"When you come out of the matrix you can't, just like, switch off because you start to notice other things. On the real it is tiring sometimes but I would rather be awake and realize certain things than walk around like some mindless zombie."
I raved about Cecile Emeke's amazing strolling and flâner creations a couple posts ago but after watching a new video from the series I somehow landed on one of the older uploads and I had to share. In episode 11 of the strolling series, Kevin Morosky gets into so much goodness! He drops jewels on supporting feminism as a man, Biggie Smalls, a disturbing tale on his experience with Dame Dash, and the labels and limits put on brown people. It's all hella profound and needs to be seen/heard. Peep it above and my favorite lines below.
DEFINING YOUR BLACKNESS:
"I don't want to hear that I'm not black because I prefer my steak medium rare. I define what my blackness is and that's the end of it and you can't tell me nothing more."
Kevin described his experience of being flown out for his photography to appear in one of Dame Dash's New York galleries (Poppington maybe?). Once he arrives he's told that things won't actually work out because Dame only wanted "white hip photographers," wanting to be recognized as a "blue chip" gallery. Oh and because also "no one really buys art from black artist."
Could this be true of the man that's so about "the culture?" If so... add this to the many side eye moments I've given Damon this year. Someone on Dame's staff apparently also suggested Kevin hide his identity as a route to success.
"Us as the oppressors need to listen to the oppressed and just do as we're told."
"This shit about feminism 'it means oh you hate men...' Even if women did hate men and that's what it meant, I really don't see a reason why they wouldn't hate men. Are you mental?"
"I'm here for women. Tell me what you need me to do. Who you need me to talk to. Whose doorstep you need me to visit. I'm down for it."
"I think everyone should meditate. Get your vibe completely right. It's about being in a good mind frame so when these stressful situations of these corporations trying to rape you for all your worth come along you're in a clear mind state and stable enough to deal with it in a right way and still make moves forward."
BEING GAY IS NOT A LIFESTYLE:
"Being gay doesn't mean anything to me, that's just what you call it."
"I've had people tell me you're a different kind of gay. I'm not a different kind of gay, I'm just a different kind of person."
Kevin Morosky, Thank you Sir. <3