By Daniela Capistrano
Weeks ago, when Osa emailed me to confirm that “we’re going to do our Detroit event at The Trumbullplex,” the first thing that popped into my head was the movie Mad Max. TRUMBLE.PLEX. I rolled the word around in my head for days, imagining what the space would be like.
My imagination is usually pretty awesome, but this time it couldn’t hold a candle to the incredible reality that was the venue, the organizers and the attendees.
I loved our time in Detroit and I will be coming back soon to build with some of the folks I met last night. It’s my birthday today and I want to go for a swim before we head to Ann Arbor, so I’m going to mostly let these photos tell the story and will simply caption the bands and key folks. Enjoy!
Cristy C. Road and Osa Atoe check out the zine library.
The space was huge! We had plenty of room to set up our Race Riot! mall.
This note in the bathroom cracked me up.
Cristy and J. Rae cuddle for a pic.
Kytara, one of our volunteers, showed up in this lovely scarf. Anna Vo is behind her, photobomb style.
After the reading portion, there was some tabling and good times before the bands went on.
The first artist: Pancho Villa’s Skull. Incredible performance! I recorded a clip and will put it online when I have access to more secure Internet.
After that, the CRAYCRAYS ended the night with several songs that had me dancing around like I ate too much candy. This is why the photos are so shitty (sorry!).
Imagine you’re dancing around too ^_^
Big thanks to everyone who helped us organize this event and to the great crowd that showed up, asked questions, cheered the bands and made us feel welcome in Detroit!
At the end of the show, Anna Vo surprised me by calling for everyone to sing me Happy Birthday. As I stood there, bathed in the warm glow of the house lights and surrounded by friends and allies, I was reminded of something that my mother once told me: we create our own reality. Some things are out of our control but we create our own reality.
Before I founded the POC Zine Project in 2010, I was simply reading zines by Mimi, Cristy and Osa (I just met Anna this week! <3) and imagining what it would be like to collaborate with them. Now, I am touring with them and get to watch them in action everyday until Oct 7. I’m in the front row at all the shows, basking in their brilliance and strength, and sharing information about what POC Zine Project is up to next year and beyond.
My reality is fucking awesome and I made it that way. It took me years to have the courage to do this, but it’s here now and it’s transforming my life, and in the process, the lives of others.
I hope that if you’re reading this and thinking about a dream that seems far fetched, that you’ll take the leap and go for it anyway. Because life is fragile, things change all the time, and you never know how sending one email can transform your life. Let me know how I can help you achieve your dream!
Take the risk and pursue your goals. Ask for help. Support others. Make art, write, document your events - these are all steps in your own and our collective liberation.
ABOUT POC ZINE PROJECT
POC Zine Project’s mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share - community and activism through materiality. We are touring through 12 cities from Sept 24 - Oct 7.
All tour dates: http://bit.ly/PeEgaR
TOUR RECAPS ARCHIVE
Oct 7: Death By Audio - Brooklyn
Oct 3: Skylab - Columbus
Oct 2: Rachael’s Cafe - Bloomington
Sept 30: multikulti - Chicago
Sept 28: The Trumbullplex - Detroit
Sept 26: Mr. Roboto Project - Pittsburgh
Sept 25: The Wooden Shoe - Philly
Sept 24: 538 Johnson - NYC - Brooklyn
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