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Nia King's trying to figure out if her dream of making a living as an art activist is beyond reach. In this podcast, she seeks advice from other political queer artists, trans artists, and artists of color who seem to have figured out how to make art and make rent without compromising their values.

Nia King's trying to figure out if her dream of making a living as an art activist is beyond reach. In this podcast, she seeks advice from other political queer artists, trans artists, and artists of color who seem to have figured out how to make art and make rent without compromising their values.
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Nia King's trying to figure out if her dream of making a living as an art activist is beyond reach. In this podcast, she seeks advice from other political queer artists, trans artists, and artists of color who seem to have figured out how to make art and make rent without compromising their values.

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English


Episodes

92: Malcolm Lasalle

9/30/2018
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Is visibility ultimately a good thing for the artist with revolutionary intentions? For most artists, seeking to be visible to the mainstream mass media is key to economic survival. However that visibility and the surveillance that comes with it can be detrimental to the intent of subversive art. What if we accept that anything we get paid to do can never be truly revolutionary, and that anything truly revolutionary cannot be done in public? Malcolm Lasalle explored these and other...

Duration:01:08:36

91: Jackie Wang, pt 2

9/17/2018
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Jackie Wang's book Carceral Capitalism helps draw a direct line between the Recession of 2008, the following calls for austerity, and the visible uptick in anti-Black police violence. Indebted cities are trying to cut costs and raise funds, and they are doing it by having machines and algorithms make decisions that cops and judges would usually make. In places like Ferguson, MO, they're also charging exorbitant fees and fines for the most minor infractions, making poor Black residents'...

Duration:00:59:32

90: Jackie Wang

9/3/2018
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Queer mixed-race writer Jackie Wang and I lived parallel lives in different parts of the country. In this first half of the interview, we reminisce about our teen years, spent listening to punk, reading/writing zines, and volunteering at Food Not Bombs. We also discuss her trajectory from zinester to blogger to published author and from dropping out of a poetry MFA program in the desert to becoming a PhD candidate at Harvard. Read the interview at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the...

Duration:00:58:50

89: Chief Esparza

8/5/2018
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Chief Esparza is the founder and editor-in-chief of EFNIKS.com, an online magazine for queer and trans people of color. In this episode, we discuss the environmental racism issue (EARTH), why they went on hiatus after Pulse, and how they hope to nurture young writers of color in the future. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration:01:08:51

88: Rabih Alameddine

7/4/2018
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Gay Lebanese-American novelist Rabih Alameddine authored the California Book Award-winning book An Unnecessary Woman and the Lambda Literary Award-winning book The Angel of History. In this interview we discuss (questionable) reasons some Lebanese don't identify as Arab, and the commodification of gay struggle, and writing against empire. TW for use of the word "sand n****r". This episode was recorded at Women's Audio Mission in SF. Photo by Oliver Wascow. Listen to the interview at...

Duration:01:01:44

87: Venus Di'Khadijah Selenite

6/3/2018
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Black trans dyke poet Venus Di'Khadijah Selenite discusses finding her voice in the Baton Rouge slam poetry scene, moving to DC to transition, and performing at the White House. STAY TUNED UNTIL THE VERY END to hear her perform two of her poems. Photo by Pink & White Productions. Read the transcript at scribd.com. Support the podcast at http://kck.st/2LaHzVi.

Duration:00:48:19

86: Joamette Gil, pt 2

5/22/2018
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In part two of my interview with queer Afro-Cuban comics artist, editor, and publisher Joamette Gil, we get into the nuts and bolts of surviving off your creative labor. Jo gives us an exact breakdown of how much she made last year and how she made it. She also discusses the process of putting together Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology. Plus, find out what she's working on next! Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at...

Duration:00:57:49

85: Joamette Gil, pt 1

5/6/2018
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Queer Afro-Cuban illustrator Joamette Gil and I discuss some of the many racial categories that exist in Cuban society and how they correlate (or don't) to US understandings of Blackness. Read the interview at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration:00:32:46

84: André Pérez, pt 2

4/22/2018
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Mixed-race Puerto Rican filmmaker and oral historian André Pérez discusses how he came to identify as a person of color, founding the Trans Oral History Project, and his upcoming documentary series America in Transition. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration:00:43:30

83: André Pérez, pt 1

4/8/2018
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Mixed-race filmmaker Andre Perez discusses growing up queer and trans in the South, being raised by a white mom (in mostly Black environments), and moving to Chicago to have Puerto Rican community. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration:00:34:06

82: Teresa Ellis, pt 2

3/25/2018
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In part two of my interview with Teresa Ellis, proprietor of PB&J: Pilates, Barre & Jams, we discuss sounding white, buying Black, and whether working out can actually help with chronic pain. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration:00:45:25

81: Teresa Ellis, pt 1

3/11/2018
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Black queer cis femme Teresa Ellis worked as a stripper at the Lusty Lady for 13 years (before and after it was unionized), founded one of the first Black burlesque troupes (Harlem Shake), raised a kid, and now teaches fat-positive Pilates classes out of her Oakland home. She's also also had a slew of other jobs, from phone sex operator to real estate agent. Hear about them all in this episode. Read the interview at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at...

Duration:00:39:21

80: DJ YNG GMA

2/4/2018
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Biracial genderqueer DJ YNG GMA and I discuss how grandmas inspire their party philosophy, why they're not on social media, and the increasingly political hip-hop that's been coming out since the election. Read the interview at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration:01:00:08

79: Samar Habib

12/2/2017
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Palestinian scholar Samar Habib is the author of Female Homosexuality in the Middle East, Islam and Homosexuality, A Tree Like Rain, and Rughum and Najda. In this interview, we discuss the sexual curiosity and diversity of 9th-century Baghdad, her secular Christian upbringing in Lebanon during the civil war, and how her parents got tricked into baptizing her before the family moved to Australia. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at...

Duration:00:43:41

78: Gabby Rivera, pt 2

11/20/2017
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Queer Puerto Rican novelist and writer of Marvel Comics "America" series Gabby Rivera and I discuss white feminism, cis feminism, writing for X-Men's Storm and making a living off of writing and speaking (by learning how to budget and save money)! Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration:00:34:21

77: Gabby Rivera, pt 1

11/5/2017
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Queer Puerto Rican writer Gabby Rivera writes a series for Marvel Comics called America. The protagonist, America Chavez, is a Puerto Rican lesbian with two moms who punches star-shaped holes in time and space. In this interview, we discuss the challenges Gabby faced while trying to complete her debut novel, Juliet Takes A Breath, and how she was able use the success of that novel to launch her comic-writing career. Photo by Julieta Salgado. Read the transcript at...

Duration:00:31:09

76: Paradise Khanmalek

10/2/2017
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Paradise Khanmalek draws fat, hairy, brown goddesses. In this episode, Paradise and I discuss the way capitalism segments the art world, the way Iranians are racialized in the US, and the spiritual side of graphic design work. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration:00:41:24

75: Sarah Burke

9/3/2017
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Former managing editor of the East Bay Express, Sarah Burke and I discuss the exploitation of gallery artists and the masculinist nature of journalism. We also try to get to the heart of what makes a good editor. Photo by Janelle Kajisa. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration:00:43:54

74: Anthony J. Williams, pt 2

8/14/2017
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In part two of this interview with Black queer writer Anthony J. Williams, we discuss anti-Black racism in POC communities, analyze some common Bay Area social justice lingo, and identify a few of the barriers Black folks face in accessing mental health help. Photo by Jee Jing. Transcription by Joyce Hatton. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactvistnia. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration:00:37:44

73: Anthony J. Williams, pt 1

8/7/2017
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Queer Black non-binary writer Anthony J. Williams and I discuss his time studying abroad in South Africa, growing up in a military family, and the lack of Black folks in Bay Area "POC" spaces. Read the transcript at scribd.com/artactivistnia. Listen to the audio at qtpocart.libsyn.com or on itunes. Support the podcast at patreon.com/artactivistnia.

Duration:00:39:30