Loud Mouth Reading List: Week of April 15th

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The Significance Of Beyoncé Using Massive Platforms Like Coachella To Celebrate Blackness

Brooklyn White

"Coachella has a dark past of excluding Black artists, appropriating and disrespecting marginalized cultures, and its owner supporting anti-LGBTQ politicians — but Beyoncé was wise enough to know that headlining this festival was a historic opportunity to uplift her people and community. While the majority of the people who could afford to witness Bey’s set live were not aware of the multitude of details that went into her performance, it didn’t matter. Her true fans — those who could understand in full — watched at home for freeHa."


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The Unapologetic Trans Women of Color Who Helped Me Love My Body

Kuchenga

"I have always had a warm sense of kinship with women we have historically seen as disreputable. Today, I see Lil’ Kim in trans women of color like Shauna Brooks and TS Madison, whom me and my girlfriends refer to as “Mother”. Both are former sex workers turned internet celebrities and vloggers, and these women on YouTube have sustained me deeply throughout my transition. Their siren voices boom from my mini speaker and headphones. They make me howl the house down. TS Madison simulating fellatio like she’s actually chomping on bratwurst is what gets me every time. "

 

 


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The Shakedown: The 2000s Lesbian Strip Club Party That Helped Define Club Culture Today

Rooney Elmi

“Making its US debut at True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri, Shakedown has been receiving glowing reviews for showcasing a diverse lineup of the queer community from studs, plus size women, to femme lesbians, and cultivating a intoxicating odyssey of hedonism without veering into voyeurism. While many will reference Jennie Livingston’s iconic 1990 documentary, Paris is Burning, one thing is certain: Weinraub completely avoids Livingston’s by-now-notorious exploitation accusations by grounding Shakedown as a community-focused film, positioning her gaze not as a spectator but as an insider looking in.”


 

The Body On The Other Side Of Self-hatred

Keah Brown

"Imagine how many people would feel better about their bodies if they had a positive representation of their body as a child. The ability to see your body without disgust and without the influence of a culture that sees your body as an inconvenience is something we all deserve. Selfishly, I want so much more for myself and my community—to be seen so that no one else feels the need to mark their bodies the way I did or feel the urge to be someone else simply because the world expects us to hate our bodies the way they hate our bodies. The good news is that this unruly body is one that I love now, even on the days when it is aching and I hate it, even when self-hatred and sadness come knocking at my door, looking for a trip down memory lane."


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5 Somali Creatives On How Surveillance Culture Shapes Their Work

Najma Sharif

“More and more people are slowly becoming cybersecurity-literate, but while some people rush to cover their webcams with tape, others can’t escape their more intimate, long-standing relationships with surveillance. As black Afrofuturists have contended with before me, black people have always been ahead of their time, and thus are no strangers to navigating and subverting the kind of mass surveillance used to police and control parts of the populace; black people have been surveilled long before the invention of any GPS device. And so, knowing this, knowing we are being watched, how do we document our current realities without filtering ourselves? How can we create without feeling like we need to censor our thoughts and feelings about the way the world is engaging with our many identities?”

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