The Hoodoisie Ep.1 – Pilsen

The Hoodoisie, Episode 1 was recorded on January 20, 2017 at La Catrina Cafe in Pilsen, Chicago.

  • 0:00 – Ricardo Introductory Breakdown
  • 5:44 – Meet The Hoodoisie joined by Jaime de Leon and Tribble
  • 8:07 – The Hoodoisie Roundtable
  • 35:02 – Music by Mykele Deville
  • 39:31 – Interview Throwdown with Alderman Carlos Daniel Rosa
  • 58:47 – Music by Mykele Deville
  • 1:03:54 – Interview Throwdown with Let Us Breathe Collective Founders Kristiana Rae Colon & Damon WIlliams
  • 1:31:24 – Gotchu Last Commentary
  • 1:34:37 – Announcements and Appreciation

The Hoodoisie would like to thank La Catrina Cafe in Pilsen for their support, hospitality, and commitment to community.

hoodoisie-flyer-001Introductory Breakdown

“Tonight’s premiere occurs on a day of national importance. No, I’m not talking about my 23rd birthday. (I actually turn 36 today.) It’s also Donald Trump’s Inauguration. For the occasion, the White House has been painted a different shade of white called ‘KKK Sheets.’ Or was it ‘alt-white?’ (I’ll check Pinterest.)

As we tumble back 50 years today, I’m reminded of Martin Luther King, Jr…. Dr. King wasn’t the only person of color to ‘have a dream.’ When I was 12 I too fell asleep. This was after eating a bag of Cheetoes and masturbating to porn while my parents were asleep because those fascists didn’t let me watch porn when I was 12. In that dream I woke up just as I dozed off and looked down at my penis covered in Cheeto dust when suddenly it grew to the size of Jabba the Hutt and ripped itself from my body and ran wild into the streets terrorizing communities. Today that dream became reality. (So, who won Martin?) That’s right, a rabid, slobbish, orange prick has just become President.

We must stay calm. When you fear Trump, do what I do: Just think about my foreskin covered in Cheetos and you’ll realize he ain’t so big and bad. He’s just 51/2 inches—I mean 8 inches—of crooked ambition.

I refused to watch the Inauguration this afternoon. Not to protest, but fear of lack of self-control. Donald Trump talks so much shit out of his puckered lips that look like a rectum, I was afraid I’d charge the television and try to fuck it.

Speaking of sex… Trump’s administration might not be a conservative nightmare after all. It promises one major progressive achievement: For the first time in history, a sex worker is the First Lady of the United States of America. (My sugar daddies only bought me clothes from Zara.) Speaking of Zara… You know you’re in a racist country when Black people have been screaming about their oppression for centuries and all they get are broken promises, but when white people do it, they hand them the fucking Oval Office.

Today, Civil Rights, climate change, healthcare, and LGBT issues were scrubbed from the White House web site while Trump was sworn into office. You know you’re in trouble when the KKK tweets, ‘We did it!’ But, maybe some us are better equipped to handle the future of this administration than we thought.

Writing in the wake of WWII in support of anti-colonial independence struggles, the Black thinker Aime Cesaire wrote, ‘[Hitler] applied to Europe colonialist procedures which until then had been reserved exclusively for the Arabs of Algeria, the ‘coolies’ of India, and the ‘niggers’ of Africa.’ Cesaire suggests that the only reason we care so much about the Holocaust was that it was the first time the targets of genocide were white people. Similarly, I’d say the real novelty of Trump is now all of America—even white people and even white liberals—are forced to admit and live—relatively so—in the same climate of violent racism and its intersections with class, gender and sexuality amongst other markings of difference that us people of color have always had to survive.

While Trump and his acolytes may want to ‘Make America Great Again,’ many of us get to be part of a global movement that gets to ‘Admit America Is Fucked Up For Once.’ Admitting you need help is the first step toward recovery. And there is so much humanity this country has to recover—even before this Presidency. I have no doubt it is people like us—people of color, women and women of color, queer and transpeople, the dis and differently-abled, the immigrant and the youth—are best equipped to lead the charge and conversation for real, lasting and inevitable social change. The Hoodoisie hopes to contribute to those efforts.”

The Hoodoisie Round Table

Ricardo Gamboa, Lily Be, Steven Beaudion, joined by Jaime De Leon & Tribble

Trump is president, who do you blame? Oscar Lopez-Rivera and Lin-Manuel Miranda, friends forever or nah? Women’s March on Washington or White Girls Gone Self-Righteous? Terminator 2016 and who will you miss that passed during 2016 ?

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Photo contributed by attendee Clarence Browley

Interview Throwdown – Alderman Carlos Daniel Rosa

Newly elected Chicago alderman Carlos Daniel Rosa. The self-described 26 year-old Latinx, progressive, queer, graduate of University of Illinois, Aquarius with a “dope instagram” has a frank and uninhibited discussion with the Hoodoisie about mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago politics.

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Photo contributed by attendee Jackie Rosa

Interview Throwdown – Kristiana Rae Colon & Damon Williams from the Let Us Breathe Collective

The occupation of “Freedom Square” in summer of 2016 was one of the country’s highest profiled and low key protest demonstrations. The Let Us Breathe Collective turned Homan Square, an alleged law enforcement ‘black site’ into an occupation encampment for weeks.  The action was covered in many media outlets. Chicago artists and activists (and siblings) Damon and Kristiana shared the story of how the idea of the occupation came to be and why they felt compelled to protest.

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Photo contributed by attendee Alejandro Reyes

Musical Guest – Mykele Deville

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Chicago hip hop artist and activist Mykele Deville performed two songs from his album Each One Teach One album, Easy and Chasin’ Rallies

Gotchu Last Commentary

“The radical anti-colonial Black intellectual Frantz Fanon wrote,

‘Every generation must fulfill or betray its mission in relative opacity.’

They say we are about to enter dark times in this country. But, there are those of us, here in the U.S. and all over the world that have been struggling and living, surviving and even thriving in the darkness cast by the shadow of U.S. governance. This election is a tragedy: Sure. But the real tragedy is that for so many elections, it has hardly been a battle between good guys and bad guys, but really forcing us to pick who and how we want our nation-state to administer violence and distribute premature death here and abroad. Do we want it served blatantly and crudely by Trump? Or would we have preferred it served out of sight for some of us, under the veil of representative progress served by a Black or women president like neoliberal multiculturalism would have had it?

We have to take stock of what Hillary has done. As Yasmin Nair points out, Hillary contributed to racism that criminalized black people, stripped millions of poor people of welfare, undermined national sovereignty and authorized attacks and coups on Third World countries, and supported anti-immigrant legislation like her husband’s passing of the 1996 Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act and the Secure Fence Act of 2006 that sanctioned the building of a 700 mile barrier between Mexico and the U.S. This isn’t opinion, it’s fact. Just like it’s fact that Obama had deported more immigrants than any other President to earn the nickname of deporter-in-chief and has drone bombed more people—many of them innocent civilians—than both Bush’s combined. Everything we say we’re against, our Democratic leaders, not just our Republican ones have also frequently perpetuated in the name of profit and power, not us, the people.

It might seem scary, but if there are no good guys, and there are no heroes, that doesn’t mean we got nothing. It means we got each other. We’re not alone in the dark. We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for. As my advisor Dr. Randy Martin once told me,

“Capitalism and power has always found its limit against an organized body of people.”

Let’s organize.

Get To Know ‘Em (Betta)

Alderman Carlos Daniel Rosa

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is a lifelong Chicagoan who has worked to put our neighborhoods and working families first as a community organizer, congressional caseworker, and now Thirty-Fifth Ward Alderman.

Serving as Thirty-Fifth Ward Alderman since May 2015, Carlos has led legislative efforts to win property tax relief for working class homeowners, paid sick leave for Chicago workers, equality for transgender people in public facilities, and accountability and transparency on municipal financial transactions. He is working to ensure Chicago is a city that welcomes and integrates immigrants, and he is fighting to return surplus TIF dollars to neighborhood public schools.

Carlos is a proud product of our public schools. He received his high school diploma from Chicago’s Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

https://twitter.com/cdrosa?lang=en

Kristiana Rae Colon

Kristiana Rae Colón is a poet, playwright, actor, educator, Cave Canem Fellow, and co-director of the #LetUsBreathe Collective. In 2016, her plays good friday had its world premiere at Oracle Productions, Octagon its American premiere at Jackalope Theater in Chicago, and but i cd only whisper had its American premiere at The Flea in New York. Octagon was the winner of Arizona Theater Company’s 2014 National Latino Playwriting Award and Polarity Ensemble Theater’s Dionysos Festival of New Work and had its world premiere at the Arcola Theater in London in September 2015. Her work was featured in Victory Gardens’ 2014 Ignition Festival and in 2013, she toured the UK with her collection of poems promised instruments published by Northwestern University Press. Kristiana was apart of the 2015-16 Goodman Theater’s Playwrights Unit, is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and one half of the brother/sister hip-hop duo April Fools. She appeared on the fifth season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.

Damon Williams

Damon Williams is an actor, rapper, poet, comedian, teacher, public speaker and activist hailing from the south side of Chicago, is the Co-Host and Co-Executive Producer of AirGo. He is the cofounder of the#LetUsBreathe artistic activist collective, and is the co-chair of the Black Youth Project 100’s Chicago chapter. He also a regular contributor for Urban Broadcast Media’s” The Damon Williams Show,” hosted by his father and veteran standup comedian Damon Williams.  He is a member of hip hop-poetic fusion group April Fools with his sister, the acclaimed poet and playwright Kristiana Colón.

Williams started acting at a young age in many commercials and movies, including an ad for the Jordan Brand starring and directed by Spike Lee, and the feature length film RollBounce.  He attended Grinnell College, where he found his voice as a performer of spoken word poetry and as the creator and co-host of KDIC 88.5’s weekly hip-hop radio show The BoomBox, which was accompanied by an online talk show of the same name.  He graduated in 2014 with degrees in Economics and Sociology. Williams has led community outreach and seminars aimed at youth for over ten years, encouraging financial literacy and combating growing economic inequality in urban America.

The #LetUsBreathe Collective

The #LetUsBreathe Collective is an alliance of artists and activists organizing through a creative lens to imagine a world without police and oppose state violence and mass incarceration.

Mykele Deville

Mykele Deville is a actor, curator, poet, and rapper from the West Side of Chicago. He indulges in lo-fi liberation raps, the personal, and storytelling as his method on his 2 recently released mixtapes Super Predator and Each One, Teach One. He is also a member of the music based poetry collective, Growing Concerns. You can find his music at

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