Junot Diaz on Men Who Write About Women
- The Atlantic: It sounds like you're saying that literary "talent" doesn't inoculate a writer—especially a male writer—from making gross, false misjudgments about gender. You'd think being a great writer would give you empathy and the ability to understand people who are unlike you—whether we're talking about gender or another category. But that doesn't seem to be the case.
- Junot Diaz: I think that unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations. Without fail. The only way not to do them is to admit to yourself [that] you're fucked up, admit to yourself that you're not good at this shit, and to be conscious in the way that you create these characters. It's so funny what people call inspiration. I have so many young writers who're like, "Well I was inspired. This was my story." And I'm like, "OK. Sir, your inspiration for your stories is like every other male's inspiration for their stories: that the female is only in there to provide sexual service." There comes a time when this mythical inspiration is exposed for doing exactly what it's truthfully doing: to underscore and reinforce cultural structures, or I'd say, cultural asymmetry.
Source: The Atlantic
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I appreciate @UPE_LIVE for making the “Demos…” screening possible.
I honestly think it’s imperative for every up and coming independent rap artist to watch the “Demos: An Independent Artist’s Guide to Success” documentary… When it’s released worldwide of course. I swear you’ll learn something.
Trust me on this.
SCREENING- “DEMOS: An Independent Artist’s Guide to Success”
On Saturday 4th May 2013, Urban Phenomenon Entertainment(UPE) will be Screening a Hip Hop Documentary titled “DEMOS: An Independent Artist’s Guide to Success” at the Bioscope independent cinema in Johannesburg as part of their Hip Hop Explosion Festival taking place 3rd May (CPT, Zula Bar) and 4th May (JHB, Bassline) which will feature performances by Skyzoo, Planet Asia and Tristate.
The Screening will then be followed by a Q&A Discussion Panel with the Narrator of the Film, international Hip Hop Artist Skyzoo, Planet Asia, who appears in the Documentary as well as other Hip hop and music industry stakeholders from overseas and locally such as Executive producer Soul Wallace, local artist and producer, Draztik, and South African artist Ginger Breadman.
Those who are interested in attending the screening can email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. due to limited seating, its on a first come, first served basis.
Narrated by critically acclaimed artist Skyzoo, DEMOS features interviews with a wide range of artists, from newcomers like Hopsin and Nitty Scott MC to more established indie Hip-Hop veterans like Jean Grae, El Prez, Torae, and Mikkey Halstead, and even the likes of Rapper Big Pooh, Talib Kweli, Freeway and Naughty By Nature, who have seen both sides of the “indie vs. major” debate.
In addition to the unique viewpoint provided by the featured artists, DEMOS also draws from the expertise of producers including NO I.D., !LLMIND, and Needlz as well as a cross-section of industry execs and journalists, including Fusicology founder Asya Shein.
Two years ago, DEMOS creator and budding documentarian Kareem Fort set out to show the world an alternate view of success in Hip-Hop. As COO of HipNott Records, Fort knew first hand that, contrary to popular belief, success as an independent Hip-Hop artist is more than attainable; it happens daily, across the globe, in so many ways. Fort embarked on a journey to bring new light to not only the countless artists who have found success outside of the major label system, but also to the myriad ways in which they have created that success.
The result is an unrivaled resource that aims to inspire and educate aspiring Hip-Hop artists with the experiences, advice and proven techniques recounted by an elite group of Hip-Hop legends, successful independent Hip-Hop artists, and industry tastemakers covering the entire span of music culture.
Demos Documentary Screening details
Date: Saturday 4th May 2013
Venue: The Bioscope independent cinema, 286 Fox Street, Johannesburg
Panel: Skyzoo, Planet Asia, Tristate, Soul Wallace Draztik and Ginger Breadman
Entrance: Limited Seating, RSVP required for entry. RSVP to email@example.com. First come, first served basis.
Hip Hop Explosion 2013 Details
Date: Friday 3rd May 2013
Venue: ZulaBar, Cape Town
Price: R125 Pre-sale and R150 at the Door
Date: Saturday 4th May 2013
Venue: The Bassline, Newtown Johannesburg
Price: R200 Pre-sale, R250 at the Door and R300 VIP
pre-sold tickets for the UPE Hip Hop Explosion 2013 are available at: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=401658214