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Devyn Manibo is a Jersey City raised (and based) award-winning interdisciplinary/multigalactic artist. She can usually be found race raging, shade bending, and averting your settler colonialist gaze with a resting glare of displeasure.

Have you been keeping up with the Olympics? If you have, then this has surely been an exciting week. Other things have been exciting too though. Here's what we've been reading/watching.

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Holy Sh#@$T that's awesome! I

Holy Sh#@$T that's awesome! I gave them a one-woman standing ovation in my living room!

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does anyone know where i can find a transcript for the video? i have problems understanding everything but would love to! thank you!

Got it!

<p>Hey there, I just transcribed it myself since I could find a transcription anywhere on the internet. I should have done this earlier, so I apologize. Sections with ellipses are parts I couldn't make out. If I happen to come upon an official transcription, I will post it here.</p><p><strong>Kai Davis and Safi Niara – Brave New Voices 2012 – Philadelphia Round Two</strong></p><p>
Your horn-rimmed glasses,<br>
Sweater hoodies,<br>
Vintage leather oxfords,<br>
Authentic woven Guatemalan bookbags,<br>
And your crafty, handmade, wooden iPhone cases,<br>
Tell me you are none other than a self-affirming,<br>

<p>Dear dirty hipsters,<br>
It’s bad enough, I see you every day on the same corner of the park,<br>
Smelling of week old piss,<br>
Jammin’ with some dope Rastafarian drummers,<br>
Bein’ all integrated and shit,<br>
Hugging trees and smoking them in the same breath,<br>
… hair dreadfully resembling locks<br>
Acting like you’re down because you say “fuck the system!” but in the same
breath, are quick to gentrify the hell outta my hood!</p>

<p>When you call them on it,
they say things like “I don’t see color,”<br>
“Oh my god, I didn’t even know you were black until just now.”<br>
What you meant to say was, “oh, I’m choosing to deny your personal identity and heritage in order to make me feel more comfortable.”<br>
“I’m comfortable enough to say ‘nigga’ with my black friends, and by the way, I have black friends.”<br>
They’re quick to suck a culture–appreciated, appropriated–<br>
Act like it’s an act of love and solidarity, when really you just turn it into organic, alternative, indie, vomit.<p>

“Yeah, I listen to rap music–I love A Tribe Called Quest.”<br>
And this is the part where me and my homies give you the side eye.<br>
Why do you think that’s okay?<br>
You don’t get cool points because you’re 13% “Native American.”<br>
You don’t get points for slumming it in the hood when you still clutch your purse every time you walk past a black man, when your privilege is still the most prominent thing about you.<br>
And butchering African songs, buy yourself Indian garb, “is that racist?”<br>
Yes, it is.<br>
And we don’t mean to offend you by calling you racist,<br>
We know that according to you, we’re all a part of the “human race.”<br>
But you have the tendency to treat animals better than humans.<br>
We know you hipsters like cats with ironic pet names, like Ernest Hemingway, or Zooey Deschanel.<br>
I just hope to God you don’t feed it meatless, gluten-free, toxin free… kibbles and bits,<br>

<p>You’re as intolerable as an Odd Future lullaby.<br>
We don’t need to hear your feelings about OUR ISSUES!</p>

<p>“To be fair, as a white person–“<br>
Nuh nuh nuh, SHUT THE FUCK UP!</p><p>

You’re constantly biting at our ears with unwanted opinions, you’re blogging Tumblr posts concerning your liberal perspective.<br>
Not to mention your ability to multiply, gathering followers in every second hand bookstore, leafing through anarchist literature, claiming you’re an activist–<br>
KONY 2012!<br>

Walking past the poverty in your own city towards a donation box for mythical African children, because all that continent needs is another ivory savior who’s convinced Africa is a country.<br>
I’d rather eat my own face, chew raw venison,<br>
Than listen to you tell the same story about how you don’t listen to CD’s because you’re strictly vinyl.<br>
I’m sure these points will fly above your ninety dollar haircut,<br>
<em>Designed specifically to make you look like a vagabond.</em><br>
And I’ll walk down the street and see another one of you.<br>
Crank up your dubstep mixtape,<br>
Sip on your raspberry seltzer water.<br>
I’ll call you a douche,<br>
You’ll call me “reverse-racist,”<br>
Then hopefully you’ll cry hipster tears of sorrow,<br>
Sauntering towards the next removable trend, so when the suburbs call, you can answer properly,<br>
Just as long as it still affirms your individuality–<br>
Because being cool, while not being cool, is almost as cool as being yourself.</p><p>--</p><p><strong>Devyn Manibo</strong>, New Media Intern</p>


This was amazing, no doubt, but I can't help but wonder at the line 'but you have the tendency to treat animals better than humans.' I'm a vegan, and I've heard things along this line before as if caring about the rights of animals - by doin g something as easy as not consuming animal products - means I don't care about or fight for the rights of humans..? As if I can only believe in a single cause? I know I'm not who they're targeting this at, but that part just made me uncomfortable because I hear it so often. Being a vegan is almost a passive 'activism' for me because I don't even notice I'm doing it most of the time. I just eat. My active, physical energy is focused primarily on feminist issues. I don't know if this is even the right venue to voice these feelings, but it just really irritates me, and I'm never really sure how I'm supposed to react to it.


"I know I'm not who they're targeting this at... I don't know if this is even the right venue to voice these feelings..."

Pro tip: When your handwringing over the poor ickle aminals is a derail from the discussion of racism, it's a great opportunity to STFU about it. But you already knew that, yet insisted on derailing the subject anyway.

Sounds Like Pigeonholing To Me

How exactly is pigeonholing "hipsters" into a self-affirming, rudimentary subset not considered reverse-racism? Perhaps it's my Caucasian race, but I'm confused as to what the overall offense being propagated in this poetry slam is supposed to be. Instead of lambasting, I ask that these two ladies ask me what I stand for instead of telling me.

On Our Radar: Gabby Douglas, How Not to Write About Women, and

An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a friend who has been doing a little research on this. And he actually bought me dinner due to the fact that I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss this subject here on your website.

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