UCLA art major Kya Lou’s exhibit “What Do You Do ‘fore It’s Gone?” examines the space between the settlement and upheaval of historically Black neighborhoods in South Los Angeles. Through use of audio, text, video, photography and textiles, Kya Lou foregrounds the concerns of citizens whose voices often go neglected, with the goal of fostering dialogue about the meaning of community.
At its heart, Moonlight is an intensely personal movie that documents the struggle of a person to come to terms with their identity. However, the personal cannot be detached from the political.
While media outlets touted this year’s iteration of the show as a Beyoncé versus Adele showdown, Queen Bey’s multiple losses reflect the ever-present problem of institutionalized racism in the entertainment industry.
Image courtesy of EttaJamesVEVO via Youtube. It’s a little known fact that Rock and Roll as we know it would not have existed without the musical pioneers that preceded the genre; more specifically, blues musicians. Early rock bands, which were predominately white adaptations, are a clear and obvious copy of a musical genre originating in…