By JC

Interview with Josh MacPhee

Polymath editor, designer, artist, archivist, organizer, and father Josh MacPhee is in town for the symposium Talking About a Revolution: Art, Design and the Institution. He’s also got two curated walls (one of which is above) in Have We Met: Dialogues on Memory and Desire, up now at the Stamps Gallery. Tell us about your…

Gentrification as Ypsi Reality

If you’ve tried to have a conversation with a white friend about gentrification, it’s pretty likely you reached an impasse the moment you posed any sort of critique of “revitalization.” If you’ve tried to have such a conversation with a white Ypsilanti resident about the readily apparent gentrification of this city, it’s even more likely…

People & Poetry

Join Darius Simpson in celebration of his book Conversion Theory! With special guests Asaka the Renegade, Justin Gordon, Mikhaella, and Bayan. Sounds by DJ Kidd. Visual art by Diamond Symone. Tuesday, May 29, 6–8 p.m. Riverside Arts Center 76 N Huron St., Ypsilanti $5–$25 requested donation for entry (no one will be turned away for lack of…

88ALASKA

We talked with legend Tateanna Hinds about her and Ike’s project 88ALASKA. 88ALASKA Radio airs every Sunday from 8–10 p.m. EST on 1shotradio.net. Can you say a bit about what 1Shot Radio is?   1Shot Radio is a platform that works to uplift the underground culture by giving exposure to musicians, producers, DJs, small businesses, and creatives…

Hot Off the Presses

Defend Affordable Ypsi today is releasing its second zine, Perspectives on International Village, in which roughly fifteen people weigh in on gentrification in Ypsilanti, the International Village development proposal for Water Street, and local bureaucratic ineptitude/non-transparency. It’s a passionate and factful document, as well as a much-needed reminder that history is writ from the ground…

Abolition First, Oversight Last, Advice Never

A couple years ago, activists in the #FreedomTuesdayz collective told members of Ypsilanti’s city government that the Black Life police accountability platform they ought to study and take seriously was Campaign Zero’s, section two of which is called “Community Oversight.” Note the very particular word used there: oversight. I’m disappointed I didn’t find out until…