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'stop being a liberal & become an american radical.'
/#history: i'd seen a copy of her play, 'a raisin in the sun', lying on my mum's nightstand (i realise now how middle class white we were) & have been intrigued ever since by its writer, lorraine hansberry (born in 1930). the work itself serves up a heap of quandaries about prejudice & social hierarchy.
when, at the age of 34, she died of pancreatic cancer, james baldwin said, 'it is not at all farfetched to suspect that what she saw contributed to the strain which killed her, for the effort to which lorraine was dedicated is more than enough to kill a man'.
she’d criticised existentialism, but lorraine admired simone de beauvoir's 'the second sex' & said that women twice oppressed might be twice militant. she wrote, 'if by some miracle women should not ever utter a single protest against their condition there would still exist among men those who could not endure in peace until her liberation had been achieved.'

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'fill every beat with something.'
/#history: it's thanks to brian peter george st john le baptiste de la salle eno (born ) in 1948 that i try (very hard, often failing) not to dismiss out of hand anyone based on first impressions. an unwieldy moniker like his could decommission your toff klaxon for good. instead, we get someone from an ordinary background who popped out of the womb with an innate interest in experimentation & non-linear thinking. in his teens, he was already using the tape recorder as an instrument in its own right.
by his early 20s, he'd already co-founded the enduringly influential roxy music - but he left after a few short years & introduced the world to a new sort of ambient soundscape, which led to his legendary collaborations with bowie. brian's oblique strategies method has influenced everything from film ('slackers') to music (MGMT, phoenix, bowie...) - but, of course, my favourite thing about eno is his good heart.

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/#history bit of a quick one for a big-hearted genius. i hate drawing sunglasses, but i love stevie wonder. hope he’s having loads of nice vegan cakes to celebrate his 72nd year. thank you for your countless musical masterpieces, dear sir.

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hi. hello. :) i'm an illustrator who likes to draw human beings who have good hearts, but i'm also obsessed with suprematism, proun, the cologne progressives, bauhaus, surrealism, abstract expressionism & 1920s/1930s (mostly french) graphic design. to marry left-wing politics with sustainability (i mostly work digitally) is my bag. would love to meet people with similar interests. :)

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'poison doesn't always come in bottles.'
/#history: he was horror’s adonis with a wicked wit; a ‘muppet show’ favourite, a culinary whiz & (breathe) an artist. alice cooper’s ‘welcome to my nightmare’ wouldn’t have been nearly as
alluring had it not included vincent price’s black widow soliloquy. but his dramatic socio-political conclusion to the radio programme, ‘the saint’, which aired on 30 july, 1950, may come as a surprise to anyone who thought of him as merely a panto character.
in honour of vincent’s birth in 1911, i share this part of the text: ‘ladies & gentlemen, poison doesn’t always come in bottles. & it isn’t always marked with the skull and crossbones of danger. poison can take the form of words & phrases & acts: the venom of racial & religious hatred. here in the united states, perhaps more than ever before (ed: still!), we must learn to recognise the poison of prejudice & to discover the antidote to its dangerous effects.’

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'moondog's just a prophet to the end...'
/#history: he exhibited signs of a prodigious musical talent in his first few years & losing his sight at the age of 16 didn't stop him pursuing that passion. beginning life in kansas & ending it in germany, moondog (born louis thomas hardin in 1916) turned heads as a viking busker in new york city from the 1940s through to the early 1970s - & those streets sounds (along with everything from native american music to the jazz of charlie parker) made a big impact on his symphonies.
moondog didn't just write & perform, though: he also invented instruments. ever heard of the trimba or the ooo-ya-tsu? you have now. you can thank the dog-of-the-moon. don't stop there. celebrate him for his influence on marc bolan, philip glass & prefab sprout.

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#OtD 26 May 1970 Black auto worker Gary Thompson was killed at the Eldon Chrysler plant in Detroit due to inadequate safety. Workers went on wildcat strike the next day, partly organised by the League of Revolutionary Black Workers workingclasshistory.com/2018/0

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A digital traveller, I have arrived from #Twitter. Still getting the hang of things. Here is an example of one of my #collage compositions, #Dadaist Collage #Poem 51. I prepare my collages as loose pieces on a scanner bed, then modify the image digitally. #Collagepoem #vispo #mixedmedia #scanography #art

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/#history: i don't know about you, but his cheeky little face says that he definitely /is/ misbehavin' - although, by all accounts, fats waller (born in 1904) was a good lad. born the 7th of 11 to a working class new york city family, thomas wright took on the piano when he was SIX YEARS OLD. by the age of 10, he was the organist at his vicar papa's church. school left fats when he was 15, but he landed on his feet with a 32 buck-a-week gig at a different church. his career trajectory from this point was practically unstoppable. during his short stint on planet earth (he died of pneumonia, aged 39), fats had copyrighted over 400 songs; was kidnapped by al capone's hoodlums as a surprise for their boss's birthday & successfully litigated against a restrictive racial covenant so that he could buy a home in addisleigh park, an exclusive neighbourhood in queens. this opened the door for other black musicians to make a life there.

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I dreamed that a new temperature measure system called "Delta Degrees" was invented, and 0°C / 32°F was -7 Trillion°D. Absolutely nobody used the system except for England (Not even the entire UK)
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“Heaven and Hell” became the theme for Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos”, it was my introduction to “space music”, as some called it. For adolescent me it was as inspiring as the series itself. So long, God bless, and thank you for the magic! 🎶👍😁 #Vangelis #Music #SynthWave #Ambient theguardian.com/music/2022/may

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begpost, boost please 

im on unpaid medical leave, coping with ptsd from trauma i sustained on the job and continued abuse and exploitation from my employer

trying to keep a roof over my polycule's heads without taking on a ton of debt while i move onto the next chapter of my life as best i can. any amount is appreciated - it'll be going towards rent, food, debt, and moving a partner out of a bad situation out of state

paypal.me/cutienojutsu

with love and thanks,
-eri, alice, lily, and jm

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