Mike Kelley (1954–2012), The Mobile Homestead in front of the abandoned Detroit Central Train Station, 2010. Photograph by Corine Vermuelen.

Congratulations to MOCA Detroit for receiving an Artistic Innovation and Collaboration (AIC) grant to support programming around Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead! Mobile Homestead, a full-sized replica of Kelley’s childhood suburban home in Detroit, is a cross between an installation and a community center. The grant will allow MOCAD to expand programming for the installation, which Kelley envisioned as a place that could hold a diverse group of community events and programs, as well as more “covert” activities in its basement that was originally intended to be private for his use.

We’ve just announced the full list of 2013 AIC grantees and can’t wait to share updates about their projects in the coming months and years.

When George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, teenage pedestrian returning home one rainy February evening from a neighborhood convenience store, the NRA went mute. Neither NRA officials nor the pro-gun wing of the Republican Party argued that had Trayvon Martin been armed, he would be alive today.

Robin D.G. Kelley goes on to explain that the justice system did not fail in the Zimmerman case, rather it functioned precisely as it was designed to—against black people

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Batgirl (2000-2006) #8

Oh, lord, I lose control every time I see this. It’s sincerely one of the most hilarious things Cass does the whole series and yet it is also so bad ass you can’t help but feel your jaw drop. Like I can’t believe she just did that!

But she did. And it was amazing, even if Cass herself doesn’t like her tactics all that much.

It’s okay, gurl. I got your back on this one. I wish I could sucker punch Lady Shiva. Definitely wouldn’t feel bad about it.


Batgirl (2000-2006) #28

"So. See ya. We now return you to your regularly scheduled secret freaky ninja training."

This hurts my heart so much. UGH. If only Cass knew how to express what she’s feeling to Steph, let her know how much their friendship and training has meant to her.

Gets me, man. Gets me.


Batgirl (2000-2006) #24


The importance of this revelation cannot be understated. Cass discovers Batman’s identity on his own, because she is able to recognize him through his facades, through the gap of time and pictures. Cass knows Batman, and this entire case is beginning to make more sense to her.

I also like that, much like Tim, Cass discovers Batman’s identity on her own. There’s actually a lot of interesting parallels between Tim and Cass in this regard. Tim followed around Batman and Robin because they, specifically Robin, were his heroes. He determined their identities because Dick Grayson was his hero before that, and he recognized him even in the costume. His love for the role, for Robin, is what would earn him that position.

Cass, like Babs says earlier in this issue, practically worships Batman as a symbol. But she has also grown to love and respect the man, even by this point. She discovers his identity because she knows Batman, and recognizes him without his cowl after subtle prompting. And, as we’ll see later in the series, all she wants in her life is to represent the Bat for him, after him even. She does that to a degree as Batgirl, but, well… *sighs at BftC* … *sighs at everything Cass post-2006*