Hey everyone! Sorry there has been such a massive delay in posting.
Just realized that in the 6 months since I've posted here, life has been hectic as shit. My second semester of grad school was, while a lot better than the first, hard as hell. I was also hustlin' on the side to survive in the big city but I've met some amazing people who have saved my sanity on more than a few occasions. Its been weird. My decision to move to NYC was a good one, but man, have I ever had to pay the price.
Because of time constraints I felt like I did a lot of interviews this year, which was fine, but a bit underwhelming. I really moved away from cultural criticism as I just felt that I didn't have the emotional bandwidth to do so. One of my plans in 2015 was to do more "think-pieces," but the end of this year seemed to display a backlash of the onslaught of articles bemoaning whatever controversy was happening that month. However, there was a lot to talk about. Just don't know right now if another voice is needed.
I guess the question is, who has the legitimate voice? Who has the voice that commands authority? To me, its still a white male 'voice' that carries more clout, followed by young, white women writers who represent the demographic of who is utilizing social media the most. Those who are percevied as economically viable. Those who will have more educational and professional opportunities to make concrete changes in the world. This made me feel a bit depressed but also understanding - a bit. Its just that by this time in the world, I expected change. This year it seems like the world was (socially, politically) regressing, which conjured up a feeling of helplessness. It also made making ambitious pursuits and plans for the future a bit grim.