The Week-Ish: Diverse Voices in a Digital World

Level Ground
Sep 15, 2017 · 4 min read

This Week-ish is curated by Ryan Amador, a Level Ground featured artist currently planning his third album, which will be recorded across the nation. Find out more and donate to his Indiegogo campaign here.

I just want to say that I am a sucker for audio-visual art, so I think a lot of this content really speaks for itself. In this Week-ish, I aim to offer a display of alternative voices that work primarily in music & YouTube. Enjoy and have a wonderful week…ish.

Watch this: the source of supremacy.

I can’t speak more fondly about any film I’ve seen over the last few years. James Baldwin’s unfinished-novel-turned-documentary makes you fall in love with the man and his theories. Watch it as soon as possible if you can.

Watch it on: YouTube | iTunes | Amazon Video | Vudu | Google Play

Watch this and pay respect.

Amy Secada is a multi-disciplinary artist specializing in neo-ritual audiovisual works and performance art, with a background in dance & choreography. She has presented in over 20 countries and been hired by many brands to create campaigns for them. I find this video to be both visually compelling and emotionally stimulating. It converges dance, music, and visuals to speak directly from the hearts of our Native American people.

Watch this and resist.

Glenda Russell is a nationally-known psychologist, author and presenter. In this video, she guides her audience through a process of grieving post-election. The video is nearly nine months old, but serves now as a reminder of the many ways we can utilize our anguish, mobilize the community, and practice self-care in the wake of such a difficult election. Definitely worth the quick watch. My number one highlight is mention of this Lilla Wilson quote: “If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together” — a good reminder for us all.

Celebrate joy and queerness.

The two queer members of Pentatonix have been making music and comedy videos on YouTube for several years, patiently waiting for the chance to record their own album. Now their debut full-length album “Future Friends” is available online. So far, they have released a music video for every song on the album, and each one tends to play with gender or sexuality norms in some way. Think of them like NSYNC, if JC & Justin were a little sillier and 100% gay. And the best part about it… the music is really good. It’s like throwback funk meets contemporary pop. Enjoy!

Watch this, then that… and then the next one.

Watch the first four minutes of this.

Ok, now check out this.

And lastly, enjoy this.

Open up your chakras.

Meet Climbing PoeTree. Their new album, Intrinsic, is currently available on all music platforms. Climbing Poetree is a Brooklyn-based spoken word, hip hop, & theatre duo dedicated to speaking on pressing issues that could move audiences to activate “the transformation they wish to cultivate within themselves and their communities”. You may have seen them perform at the D.C. Women’s March last January. If you’re looking for a voice to speak up for the underdog and the unheard, if you’re looking for some balance in the conversation with newscasters and politicians, look no further than these two dedicated women and the work they are making. They are absolutely bringing voice to the resistance.

Purchase their new album here.

Celebrate naked men together.

Lou Fratino is a 2015 Fulbright Scholarship recipient and currently has work at the Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York City. If you’re a fan of naked men, his work may turn you on. But its sexual nature comes with no absence of humor. Lou’s paintings and drawings most often depict naked men or naked men in-the-act together. He looks at the taboo, but with an overarching question as to why in fact this is taboo. Check him out now.

Fan over this.

Meet Stromae, a Belgian singer/songwriter and pop artist with some very aggressive messages. He’s also disgustingly talented and ridiculously beautiful. He’s one of those queer performers to fawn over. While not an “out” performer, he is an ally who constantly dotes on gender & poignant topics for the modern world in his music. Here are three of his videos, but it’s just nice to know about him for the future.

Keep these conversations going with Ryan by connecting with him online at ryanamador.com or @RyanAmadorMusic.

Thanks for reading! See you next Week-ish!

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Level Ground is a collective of people, conversations, and experiences that inspire empathy and build relationships across our differences.

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A collective of people, conversations, and experiences that inspire empathy and build relationships across our differences.

Level Ground

Level Ground is a collective of people, conversations, and experiences that inspire empathy and build relationships across our differences.