Three Women by Favianna Rodriguez

Three Women by Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, and political activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art interventions in communities around the country. 

I Know I’m Hard to Look At by Gabrielle Ralambo-Rajerison

I Know I’m Hard to Look At by Gabrielle Ralambo-Rajerison

On the news, / they say there was two seconds between police arriving / and their shooting the twelve-year-old boy. / Twenty-seven inches between them / and a man they’d shoot a year and a half later. / My life is a garden full of unturned rocks. 

My Thirst for Zayn Malik is What Keeps Me Human by Gabrielle Ralambo-Rajerison

My Thirst for Zayn Malik is What Keeps Me Human by Gabrielle Ralambo-Rajerison

I was shocked / to hear Zayn’s accent in the videos, / the strength of its looping / working class rhythms. Try to reproduce the sound / in written interviews he’s done, like the first / after leaving One Direction, when he’s asked / if he feels pressured to set a good example / as the most visible Muslim in the West.