ART/LIFESTYLE

LISTEN: PODCAST – HOW NOT TO BE AN A**HOLE

[Dan, Dom, Todd – Photo by Cameron Robinson]

My friend Todd Williams (Louie Knuxx) has been running an hour long weekly podcast with fellow New Zealanders, Dominic Hoey (Tourettes), and Dan Mawby. While Dan exists mostly in the background as the technical wizard, Todd and Dom tackle the airwaves with their own brand of unique and refreshing candour. Both men are exceptionally informed and hilarious, which makes for some interesting dialogue.

Each week they feature a different guest or guests, and cover a wide range of topics, with nothing excluded as too sacred. They are now 21 episodes in, and have spoken with politicians, police, bloggers, rappers, and athletes.

Check out my 3 favourite episodes below:

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RTJ’s latest visual effort accompanies their frantic and bouncy track Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k) and like much of their output, is a distinct political statement.

This completely black and white video beautifully illustrates the futility of violence; A powerful message made even more poignant by its 2 main characters – the white cop, and the young black man. Run The Jewels have been key players in the ongoing debate within music/culture about race and police brutality. (Kendrick even mentions Killer Mike on his track Hood Politics from To Pimp A Butterfly)

The video is confronting for all the right reasons.

Listen to RTJ2 in full here.

ART/LIFESTYLE, PEOPLE

READ A BOOK: ASSATA (AUTOBIOGRAPHY)

One of the most informative and engaging autobiographies I have ever read, the life of Assata Shakur (JoAnne Chesimard) is filled with pain, loss, heartbreak, struggle, hope, love, and finally – triumph.

Whether or not you believe every detail of the book as recounted by Assata; Whether or not you believe in the institutional and governmental corruption she tries to shed light on; Whether or not you believe she killed that State Trooper on a turnpike in New Jersey in 1973; This book primarily and eloquently details the fears, perils, and dangers of being a strong, educated, and politically aware black woman in 20th century U.S.A.

“Before you can break out of prison, you must first realise you’re locked up.”

The structure of the book as well as Assata’s simple and frank style of writing is so compelling and relatable that it will suit all audiences. Interestingly, the story is not laid out in a linear format but rather jumps from [firstly] that night on the turnpike in May 1973, then back and forth between her childhood and the events directly after the shootout in New Jersey; Eventually all of these experiences zig-zagging between the now and the then are connected in the middle, allowing us to piece together all of the clues she has shared about her life thus far which culminated to create the woman whose words we are absorbing today.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it.”

Now is the time we need to realise that although the climate crisis is a scientific, environmental, economic, and global issue, and will affect every single human being on the planet, it is also [perhaps more importantly] a social justice issue – It is those among us who are in the poorest and most underdeveloped countries, those among us who are the most fragile and vulnerable to disaster, those among us who have done the absolute least to contribute to the crisis (as well as received the fewest benefits from the emission of fossil fuels), who will pay the largest price and will be affected first. Without the buffer of wealth, tiny nations will be wiped out without hope of restoration. Look around. It’s already happening. We have seen that in small countries in Asia and the Pacific, the aftermath of tropical disaster is catastrophic and loss of loved ones has become a way of life.

We need to see that this issue permeates every aspect of society and life as we know it – In ways that aren’t always obvious, we are seeing the effects of climate change in other current global problems – War, Poverty, Immigration, Disease, even Racial and Social issues.

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