The Mic Movement
amplifying art in berlin & beyond

 
 

 

The Unbearable Whiteness Of Being

Sometimes I don’t know what I dislike more, being proud of your culture or NOT being proud. It reminds me of what Hamlet said, “to be or not to be, that is the question.” This issue comes up in my mind every time I sp...
by chester
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Audre Lorde: Her Years in Berlin

These words, written to by Black Feminist poet Audre Lorde to Jewish-American poet Adrienne Rich about the extreme racist violence in Germany in the time directly after the Berlin wall fell in 1989, raise questions that resound...
by alexis
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Looking Back: The Rock Steady Crew

Remember West Side Story? You might have thought the notion of dancing street gangs in NY was pretty ridiculous, but once upon a time that was the case. Breaking, not to be confused with the media sellout term “breakdancing,...
by chester
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The South Shall Rise Again…But In Berlin?

You ever have those moments when you’re in a foreign country, surrounded by foreign people (to you) speaking a foreign language, and then you see something that makes you think “I traveled all this way to get away from ...
by chester
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A Tale Of Two Cities: Berlin and London

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” goes the opening line from the famous novel by Charles Dickens, followed thereafter by the words “it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”Now while ...
by chester
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Looking Back: Bad Brains

              With all the social unrest going on these days, it might be good to revisit the good ol’ days of antiestablishment music.  Not the happy california flower power idealism of the 60’s hippy move...
by chester
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“Everybody wants to be black on a saturday night…but not on tuesday!!”

After six years of living in Berlin, I thought maybe it was time I check out the Christopher Street Day Parade. I went pretty late and I think maybe I missed most of the assless pants and latex. Apart from the music trucks whic...
by chester
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Looking Back: Afrika Bambaataa

Perhaps once you were in the Tresor room, bouncing to some bangin’ beats by Jeff Mills, or out ravin’ to hardcore at a Teknival and wondering what a NY DJ who first coined the term “hip hop” has to do with techn...
by chester
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Euro Hipster

Hipster has pretty much turned into a meaningless term that people use to describe cool-looking people that annoy them.  It is assumed that these people have nothing going on besides their next American Apparel order, making ...
by denise
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