.  My section is Being Gender Fluid In A Gender Specific Society.  I got another piece but that’ll be revealed later.  Anyhow I”m pleased to be in the company of Wade Hudson, Jon Black, Yannick Anton, Buruk Early, Candace Nyaomi Boogs, Ebti Na, Dwayne Sybbliss, Soteeoh, Adeyami Adegbesan and curated by Elle Alconcel.  The work will be up until June 15th so if you didn’t make it out to the opening you still have a month to check it.  Work is for sale so don’t be shy with your wallets.

Anyhow here’s some action that you missed

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Justin Bua and Russell Peters in Toronto

Last weekend Justin Bua was in town to chill at Redbull headquarters to sell some artwork.  He brought his buddy Russell Peter’s along to dj the festivities.  The party was off the chain.  Russell thru down some dope tunes and of course Justin was awesome.  Smiling and signing art for people.  I know a few people who got some goodies.  Maestro Fresh Wes and Jonathon Mannion were also up in the spot.

here’s some pics and video from the event.

 

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African Liberation Month art exhibits in Toronto

well it’s february and we all know what that means… It’s African Liberation Month which marks the month where all the african artists get jobs to showcase there work or give talks on what it means to be an african etc.  Two artists that had work showcasing were Jon Black and Danillo McCallum.

Jon is showcasing his work at the Gladstone Hotel until feb 28th.

 

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some work and performances and Danillo’s show at Daniel Spectrum also on until feb 28th.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmIfZrWg9ms&feature=youtu.be Quentin VerCetty’s performance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwAfX4ymLqg&feature=youtu.be  Samson Brown’s performance

 

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Beyoncé: Why I love her

I thought I should chime in on my feelings on this new  Beyoncé album.beyonce in blue beyonce in her element beyonce laughing beyonce love beyonce singing beyonce sippin beyonce with the twins flawless mrs. carter take a bow  For me it represents the dawning of a new day.  A cultural shift that the music industry desperately needed.  Who drops an album with no warming and no promotion to the tune of going platinum in less than a week?  Beyoncé of course.  But more than the music it’s the sheer art of the project that captivates the audience.   From showcasing everyday people to the glitz and glamour of being in a mansion.  More importantly for me was her showcasing the creative mind of a black woman.  Being a prime example of what it means to be a leader in the community.  The black community specifically, but the worldwide community intentionally.

https://vimeo.com/82113828  Beyoncé performing XO and Halo in Toronto

 

This album has made me reevaluate my life as an artist as well as a person.  I have the same 24hrs in a day as Beyoncé.  Mind you I’m not a million but still I’m sure my levels of procrastination will forever be curved because of the quality of art Beyoncé put out.  Not only music but videos as well as raising a baby and having menstral cramps.  Bowing down… real talk.

I’m glad that Beyoncé was the first to do this.  No promotion just here’s my art.  The art is spectacular.  Flawless, pun intended.  Makes me really appreciate the art of creation.  So many people are content with mediocre bullshit and I’m so glad Beyoncé’s virgo perfection has shined light on the world.  Even if you’re not rich you have the potential for greatness.  As well the example she specifically sets for young black females is priceless.  Say what you want about her blond hair, so called bleaching (she been lightskinned from birth she is creole afterall) she ain’t claiming to be a white women.  I see all these white feminists coming for her but she doesn’t claim you. #solidarityisforwhitewomen.

From songs/videos like Pretty Hurts and most notably Flawless Beyoncé sheds light on what it means to be a black girl growing up in a Eurocentric world that doesn’t deem little black girls as flawless.  But Beyoncé teaches us otherwise.  Flawless is to this generation what Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit was to generation X.  A whole crop of people are using Flawless as an anthem of empowerment.  I know I for one walk into a room strutting like I’m on a runway when I’m playing it.  From a visual aspect the video is a throwback to the grunge movement with the denim, high boots, plaid and angst ridden party goers aka her back up dancers.  I hope for anyone who was never the cool kid in school they can jam to this and use it as a self empowering anthem… hell even all those people u know shouldn’t be singing this song will but whatever everyone’s entitled to their moment.

 

Drunk In Love = song of the year!!! The video can we talk about Beyoncé dancing on the beach. I’m here for all of that!!! I know people are upset about Jay z’s eat the cake reference but i’m pretty sure that’s a sexual innuendo between the two of them.  That’s all I’ma say about that.  Shits been on repeat for days.

This entire album is a classic hands down album of the year of 2013 (Pusha T you had my vote till Beyoncé killed everything).

 

And as for Beyoncé being the voice of black feminism I’m all for it.  All y’all other feminists (I’m looking at you white ladies) need to get your lives together and jump on board and stop hating from outside the club.  More than just talk, Beyoncé’s doing.  Showing the world that as a black women you can have and do it all.  Fuck these crackers for making it seem that we aren’t worthy cuz that’s pretty much the message the mainstream media puts out.  Beyoncé in all her greatness exposes the behind the scenes of what it really means to be “pretty” in this eurocentric world while showing us her vulnerability and how much she actually loves and is happy with herself.

 

She embraces motherhood and works hard as a creative entity to get what she wants.  She deserves it.  She’s Flawless #factsonly.

The only thing i hate about this album is that I’m single.  This album is 100% for lovers, those in love etc.  Not to say you can’t feel it if you’re single but i mos def feel how much she’s in love with Jay Z and the love she has for Blue Ivy all up and down this album.  It is cuffing season so this certainly should be in a lot of playlists and come summer the album most recognized for creating those summer babies.  I’m just saying I appreciate the placement of the sexy time songs cuz it’s a good amount of time for u to get it b4 u might wanna come up for air…or whatever.

 

Next up will be how this album comes to light on tour.  I’m really looking forward to the new routines and energy she puts into this production.

Beyoncé got me way more in tune with my feminine side then ever b4.  I appreciate that.  But that’s another blog post entirely :)

Hats off to Beyoncé for showcase that God really is a black woman!!!!

Ernie Paniccioli in Toronto Dec 1, 2013

Last sunday Ernie Paniccioli graced a Toronto audience with his presence and shared some stories related to his book Who Shot Ya.  Here’s an excerpt of what Ernie had to say.

https://vimeo.com/81130215 pt. 2

 

 

 

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Feminist Haunted House Review

So last night I ventured out the the Lesbian Rule Feminist Haunted House here in Toronto.  Pretty much all of Toronto’s white lesbians must have been in attendance from 6 pm till midnight cuz there was a steady stream lined up around the block since time. My first trigger was the white person with the dreadlocks and the chains hanging from their pants as a good indication that I was in for some deep cracker shit.

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I’m not sure who’s bright idea it was to have someone in a costume like this but I for one was not feeling it.  Cuz u know I wish I could just have the option of taking off my black skin every once and a while so that people wouldn’t be threatened.  Wouldn’t that be lovely *major face palm for this one.

Next time people just choose another wig it woulda made things so much better.

Next on almost getting to the entrance we are greeted with said person on the left who wants to adorn us with glitter.

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I was pretty adamant I didn’t want any glitter on my purple yeezys or anywhere else on my body.  You think a feminist would respect when someone says “no” well clearly no fucks were being given about that today because after the person backed off said person must have caught a slight case of amnesia because the glitter tried to get acquainted with my yeezys. HELL TO THE MUTHAFUCKIN NO!!!! Thankfully white people’s aim tends to be bad and they kinda slow so the kicks were unharmed.

 

Next we enter the dwellings of said haunted house…

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As we waited for our turn to enter the performance space I couldn’t help but feel uncomfortable while listening to the wailing of a performer going off on men in a not so charming way.  Slightly violent and mos def making me feel like maybe I shouldn’t have come here.  As someone who isn’t a femme, feminist or white I was kinda taken aback at the venom towards men I was hearing.  Not sure how to fully describe it but it made me feel as if my masculine energy wasn’t wanted in the space.  That wasn’t any fun AT ALL!

So after being fully trigger we get into the space and start seeing a performance.

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Something about culture and people…I kinda got distracted cuz I felt like I was in a white girl seance.  Something along the lines of what I picture happens during those summer camps that all the rich white girls I went to high school with got to go to… It looked like this

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I digress…

Moving along we got to meet our “demented professor” aka Dainty Box whom by the way was one of 3 black people I saw as actual participants throughout this whole escapade.  She was awesome as always!!

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We saw some really awesome put together pieces of art/sculpture like vaginas and voluptuous women  and such.  I admire the detail that went into those.  Not sure if I understood the concept of the masked people with eyeballs in their vaginas but its art performance so it worked!?!

The one part I actually enjoyed the most was the lavender corridor we crawled thru which had a real couple recreating their love/sex thru noise laughter and touch.  That actually left me feeling really happy cuz you could actually feel the positive loving energy between them as if you were actually involved in that interaction.  Not as a bystander but as someone who can feel love. *probably just my part virgo sensitive side but whatever i was uplifted.

Now I’m not gonna give a full rundown of everything that I saw cuz that might just be mean and if need be you should experience it yourself however I’m not done discussing the rest of the bullshit.

So laddi laddi da we get to the end of the house where there is a “Processing Room” * but of course right cuz as we all know that’s a lesbians favourite past time adventure…I’m not kidding

Anyhow the room is purposely decked out in a nice calm cooling blue light and there are a few active listeners there waiting for our feedback.  Most of the peeps didn’t say much… Along the way I proceeded to pick up a foam battle axe so try and picture me with it as you read what I’m about to write.  I calmly proceeded to tell said listener about the sheer whiteness of this project with the art/paintings of all white people to the lack of inclusion of anything other than white feminist gaze perceptions/performances.  The white person with the dreads and chain and how triggering that was for me as a black person with locks to see such disrespect.  The Lack of intersectional analysis of other black, people of colour and indigenous thoughts/ways of feminism.  Needless to say said active listener told me that I could ” just leave all of that here in this room so that you don’t have to take that with you” * there were and movements people of a snapping of fingers in the “puff” variety… oh lord we ain’t in Kansas anymore.

Really so I was just supposed to leave all that racism and bullshit in this blue light room you created to make that shit disappear.  Why thank you white jesus for being so considerate of my feelings… because obviously you knew some of your shit was fucked.  Like for real for real.  The kicker was when I was asked how I could be helped?  It ain’t about helping me it’s about dealing with your fuckery and white supremacist anti black racist thought that needs to change.  Cuz that shit was fucked be.

 

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Studs From Slavery to Mainstream Artshow by Kalmplex

So I have a painting exhibit up at Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto.  Currently up until July 1st.  The opening was on Friday June 7th.  Here’s some photos of the event.  If you’re in the Yonge and Welleseley are between now and July feel free to go upstairs and check it out.  http://www.gladdaybookshop.com/

art inquires email me at dreadedstar@gmail.com

 

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Taha Clayton at GoodFellas Gallery

 

Taha Clayton had his art show opening in Toronto at GoodFellas gallery.  One of toronto’s finest oil painters now residing in Brooklyn.  His art will be up for the rest of April.

Here’s Taha discussing art and needing to build a proper foundation for Toronto : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjAMLa4gQiE&feature=youtu.be

For appointments contact  info@goodfellasgallery.com

 

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taha in explanation mode taha under taha taha's artshow the clayton klan