From trendy long tunics to maxi dresses, polka-dot Hijabs (head covering) and abayas (Islamic gown), modest fashion has been gaining momentum over the recent years. Brands like Dolce & Gabbana and DKNY have released modest collections over the years, followed by high-end labels Mango, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. Ostensibly, mainstream fashion has embraced the […]
A traveler — a poet — and a bit of a millennial-beat, Hafizah Geter read at Medgar Evers College on December 14 in an event that attracted scores of finger-snapping students from the Crown Heights institution.
Her spoken-word reading, with an emphasis on equating the political with the personal, led to her final poem of the evening, “Testimony,” an unreleased tribute to Ditmas Park-native Anita Neal, the mother of Kyam Livingston.
Ms. Livingston, at 37 years old, died in her jail cell in 2013 after guards allegedly denied her requests for medical help for several hours. The following year, Ms. Geter, new to Brooklyn, met Ms. Neal when she refused to overlook her day-in-&-day-out crying on her sidewalk as she mourned the loss of her daughter.
Dr. Milena Rampoldi of ProMosaik interviewed Kit O’Connell about gonzo journalism and his writing.
Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik: What is gonzo journalism and what does it mean to you personally?
Kit O’Connell: Hunter S. Thompson, author of “Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas,” and many other books, coined the term “gonzo journalism,” but the practice goes back much further. A great example of an early gonzo journalist is Nelly Bly, who had herself committed to a mental hospital in 1887 to expose the horrific treatment of patients. Ken Kesey is another famous practitioner, though what he practiced was a variation called “New Journalism.”
Gonzo journalism is journalism which rejects the idea of neutrality and objectivity. I consider myself an activist first and a journalist second, even though it’s the journalism that pays my bills and lets me continue my activism. For me, journalism is a way to reveal important truths and try to share the knowledge that we need to build a better, more humane world.