As a mixed race, Filipina, 2nd generation immigrant, Black, round, queer, 1st generation college student, daughter of farm workers from a military family, it was pretty hard to find my reflection in mainstream media growing up.
But I found another world of people who, just like me, did not “fit” with the mainstream, but were connected to each other online, talking and creating art about life on the margins.
I found other music and videos that, instead of re-traumatizing or reinforcing oppressions, empowered me with the belief that I had a place in the world.
The OuterSpaces Tour 2012: Power in the Margins coming to Seattle on Thursday night is a perfect example.
The tour unites Brooklyn spoken word duo Climbing PoeTree, Detroit based hip hop activist Invincible, and Cuban emcees Las Krudas into an “international, bilingual, pansexual, polyracial, multi-media, cross-genre collaboration of artists.”