As we begin the holiday season, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the previous year and chat about the future. As Langston Hughes said, “I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.” Similarly, we have been thinking about our organization and getting serious about where we want to go in 2018.Read More
A collective of artists and performers and poets, known finally as Spencer's Vanguard, was to advance the mission of The Listening and "be great" in all that we did and in everything we created. We identified greatness in our diversity, in our hope, in our hurt, and in the community around us. If anyone was going to lead the charge, we were at least going to throw our hats in the ring.
Who can guess what happened next?Read More
Whenever there has been a threat to something we hold dear, and when it has seemed hopeless, with little to no opportunity to respite or recourse, there has always been something that has been resurrected from the darkness.
Call it grit, call it grassroots, call it stick-to-it-iveness or gumption, when the people decide that they want something, they make the necessary moves to make it happen.Read More
I believe the film addresses something much more difficult and even scary for people to talk about, but that's the cool thing about the film. Jordan Peele takes a situation that people are scared to talk about and literally turns into a scary movie.
“So...what situation does the film address?”
I'm glad you asked.Read More
I saw God, I saw color, I saw suffering, and I saw victory. These people reached inside of themselves and pulled out the most vulnerable of gems; clad in emotion, sincerity, and rhythm, their art stood there cosmically like an eclipse shielding our eyes from the blinding sun.Read More
If you have a song in your heart that needs to be sung, step to the mic. If you are not satisfied with the world around you and have a truth you must speak to, step to the mic. If you believe that your passion and creativity can change or even save a life, step to the mic.
You just might start a revolution.Read More