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Let’s Have A Ki Ki: The Fundamentals of Drag Jargon

The herstory of drag is one of struggle, damnation, and, most importantly, fabulous ferocity. Drag is something that has been widely misunderstood, and even more widely unaccepted. RuPaul—more appropriately, Mama Ru—has been working for decades to expose drag to the masses as a respected practice and art form. In that time, he has gained notoriety […]

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The Magic of Magnets: Unveiling a Community of Magicians

Cutlery clatters against plates as waiters race between tables, scooping up the first of a five course meal at Ben and Jerry’s Steakhouse in downtown New York. Then Eli Bosnick steps into the room, ringing a bell. “Ladies and gentleman,” he begins as the patrons of the upscale restaurant turn their attention to him. “We’ve […]

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Zinster Interview Series Part 3: C.J. Colligan

For the last installment of the Zinster Interview Series, TWA is catching up with C.J. Colligan who offers an incredibly stripped down approach to prose and artwork in their zines in order to portray their thoughts and experiences. What C.J. does is most closely associated with what we call a perzine, which describes personal associations […]

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From Caravans to Delacorte: A History of Shakespeare in the Park

Every summer, in large cities and small towns across America, William Shakespeare commandeers the public parks. The local Shakespeare in the Park festivals are almost always free, and, to be candid, of varying production values. For some people, it’s the only theatre they’ll see all year. So how and why did this summer ritual begin? […]

"Walk Write Up" The Love Issue and The Unzipped Issue

Zinster Interview Series Part 2: The Editors of “Walk Write Up”

“Walk Write Up” is the infinitely quirky zine that features artists who deliver seriously innovative poetry, comics, illustrations and more. The Witty Agent had the opportunity of chatting with Editor-in-Chief Audrey Frischman and co-editors Laura Been and Philip Santos Schaffer for part two of our Zinster Interview Series. The team explained exactly what makes “Walk Write Up” […]

Harlem Book Fair 2014 © j-No via Flickr

Solos from Harlem: The Harlem Book Fair and Cultural Continuity

A sultry Saturday July 18th, Harlem 2015. Fair booths line West 135th St. from Malcolm X Blvd. to Frederick Douglass Blvd., each individual booth casting its tent-shade upon a different kind of literary ware. Hawking these literary wares, a varied cast of characters, including authors and publishers, do their best to court the throngs of potential […]

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Zinster Interview Series Part One: Andria Alehfi of “We’ll Never Have Paris”

Welcome to the first installment of our three part Zinster Interview Series. We’re chatting with Andria Alefhi about the benefits of DIY publishing often associated with zines.  Andria Alefhi is the editor and curator of the annually distributed zine, “We’ll Never Have Paris”. Founded in 2007, WNHP is a nonfiction and memoir based zine that […]

Wangechi Mutu keynote speaker for the Gender Studies program at The New School © Taylor Hynes

Return To The Stars: Why Wangechi Mutu’s Work Is Desperately Needed In Race And Gender Politics Right Now

In case you missed her survey at the Brooklyn Museum in 2014, Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan-born, Brooklyn-based artist whose multimedia work challenges perceptions of gender, black bodies, and cultural narratives. On April 23, the internationally renowned artist presented the keynote speech for the Gender Studies program at The New School and used this opportunity […]

Panel 1 from Jacob Lawrence's Migration of the Negro, 1940-1

MoMA Museum To Honor Jacob Lawrence’s Great Migration Series Through Spoken Word Poetry

The MoMA is celebrating the work of Jacob Lawrence and his series of paintings One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North. The Great Migration occurred between 1916 to 1970 and resulted in the migration of roughly six million African Americans from the rural south to the nation’s northern states.  The […]

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“Positive” Stereotyping: Jeopardizing Multiculturalism in the Same Way as Traditional Stereotyping

It is a well known fact that stereotypes do not accurately represent a group of people. But are people on the same page when it comes to so called “positive” stereotypes? An example of this could be a statement like “All Asians are smart” or “all Hispanic women are well-endowed.” Is it just as harmful to be […]

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