"For me, what I've learned in my life and through my studies is that HOW we do feminism really matters and it's really not enough to just say I'm a feminist--or I'm an intersectional feminist--without understanding the roots. [...] To move forward we need to look back."
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 work (10:14)Curation … Continue reading Ideas on Fire Podcast Interview
On May 16th, 2018, advanced copies of my book arrived from NYU Press. Then a few days later, they started appearing in other people's hands: Do you have yours? Send a selfie via Twitter @JustJess_PhD
My incredibly talented student Sam Manzella wrote a piece for The Riveter Magazine profiling my journey with graffiti grrlz! Check it out: The Fierce Feminist Academic Behind “Graffiti Grrlz” Thanks for the love, Sam!
There is shit among us we need to sift through. Who knows, there may be some fertilizer in it. ~Gloria Anzaldúa, Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists of Color, 1990 Shortly after I woke up this morning, reflecting on the social media back and forths I engaged in/witnessed/tried to moderate, I thought to myself: damn. … Continue reading We’ve Been Here Before
So I'm in the middle of writing a new chapter for Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora based on two old ones (from my dissertation) and I realized two things: 1) I'm writing about how performances of feminism circulate online and my blog has been woefully neglected (my bad! writing a book, teaching, and … Continue reading Know Your Herstory: CatFight Digital Zine
[written Summer 2013] No Somos “Mariposas,” Somos “MariPUSSY”: An Interview with Graffiti Art Activist MISS163 aka Sharon Lee De La Cruz. Walking through the streets of New York City you are bound to note the graffiti-covered buildings, bridges, and tunnels. You may ask yourself “how,” but have you ever wondered: “why” or “who?” Approximately 28 … Continue reading From the Archives: An interview with hemispheric graffitera MISS163
Some people go to the gym, some people do needlepoint, this is what I do…I hang out in dirty tunnels and I like it. ~Itsa, 2015 When I speak of the erotic, then, I speak of it as an assertion of the life force of women; of that creative energy empowered, the knowledge and use of … Continue reading Hanging out in a dirty tunnel…getting in touch with the “Erotic” (a la Lorde)
Just thought you outta know about Miss163's latest project, funded by the DOT's Urban Arts Program. You can peep it on Hunts Point ave, passing the Bruckner Expressway. I've been working with the image of Ruby Bridges because I feel that communities of color need to analyze and take note of how she was used … Continue reading Ruby Bridges Walks, a Public Art Series by Miss163 in the Bronx.
I'm THRILLED to announce that the Fall 2013 issue of TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies has DROPPED!! My piece on Crazis Crew, Turronas Crew, and Rede Nami “Be About it: Graffiteras Performing Feminist Community” joins works on Censorship in Egypt, Hip Hop in Israel, TDR's first born–digital article and more! Here is the (truncated) … Continue reading BUY this issue!!! Read my piece: Graffiteras Performing Feminist Community!!