https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OoBaDt9cvQ Featuring nisha ahuja, who has been sharing her examination of Yoga & Cultural Appropriation for over a decade and notably through the national tour of her play Yoga Cannibal (Directed/Dramaturged by Yvette Nolan), a playful and cutting look at the consumption of culture in the quest for spiritual fulfillment. There was a huge in-person and online response to nisha’s workshop “You Are Here: Examining Cultural Appropriation and Yoga” in January 2014, with many requests for the live streaming video to stay online. This video was created in response to that request. nisha shares this with gratitude to the many many many others who share a practice that is much more expansive than commonly sold the diluted versions of the Yogic path.
RETHINK SHINOLA is a multi-part, Internet-based artwork analyzing and critiquing the branding messages publicized by the company Shinola, founded in 2011. Shinola’s name is “a nod” to the former Shinola, a shoe polish company that promoted its products using racist caricatures of African Americans. The “new” Shinola company planted itself in Detroit and leverages and profiteers from the extreme conditions and image of the city as a site of grit and resilience. The brand creates representations of patriarchal whiteness to enforce perceptions of their “leadership” and circulates images of African American employees being grateful for this so-called governance. In Shinola’s narratives, the “wild” Detroit environment needs a civilized savior who can first identify with and then tame and civilize the savage.
By Kelly Hayes
I write these words on what’s a cold night in my city, and a much colder night where my heart is — with my friends in Standing Rock. My writing, which typically centers movements, often sways between news and analysis. My coverage of #NoDAPL has been no exception. But this piece is neither news nor analysis, because these words are for you, my people, for our Protectors and resistors — for those who aren’t seeking to be heroes, but who are nonetheless members of heroic movements and communities.
By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights
“Ally is a complicated word; sometimes accomplice is better. Accomplices put their body on the line.”
– Dr. JP Catungal, Critical Gender and Sexualities Studies
As I joined the growing number of people standing vigil with Black Lives Matter Vancouver on Sunday July 10th, I immediately recognized Constance Barnes, a charismatic mover and shaker in the worlds of culture, green space and electoral politics of Vancouver. The last time I had seen her was four years ago. We hugged, then standing back she shook her head, “fuckin’ really? I mean, fuckin’ really? This is why my mother and father left the States 60 years ago. And here we are, again?”