There are so many things to celebrate right now! Ostara, Passover, Easter, Holi, and just the plain old change in the seasons, especially here in the northern hemisphere as spring moves in. It’s easier to feel joy with more sunshine and green things. And … it’s difficult to feel joy sometimes after more than a year of loss and grief. It’s difficult if you’re a person who’s moving through the world with any kind of marginalized identity, whether you’re facing things like racis
Happy Black History Month! Before we get into the blog, here are a few steps we’re taking to fight the systemic injustice that Black folks face every day. As always, we invite you to join us. Donate to We Wield the Hammer, providing metalsmith training to women of African descent in Oakland and Dakar. (Call to action courtesy Sonya Renee Taylor.) Follow Sonya Renee Taylor and The Body is Not an Apology on Instagram! And don’t just follow: click those links, watch those videos
Anyone else have that notable Dickensian quote ringing in their ears? “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” There is a lot of evidence to suggest we are in the homestretch of this pandemic. And, the end of it is still months away. And I don’t know about you all, but I have felt a surprising resurgence in my general anxiety and despair. There are people I love who are partially or fully vaccinated, and there are people I love who are sick with COVID right now.
Friends! Mary here. Happy 2021! I know the new year has brought new hope and new uncertainties for all of us. But we’re trying to get back into the swing of things post-holidays. We even have some new music coming out! Our newest collection of tunes, playlist. #notarecord will be streaming everywhere this Thursday, 1/21/21. Obviously, this release has not been at all what we planned. And while we have to wait to celebrate with all of you in person, we hope you’ll enjoy the tu
“It’s not a competition.” It’s something we say to each other all the time. It’s something we claim to all of you. And yet, the desire to one-up each other is a driving force behind how we perform, like two bulls in a china shop trying to see who can break the most stuff (aka, hearts?). So it was no surprise to us when you all asked us to each take our own individual spins on the same set list for our most recent SpotiFriday Live show. But before we get to that, here are a fe
We’re still buzzing from our virtual release party on Sunday celebrating our new single, “We Were There,” and we’re full of gratitude for all of you who tuned in. And ... we’ll talk more about all of that in a minute. 😉 Before we get started, here are a few things we are doing to fight systemic injustice, and we invite you to do the same: Sign this petition telling Washington’s football team to change their name because it is racist. Pick up a copy of White Fragility: Why It
Happy July! We are deep into summer now, and even though Pride month is over, we can hold onto the fact that Pride doesn’t stop just because the calendar says so, anymore than the work of dismantling systemic oppression of any group of people stops because of the simple passage of time. To that end, each week on this blog, we’re going to start sharing a couple of things we’re doing to fight systemic injustice and invite you to do the same. We recognize our privilege as a coup