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"One of the earliest moments that got me activated in DIY was meeting with the founder of POC Zine Project, Daniela Capistrano. She opened my mind to working across DIY POC creators and I was totally inspired by the scale of her mission." — Winston Scarlett, Slackgaze

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Winston Scarlett of Slackgaze

Read the full interview here.

Winston was the first person POCZP founder Daniela told about her idea to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share. He was also the first person to volunteer at a POC Zine Project event, way back in early 2010 <3

Interview excerpt:

Black Congo: For those who are not familiar with the DIY scene, could you tell us a little about what you do and how your movement differs from those in and around Williamsburg?

Winston: I primarily consider myself a curator. I curate shows and artists that fit a slacker aesthetic that’s resurfaced in our generations fascination with 90′s kitsch. My showcases, studio, and zine are incubators and archives of these moments. I recently dropped out of graduate school in Library Sciences. I think that career path is very telling of my personality: it’s for those who are anti-capitalist, category & genre freak, and hardwired to share. Archiving and cultural heritage has always been a professional interest of mine.

In this way, I could say I’m different from what others in Williamsburg/Bushwick are doing. But I don’t like to put myself in a us/them dichotomy. It’s counterproductive to building community and getting really radical work accomplished. I grew up in a Jamaican household where the phrase “nuh watch nuh face” was thrown around a lot. It basically means don’t worry about what other people are doing, or how they perceive you” just keep doing. This mantra has provided solace on times where I feel disappointed in myself and accomplishments. It’s help me embrace slackerdom in a culture where failure is stigmatized and overachieving is lauded. I would never identify myself as show promoter/booker. Their concerns aren’t my own.

I could care less if Slackgaze packed a venue, made money at doors/bar, or became hyped as the next big thing in a PR fueled machine, or the elitism that follows. My concerns are artistic. When I put together shows, its because I believe in the artists and I think my audience will too…

…I’m guilty of seeking out bands that feature POC members on Facebook, blogs, even OKCupid. I don’t care if it sounds creepy, I’m intentional with my desires. I want to build a community of POC indie rockers so they don’t have to be pigeon-holed. I can’t think of a showcase that I booked without a POC playing in a band.

It may sound like I’m tokenizing them, but I’m not. I’m genuinely interested in seeing us become more prominent in the indie-rock world, especially queer women. A lot of this is coming from being politicized by bell hooks and Patricia Hill Collins, rather than The Sex Pistols. I think Slackgaze can be community for getting more POC-rockers in the spotlight.

Read more on blackcongolese.com.

Follow Winston on Tumblr: slackgaze.tumblr.com

Follow Slackgaze on Facebook for info on events and more: facebook.com/slackgazezine 

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our goals for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your gift. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

COMMUNITY SUBMISSION: BDGRMMR Zine

BDGRMMR founders recently contacted us to let us know that their sixth issue, titled EXECUTION, is available to read online.

TITLE: BDGRMMR

AUTHOR(S): Yulan Grant, Justin Allen and Brandon Owens

RELEASE: Summer 2013/Winter 2014

ORIGIN: New York, NY

DESCRIPTION: “BDGRMMR is a zine about and by queer artists of color. We’re both a zine and artist collective creating both tangible and digital records of QPOC culture in NYC.

EXECUTION evokes energy, desire and purpose, three themes that are prevalent throughout the narratives of both artists Jay Boogie & Tigga Calore.”

TUMBLR: bdgrmmr.tumblr.com

READ NOW:

Taking its name from assumptions and stereotypes of inarticulacy surrounding Black English and culture, BDGRMMR (pronounced Bad Grammar) is a zine, platform and collective of and for queer artists of color to document and discuss their work on their own terms, with their own language and in relation to their own culture. 

BDGRMMR was started in the summer of 2012 by Yulan Grant, Justin Allen and Brandon Owens.

GET MORE: issuu.com/badgrammar | BDGRMMR@gmail.com

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SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooted our org structure in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

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Editor’s Note: Community Submission OR Call for Submissions post is usually from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured by POCZP. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.

Please make sure to include pertinent info for CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: deadline, submission info/email/tumblr, related links, your own bio, etc.

As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!

POCZP also accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.

Meet POCZP’s Chief Fanalyst for the Legacy Series: Julia B. aka Ju!

Julia B., or Ju: First Official Fanalyst to participate in the POC Zine Project's Legacy Series

NAME: Julia B. (also goes by Ju)

ROLE: Chief Fanalyst for POC Zine Project’s Legacy Series

REGION: East Coast (Brooklyn), USA

COMMUNITY: Ju has been a POCZP member since the beginning. You’ll be seeing more of their contributions manifest on this Tumblr and in other digital and physical spaces very soon …. <3

IN JU’S OWN WORDS

Hi there. I’m Julia B., or Ju (if we’re being informal, which suits me fine), and I’m the first Official (and Chief) Fanalyst to participate in the POC Zine Project’s Legacy Series!

I’m very excited to be part of this series, and I’m looking forward to sharing more about the first Legacy Series selection: Fire!!: A Quarterly Devoted to the Younger Negro Artists, published in 1926. I should probably begin by explaining what my role will be.

fan: As in, amateur. I’m not a professional historian, just an enthusiastic history lover with library access. Whether it’s sci-fi fans swapping self-written stories through the mail, or specialized distros offering up all manner of self-published work at concerts, zine readings and the like, zine culture has consistently been defined by its place outside of the traditional publishing world. Keeping that in mind, the folks writing this series are taking part because we genuinely love the works we’re talking about, and want to share those works as laypeople in an accessible way.

analyst: I’ll be doing a close read and giving background details about the magazine, page by page. Sort of like “Pop-Up Video” but in written form.

Graphic for Ju's Chief Fanalyst bio In lieu of elaborate on-location choreography, I’ll be taking you further into not only the text of Fire!!, but also the world in which it was published—from the author’s contemporaries to the neighborhood in which their office was situated, and more. Ideally, by the time you’re done checking out what I’ve got for you, you’ll have music to listen to, visual artists to check out, books you’ll want to look for. Like I said, I’m enthusiastic about history, and my goal is to make sure that you’re just as thrilled about learning more as I was doing the research.

So why exactly am I so thrilled to be working on Fire!! in particular? Well, as a literature fan, I’ve loved Zora Neale Hurston’s, Langston Hughes’, and Countee Cullen’s writing for years. For many, those names might be the most familiar in the list of contributors to Fire!!, and I’m sure a lot of you out there are already fans of their work. But what of the other contributors alluded to in the “younger negro artists” of the magazine’s title? I see this as a chance for those who are more familiar with the writers in this publication to learn more about the visual artists who contributed, and vice versa, while I take a look at the perspectives that link them all together.

I’m also excited because Fire!! was controversial in its time. The contributors were not interested in perpetuating the politics of respectability. They did not create the magazine to keep in step with the artists of generations before them. In short, they were uncomfortable because they refused to conform to more (Black middle-class) palatable sensibilities.

I mean, check out some of the stuff people were saying when this little magazine out of Harlem made its way into print:

Rean Graves of the Baltimore Afro-American [newspaper] was incensed by the magazine and wrote in his review, “I have just tossed the first issue of Fire!! into the fire.” Benjamin Brawley went so far as to say that if the U.S. Post Office found out about Thurman’s “Cordelia the Crude,” the magazine might be barred from the mail.[1]

Pretty strong reactions to a fledgling publication! The contributors wrote about touchy subjects such as colorism among Black Americans and prostitution. They made deliberate use of Black American vernacular, in an effort to make the voices of their works ring true to the people they represented. And pissed off a bunch of uptight people in the process, even though only one issue of Fire!! was ever published. It’s easy to think of “cutting edge” in the present tense, but in exploring the magazine, we get the chance to check out what the Black American nonconformists of 1926 had to say, and what value those messages hold for us in the present day.

Anyway, enough out of me! I’m looking forward to talking with you further… hopefully we can start a cool conversation (or several) about this classic work. Stay tuned!

[1]: Patton, Venetria K., and Maureen Honey. “The Harlem Renaissance.” Oxford African American Studies Center: Guest Scholars. Oxford University Press. Web. <http://www.oxfordaasc.com/public/featureded/guest_5.jsp>

DO YOU WANT TO BE A FANALYST FOR THE LEGACY SERIES?

The only criteria is that you have to be a person of color! Submit here and tell us a little about yourself. Please include links to some writing samples. Good luck!

White allies: There are other ways for you to support the Legacy Series. Please email daniela@dcapmedia.com for details.

ABOUT THE LEGACY SERIES

Kicking off with FIRE!!, POC Zine Project will make zines by people of color created from the 1700s-1990s available to read and share.

Every Friday (Editor’s note: date pushed to February), you will find a legacy zine by a person of color on poczineproject.tumblr.com. We will share more details in 2013.

WHY WE ARE FOCUSING ON LEGACY ZINES

People of color in the U.S. have produced independent publications (zines) for decades. Many of these zines were political in nature, creating cracks in the lens of white supremacy that shaped (and continues to inform) popular culture and legislation.

These zines were new maps to our liberation, countering the negative propaganda of what people of color looked like, thought and were capable of achieving.

We want the world to know about these legacy zines, so we are going to archive and share them to the best of our ability.

We look forward to partnering with distros, academic spaces, libraries, anti-authoritarian collectives, literary journals, bloggers and more to share the Legacy Series.

“NEW” ZINESTERS: We will still share information about new and upcoming zines by people of color :) Please continue to submit your zines to the archive.

ABOUT THE RACE RIOT! TOUR

POC Zine Project held its first Race Riot! Tour in 2012, producing 20 events in 14 cities, which included speaking engagements at six universities. Click here to view photos from the POC Zine Project: 2012 Race Riot! Tour tour finale at Death By Audio in Brooklyn and access all the tour stop recaps.

We will be taking the Race Riot! Tour through 14 more cities in 2013. Stay tuned!

SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT

If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh

Race Riot! Tour Recap: Brooklyn! @ Death By Audio on Oct 7, 2012 

Ten days have passed since our Race Riot! tour finale event at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. Our last tour date had the most amount of people in attendance, and zine partner sales were higher than any other stop on our tour, so thank you NYC for your love and support!

We’re going to do a zine and art book about our first tour experience, (details coming soon) so for now, here are some beautiful moments from October 7, 2012:

Photo by @inzombia of @croadcore at Death By Audio on Oct 7, 2012 POC Zine Project Race Riot! Tour

- Cristy C. Road gets the crowd at Death By Audio to sing “Tell It to My Heart" by Taylor Dayne before she begins reading from Spit and Passion

Photo by Mimi Thi Nguyen

B&W:Crowd for POCZP's Race Riot! tour finale at Death By Audio on Oct 7 2012

- POC Zine Project’s Race Riot! Tour attendees at Death by Audio on Oct 7, 2012

8mm: Mimi reads for POCZP's race riot! tour finale at Death By Audio on Oct 7 2012

- Mimi Thi Nguyen reads at Death By Audio

tint: Attendee's listen to Mimi at POCZP's Race Riot! tour finale at Death By Audio on Oct 7

Leshaun lovell (l) Share roman (m) and Jade Fair (r) at POCZP's Race Riot! Tour stop at Death By Audio on Oct 7

Leshaun lovell (l) Share roman (m) and Jade Fair (r) at POCZP’s Race Riot! Tour stop at Death By Audio on Oct 7


rev: DJ Shomi Noise holding her zines Building Up Emotional Muscles #1-3 at Death By Audio on Oct 7

- DJ Shomi Noise holding her zines Building Up Emotional Muscles #1-3 at Death By Audio on Oct 7


Photo by @maryxmas - Shady Hawkins performing at DBA on Oct 7, 2012

Shady Hawkins perform at Death By Audio

Photo by Mary Christmas

rev: Mimi, Cristy and Suzy X from Shady Hawkins on Oct 7 2012 at Death By Audio #nyc

- Mimi (l), Cristy (m) and Suzy X (r) from the band Shady Hawkins chill on stage 


rev: Joan Chen who brought us #poczines from the Bay Area for the archive & tabled at Death By Audio on Oct 7

- Joan Chen came all the way from the west coast and brought Bay Area poc zines for the archive! <3 Thanks, Joan!


Photo by @inzombia - Anna Vo reads at DBA on Oct 7 2012

- Back of crowd during Anna Vo’s reading at Death By Audio

Photo by Mimi Thi Nguyen

rev: Osa reads at DBA on Oct 7, 2012

- Osa Atoe, creator of the Shotgun Seamstress series (out now on Mend My Dress Press), reads at Death By Audio


Aye Nako performs at Race Riot! tour finale at DBA on Oct 7, 2012

- Aye Nako performs at Death By Audio

Photo by thetenderestheart

Photo by @inzombia - Part of the Race Riot! Mall at DBA on Oct 7, 2012

- Part of POC Zine Project’s Race Riot! Mall at Death By Audio

Photo by Mimi Thi Nguyen


MEMORIES FROM THE EVENT

By Daniela

The venue was PACKED and at a certain point (about halfway through the show) we had to ask everyone who was sitting to stand up so that a horde of folks waiting in line outside could get in. Like all of our other tour stops, the door cover was sliding scale/pay what you can with no one turned away for lack of funds.

Although DBA had a cash bar, people kept it together and the energy overall was amazing. Around 9pm, after I had made sure the projector was working, we kicked things off.

 Jamie Varriale Vélez, our local guest reader, did an amazing job and was super brave (she read first). Race Riot! crew Osa, Anna Vo, Mimi Thi Nguyen and Cristy C. Road followed. I played MC, worked at the Race Riot! mall, dealt with problems as they came up and took some of the photos you see in this post.

We’re still getting tons of positive feedback for Aye Nako and Shady Hawkins, the two fierce bands that held down the second half of the evening.

Jordan Alam tabled on behalf of the Barnard Zine Library (longtime ally entity), sharing some of the POC and feminist zines available in their collection. Thanks, Jordan and Jenna Freedman! <3

BIG THANKS to Cristy C. Road for coordinating our finale event logistics, Death By Audio for allowing us to use the venue and all the DBA folks who handled sound and door needs.

I’m probably forgetting to thank a million people but we’ll get it together for the zine and art book that we’re doing for the tour. 

We’ll have more candids and quotes from tour members and attendees in the weeks to come.

Thanks again, you reading this right now, for your interest and support. This is an experiment in community and activism through materiality. If you took any photos or video of this event and are willing to share so we can add it to our documentation, please email daniela@dcapmedia.com. <3

***ANNOUNCEMENT***

If you’re interested in developing your digital media and community organizing skills by interning for POC Zine Project, email daniela@dcapmedia.com.

We can provide college credit or, if you’re not enrolled at an accredited university, professional mentorship. Meatspace internships will take place at DCAP Media HQ in NYC. Telecommuting/remote production internships are also available.

IMPORTANT THINGS

1) We’re doing a zine about this tour, so if you were part of any of the events, let us know if you want to contribute by emailing daniela@dcapmedia.com.

2) We’re doing a national conference in 2014. 

3) We’re doing a west coast tour in 2013.

4) If you want to be a part of any upcoming POCZP events, let us know.

5) We love you.

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 took the Race Riot! tour through 12 cities from Sept 24 - Oct 7, 2012.

STAY INFORMED

poczineproject.tumblr.com

facebook.com/poczineproject

twitter.com/poczineproject

All tour dates: http://bit.ly/PeEgaR

TOUR RECAPS ARCHIVE

Oct 7: Death By Audio - Brooklyn

Oct 6: University of Maryland + Brickhaus - College Park and Baltimore

Oct 5: St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church - Washington, D.C.

Oct 4: University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh

Oct 3: Skylab - Columbus

Oct 2: Rachael’s Cafe - Bloomington

Oct 1: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign + UCIMC - Champaign

Sept 30: multikulti - Chicago

Sept 29: University of Michigan + 3rd Death Star - Ann Arbor

Sept 28: The Trumbullplex - Detroit

Sept 27: Ohio University + evening potluck with Cindy Crabb - Athens

Sept 26: Mr. Roboto Project - Pittsburgh

Sept 25: The Wooden Shoe - Philly

Sept 24: 538 Johnson - NYC - Brooklyn

Sept 14 - Wellesley College pre-Race Riot! tour panel

All photos should be credited to Daniela Capistrano/POC Zine Project unless otherwise noted. Please be sure to credit and link to poczineproject.tumblr.com if you reblog individual pics. Tx! <3

NYC: POC Zine Project RACE RIOT! tour kicks off Sept 24 at 538 Johnson!

POC Zine Project's Race Riot! Tour logo by Cristy C. Road

Multi-media zine readings by Mimi Nguyen (Race Riot zine), Anna Vo (Fix My Head zine), Cristy Road (Greenzine) & Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress). POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano will be there as well, probably by the zines ^_^

Here is the FB invite:

538 Johnson Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11237

Starts at 8pm!

+ music by: Matana Roberts (solo experimental jazz) & In School (hc)

+ POC zine tabling, sales and swap (allies welcome!)

$5-7 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds!

ALL AGES!

COMMUNITY: We’ll be selling poc zines on this tour! Our zine partners and white allies who supported this tour are also tabling at 538 Johnson.

If you’re a person of color and would like to table/put out your zines as giveaways or to sell, come prepared and be there by 7:30pm to get set up! Please confirm that you want to table by emailing daniela@dcapmedia.com.

If you’re not prepared to table but want to donate your existing and/or in-progress/upcoming zines to the archive in the future/after the tour, email daniela@dcapmedia.com. <3

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.

STAY INFORMED

poczineproject.tumblr.com

facebook.com/poczineproject

twitter.com/poczineproject

All tour dates: http://bit.ly/PeEgaR