Keep Public Art Public!

I wrote my first letter to the editor! Dear Editor: Kingston Mayor Steve Noble’s “Art in Public” policy proposal claims to encourage artists to “create artwork that engages with the public,” but the regulatory policy discourages community engagement and censors public art through unnecessary bureaucracies. Last October, I facilitated the “Art in Public” panel at the O+… Read More

Black and Highly Dangerous Podcast

Now this was a fun and engaging interview! Please check out: Episode 68: Graffiti Grrlz w/ Dr. Jessica Pabón-Colón For today’s episode, we focus on a unique exploration of a population that typically goes unnoticed – women in graffiti. Specifically, we interview Dr. Jessica Pabón-Colón, an a Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies… Read More

Ideas on Fire Podcast Interview

My interview with Ideas on Fire is live! The episode is available in Apple Podcasts (iOS), Google Podcasts (Android), Spotify, YouTube, Soundcloud, and all the other podcast players. We chatted about my book Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora (02:13) The future of feminist graffiti art (05:10) The intersection of art, academia, and activism in Jessica’s… Read More

#GraffitiGrrlz Book Review!

Throughout the book they challenge graffiti being Hip Hop and fail to call themselves feminists. However this disjunct leads Pabón-Colón to much more nuanced understandings. So, for instance, towards the end of the book she discusses why the South American ‘graffiteras’ reject the feminist label. This could have haughtily been put down to their own… Read More

“Rap is Art” Hip Hop Reading List

Since the article “Rap Is Art. So Why Do Some Academics Still Feel as if They Have to Defend It?” by Teghan Simonton went live on The Chronicle, I’ve had many requests for access to the suggested reading that I offered my colleagues at SUNY New Paltz in the wake of Gerald Banjamin’s racialized comments… Read More

Graff Grrlz News: Malala Yousafzai visits Rede Nami #MalalaNaNAMI

On July 11th, Malala Yousafzai visited Panmela Castro’s (aka Anarkia Boladona) urban art organization Rede Nami. Not one to let anyone walk away without picking up a can, Panmela invited Malala and her group to spray paint with a stencil. Malala chose to paint one depicting the late feminist activist #MarielleFranco. Encounters like this make my… Read More