These days, Rhys Langston ’16 spends most of his time paying fealty as a vassal to the Estate of Langstónia—a purportedly earthly domain which is located, as far as I can tell, somewhere between Los Feliz and Phuket. This weekend, he returns to perform at the alma mater from whose generous womb he recently walked into what some call reality. Last month saw the release of Rhys’s long awaited album, Aggressively Ethnically Ambiguous, which features a few familiar bangers from Eclectic shows of yore amidst plenty of new material. Listen to the tape and read more after the jump.
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:
Do you want a lil more poetry in your life? Here’s an event for you!
Jess Rizkallah is a Lebanese-American writer / illustrator / coffee slinger living and often performing poems in Boston, where several people on the facebook event are sad this event is not taking place.
Jess is a recent graduate from Lesley University who publishes chapbooks with lots of other cool humans at Pizza Pi Press & is the founder and editor of Maps for Teeth, a blog and literary magazine about “heritage, culture, community, hometown, neighborhood, environment – anything or place from the outside that has found its way in.”
Jess’ poetry is published in some places on the internet and on paper but she’s most proud of being featured next to her Jido’s rocking chair. Expert Emotional Crier Because Whales. Official Friend To Anyone With A Story They Want To Tell About Grandparents. She make zines and wants to read yours.
there will be POEMS, elephants, and probably FOOD
Date: Thursday, March 31
Place: Malcolm X House
From Jose Luis Sanchez ’18:
FUCK THE WHAT.WHAT THE FUCK
A queer/ed (burl)ESQUE about desire and difference.
9:30pm – Pre-Show Exhibition curated by Feminist Art & Thought
Collective and Detour Mag
10:00pm – MainStage
11:30pm – Celebrate
Tickets @ Usdan Café 12-1pm, April 13-17.
If you have a ticket, please arrive for the Pre-Show Exhibition to secure your seat.
Wait list: arrive to X House (Washington St Entrance) to place your name on the wait list by 8:30pm.Wait list will be announced 10 minutes before MainStage.
Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 9:30 pm
Place: Malcolm X-House Basement
From McKenzii Webster ’13:
Ujamaa is bringing you the show and after-party of the year featuring Apollo Mighty (Memphis, TN, Alternative R&B singer/songwriter) & Thread Count (One of Wesleyan’s DOPEST genre-blending bands)!
If you think the show is something ridiculous, wait until you experience the after-party. Just to make the after-party interesting, we are bringing back Class of 2013’s DJ KenziiKenz!
So, are we TURNING UP or nah?
**Apollo Mighty** Soundcloud / Album Review / Website
Sponsored by Ujamaa & Hosted by Malcolm X House
Date: Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Time: 10PM (NOTE: After-party will immediately follow the show.)
Place: Malcolm X House Basement
Feeling spooky? Cool. Come to X House this Saturday, November 2nd, for WeSLAM’s Third Preliminary Slam! Get haunted by the words of some great poets facing off for a spot on the Wesleyan Slam Team. There will be blood. One poet will be sacrificed. Ten poets will slam. Three poets will survive.
Sean “Mega” DesVignes will be featuring! He’s a sick poet; check him out here.
Additionally, there’s a open mic before the slam. Totally non-judgmental environment. Show off your stuff. Get some feedback.
If you want to sign up for the slam, please send an email to weslam[dot]wesleyan[at]gmail[dot]com after 5PM. If you sign up between 5 and 6 but don’t make the first nine slots, you’ll be in the lottery for the tenth spot.
Date: Saturday, November 2
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: X House
From Opraha Miles ’14:
With the end of the world approaching us, it’s only appropriate that we dance “Til the World Ends”, no? Come join the HOTTEST all-girl dance group on campus as we end the year in style and experience a show case that is bound the rock this world! (Literally). ISIS hopes to see you there!
Date: Friday, December 7
Time: 10 p.m. – midnight
Place: Malcolm X House
Yinka Taiwo-Peters ’12 has a message for hungry or sociable frosh:
All freshmen are invited to a welcome barbeque at X-House, co-hosted by Womanist House, La Casa, Woman of Color House, and more! Come mingle with other freshmen and upperclassmen in the Malcolm-X House Courtyard.
Date: Saturday, September 18th
Time: 2 PM – 5 PM
From Gelihsa Arjoon ’11:
Ujamaa Presents: Black History Month 2010 Convocation
Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month with us as we kick off a month full of informative and fun events, starting with Ujamaa Convocation. Our speakers this year are:
Malik Salahuddin ’13
Morgan McCray ’10
Lashawn Springer ’08
Date: Sunday, Jan. 31
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Malcolm X House Basement