This post is long overdue. I've been so busy, life is a blur.
First of all can we just appreciate the beauty of the first few sentences of Virginia Woolf's The Waves?
"The sun had not yet risen. The sea was indistinguishable from the sky, except that the sea was slightly creased as if a cloth had wrinkles in it. Gradually as the sky whitened a dark line lay on the horizon dividing the sea from the sky and the grey cloth became barred with thick strokes moving, one after another, beneath the surface, following each other, pursuing each other, perpetually."
Isn't that such a beautiful opening to a novel? It came up in an English lesson recently and now it's next on my list to read (which is becoming borderline long.) I need to read more though. Can someone snatch some time out of the universe and hand it to me? That'd be great.
Anyways, early on in Feb, I went to this:
BLOOM is a short coming-of-age film centred around four teenage girls, and the exhibition is a collection of art pieces created by loads of female creatives around the world in response to the film. It was such a creative, blossoming and beautiful evening - amazing, funky and sensual art, great music and a zine stall from which I purchased STRIKE! magazine. These are photographs from the night! My camera wasn't that great so the photos either turned out too dark or too bright, but yeah - amazing!!!
I purchased issue 15 and issue 17 of STRIKE! I've read most of the articles in issue 15 and I am gobsmacked. It is so incredibly informative and interesting reading about cultural and social theory in relation to racism, sexism, intersectional feminism - I feel so inspired and ready to revolt if I'm honest! One phrase that really stuck with me was "DECOLONISE YOUR MIND." Quite a radical thing to envision, but extremely strong in its message. What if we did, little by little, learn to unlearn? Acknowledge that our world is by design? What if we could all decolonise our minds and reconstruct, over time, global history? (it even sounds impossible.) But yeah, something to think about. I would 1000/10 recommend that you buy it!
ALSO I'm in love with Steve Lacy and I dunno what to do about it. :/
His new EP Steve Lacy's Demo is all I've been listening to and day by day my heart just continues to melt. :/ Listen to the full thing here. :/ "RYD" and "DARK RED" are my favourites. :/ :/ :/ heart = melted.
Matt Martins, another member of The Internet, released his album recently as well, called The Drum Chord Theory and my fave so far is "Diamond in Da Ruff", produced by both him and *wink wink* Steve Lacy (ignore me I'm a mess.)
Check out the song here!
If you follow me on instagram, then you probably would have seen that I'm in the middle of creating a ZINE called sweet-thang, and it's an arts and literary zine for & by black women + femmes! The deadline for submitting to the first issue Power / Roots / Beginnings has just passed and it almost brings a tear to my eye how much support it has received!!! My email is overflowing with beauty and I'm scared - because it means that I have to put it together! I'm so frikin' excited though. It is going to be beautiful. Keep yer eyes peeled!!!
I hope everyone is doing well. Look at my March musing - "DON'T PUT YOURSELF IN A BOX!" Stay cool, keep grinning, ~peace out~ and c u in the next post! Zoe xo