On November 9, 2013, The AfroFuturist Affair 3rd Annual Charity & Costume Ball opened up Dark Phase Space, an evening of Afrofuture and Black Speculative inspired art, readings, performances, conversation, music, and costumery. 3 is the charm - this was the best, most energetic and most engaged Ball we’ve thrown to date, with jaw-dropping, smile-inducing, head-nodding performances all evening long.
Also, look out soon for Futurist Fund grant applications. This year’s focus of grant funds will be on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault survivors, particularly those who need help with moving costs to relocate to safer spaces.
WISH YOU WERE T/HERE
this shit was galactic
i always tell myself imma go to one of these parties and i never do
do you ever hear a line in a song and it’s just so painfully clever you just sit there in shock for the remainder of the song
I am so sick of being sick of who I am.
Columbia student will carry her mattress until her rapist exits school
September 2, 2014
While most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building – to every class, every day – until the man she says raped her moves off campus.
“I was raped in my own bed,” Sulkowicz told me the other day, as she was gearing up to head back to school in this, the year American colleges are finally, supposedly, ready to do something about sexual assault. “I could have taken my pillow, but I want people to see how it weighs down a person to be ignored by the school administration and harassed by police.”
Sulkowicz is one of three women who made complaints to Columbia against the same fellow senior, who was found “not responsible” in all three cases. She also filed a police report, but Sulkowicz was treated abysmally – by the cops, and by a Columbia disciplinary panel so uneducated about the scourge of campus violence that one panelist asked how it was possible to be anally raped without lubrication.
So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”
As painful as I know the constant reminder of attending school with her rapist must be, I’m glad she won’t be the only one forced to remember. I hope the rapist drops out immediately…or better yet, I hope he faces the justice he deserves.this is what a hero looks like
This woman is my fucking hero.
Everyone deserves to be happy.
LIFE IS A CABARET: Starring designers Coco + Breezy
Photography by Nick Onken
Styling by Kelly Framel
Makeup by Porsche Cooper