April 30, 2020

I think I love you enough 

to sleep in a mattress on the floor. 

Forgo institution 

and create our own. 

Carry your baby 

before your last name. 

Loved each other too much for ceremony. 

Love each other too fast for ceremony. 

What does that really mean anyway? 

When we are alr...

February 21, 2020

I did not ask for this 

and if You ask me how I got here

I would not know how to tell You

I did not plan for this

It is one thing to have a fear and another to face it

It could have easily been You

Immortalized

Lifted Up 

Made into Murals

Martyred for a Movement 

At 28 years old

...

July 21, 2019

I find my balance at the back of Your neck

more specifically, at the clasp that prevents Your gold chain from slipping

without You, My tree pose would waver and we’d all yell timber

I find my footing at the breadth of Your shoulders

 the same ones that bear the weight of a...

April 9, 2019

(This article is part #1 of a series on Chicago Hip-Hop History by Terrell Spurlock)

When people think of Chicago’s hip-hop history, images of 90’s rappers such as Common, Twista, and Crucial Conflict most likely come to mind. In actuality, Chicago has a much longer hip...

February 28, 2019

Unofficial, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's annual holiday dedicated to day-drinking and debauchery is upon us. UIUC is often promoted as one of the top party schools in the country. Reasons for this reputation being events such as Unofficial...

January 27, 2019

Buying MySelf More Time

"Time, through manipulation, can be limitless; it can also be punitive"

I decided grad school would be a good idea. I wanted an agency internship and student status helps with securing said internship.

I've since come to realize that I also went ba...

February 20, 2018

As an art history nerd, and occasional art maker, I have always been interested in how much of our aesthetic history has been reduced to secondary, or accessory, limited to servitude and entertainment, or restricted to artifacts stolen from home and place on display, n...

December 8, 2017

I was walking on the quad one day, earphones in with my music on shuffle and as "Malcolm" by G Herbo was ending, "Summer Friends" by Chance the Rapper started. This made me think of dichotomy of these two artists and their totally different portrayals of the city they...

December 8, 2017

It’s no secret that rap music has had a less than stellar track record when it comes to topics concerning the LGBTQ+ community and hyper masculinity. I’m sure if you were to ask the average music consumer their opinions on the current state of homophobia and transphobi...

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