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VIDEO: Karmenife Paulino ’15 Delivers Powerful Comedy Set at Malcolm X House

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Content warning: the following post and video discuss sexual violence and assault.

[Updated 2/16/17, 11:53AM] Check the bottom of the post for photos of the performance from Jejomar Erln Ysit ’19

If you were on campus at any point from Fall 2014 – Fall 2015, you might remember Karmenife Paulino ’15 as being something of a legend. Here are a few ways you may be familiar with her:

  • She became a very public activist against sexual violence, openly talking about her assault at Psi U her freshman year.
  • She also spoke out against members of Eclectic (which she was also a member of) for allowing her rapist into their home and perpetuating rape culture. Along with controversy surrounding a racial slur on a membership application, this contributed to Eclectic losing their house for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • She, along with Tess Altman ’17, created a photo project titled Reclamation during the Fall 2015 semester. We covered the project in a 12,000-word interview with Karmenife, and then the photos went viral. Even Margaret Cho took notice.

Since graduating, Karmenife has gotten involved with numerous projects and collaborations. She created a portrait series of black icons and turned OKCupid harassment (and her comebacks) into art. She’s written and spoken extensively on how white feminism perpetuates rape culture. She’s a very active presence on social media. And, to top it all off, Karmenife has started to perform as a comedian.

She returned to campus last Friday for a one-hour stand-up routine, “Make Your Own Reparations 101,” and delivered a rousing set to the packed basement of Malcolm X House. Her jokes covered everything from the Wes administration, to casual racism at her workplace, to scamming white men on Tinder. Watch the video of her performance after the jump:

WeSLAM Featuring Franny Choi: Preliminary Slam No. 3

The good folks of WeSLAM bring you the third and final preliminary slam of the semester. For poets interested in signing up to perform, there is important SIGN UP INFORMATION after the jump!

Come to Malcolm X House this Saturday to watch 10 poets battle it out to decide the final 4 competitors in the grand slam final! These 4, along with the 8 other finalists from previous preliminaries, will compete on December 5th for one of 5 slots on Wesleyan’s slam poetry team.

This weekend we are poetically blessed to have Franny Choi as our feature. Franny was a finalist at the 2012 Individual World Poetry Slam and a finalist at both the 2011 National Poetry Slam and the 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Franny also works as an organizer with the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM), a non-profit that challenges and supports Southeast Asian youth to become leaders, organizers, and critical thinkers. Franny is undoubtedly going to bring the house down.

Franny will also be hosting a workshop at 2pm on Saturday (day of the slam!) in Usdan 110. Come practice, come hang, come spend a few hours not worrying about homework.

Seating IS LIMITED, so if you want to go down with it, make sure to get there on time!

Date: Saturday, Nov 17th
Time: 7:30 – 10:00 pm
Place: Malcom X House
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