Best of Neighborhood News 3/9: Twin Cities queer art goes digital


Twin Cities queer art goes digital

Cassandra Snow explored the expanding landscape of digital queer art on The Column this week.

One of the big “cons” of living here is that five months of the year are absolutely horrible and no one wants to leave their apartment. And sometimes (a lot of times) I’m broke. And occasionally I am so overwhelmingly smitten with an artist that I want to hear from them all the time.

Luckily it’s 2016! By which I mean we live in a beautiful, if over-saturated, age of technology and internet culture and solutions to the aforementioned problems. In the case of seeking queer, local art, many of those radical creators are creating content for the internet (or at least your data plan) alongside or in place of their other work. While the internet is certainly nothing new by now, what gets overlooked is the capability for arts innovation.

Read more and find out about local queer podcasts and short films here.

‘Wedges’ can divide Black student-athletes from their non-athlete peers

This week, Charles Hallman diverged from conventional March Madness sports coverage with a piece on identity conflicts black athletes face on majority white campuses.

Are Black student-athletes today asked to turn in their racial IDs once on campus because “they’re special”? Does an athlete scholarship serve as a temporary forfeiture of one’s identity to appease school officials, as well as other students? Is their athletic identity such that when a racial matter pops up, the Black player is caught in a quagmire?

Read the whole article on the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.

Sparking a Legendary Renaissance: An interview with Sinxay Publishing

Little Laos on the Prairie
 caught up with the founders of Sinxay Publishing, who recently published an English translation of the story of Sinxay, a legendary Lao hero.

Sinxay is a legendary hero whose deeds could easily be compared to many of the legendary heroes of Europe, Asia and around the world. Many of today’s youth aren’t familiar with the character in the US, however, so this is a very interesting project to revitalize an interest not only in Sinxay but in other cultural traditions for the Lao community in diaspora.

See the whole interview here.