The #Ferguson solidarity rally in MPLS tonight was big and inspiring. I posted some photos and updates over at http://www.twitter.com/elguante. So many powerful people in attendance. As all the speakers said, this is just a stepping stone— if you want to do more, dive in, get involved with an organization; links and resources here: http://www.guante.info/2014/08/this-is-not-think-piece-turning-outrage_27.html

This has been on my mind a lot lately. A poem about media, culture, whiteness and Minnesota.

I’ve seen a number of “I care about ‪#‎Ferguson‬ and about building a movement for police accountability but I don’t know what to say or do” posts lately. And that’s fine, that’s healthy.

I just like to remind myself sometimes that “speaking out” doesn’t have to be about *you* being brilliant— it might be about sharing a relevant link and/or amplifying someone else’s voice. On Twitter, I’d definitely recommend checking out Elon James WhiteDream Defenders, Feminista Jones, PrisonCulture, Syreeta McFadden & Ta-Nehisi Coates, plus locals like Nekima Levy-Pounds, Justin Terrell, Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) &TakeAction Minnesota.

As for those who want to ACT, I’m working on something now drawing together the different organizations, events, and movements involved in police accountability work here in the TC, and specifically highlighting how people can plug into that work. There’s a big event on 8/28 coming up, and even more beyond that. Should have something to post pretty soon; if you have any thoughts, feel free to leave a comment.

NEW VIDEO: 
SIFU HOTMAN: FIRST AVE FUNERAL

Me, deM atlaS and Rube made this video for Adam J. Dunn’s #LAAB series. Hope you like it.

"The day after Superman died/
everybody stopped lookin’ up in the sky/
and started lookin’ down at the ground/
like we have been heroes here this whole time”

Just some cool stuff to check out, you know, if you’re cool

Part THREE in my series of videos sharing tips, tools and tactics for aspiring spoken-word artists.

This installment focuses on performance, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience. It’s an enormous subject, so I’ve really tried to zero in on some basic, foundational stuff.

As always, these videos are not meant to be “guides” or teach anyone anything. I’m just sharing tools that have benefited me and the stuff that I think about and try to be intentional about. I’m no expert, but hopefully something in here can be useful for you.

I’m not 100% sure who took this photo (if it’s you, let me know!), but this is me, Rube and deM atlaS rocking out at the SIFU HOTMAN release show. This is the album’s one-week anniversary. Endless thanks to everyone who has bought it, shared it, or even just listened. You can get it right here.

Repost our new album 100 times and I will eat FIVE DONUTS!

Stream SIFU HOTMAN on SoundCloud.

And huge thanks to everyone from me, deM atlaS and Rube for a great first week so far. All of the purchases, listens, and especially the shares really mean a lot! Video for “First Ave Funeral” coming soon.

I NEVER SAT AT THE COOL KIDS’ TABLE/
I NEVER WANTED TO NEITHER.

There is no chosen one, no destiny, no fate/
There’s no such thing as magic/
There is no light at the end of this tunnel/
So it’s a good thing we brought matches

Just in case anyone missed the last post. Our new album is available now!

New album! Me and deM atlaS rapping over Rube beats. Hope you like it!

GET THE NEW SIFU HOTMAN ALBUM NOW, A DAY EARLY.

Me, deM atlaS and Rube made something cool. Hope you like it.

  1. Camera: iPhone 5
  2. Aperture: f/2.4
  3. Exposure: 1/20th
  4. Focal Length: 4mm