Do Not Resist? Mixtape Track Descriptions & Bios

1. It Is Our Duty To Fight | Assata’s Daughters – This was recorded at the 2016 Louder Than a Bomb Finals and features the Akerele members of Assata’s Daughters opening up the event with the chant Assata taught us. Check out their amazing work here: http://www.assatasdaughters.org
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2. (We Got) Power (feat. Ethos) | TASHA – TASHA is a singer, poet, and activist born and raised on the Northside of Chicago. Inspired by the legacy of Black queer artists and activists who have come before her, TASHA writes and performs in the name of Black joy, self-love, and radical softness. She believes in a world without police and prisons, and uses her art, above all else, as a vessel for revolution, liberation, and love.
https://soundcloud.com/wowtashawow
For booking and writing inquiries: mgmt@wowtashawow.net
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3. History of Policing | Mariame Kaba – This audio clip is from an interview with Mariame Kaba on the radio show This Is Hell. Here is a link to the full episode: https://thisishell.com/interviews/953-mariame-kabaFind Mariame on the web at mariamekaba.com and her super educational treasure trove of archives on her blog usprisonculture.com. Follow her on Twitter: @prisonculture for essential knowledge on abolition, justice, and award show live-tweeting.
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4. Chasin’ Rallies | Mykele Deville – Mykele Deville is a Poet Rapper from the West Side of Chicago.
https://soundcloud.com/mykeledeville 
https://mykeledeville.bandcamp.com 
fb.com/mykeledeville 
https://www.instagram.com/whatsrealdeville/

LYRICS

2 Amerikkka’s but 1 me,
Now where you think they making safety a priority?
Never where my majority lives,
that is, if they really ever get to live, for real,
the cops hunting me this season like it’s time to grill.
Just a friendly pat down with intent to kill.
A little pressure on your neck so you’ll admit the guilt
of living and breathing, put a top to that by squeezing,
slave catchers run amok,
fraternity of chosen heathens…

Ponder: An organization built to catch me, to trap me, by any means deemed necessary also wants my trust, empathy, and to humanize their right to continued existence?

even as they murder me for fear, stay silent when I scream, they demand to be seen as the protector of my dreams?

FUCK THAT!
You can take a step back, one time.
Don’t need that type of protection that be coming with a catch.
If I obey what you say, just abide,
Im reaching for my registration, partner may pop me on the driver’s side.
Do they police like that up in the valley?
Had me running from intimidation, now they got me chasin’ rallies.
The only pavement that I’m seeking is the highway,
stopping that Lake Shore traffic coming my way.
The bodies, wrapping around be screaming “BREATHE”
simple fact i forget in a city lined with thieves of life
so sad, have to justify my right to fight, extermination
while you’re stalled at the street light.
So pay attention. You see my people down there on a mission.
You may be inconvenienced but just stop and listen.
We want justice for the innocence that died,
it’s a question not a battle cry, not a battlecry.

(Chorus)

Verse:

Now I’m scared for real who do I tell?
Can’t call the blue and red’s they probably throw me in the jail
and that’s just if I ‘m lucky.
Didn’t do the crime
but i’m black
and my hair is funky.
Lil’ boy you fit the profile living in the wild
like beasts unidentified by civilized eyes
you’re target practice for aggression growing bolder with time.
Grab the guns turn the body cams off
no one will ever see the shot
the ones that took his head off so lets high five…

Ponder: Are these killings of black and brown bodies more prevalent because of the current state of unknowledge in this country or has it always been that way?

Is it normal to think about this everyday walking to the store, or at the movies, or passing a squad car? We are far from normal.

Never great, never great, never was.
How can you when pumping communities full of drugs,
sic the dogs on, put the law on em, long arms
protecting the privileged inside their bubbles from the harm.
How sweet, sensibilities get maintained.
Status quo, white fragility and black pain,
man I swear this happened before,
just want to make sure this don’t happen no more,
I put my body on the line in solidarity.
Try to control the perception that i’m threatening and mass produce,
media blackout of the coverage trying to falsify a truce,
forming a noose and only pulling tighter,
can’t speak if I cant breathe,
now this protest starting to look more like a riot and you wonder why.
We won’t be silenced any longer by your lullabies.
We want justice for the innocence that died,
it’s a simple question you should answer not a battlecry,
it’s not a battle cry.

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5. Reparations | Kuumba Lynx – This was Kuumba Lynx’s group piece “Reparations” from the 2015 LTAB Finals. See the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEfTKgT3ASo

The performers’ names are Sejahari Saulter-Villegas; Victor Musoni; Vania Guttierez; Jahari Brodnax.

http://www.kuumbalynx.com/
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6. That Ain’t Social Justice | Jakya Hobbs – This clip is from a musical march led by youth from Village Leadership Academy in October 2015. The clip is of a speech made by VLA student Jakya Hobbs. See the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1qj93MMSHE

From the event page: Young Black and Brown people are systemically targeted, harassed, and criminalized by the CPD. We are struggling. We are dying. We are fighting back.

Join students and teachers from the Village Leadership Academy in our musical march connecting the murder of Rekia Boyd to the criminalization of young Black people. Together, as we march, we will remix and update Michael Jackson’s historic “They Don’t Care About Us” music video.
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7. Power To My People (Bullhorn Clip) | Christian JaLon – This clip is from a musical march led by youth from Village Leadership Academy in October 2015. See the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1qj93MMSHE

Christian JaLon is an artist, singer-songwriter, poet, photographer, and novelist from Chicago.
https://soundcloud.com/christianjalon
https://www.twine.fm/ChristianJaLon
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8. The Voice | Bella BAHHS – Bella BAHHS (Black Ancestors Here Healing Society) is a 2017 Soros Justice Fellow and Architect of Community Construction at The Decarceration Collective, an anti-carceral law firm and consultancy. For Bella, privilege didn’t come cheaply or nicely packaged. Bella knows firsthand how prison affects families. Both of her parents were once in prison, leaving her in her grandmother’s care. As a granddaughter of the Great Migration, Bella BAHHS grew up on Chicago’s west side and studied corporate communication and business administration at Dominican University. As a raptivist, movement strategist and organizer, Bella BAHHS advocates for the fundamental right for people to breathe and exist. Her work focuses on why disenfranchised spaces become systematically overcrowded, overcharged, overpoliced, underfunded and undereducated.

Galvanized by Chicago teen LaQuan McDonald’s police murder and subsequent cover-up in 2015, Bella BAHHS and the #LetUsBreatheCollective led a campaign against police abuse, torture and executions. She co-organized 2016’s Freedom Square Occupation – a 41 day occupation of a Chicago police precinct notorious for kidnapping and forcing confessions from Black and Brown Chicagoans. National media outlets covered the Freedom Square occupation, finding Black women greeting and educating community members, deescalating conflicts, preparing communal meals, mentoring Black children, organizing art and community beautification projects, cleaning the encampment and strategizing to build a more liberated future.  Bella’s 2017 Soros Justice project will build Sister Survivor, a group designed to support young black women organizing to mitigate the impact of the criminal justice system on their lives.

http://www.bahhsnotbars.com/
https://soundcloud.com/bellabahhs
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9. What If I Was White (prod. Melaniac) | Ric Wilson – Ric Wilson is a 21-year-old Black Self-proclaimed Artist, Performer and Prison Abolitionist from the South-Side of Chicago. On August 30th, 2016 Ric dropped his EP “Soul Bounce” and following that weekend he performed at Northcoast Music Festival opening for BASSNECTAR on the Main Stage. Ric now continues to travel the city of Chicago and the Country performing and speaking on social issues.

Ric also, is one of the 8 delegates chosen to travel to Geneva, Switzerland in November of 2014 representing the We Charge Genocide coalition. They successfully presented a shadow report and testified at the United Nations, charging the Chicago Police Department with genocide and torture actions on Black and brown youth within the city of Chicago helping to create a worldwide connection. The trip was covered all over the US and countries foreign including Daily Mail (UK), 20 Minuten (Switzerland), MSN France, Japan Times, Zee News (India), Gulf Times (Qatar), IOL News (South Africa), Straits Times (Singapore), Business Reporter (Pakistan), Breitbart.

Ric Wilson has been featured on sites such as Noisey, Ebony, The Source,BET, Chicago Reader, Okayplayer, HipHopDx and more.

http://ricwilsonmusic.com/
https://soundcloud.com/ricwilsonisme
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10. Abolition Already Exists (In Naperville) | Mariame Kaba – This audio clip is from an interview with Mariame Kaba on the radio show This Is Hell. Here is a link to the full episode: https://thisishell.com/interviews/953-mariame-kaba. Find Mariame on the web at mariamekaba.com and her super educational treasure trove of archives on her blog usprisonculture.com. . Follow her on Twitter: @prisonculture for essential knowledge on abolition, justice, and award show live-tweeting.

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11. Jumpers | BBU – This track is from BBU’s 2012 album bell hooks (https://soundcloud.com/itsbbu/sets/bell-hooks).

BBU – Born out of brothels and developed underground in the subways and roadways of Chicago, IL. Bin Laden Blowing Up – also known as BBU (Black, Brown and Ugly) – is a loosely organized group of high-flying hooligans who are united under the common goal of world liberation. They lack a unified command, yet they are linked by a common ideology and capable of autonomous operation. Illekt, Epic and Jasson Perez, the three bandits behind BBU, are a product of the 80s: survivors of the inequitable public policies of the reactionary Reagan era. Their music hits Western Imperialism with a one-two punch and seeks liberation from the systematic oppression that exasperates poverty, unemployment, the crack epidemic, as well as the massive dysfunctional conditions in urban U.S.A. The Boom, Boom, Bang and the Bump, Bump, Bump are the key signs that Bin Laden Blowin’ Up is getting down. Known for their high-energy, roaring and impassioned live performances, Bin Laden Blowin Up have a reputation for creating chaos and provoking Chicago locals to get real buck.

https://soundcloud.com/itsbbu
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12. For Being Black | David Ellis – This 22 year old artist places nothing before the ultimate goal of freedom. David Ellis seeks to create a suitable living environment for those who have be subjugated throughout the centuries, and for those to come. He creates, builds, and transforms through music. https://soundcloud.com/00davidellis

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13. If There’s a WarPatricia Frazier (beat added by Tom Callahan) – Chicago’s second-ever Youth Poet Laureate is artist and activist Patricia Frazier. Frazier grew up in the Ida B. Wells Homes in Bronzeville and later in Englewood, and has been writing poetry since elementary school. She was a two-time finalist at the Louder Than A Bomb spoken word competition while a student at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep. In her poems, she says, she is “trying to disrupt mainstream narratives as often as I can, and also trying to make space for everyone’s narrative, and trying to make space for detail and specificity. A broad narrative is okay, but a narrative that has no holes, that does not tell a single story, is the most important to me.” She’s now publishing a collection of poems with Haymarket Books, which will be out next summer; in the meantime, you can follow her on Twitter @hakunamattities. (bio taken from Southside Weekly: https://southsideweekly.com/narrative-no-holes-patricia-frazier/)

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14. The Prisons + Police Are In Your Head + Heart | Mariame Kaba – This audio clip is from an interview with Mariame Kaba on the podcast Beyond Prisons. Here is a link to the full episode: https://shadowproof.com/2018/01/05/beyond-prisons-episode-19-hope-is-a-discipline-feat-mariame-kaba/. Find Mariame on the web at mariamekaba.com and her super educational treasure trove of archives on her blog usprisonculture.com. Follow her on Twitter: @prisonculture for essential knowledge on abolition, justice, and award show live-tweeting.

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15. All The Towns People (feat. TASHA) | Malcolm London – MALCOLM LONDON, called the Gil Scott-Heron of this generation by Cornel West, is an internationally recognized Chicago poet, activist, educator and musician. London brings vim and vigor to his energetic performances tackling tough contemporary issues head on. He appeared on PBS for the first-ever televised TED Talk with John Legend and Bill Gates and has shared stages with actor Matt Damon and rapper Lupe Fiasco.

As an organizer, London was part of a historic youth delegation to the United Nations in Geneva to address police violence in Chicago. Deeply interested in working on ways to improve the national education system, London regularly visits high schools, youth jails, colleges and communities to work with students on writing workshops and performances. London, also runs the largest youth open mic in Chicago along his side friend Chance The Rapper.  He sees art as the intersection between justice and poetic imagination.

Malcolm is now taking what he’s learned from teaching and becoming an artivist and putting it into music. London was one of three artists profiled in the Billboard Documentary piece, “Saving Chicago: Inside Hip-Hops Movement to Make Chicago a Better Place” when his debut project #OPIA, released in October 2016.

His next project is slated for release in Spring 2018.  His current work can be heard now on iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal.

https://malcolmlondon.com/
https://soundcloud.com/malcolmlondon
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16. The Limits of Language | Benji Hart (from Trans Day of Remembrance) – Benji Hart is a Black, queer, femme artist and educator currently living in Chicago. They are the writer behind the blog Radical Faggot, and have essays featured in the anthologies Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief (2017) and Taking Sides: Radical Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism (2015), both from AK Press. Their writing has also been published at Black Youth Project, Truthout, Salon Magazine, and other feminist and abolitionist media.

Formally certified as an elementary educator, their teaching philosophy is grounded in popular education, and relies on art to inspire resistance and direct action. They have taught voguing to trans and queer youth at Black & Pink’s National Convening, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Broadway Youth Centerand have offered workshops on a range of political topics to such groups as Assata’s Daughters, Chicago Desi Youth Rising, and For the People Artists Collective.

Their original one-person piece Dancer As Insurgent–which explores the street dance style of vogue as a form of radical resistance–has been performed at CA2M in Madrid (2017), INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence’s conference Color of Violence 4 (2015), and the Jane Adams Hull House (2015). Their poetry and spoken word have been featured at showcases and venues around Chicago, most recently as a part of Forward Together‘s Trans Day of Resilience (2017).

They are the recipient of the Rauschenberg Residency (2018), Chicago Women and Femmes to Celebrate (2016), and the 3Arts Award in the Teaching Arts (2015).
https://benjihart.com/
https://radfag.com/
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 17. They Don’t Care About Us (Musical March Led by Youth) – This clip is from a musical march led by youth from Village Leadership Academy in October 2015. The clip is of a speech made by VLA student Jakya Hobbs. See the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1qj93MMSHE

From the event page: Young Black and Brown people are systemically targeted, harassed, and criminalized by the CPD. We are struggling. We are dying. We are fighting back.

Join students and teachers from the Village Leadership Academy in our musical march connecting the murder of Rekia Boyd to the criminalization of young Black people. Together, as we march, we will remix and update Michael Jackson’s historic “They Don’t Care About Us” music video.
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18. Ella’s Song (Sing-In at City Hall for #ReparationsNOW) | Ugochi – This track is from a video taken at the #RahmRepNOW Sing-In on January 15, 2015 at City Hall, as part of the campaign to pass the city ordinance for reparations for survivors of police torture from Jon Burge. You can see the whole video here: https://youtu.be/makr7js3oV8

The new album from Chigerian (Chicago/Nigerian) Ugochi and The Afro Soul Ensemble (A.S.E.) couldn’t have come at a better time. Chicago, Nigeria, the world needs a healing force, a soothing voice and Ugochi, a warm spirit who has become extremely versatile and creative with the range of music she is able to perform. Her musical interests span all corners of the globe. Generally, Ugochi fuses her choreo-poetic style of spoken word with her unique singing ability in order to generate a more powerful word sound attraction. A child of Nigerian, West African parents, Ugochi combines elements of her afrobeat influence with jazz, house, reggae and soul aesthetics to create a brand new sound, one she’s coined “AfroSoul.” Read Ugochi’s full bio on her website: http://www.ugochi.com/
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19. Abolish Capitalism | Mariame Kaba – This audio clip is from an interview with Mariame Kaba on the radio show This Is Hell. Here is a link to the full episode: https://thisishell.com/interviews/953-mariame-kabaFind Mariame on the web at mariamekaba.com and her super educational treasure trove of archives on her blog usprisonculture.com. Follow her on Twitter: @prisonculture for essential knowledge on abolition, justice, and award show live-tweeting.

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20. Real Talk | Tweak’G
https://soundcloud.com/tweakg15

LYRICS

(Talking ): This that real right here  my Niggah brought to you by yours truly… that Niggah Tweak let’s go…
Chorus: we do it for the people shawty for the people shawty do it for the people
We do it for the freedom shawty for the freedom shawty do it for the freedom
And we’on (we don’t)  fuck wit  12 shawty , fuck wit 12 shawty, we’on fuck wit 12 nah nah we’on fuck wit 12 shawty fuck wit 12 shawty we’on fuck wit 12
Verse: ay black is fucken beautiful lemme state that for the record
but we’re portrayed ass animals savages that are reckless
I’m from a city where if you look like me you’re not protected by the boys in blue who down to shoot plant shit on you in seconds.
We Dealing with a system that ain’t shit but breed killer cops
same killing cops over east posted on every block
the same killing cop that locked you up for selling weed and rocks
but officer friendly turned around and sold a kid glock.
Yo when will the killings stop
they don’t wanna see us reach the top
I live in the hood with no food stores but filled with vacant lots. Single mama raising kids , why? Cause they locked up the pops they want to see us down and out and take everything that we got…
Ain’t no ho in our blood Rahm Emanuel we fina come for you you and Anita Alvarez are getting too comfortable you need to resign at this time nobody fucks with you so the hell with you and your tourists that don’t come pass the loop
We taking the “L” , taking bullets and taking crap from you
You robbing our hoods, closing our clinics and you closed our schools
Dismantling This fucked up power structure is way over due
Lying through your teeth whenn you talking and we gon vote for you?
[BREAKTHROUGHcouldn’t even breath my niggah He felt lungless
make responsible for whoever tf done this they treated Laquan McDonald like McNothing mcmuffin eating motherfucker  say something .
CTA OR the CPD I wonder why? Cause they take us places by bussing?
It’s nothing …for us to get on that fuck shit
It’s nothing for us to get on that HEYYYY!]
Verse: My black is fucken beautiful other colors cant touch this — 12  only number I do not fuck with.
Must this dread headed niggah get on nat buck shit un tuck this 9 millimeter get on nat fuck shit,
It’s crazy how the fucken mayor simply doesn’t give a fuck, while he ran for office Black murders were being covered up,
He rather fund killer pigs and give public schools budget cuts
Knowledge is power ignorance will devour
every 28 hours (drop beat)
A niggah is shot down (screwed voice) (drop beat)
Commanded straight from the tower
Turn on channel 9 they showing the killing live young age black boy running to save is life
cop buss without thinking twice
cop buss without thinking twice
He’s doesnt sees or believe he just took a life
Patrol and they hawk us down
They giving the run around
Ain’t no way that we backing down
Ain’t no way that we backing down
They hating the black and brown
My niggahs we on it now awoke and we feeling proud
White man wanna dumb us down
They view us as dummies now
Yeah they view us as dummies now
That’s why we
Do it for the people shawty
For the people shawty
For the people shawty
Do it for the people
We do it for the freedom shawty for the freedom shawty do it for the freedom
And we’on (we don’t)  fuck wit  12 shawty , fuck wit 12 shawty, we’on fuck wit 12 nah nah we’on fuck wit 12 shawty fuck wit 12 shawty we’on fuck wit 12
(Repeat chorus)
 And we do it for ..
Mya Hall
Rekia Boyd
 Laquan McDonald
Tamir Rice
Sanda Bland
Ronald Johnson

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21. By Chance (Ours Back) | Soultree – Soultree is a multidisciplinary artist & creator singing, rapping, and moving through the world with deep faith and love through all of life’s bLessons. Born in the Philippines, raised in the Marshall Islands, and grown in the ChicagoLAND area, Soultree expired their visa and became undocumented in 2002 and currently benefits from the late DACA program. Soultree’s art & expression touches on holistic healing, re-membering, re-connecting, & transforming w/ancestry, self, the present, past, and future through borderless sounds and images that transmit feelings as a way of witnessing & connecting more deeply as human BEings. Soultree is a bad bridge (and their friends bad too) that travels & migrates spirits to each other for greater innerstanding in the spaces they (hold).

https://soundcloud.com/soultreesounds/soultree-by-chance-ours-back
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/by-chance-ours-back-single/1318927782
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1C2zI6vfHnmhDVx8MSHjKH

LYRICS

By Chance / Ours Back

So am I supposed to just not work
And wait for ICE to knock on my door
Judge signed the warrant they detain me with a smirk
another one of eleven mil to deport
All the while, we know there’s so much more to go
Who else in our family stifled from growth?
They prolly plotting against our most vulnerable members
I ask the creator will we last ‘til December
It ain’t even fall and Chicago’s so cold
Will my people get a chance to grow old?
Will our people get a chance to grow old?
Depends on how far our souls have been sold

See the difference between you and me is just by chance
Yours was given mine had to be taken
Y’all wanna assume we steal cuz we lack
You ever think we’re just taking our shit back

You ever wonder when we became us vs them?
Or if the wars between us will ever end?
Do you know what’s happened to our land?
Our resources stolen then placed in your hand?
We have never been paid for our work & goods
now they even wanna rob our poor neighborhoods
What’s the difference between my country and yours?
Ain’t it been attacks on the dark, sick, and poor?
Commodify cultures from our food to our font
All the while we wonder what more can you want?

See the difference between you and me is just by chance
Yours was given mine had to be taken
Y’all wanna assume we steal cuz we lack
You ever think we’re just taking our shit back

See the difference between you and me is just by chance
Yours was given mine had to be taken
Y’all wanna assume we steal cuz we lack
You ever think we’re taking what’s ours back?
Takin what’s ours back
Takin what’s been ours back
Takin it all the way back
Takin what’s ours back
Ours back
Ours back

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22. Good Try, Alderman Cappleman (#NoCopAcademy; #RahmHatesUs) – This clip is from a video taken by Benji Hart of the Chicago BTGNC Collective who is also a part of #NoCopAcademy campaign. See the entire video on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/btgnccollective/videos/397389154053630/
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23. (Sto)Front | Avery R. Young (from the album booker t. soltreyne) – Best known as a poet, songwriter, and performer, multi-disciplinary artist Avery R. Young is also an award-winning teaching artist who mentors youths in the crafts of creative writing and theater. He has been an Arts and Public Life Artist-In-Residence at the University of Chicago and has written curriculum for Columbia College Chicago, Young Leeds Authors, True Star Magazine, and Chicago Public Schools Art Integration Department. Young’s poems and essays on HIV awareness, misogyny, race records, and art integration have been published in The BreakBeat Poets, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, AIMPrint, and other anthologies.

His album booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid combines his poetry and sound design to discuss matters of race, gender, and sexuality in America during the Obama Era. Avery’s work in performance, visual text, and sound design has been featured in several exhibitions and online publications—notably The Hip Hop Theatre Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and American Jazz Museum. He currently works as a teaching artist, mentoring Rebirth Youth Poetry Ensemble and performing with his band, de deacon board.
https://soundcloud.com/averyryoung
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24. Abolition Is About Presence | Mariame Kaba – This audio clip is from an interview with Mariame Kaba on the podcast Beyond Prisons. Here is a link to the full episode: https://shadowproof.com/2018/01/05/beyond-prisons-episode-19-hope-is-a-discipline-feat-mariame-kaba/. Find Mariame on the web at mariamekaba.com and her super educational treasure trove of archives on her blog usprisonculture.com. Follow her on Twitter: @prisonculture for essential knowledge on abolition, justice, and award show live-tweeting.

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25. GameStop (feat. Ireon, +) | Sol Patches 1997 They/Them, Gender Abolitionist, Sol Patches was born and raised on south side and north side of Chicago. They are heavily influenced by Chicago’s queer latin@ and black femme culture through their theater and poetry involvement.
https://soundcloud.com/solpatches
Check out their latest album Garden City on Bandcamp: https://solpatches.bandcamp.com/album/garden-city

LYRICS

Sol Patches:
say when the corners meet the stores with the liquor
is when the voices in head my bigger
When the fridge is always empty we don’t give up
skate boards [game boards/bois] makes different
say when the corners meet the stores with the liquor
is when the voices in head my bigger
When the fridge is always empty we don’t give up
skate boards [game boards/bois] makes different

we break rules
we hate school
we do lie
we break rules
we hate school
we do lie

sayonara
to my peace
or daily armor
brought down by the waves
of my daily trauma

i gamecube my out through the block
cruising down the street playing Nintendo 64
bumping easy e on the regular
i couldn’t t kick flips in the hood
ungood Ollies in the alley
so we playstation to tony hawk
cause when it gets dark
chicago bodies hit the floor
while we endure
dreams 2k covers
nba alive niggas 2000 forever
catch it in the vibe
when you look at lost minds
looking at the time might miss yo prime
night lights on
caused the street lights on
run to ya home
just to these poems

I been writing flows
I been making goals
i suppose
I been on the road
I been writing flows

say when the corners meet the stores with the liquor
is when the voices in head my bigger
When the fridge is always empty we don’t give up
skate boards [game boards/bois] makes different
say when the corners meet the stores with the liquor
is when the voices in head my bigger
When the fridge is always empty we don’t give up
skate boards [game boards/bois] makes different

we break rules
we hate school
we do lie
we break rules
we hate school
we do lie

Ireon:
UM Put all the drunk men
At the top of the hill
No good reason
Just thought they like some jack with they [Jill/Jail]
No forreal
Renig all the Nintendos from the negroes
They out here balling for real
2k smackin all these free throws
Compare that to the squares you find in liquid on the corner
A monument could be mourning every morning tom joyner
Im goin to change when I get home
take of these clothes
And pick up the control
See before
We used to chill at fat sams
Grab the link and run real fast
cause plastic things can have a man be slain again
Like last of us shit level three
In beverly probably got the comfort of dexterity
But barely entertainment like making my rounds merrily
I love when churches stare at me
Love when holy places are prepared for me
Love when pollen piling down the stairs for me
I love when GameStop give me bread for my games
Love that we can own the refrain like

Sol Patches:
say when the corners meet the stores with the liquor
is when the voices in head my bigger
When the fridge is always empty we don’t give up
skate boards [game boards/bois] makes different
say when the corners meet the stores with the liquor
is when the voices in head my bigger
When the fridge is always empty we don’t give up
skate boards [game boards/bois] makes different

we break rules
we hate school
we do lie
we break rules
we hate school
we do lie

+:
War
Has changed
Its no longer about nations ideologies or ethnicity
Its and endless series of freedom
A mushroom kingdom
An f12 network
Cooperating
Operating
As a nation
We call it the playstation
The whole world is a playground
The whole world wanna stay down
The whole world look like Zion
The whole world did my joy
This universe is a game….boi
No Money No Borders

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26. We Will Be Free (Feat. Ell Virtuoso) | Jovan Landry – Jovan Landry is the ultimate triple threat. This interdisciplinary artist proclaims herself as the “1/3 Filmmaker, 1/3 Photographer and 1/3 Emcee” based in Chicago. Jovan’s mantra is to use her artistic gifts to reflect the true stories of the world, herself and others. Her work has been featured in Chicago Tribune, Bandcamp and Huffington Post. Jovan got her upstart in creating her YouTube channel, LeslieMoniqueTV, where she is most known for documenting her former dreadlock journey, amassing over 6000 subscribers and 1 million video views. With the discovery of her unique voice, she tapped into musical production, film and photography and many other artistic forms. She received her B.A in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago, and throughout the years worked with a number of musicians, artists, dancers, businesses, organizations and fellow filmmakers. Her lyrical, articulate and high energy performances has landed her over 80-100 showcases and festivals across the U.S and in Berlin, Germany, both as a solo act and with her 5-piece live band, ‘The Land’. In 2017, Jovan was awarded the Incubate Grant presented by WeWork Creator Awards, where she will produce her 5th album, ‘Synergy’, created exclusively by women in the Chicago hip hop scene.
http://jovanlandry.com/
https://soundcloud.com/jlesliemonique
https://www.facebook.com/jlesliemonique/

LYRICS

[INTRO: DONNY HATHAWAY]
Hang on to the world as it spins around
Just don’t let the spin get you down
Things are moving fast
Hold on tight and you will last

[HOOK: ELL VIRTUOSO & JOVAN]
Away… Away, away, away
We will be free (We will, we will, we will), and we’ll fly away (As we fly, we fly we fly!)
Away… Away, away, away
We will be free, and we’ll fly away, yeah

[VERSE: JOVAN]
Bliss! I tend to reminisce
On the better days we had, I miss surely as a kid
Where was I hanging in the park along with all my neighbor friends
From down the block, and we was bad, but we were really innocent
But little did we know about the world we’re living in
It wasn’t on our mind because we live in the moment
Because what we do after school is like our primary focus
And hoping momma was open to let us go & jump roping
Or riding our bikes, while we chasing, the ice cream truck
It was our luck, we had some change & a couple bucks
Man, I wish now I had that freedom now
We need em more in our lives – the younger inner child, wow
Yo, Is everything really a phase
Just like our seasons, our summer days are just going away
And we use to be amazed, now no hope for better days
But keep your head up & sometimes there are times you have to left up
We eff up, sometimes, and may I just remind
You have to see the beauty in these dandelions
And never let these stigmas get to you, you know they lying
You know that smiling is so necessary: Go and try it
There are no guarantees in life, so make the most of today
Don’t let the negative pull you astray (astray, astray)
So take some time, go ahead and break away
As we, fly, fly away, fly away, to our happy place

[HOOK: ELL VIRTUOSO & JOVAN]
Away… Away, away, away (Away)
We will be free (We will be free), and we’ll fly away
Away… Away, away, away (Away)
We will be free, and we’ll fly away, yeah

[VERSE: JOVAN]
Now I just say let me be free, and let me be me
And I just say let me be free, and let me be me
I wanna live my best life with no apologies
And obviously, that’s not a hard pill to swallow
I know that most of us would wanna be free and wallow
We give and then receive, be fed so we can’t feel no hollow
Let me ease away your troubles, we can all feel divine
Because the first change, change takes place into the mind
They say the wasted mind is a terrible thing when it’s unused
You know I’m sick of people tryna enforce their views on me..
But weren’t we all created equally?
Instead they push superiority, thinking they the majority
Compete with me? Or complete me in ways I cannot do alone
That’s the beauty of us, pieces like puzzles
It took one person just to raise their hand in class
And disagree with the teacher while the kids just laughed
I think there’s a lesson in that, something we.. can take away
Evolution wouldn’t happen if we’re all… just made the same
I think we’d all be free if we let ourselves be
And removing all the heartbreaks and the animosity
I know we tryna be strong, but at times you have to see
It’s ok to sit in the pain, and you know we all can grieve
So we can replenish our energies, and replenish our energies
And the, more that I say it.. It just, transforms to affirmations

[HOOK: ELL VIRTUOSO & JOVAN]
Away… Away, away, away
We will be free, and we’ll fly away
Away… Away, away, away
We will be free, and we’ll fly away, yeah

[OUTRO: ELL VIRTUOSO]
Freedom to fly, the fear of flight to the sky
Open your eyes, ascend and arise
Embrace your wings and fly
Freedom to fly, the fear of flight to the sky
Open your eyes, ascend and arise
Embrace your wings and glide
Embrace your wings and glide
Embrace your wings and glide
Embrace your wings and glide
Embrace your wings and fly

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27. I Believe That We Will Win | Mariame Kaba + #StopTheCops Chanters – This audio clip is from an interview with Mariame Kaba on the podcast Beyond Prisons. Here is a link to the full episode: https://shadowproof.com/2018/01/05/beyond-prisons-episode-19-hope-is-a-discipline-feat-mariame-kaba/. Find Mariame on the web at mariamekaba.com and her super educational treasure trove of archives on her blog usprisonculture.com. Follow her on Twitter: @prisonculture for essential knowledge on abolition, justice, and award show live-tweeting. Combined into the background of the clip is audio footage of chanting from one of the #StopTheCops shutdown of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in October 2015 in Chicago.

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28. Power To My People (Reprise) | Christian JaLon – Christian JaLon is an artist, singer-songwriter, poet, photographer, and novelist from Chicago.
https://soundcloud.com/christianjalon
https://www.twine.fm/ChristianJaLon