Where Does Slam Go From Here?

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Poetry would improve if it was not an option to tour for a living, if poets didn’t consider “slam poet” as an encompassing identity, and if being part of a clique was considered less important than producing beautiful work. We need to worry less about feelings and more about craft. If only poets realized that slam is a tiny, tiny pond, that being a big fish in it is absolutely meaningless.
—Alvin Lau

Where Does Slam Go From Here?

Representation and Media

So I was recently reading this article “Unite and Celebrate: International Roma Day” by Jessica Reidy, on the importance of cultural/demographic representation. I’m pretty sure some of you know of the hit T.V. show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding based in the U.K. showcasing Irish Travellers, and the unity weddings bring to their people. Along with Gypsy Sisters which is the Americanized spin-off of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.

Intriguing, yet comical most of the time, it is important to know that these shows don’t represent the people as a whole.

When an underrepresented marginalized group centers a part of their culture on the screen, it is no longer about the individual and their surroundings they become a representation of their people’s group! For instance, take someone from the American South and people who aren’t from there think you’re some hillbilly. Now this stereotype is bullshit, to say the least, but a lot of people think that. Many people take what they see and run with it, failing to do research.

These things matter because if not portrayed thoroughly (or accurately) you can become subject to stereotypes, and we all know those things are hard to fight off because they may pertain to some but definitely not all. So let’s be better human beings, along with being considerate and working hard to understand.

xo
To’Wednesday Sibley

Representation and Media

How to Delete Facebook? Here’s How.

So I got my first Facebook page around 2010—this was the time when MySpace was still popular, then deleted it around 2012 because I got bored. I decided to get another one the year after to boost my then blog The Young Book Collector but it didn’t go well, anyway, I decided to keep it because my friends and family had one too.

Since then, I’ve been involved with social justice issues, and I’ve found Facebook to be really toxic. For now, my personal account has been deactivated, and my page is being run by a family friend for updates.

But how come Facebook won’t let you delete your account? I’m guessing for financial reason, more people more money. Who knows, but to make a long story short log into your account, then click on this link in case you want to delete your account.

xo,
To’Wednesday Sibley

How to Delete Facebook? Here’s How.