DarkMater, a.k.a. Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian, at a Q&A session after a performance. (YouTube Screenshot)
17 Feb 2016

VIDEO: Poetry & Trans Politics With Darkmatter

Trans South Asian art duo DarkMatter, Alok Vaid-Menon & Janani Balasubramanian, are deeply engaged in the connection of art and social justice.

A mural created by "Swoon," showing a woman rising from wave-like colors, with the words "Recovery Diaspora" on a banner underneath. (Flickr / Swoon)
09 Feb 2016

VIDEO: From The Streets To The Galleries With Swoon

Internationally-recognized street artist Caledonia Curry, better known as Swoon, shares her art and activism this week on The Laura Flanders show.

Tony Kushner appeared on The Laura Flanders Show to discuss the upcoming election, Hollywood politics, and the conflict between Israel and Palestine. (YouTube)
02 Feb 2016

VIDEO: Hollywood, Socialism And The Israel/Palestine Conflict With Tony Kushner

Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner talks Hollywood, socialism, & the Israel/Palestine conflict. Plus: A Hungarian feminist hip-hop art gallery for Roma.

Screen shot from "What The Fuck Are These Red Squares?"
30 Jan 2016

Kartemquin Films 50: ‘What The Fuck Are These Red Squares?’ and ‘Anonymous Artists of America’

A student wearing a cape and a hood somewhat casually paints, “What the Fuck are these Red Squares?” in broad daylight. A man walking by says aloud, “I got to call a cop on you. That’s beautiful.” In the next shot, it is clear the words were painted on the brick

Boots Riley and The Coup perform live in 2011. (Wikimedia Commons / Amelia Kennedy Photography)
30 Sep 2015

Art & Resistance With Boots Riley & Ellen Meeropol (VIDEO)

Boots Riley of the Coup, author Ellen Meeropol, & Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Rachel Meeropol on using art & activism to fight repression.

A mural on Mama Ayehsa's restaurant shows the founder embracing the nation's presidents, including Barack Obama, in front of the White House. A group calling themselves "The War Thugs" recently paintballed all the presidential crotches. (Flickr / Amaury Laporte)
12 Aug 2015

Mama Ayesha’s Presidential Mural Vandalized … Or Improved?

Mama Ayesha’s is a popular restaurant in Washington, D.C. Until recently, the side of the restaurant featured a mural that depicted the restaurant’s founder, dressed in her traditional Palestinian garb, embracing the nation’s presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama. Only recently, there’s been a new addition to the mural: someone shot the crotches of all the presidents with red paint.