Being Awoken | -19, '20 | Issue No. 33

You’re tuned into Brooklyn, USA – an audiovisual love letter, sent from the heart of the city. 

On our weekly podcast, we share intimate, human, New York stories told by the people who live them, and report on the world as it changes around us, in the voice of people who’re changing it. 

But this week, instead of our regularly scheduled audio salad, we’re serving up a full TV Dinner. A collection of stories of resistance and resilience, visions of the future and scenes from the past, poetic explorations, viable solutions, and creative meditations on where we’re and where we’re headed. 

So sit back, relax, and get ready to enter another dimension, one not only of sight and sound, but of heart and of mind. And we’ll be back on the mic and on the podcast next week, because the revolution will not be televised, in Brooklyn, USA.

Art is Easy
by Lorelai Ramirez

Every Wednesday at 8pm, comedian, writer, activist, and artist Lorelei Ramirez hosts a live show on Twitch called “Art is Easy”, where her friends and fans to gather, catch up, vent, process life under COVID, and co-create a radical work of art. Lorelei invited us into the Twitch chat room to reimagine and draw a better world together.

by Emily Boghossian and Mayumi Sato

Producers Emily Boghossian and Mayumi Sato take us to the recent Children’s Protest for Equality on the steps of the Brooklyn Museum, where the next generation took the podium and took a stand against widespread systemic racism in the U.S.. 

Stranger Fruit
by John Henry

Visual artist Jon Henry talks about his photography project Stranger Fruit – created in response to the senseless murders of Black men at the hands of police officers – and tells us how the work resonates with him now, years after the series began. We interviewed him back in 2018, during a Brooklyn exhibition of Stranger Fruit, and checked back in with him last week to hear how the work resonates now. 

Black Liberation 
by Jordan Lloyd

A creative meditation on Black love, life, and liberation by dance artist Jordan Lloyd, a dance artist based in Brooklyn, NY, who, in his own words, uses movement “as a tool to manipulate time and space and stretch the edges of the collective experience”. This is how he describes it himself: “By rooting my work in complex physical vocabulary and performative intention, I aim to muddle interpretation and complicate association, keeping the viewing experience active and participatory. My work seeks to sustain attention, evoke questions, and stimulate opinions.”

by Nicholas Wijangco

As the pandemic presses on, filmmaker Nicholas Wijangco turns to camcorder footage from his childhood to reflect on past memories as a means to cope with the stress and isolation of quarantine.

by Charlie Hoxie

Producer Charlie Hoxie sits down with Brooklyn elder James “Pop” Gaskins, to talk about his experiences with American racism, and the power of peace and unity over vengeance and hostility. The 82-year-old Brooklynite who lives in East New York, was attacked half a century ago by the KKK in his home state of Georgia. Despite narrowly escaping with his life, Pop is here today to preach peace and unity over vengeance and hostility.

BK Made - Tanda Francis
by Kecia Élan Cole

Filmmaker Kecia Élan Cole takes us into the studio and behind the scenes of artist Tanda Francis, as she creates and installs a new public work in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Tanda Francis is a Brooklyn-based artists exploring digital and traditional forms of art that feature a mix of figurative and biomorphic forms derived from human forms, nature and geometry.

Yo S.O.S.
by Emily Boghossian

The teen-aged community organizers of Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) talk about self care under quarantine, and the death of George Floyd. YO S.O.S. is a youth development program that trains young people to become peer educators and community organizers on issues of violence prevention and community building.

The People
by Tendayi Kuumba

A creative meditation on the Black Lives Matter Movement by artists Tendayi Kuumba and Greg Purnell. Tendayi performs regularly as resident Jazz vocalist at the Williamsburg Music Center with the Gerry Eastman Quartet in Brooklyn, NY as well as various NYC music venues.

How’s That For A Check In
by Najee Omar

Artist Najee Omar directs a collaborative poetry project by the local NYCHA residents who make up the Intergenerational Community Arts Council (ICAC), on the theme of Checking-In under COVID. A Brooklyn-based poet, performer, and educator, Najee uses the arts to engage and cultivate community.

How We Love
By J. Kas

How We Love is a short documentary exploration of queer intimacy as the basis for artistic manifestation. In response to the unprecedented hardships presented by the current global pandemic in conjunction with the long-standing struggle for Black liberation in the U.S., this short film will explore the relationships we have with ourselves, with one another, with spaces we inhabit, and how that influences our art making. This film captures the joy, growth, connections and meaningful artwork that come from queer/trans/non-binary Black and Brown artists sharing space with one another.

Abolition Now
By Una Aya Osato

A meditation on policing by artist, activist and performer Una Aya Osato. Dynamically merging her art and politics, Una creates uniquely engaging spaces for her audience to experience learning, where they often find new understanding of themselves and the world. Una's work as an educator is an extension of her artistic work, all of which explores and addresses social justice issues through embodying knowledge, performance and storytelling.

Weekend Weather
By Griff City

Junior Meteorologist Griff City gets us ready for the weekend and shares a fun fact!


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Brooklyn, USA is produced by Sachar Mathias, Emily Boghossian, Shirin Barghi, Khyriel Palmer, Mayumi Sato and Charlie Hoxie, with help this week from Lorelei Ramirez, Jon Henry, Jordan Lloyd, Nicholas Wijangco, Kecia Élan Cole, Tendayi Kuumba, Najee Omar, J. Kas, Una Aya Osato, Nathan Fitch and Griff City.

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