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Black Weirdo of the Week #34: Trae Harris

Name: Trae Harris From: Baltimore, MD

Performance artist and writer currently living in NYC, making my mark on the omnivores one utterance at a time! Travel, witchcraft and the esoteric ritual are my interest! What is your craft/career/creative expression? My craft is performance: acting, dance and poetry! I work as an actress and thankfully this is my only job now!! How long have you been working at your craft? I began dancing at the age of 4 but have officially been pursuing my craft for about 15 years!! I always knew exctly what I wanted to do!!  Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo? I mean, ppl have called me a weirdo and I am black but I dont think I ever actually called myself that lol!!! BUT I suppose being the only artist in my military corporate family automatically kinda makes me a weirdo!!!   What inspires you? I’m inspired by reading and traveling, also certain smells really inspire me! Aromatherapy saved my life lol  Who is your weird black muse? Ummm lol, I don’t really muse its so weird to me lol… But my fiancé Dynasty Ogun (of L'Enchantuer) has been a HUGE inspiration for my writing! Plus she is super talented in hella ways AND shes gorgeously handsome AND she is sooo Brooklyn which I love… Yea I guess she is totally my life muse! Links/Social Media:  www.traeharris.com  IG: @gypsybruja TWITTER: @gypsybruja TUMBLR: gypsybruja.tumblr.com  FB: Trae Harris 
Upcoming events/ projects? im guest starring in the first episode of Orange is the New Black!! Starring in an off broadway play entitled And I and Silence which runs in August!! Working on a few webseries! Still completing my poetry book and album! WitchesBrew/Pagan Gospel collaborations with my best friend Josiah Wise the SERPENTWITHFEET ANDDD continuing to grow my line of aromatheraphy oils, hoping to get in some stores soon!!

Black Weirdo Of The Week 22: Morgan Parker

Name: Morgan Parker

From: Grew up in SoCal, in a relationship with Brooklyn

Mini Bio Morgan Parker’s first collection of poems, Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, was selected by Eileen Myles for The 2013 Gatewood Prize and is forthcoming from Switchback Books. Recent poems are forthcoming from Tin House, jubilat, and Forklift, Ohio. A graduate of NYU’s Creative Writing MFA program and a Cave Canem fellow, Morgan lives with her brother and her dog Braeburn in Brooklyn, where she is Education Director at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA).
What is your craft/career/creative expression?  Poetry & Education
How long have you been working at your craft?  When I was 9 I wrote my first story about a pizza, bought a blazer and called myself a writer. That year I also started a publishing company, Parker Publishing House, on the blacktop during recess. But I’ve been hustling in the literary games since moving to New York 8 years ago.
Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo? I don’t fit. I’m upfront and honest, even and especially when that’s unpopular, unpleasant or irregular. I’m ambitious, confident, hip, inquisitive, loud, ridiculous, funny, and authentic. I don’t really have the time to be anything else. It’s not my place to ban labels like “bossy,” “queen,” or “feminist,” but I am tryna shift, complicate and repurpose those terms all the time. Whether it be through teaching, art-making, community building, or just taking control of my own language, I’m trying to revolutionize how I think about what it means to be a Black woman right now. I do this by uplifting, representing and supporting my folks, even if that just means giving them voice in the line of a poem or inviting them over for a glass of wine and some bad TV. 
Links/Social Media:  www.morgan-parker.com | Twitter: @morganapple | insta: @morganapple0 
Upcoming events/ projects? I have a few awesome readings lined up around NY this spring and will be promoting my first book in the next year. This summer I’m looking forward to attending the Cave Canem retreat. I’m also working on my second collection of poems, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé.

Black Weirdo Of The Week 14: Tiona McClodden

Name:
Tiona McClodden

From:
Born in Blytheville, AK. Raised in Greenville, SC. Living in Philadelphia, PA.

Mini Bio:
I produce and distribute my work through my film and media imprint, Harriet’s Gun Media. Most of my work examines the queer black experience in the most specific ways and broad ways simultaneously.  My work takes a look social realism, re-memory and more recently biomythography. I’m trying to build a decent body of work and so far I’ve completed these films- black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent, a short narrative film Bumming Cigarettes, and an experimental film portrait, roots.|&|rigor. featuring my buddy and Philly based sculpture artist Lorna Williams. I also just had my first solo exhibition of the first part of my upcoming four part series, Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I - The Visions which I plan to mount in a few cities this year. I try to stay working for the most part.

What is your craft/career/creative expression?
Filmmaker and visual artist. I produce conceptual narrative work-I’m into that “head to the hand” art thing and I’m constantly trying to work that out through motion picture format and now through physical production using my hands. I’m in a transition from primarily documentary moving into this hybrid fiction/non-fiction place of work. I’m into producing “insider art”.

How long have you been working on your craft?
Professionally since 2002 when I quit working at a café, dropped out of college, and started working with a mentor at the time.

Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo?
I’m cool with fucking around with the formula that makes me who I am. I’m black, queer, woman, and a bunch of other shit and I refuse to partition my shit. I’m definitely about Black Excellence at all times, no matter the form of work or presentation. I’m anti square shit and monolithic. I embrace my weirdness and that of other folks. I move in my body and work with all these things at the same time unapologetically. I think the idea of Black Weirdo is fitting because it has no limitations really, there is no blueprint, and so I’m down for it.

Links/Social Media
Instagram:
@tionam
Tumblr: www.tionam.com
Website: harrietsgunmedia.com

Upcoming events/ projects?
I’m creating some new work with some of my fellow artists and friends called #DRUGMONEYBOUGHTTHISDRESS which is looking at black artists, the work we produce, accessibility to that work and class politics. Still screening my short Bumming Cigarettes and working on my second installment of my Be Alarmed film series, The Seamstress. Finishing up a script to my experimental narrative fiction feature Flowers which will feature black queer femme identified folks as the main protagonists. And working on a music video project with you folks-THEESatisfaction for your new album!

Black Weirdo Of The Week 19: Son Of Baldwin

Name:  Robert Jones, Jr.

From: Brooklyn, Brooklyn (Always funky fresh!)

Mini Bio:
A winning combination of luck, good-looking-out from dozens of people, and a sense that I was here to do something of worth got me through what some would consider a hard-knock life in the projects of Brooklyn. Lots of stumbling, falling, and epiphanies led me to my purpose, which is writing–especially in the realms of fiction and social justice. (Shout out to James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and Octavia Butler, each of whom saved my life.) 

What is your craft/career/creative expression? 
I am a writer. I think I can now say that with full confidence. I am currently a content writer for the communications and marketing division of an institution of higher learning. I am also the creator/curator of the social media brand, Son of Baldwin.

How long have you been working at your craft?
I’ve been writing consistently since I was 12 years old (so something like 31 years); and I have six years of academic training in the craft (I have a B.F.A. in creative writing and an M.F.A. in fiction).

Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo? 
Come on, yo. Gay. Agnostic. Radical. Nerdy. Geekish. Bookworm. I can jump double dutch, but can’t catch a football. Plus I know the dance steps to every Janet Jackson video from “Dream Street” to “Got ‘Til It’s Gone.” I’ve got eight of the thirteen necessary qualifications to be considered a Black Weirdo. Don’t ask me what the other five are. :) Links/Social Media:
Facebookwww.facebook.com/sonofbaldwinfb; Twitter: https://twitter.com/SonofBaldwin

Upcoming events/ projects? 
I am currently working on my first novel. I’ve just finished the most recent draft and I’m now working on the revisions. It’ll be out precisely when I stop procrastinating, finish it, get over my fear of not being good enough and get it published.

Black Weirdo of The Week 11: Storme Webber

Name:

Storme Webber

From:
Seattle (NYC London Berlin &)

Mini Bio:
Phoenixologist. Incantationist. Shapeshifter. Soulsurvivor.

What is your craft/career/creative expression?
Interdisciplinary Artist building words, songs, performance, curation and art into healing moments.

How long have you been working at your craft?
Lifelong & worldwide.

Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo?
I’m second generation Black Native Two Spirit from my inception. A child of a lesbian mother & a bisexual father, raised in pre Stonewall queer bar community, blessed with a loving grandmother and a dreaming head & heart. I create transforming/transformative art that aims to honor invisible lives while dreaming of unseen futures to be. Walking all these margins gave me sure steps.

Links/Social Media:
Storme:
Website: www.stormewebber.com
Twitter: @stormewebber

Voices Rising:
www.voicesrisingseattle.org

Upcoming events/ projects?
Presentations of recent hybrid spoken word/music CD “Blues Divine” and video/performance installation “Noirish Lesbiana: A Night at the Sub Room” - Queering the International/Queer Arts Fest, Vancouver BC.

Publication: “Wild Tales of a Renegade Halfbreed Bulldagger”- experimental memoir/ speculative fiction mixblood work.   

Why We Love Storme:
Storme was the first person to offer us a show :) She has been a champion of her work on this planet. She continues to open doors to young performing artist. Her warm spirit we are drawn to.

BLACK WEIRDO OF THE WEEK #64 ALL COWS EAT GRASS

Names: iamjeffcohran, Terrence “T” Brown & Reneeka Rae

Band Name: All Cows Eat Grass  

From: Atlanta, by way of Memphis, Tennessee [Terrence and Jeff] & Clarksville, Tennessee [Reneeka Rae.].

All Cows Eat Grass is comprised of three Tennessee natives: Terrence “T” Brown, iamjeffcohran and Reneeka Rae. T. Brown, lead producer of ACEG, is in his fifth year as Janelle Monáe’s musical director and keyboardist, while Cohran and Rae. are now in their sixth year producing & tour managing the live experience for the critically acclaimed artist.

Their latest effort, “The Kool Collection” is a reproduced, remixed and re-mastered version of selections from ACEG’s extended- plays [EPs]: “The M.I.L.K EP", “be Kool”, and “Kool As Hail”. ACEG partnered with visual artist Corey Davis to curate the album art. The tunes were reimagined throughout 2014 as All Cows Eat Grass prepared their live show.

What is your craft/career/creative expression?
all cows eat grass is a band. all cows eat grass is an art collective.

all cows eat grass is a journey inside.all cows eat grass is dedicated to the preservation of free minds & boundless souls.all cows eat grass is based on real-life fantasies, wet dreams & nightmares.

How long have you been working at your craft?
We first started our training in music, art and dance at age 3. T and Jeff started their first band at age 13. ACEG has been together since 2011.

Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo?
Fashion-wise, we get a lot of attention for our gold shoes, my tuxedos, T’s overalls & beard, and Reneeka’s girl-next-door-persona contrasting with her tats, piercings, and big red hair. It’s pretty funny to us, because we don’t feel any different from anyone else—especially living in Atlanta.

It wasn’t always this way, however. For T and I, growing up in the inner-city of Memphis did not allow for much expression and variety. That harkened us to the feeling of being “weird.” We were the first of our friends to listen and play jazz, blues and classical; all while being ardent fans of rap acts like Project Pat and Three Six Mafia.

We’re all southern church kids—T and Jeff are actually preacher’s kids—but our families never restricted our expression, nor were we shamed by our friends for speaking properly, making good grades, being politically active, openly loving God, and being creative beings. For T and I, we could definitely feel that pressure from the society outside of our familial bubble. Growing up is all about perpetuating the idea of “cool.” Everyone is trying to fit in. We certainly had our times where we did things just to be like everyone else, but thankfully, we had friends who were just as “weird” as us, who encouraged us to stop fronting. lol.

For Reneeka, growing up as a military brat had the inverse effect. It encouraged her to be a weirdo. That was our connection to her. When she first came into our lives, she was one of the “weirder” people that we had met. She was so sweet, but was so gangster at the same damn time! Her exposure to diversity via her travels as a military brat was helpful in our development as creatives. She exposed us to acts that we’d never considered before and radically changed a lot of my ideas about blackness, soul, and life. Reneeka was definitely our first muse.

What inspires you?
Love. Without love, we are nothing. God is love. We believe that at our core.

Who is your weird black muse?
In addition to our OG muse, Reneeka, the women who nurtured us are always in the front of our minds. Artist-wise, we’ve been blessed to be around some amazing Electric Ladies: new artist Ash., opera singer Kimberlin Bolton, Janelle Monáe, THEESatisfaction, N’dambi, Erykah Badu, Little Simz, Fadia Kader, Tangela Mathis, Avery Sunshine, Syd from the Internet, KING, Gwen Bunn, Chantae Cann, Brittany Bosco, Esperanza Spaulding, Solange Knowles, Alayna Rodgers, Va$htie, Nikki Minaj, india Shawn, Marian Mereba, and Kilo Kish. These women help guide our course as we navigate this tricky space called the music industry.

Links/Social Media:
Twitter: @ACEG_Music
Facebook: Facebook.com/ACEGMusic
Instagram: @ACEG_Music
Tumblr:acegmusic.tumblr.com
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/All-Cows-Eat-Grass

Upcoming events/ projects?
Catch ACEG at SXSW, we’ll be performing Thursday night, 3.19.15. @ The Iron Bear. 1A. 21+.

SMH remix featuring Stas from Theesatisfaction coming in April.

Black Weirdo Of The Week 23: Marcus Russell Price

Name: Marcus Russell Price

From: I’m from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY after a 3 year stint in Southern California.
Mini Bio: I make loud music. I tell dumb jokes. I was born at a very young age. That was a joke.
What is your craft/career/creative expression? Generally my cut-and-paste response to this question is “I’m a restless graphic artist and part-time photographer, pretending to be a musician, living between NYC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Diego.” I’ll stick with that for now.
How long have you been working at your craft? Hard to say. I started drawing cartoons when I was 8 years old, but I’m not much of a cartoonist these days. I guess that’s when I caught the “creative bug” though. I was 14 when I first began to play music. That same year I made my first website. I was 17 when I first went on tour with one of my bands.
Why do you consider yourself a Black WeirdoHaha, that’s how it’s always been - even before I knew how to embrace it.  In grade school I wasn’t considered “black enough” to hang with most of the black kids, and I certainly wasn’t white enough. I remember being denied entrance to the jungle gym because I wasn’t “black enough.” It didn’t end there. I was always the only Black kid at every punk show I went to. The only Black kid developing photos in the darkroom. Graduating high school and hitting the road allowed me to see that I really wasn’t alone. Far from it, actually. Now it seems most everyone of my close friends pretty much had the same experience growing up. 
Links/Social Media: www.allcitydesign.com www.crownssounds.com marcusprice.tumblr.com
Upcoming events/ projects? I’m about 6 hours away from a flight to London with one of my bands to play a record release party. So that’s my “most upcoming” event. This year is mostly going to be music-centric for me. My band, Get Involved!, will be touring, no doubt. C R O Vv N S is sure to be playing and recording lots. The homie Def Sound and I have been talking about putting a live band together. Also, I’d love to be creating more with my dudes Jahmal Tonge and Brendan Philip up in Toronto. I’m sure I’ll find some downtime too. My girlfriend and I are hoping to make it back to Zambia sometime this summer. Shout out to her for letting me wear this necklace she designed for my photo!

Black Weirdo of The Week 6: Kimberly Drew

Name:
Kimberly Drew

From:
Orange, NJ

Mini Bio:
Kimberly Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies, with a concentration in Museum Studies. An avid lover of black culture and art, Kimberly first experienced the art world as an intern in the Director’s Office of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her time at the Studio Museum inspired her to start the Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art, sparking her interest in social media.

What is your craft/career/creative expression?
Full time I’m a marketing assistant for Hyperallergic/Nectar Ads. Even fuller time I founded the tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art.

How long have you been working at your craft?
I’ve been doing social media since Mark Zuckerburg let us high schoolers join the book in ’05.

Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo?
As Zora Neale Hurston put it, “Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.” I’m of the can’t hide it variety. My parents raised me to love every facet of my blackness and that kind of self love in our society is often seen as a pathology. I’m a black weirdo because I don’t let that stigma inhibit my existence.

Links/Social Media:
Kim:
Blog: blackqueerdo.tumblr.com
Instagram: @museummammy
Twitter: @museummammy
SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/maudmammy
4sq: foursquare.com/museummammy

Black Contemporary Art:
Blog: blackcontemporaryart.tumblr.com
FB: www.facebook.com/BlackContemporaryArt
Instagram: @blackcontempart
Twitter: @blackcontempart

Upcoming events/ projects?
March 16th- Black Contemporary Art, Cave To Canvas & Tumblr Present:
New York Art Walk

Why We Love Kimberly Drew:
Kim is one of our best friends. With style and grace (and a lil rachetness) she guides folks through a thorough Black experience in the visual arts. Not only is she well versed in the work of Black artists throughout time she is constantly researching and gathering more knowledge to spread about Black involvement in the art scene. She is a unique entity that is soon to
blow your mind (if she hasn’t already!)

photo by Samuel Copeland Photography

Black Weirdo Of The Week 27: Carolyn Malachi

Mini Bio  Carolyn Malachi blends Jazz, Hip Hop, Spoken Word and lots of imagination into a style Giant Step calls “delicate, refreshing [and] smooth”. The independent, Grammy-nominated artist counts Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Radiohead, and Sarah Vaughan among her greatest influences. Malachi promotes music education by supporting GRAMMY U initiatives. She champions global access to education with e-textbook provider Chegg and The School Fund. In 2013, the artist whom MTV calls “one of five R&B artists to obsess over” released a full-length album, GOLD. Between sessions and tour dates, she maintains a tech column in Black Enterprise magazine.
What is your craft/career/creative expression? I am a vocalist and songwriter who chooses to express herself through rap, spoken word and song. Jazz comes most naturally to me. However, I believe my job as an artist is to inspire, ignite and nurture the human spirit through sound. The result is a broad, eclectic sound with messages that can feel quite tailored. I hear it’s like being in church and feeling that the pastor is talking right to you. 
How long have you been working at your craft? The year was 2005, some time between my junior and sophomore undergrad years at Shepherd U. Go Rams!
Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo? People say I think outside the box. What box? Convince me that it even exists… I’ll wait. What inspires you? I draw inspiration from Tribe (fan) stories about how they live with my music. One sings “All Right” to her children to get them out of bed in the morning and to put them in a good mood for school. Another repeats “Beautiful Dreamer” to help her finish a tough year in college. Someone else plays “Ready for the World” while writing their letter of resignation.  Who is your weird black muse? Thundercat… every day of the week and twice on Sundays.
Links/Social Media: www.Instagram.com/CarolynMalachi www.Facebook.com/CarolynMalachi www.Twitter.com/Carolyn_Malachi Upcoming events/ projects? This summer, I will headline the GRAMMYs Experience music venue aboard the Norwegian Getaway. In 2015, I will begin a global music ambassadorship through the State Department and American Music Abroad.

Black Weirdo of The Week 12: King Texas

Name:
King Texas

From:
Brooklyn (HLYLND), NY

Mini Bio:
I am a photographer born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.  I am completely intrigued by the way people navigate the world, and I love to document that process and connection. 

What is your craft/career/creative expression?
Creating meaningful visuals.

How long have you been working at your craft?
A very long time, and the process will never end.

Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo?
Sometimes, it is difficult to walk into the world every day and face the continuous battles that may never disappear. Courage, determination, love, creation, and a good group of people to surround yourself with makes things a lot lighter. I am powerful, intelligent, resilient, and fierce. 

Links/Social Media:
Tumblr: www.kingtexas.tumblr.com
Twitter: @KingTexas
Instagram: KingTexas

Upcoming events/ projects?
I am currently working on several photo and video projects. I writing my first screenplay in which I form my own black transgender narrative. I also hope to be a part of some exhibits this year.

Why We Love King Texas:
Bright in spirit and energy, King amazes us with his passion. We met in 2010 at a show in New Jersey and have been fascinated by his work ever since. His art challenges our gaze and perspective. Overall, he’s an outstanding photographer, a hard worker and a good friend.

Black Weirdo Of The Week 20: Ayo Leilani Name: Ayo Leilani From:  Toronto/Ethiopia/Eritrea Mini Bio:  Founder and Co Director of 88 Days Of Fortune. Singer/Songwriter. Member of electro dub hop group Abstract Random. Promoter. Booker. Psychic. Witch Prophet. What is your craft/career/creative expression? Music, Music, Music, Music…. oh and Magic. 

How long have you been working at your craft?  My earliest memory of singing and performing is when I was 3. I’ve been dreaming the past/present/future since I was 5.

Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo?  I am that which I am. I’ve lived many lives, in many different dimensions. This life, in this body, is by far the weirdest and the best. 

Links/Social Media:  https://soundcloud.com/ayoleilani www.ayoleilani.bandcamp.com www.88daysoffortune.com www.abstractrandom3.com @AyoLeilani Upcoming events/ projects?  Witch Prophet Ep slated to be released end of May. 

Black Weirdo Of The Week 13: Tyree Sheppard

Name: 
Tyree Jonathan Sheppard

From: 
Los Angeles, CA

Mini Bio:
I am not originally from Los Angeles, I was born and raised in Seattle and moved to LA when I was 21. I am 28 and at the beginning of my eighth here in this vainglorious city, I feel like I grew up here. I became the person that I am going to be for the rest of my life here. My child is going to be born here (my girlfriend is eight months pregnant). I still have love for Seattle and how it framed and informed my childhood and many lessons about how to be and who I am, I knew there and I love going back there from time to time but I know that I will never live there again. Los Angeles has been my home and will be my home for the foreseeable future.

What is your craft/career/creative expression?
The great Percy Shelly said that “Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the universe.” I am an unacknowledged universe legislator. I am a poet and a writer. My first book of poetry, Someone Sinister, was published last May and I update my website frequently with new poems. I used to be somewhat of an essayist, writing about injustice and disparity as my experience and studies enlightened me but I grew darker and more cynical as I perceived the universe descending. I love the classic poets (the English Romantics and poets of the Enlightenment), and the structure and meter that they employed/invented. They heavily influence my writing. I have also written and directed many video interpretations of poems I have written. Sometimes I dabble in photography. I publish all of my work under my own imprint, Bad Thoughts Publishing.

How long have you been working on your craft?
I have always been a writer. I must have been because I can’t remember a time when I was not.

Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo?
I don’t think I consider myself a Black Weirdo. I definitely consider myself a Black man and some would say that I am an awkward person but I am at this stage in my existence that I don’t know how to label myself or if labels even matter to me. I know they matter to people looking at me but again, I don’t really give a fuck about them. I am Tyree Jonathan Sheppard. I am a poet and a writer but I don’t know if I have to link my heritage to both of those beautiful things. I guess I am becoming very weary of being labeled a “Black” artist instead of just an artist (not that I’ve been labeled either). Fuck it, I am a Black Weirdo I am proud to be a Black person, a Black human. I am sullen, glum, dark, torrid, an unbearable person, a person nearly incapable of appreciating light despite knowing that it is the crux of my being. I am confused. 

Links/Social Media
Website: www.allhailchief.com
Twitter: @thebigchief

Upcoming events/ projects?
I am currently finishing up my second book of poetry, Universe Unravelling, which will contain the sequel to my epic poem, Heavenly Decay (featured in my first book of poetry Someone Sinister), as well as many more compositions. I hope to have this published early this Spring. Also, I am working on publishing a book of short stories I have written, this Summer.

Black Weirdo Of The Week 15: JusMoni
photo credit Jah Grey

Name:
JusMoni

From:
Town. Seattle, WA

Mini Bio:
She believes most in integrity, loving what you do and becoming one with what you receive and what you exude. Future electric soul.

What is your craft/career/creative expression?
I am a singer. I enjoy rapping sometimes, too. 

How long have you been working at your craft?
I’ve been pursuing music for about 5 years. But I can remember being really young and doing this life work. I don’t know, forever, ever?

Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo?
Black Weirdo, is remembering why we exist, and honoring that. Most importantly, remembering the queens we be, the Gods we be, and being that. Black Weirdo is free. Free is what I want to be. 

Links/Social Media:
http://www.soundcloud.com/JusMoni

photo credit: Deshaun Wright BLACK WEIRDO OF THE WEEK 30: Steph Watts  Name: Steph Watts

From: 
Philly jawn, but currently Bed-Stuy 
Mini Bio 
I’ve worked in fashion for 7 years, but writing has always been a passion. My first short story, “The Pig Who Loved to Eat Pork” was published in the local Philly paper when I was five years old. I put the pen down to pursue other interests, but I’m back to my first love. My quest to discover everything cool and cheap below 14th Street and Brooklyn is chronicled on my blog, www.iso14below.com. I’m also a R&B historian. What is your craft/career/creative expression? My craft/creative expression and career live on separate poles. As a graduate of Clark Atlanta’s School of Business, my career has been on the corporate side of the fashion industry. My creative side manifests itself on my blog through writing, on the dancefloor when I’m scrubbing the ground, and now as a web series producer on YouTube.
How long have you been working at your craft? I’ve been writing all my life, but didn’t begin taking it seriously until last year when I quit my job and needed something to fill my days with. I fell into creating a web series this year after annoying myself with non-stop complaining about Black female interests blogs. 
Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo?
Both of my parents are Black, so theres that. I’m a weirdo because my interests exist in the most polar and random places that stretch the traditional idea of what being a Black girl means. The second I’m pegged as one thing, I morph into something else. It’s the most exciting and fun-filled existence ever. Thanks for looking out God!
What inspires you? The Black women in Brooklyn I pass everyday. Atlanta youth on Vine.(go bih lessi!)  The lead characters from Ntozake Shange’s “Lilliane” and “Cypress, Sassafrass, and Indigo”. My friends when they least expect it. Who is your weird black muse? Ntozake Shange and Chaka Khan are the authors and finishers of my faith. I’ve looked up to them since I was a child. Blame them for everything I do.
Links/Social Media:
Blog: www.iso14below.com Twitter: @so14below Instagram: rbg__2014 Tumblr: www.iso14below.tumblr.com Upcoming events/ projects? I created a series named after my declaration on NYE that 2014 would be year of the real Black girl. (see the song by dead prez) I will be dropping a new episode on the first Wednesday of every month until the end of the year. Two have already been released, so catch up here! I have some other ideas swirling around, so it’s best to stay tuned to my site and Twitter.

Black Weirdo Of The Week 29: Sir Thelonious

Name: Sir Thelonious

From: Newark, NJ

Mini Bio: 
i am a Revolutionary who Lives the Liberating Life of an Abstract Lover.

What is your craft/career/creative expression?:
 
Lyricist, Singer, Poet, Photographer.

How long have you been working at your craft?:
Poetry & Music, over 10 yrs - Photography, 4 yrs

Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo?: 
i don’t, you guys do lol. whatever you sense of me that has captured this notion of observation, by all means, that i am & that is why.

What inspires you?: 
all things, of all forms. nature is my safe haven. confusion is my Heaven. the art of not knowing, is soul boggling to me, which presents new life by the embrace.

Who is your weird black muse?: 
Saul Williams, Stevie Wonder & Baatin (live in prosperity.) Links/Social Media: 
sirthelonious.com 
@sir_thelonious on Twitter & Instagram
soundcloud: sir thelonious

Upcoming events/ projects?: "Echoes of a Nubian Soul".. Fall ‘14