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By Alexis Haynie (Writer, Actor, Scholar) ALEXIS HAYNIE is a college student, writer, and feminist, from Arlington, TX who moved to NYC in search of a word. She hopes to spend her entire life looking for it. EMAIL HER | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Crazytown
When myth meets reality, and neither one offers protection, it is time for a rewrite. By Alexis Haynie (Writer, Actor, Scholar) My mother has mainly existed as a myth in my memory. Immortal and without flaw. A life too big to be confined by death. Strong. Driven. Living with sickle cell disease but never suffering from it, of course. She married my father. She separated from my father. She bought her own house and her own car. But even more important than being independent and battling a chronic illness—she birthed two daughters. Because every great myth needs a miraculous birth.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Crazytown
OITNB: No spoilers here. No surprises. It's the same ol' song; We could sing along in harmony. By Alexis Haynie (Writer, Actor, Scholar) I knew, Episode 1. I knew. As soon as I heard "Let's start a race war...I'm bored." I knew. And yet? I sat through through the whoooooooole thing. I voluntarily let the stress and anxiety course through my veins, contort my muscles. You know what I was thinking? I'm going to write something about this. I'm going to process this in my body and its going to come out as some art that will help others process... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Crazytown
By Alexis Haynie My week has been filled with art and I just have to share! Freedom honoring Women's History Month Suzanne Broughel & Basha Ruth Nelson Suzanne Broughel artist based in New York studied at Hunter College "her work...explores the construct of whiteness and its implications towards being a "raced" individual" Her installations for this project utilize band-aids Basha Ruth Nelson studied at NYU "site-specific installations , constructions & sculpture" Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Crazytown
Hey everybody this is Shantina Washington writing for Alexis Haynie By Shantina Washington (Guest Writer) This video discusses the drama that unfolded between Azealia Banks, Lupe Fiasco and Kid Cudi recently on twitter and pays close attention to the way the media and other rap artist have attacked and painted Azealia Banks character and have undermined her input and views on Hip Hop Culture by using racially and sexist charged words to dismiss her assertions. Sensei Aishitemasu- On Sexism and Misogynoir So what do you guys think? How much (if any) of the narrative surrounding Azealia Banks is legit? Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Crazytown
By Alexis Haynie (Writer) It literally took me the entire month to find the perfect material for a Black History Month post. I bring you: Gazi Kodzo You're welcome! Love, Peace, and Hair Grease (Ancient African-American Proverb) Gazi Kodzo on Racism Gazi Kodzo on History Gazi Kodzo on Zendaya ALEXIS HAYNIE is a college student, writer, and feminist, from Arlington, TX who moved to NYC in search of a word. She hopes to spend her entire life looking for it. EMAIL HER | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Crazytown
If you've been keeping up with the Kardashians, then you'll know all about the recent drama. But how clear are we about the questions it brings up? By Alexis Haynie (Writer) "If she's 14, then I'm 14 too." "Age ain't nothing but a number." "It's about maturity." I am not one to "keep up with the Kardashians." Honestly, I can't even match names with faces. But the best thing about "pop cultural controversy" is that it dredges up the slime of society. The controversy is like a deep cough that brings all this disgusting phlegm up to the surface. If... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Crazytown
Nina Simone is definitely in the house of Creativity this week and during this full moon she has been blessing us with all sorts of artistic super powers. Tap into yours! By Alexis Haynie (Writer) I hope you all have been taking advantage of this magical time and creating some magical work. We all dream therefore we are all artist. You just have to find your art form! I stumbled across an interesting exhibit this week in York College's art gallery. If you happen to find yourself on campus at CUNY York College or at Jamaica Center for some reason,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Crazytown
Are you an artist suffering from art withdrawal? Do you have the bad weather blues? Here is some art therapy to help you through. By Alexis Haynie (Writer) "And like any artist with no art form, she was dangerous." -Sula, Toni Morrison, 1973 This has been a long winter for me. I fell into the habit of working 50 hour weeks. When I was not at work I was hibernating in my dark basement apartment attempting not to freeze to death before my next shift. I was battling depression, anxiety, and the flu. Without art, I became a danger to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Crazytown
Thank you so much Annissa. It seems the poetry that is easiest to write is often the hardest to share! Thanks for reading :)
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on WE WEAR THE CROWNS at Crazytown
If you haven't heard of Mallory Merk, it's probably a good thing. By Alexis Haynie (Writer) The twitter-verse was all a buzz when a random white girl posted pictures wearing her hair in box braids. So what's the fuss? She isn't the first and she won't be the last. But when the offense that many black women and girls expressed was met with a slew of backlash--I felt the need to respond. The two main attacks were: If black girls can wear blond weave, then white girls can wear braids. and It’s not about race, it’s just how she chose... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Crazytown
Nina Simone once said, "It's not as simple, as talking jive – the daily struggle to stay alive. By Alexis Haynie (Writer) I watched the protestors march past the windows of my workplace. The energy of the people radiated through the glass. I followed this energy when I got off work: the flashing lights, the whirring helicopters, and the powerful chants. I met the people and marched along the Westside Hwy. Hands up, Don’t Shoot. How do you spell racist? N-Y-P-D No Justice, No Peace. Fuck These Racist Ass Police. As I trailed along the end of the party, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Crazytown
I have no words at a moment like this. I hope that you are all able to remain safe and maintain your mental health in the wake of this travesty. I turn to poetry for support. "Warning!" x Langston Hughes Negroes, Sweet and docile, Meek, humble, and kind; Beware the day They change their mind. Wind In the cotton fields, Gentle Breeze: Beware the hour It uproots trees! "Still Life with Police Sirens" x Zora Howard and Joshua Bennett I send all of my energy to the citizens of Ferguson, the protestors around the country, and everyone who suffers from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Crazytown
A poem dedicated to Zale Thompson, who was murdered by the NYPD on October 23rd, 2014 in Jamaica, Queens, NY. By Alexis Haynie (Writer) Zale Thompson, portrayed by the media as a hatchet-wielding Muslim extremist, attacked a group of four officers on October 23rd, striking two with a hatchet in broad daylight. The media has used his Muslim affiliation and New Black Panther Party membership to paint him as a deranged terrorist. To counteract this defamation, friends have created this Facebook page to share memories of the intelligent, caring, gentleman they knew and loved. His non-lethal attack was met with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Crazytown
There was a full moon this Friday night and our mother Nina Simone was blessing black women with all sorts of super powers. Creativity was at an all time high. Here are some artists you won't want to miss out on. By Alexis Haynie (Writer) I had the great pleasure of attending an open mic event at the Wow Cafe Theatre where I was introduced to a powerful hip-hop artist - Likwuid Stylez It really was a magical moment, a space full of carefree black girls performing their art--- It gets no better. Check out some work from a few... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Crazytown
Spoiler alert— if you have not seen the film “Dear White People” yet, this post pretty much reveals the basics of a plot that you have already seen played out before. By Alexis Haynie (Writer) After watching numerous trailers and tracking its journey to the box office, I subjected myself to the tragedy that is “Dear White People” (mostly sober). Pitched as social satire, I spent the whole time trying to figure out who the joke is really on. I doubt the producers were unconscious of the choices they made, but they sacrificed a potentially radical moment for a more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Crazytown
While Black women are on the front line in the battle against the oppression of others, our “allies” seem to be absent when it comes to combating brutality against us. With the recent killings of two black women, will anyone notice their deaths? By Alexis Haynie (Writer) Early Wednesday morning, Oct. 1st on 171st in Jamaica, Queens, NY (not too far from my home in Saint Albans), a young black man chose to fortify his damaged ego by slashing the throat of the black woman who ignored him. The scant reporting by the New York Post romanticized the interaction by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Crazytown
For all black girls who have ever dared to live in this world.. this is for you. By Alexis Haynie (Writer) I performed this poem on Oct. 1st, in remembrance of my mother’s birthday… and my niece Kayilee who turned two. This poem is for all black girls because I love you, and you deserve to live in this world… I’m fighting every day so you can exisit. I am typing this on my twenty-third birthday. Today, I dedicate my life to you black girls so you can know Alexis cares, if don’t nobody else care. For Black Girls When... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Crazytown
Have you ever considered where your server is when you really, really, really need them? Well you probably were completely wrong. By Alexis Haynie (Writer) After a wait that feels like forever, the meal you ordered arrives to the table. You prepare to dive in, but when you go to grab a hot crispy fry you notice there is no ketchup! You frantically search the dining room for your server while your fries grow ever colder by the second. How could they have abandoned you in such a crucial moment? The person who is charged with your dining experience is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Crazytown
Yasssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss! You SHOULD have done it and I am SO glad that you did! I am just so here for everything in this post and I freaking love you. "Why isn't Beyonce doing the same thing now?" Our God has forsaken us.
In the streets of this dark unsafe world, women are targets for any and all men to direct unwarranted acts of violence, both verbal and physical. This calls for a nontraditional defense course. Quills ready? By Alexis Haynie (Writer) They say the job is jinxed, teaching Defence Against The Dark Arts, but the risk is necessary. There are daily assaults against women, women ignorant of their powers of defense, martyrs armed with fake smiles and fake phone numbers. I am here to impart my knowledge of spells and techniques that will enable you to walk through the world of patriarchy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Crazytown
Awww thanks love !!:-*
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