Video Girl

          “Hanna, we’re ready for you!” he yelled from the traffic island, motioning for me to come do the scene. I crossed two busy lanes of traffic and met Yousef, the director of the music video, who was donning a sleeveless gray jumper covered in gray sequins with a bright orange…

Dear Mr. West

                                                                                                      image from Billboard.com Dear…

Black History Month

“If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all,” my white grandmother used to croon to my brother and me in a sing-song-like manner. There was a didactic rhythm to the phrase and it seemed like it must be true because it held the cadence of a limerick or words constructed…

A Feminist Thing

I’m frustrated. Everything is backwards. It’s been rainy in southern California this year. Our president is a dumb man instead of a smart female. And Kendrick Lamar is being criticized for having done a feminist thing. Hip hop news is of great concern to me and my feminism. I identified hip hop as one of…

Coming Home

I’ve been trying to write this post since April. These last four months have been jam-packed. In May I had a handful of performances and the one at my school was the straw that broke the camel’s back. A lot of tutors and students attended the performance and it was live-streamed on Youtube. It was…

Breezy and the Business

A lot has happened since we last talked. I’m in an entirely different place. I’ve decided Berlin is really two cities. There’s Berlin Winter and Berlin Summer. Within the past two weeks, we’ve made the shift from winter to summer and I cannot express how unbelievably different the city feels to me. Yesterday, the weather…

Dynamic Range and Compression

***Disclaimer: This one’s a little heavy. I fell in the hole. Obviously, because I haven’t been able to get a post out in almost three months. Don’t worry though, I’ve climbed back out. I’m going to frame telling you about it through the biggest theme of the semester at school: dynamic range and compression. Dynamic…

The Hustle

Writing to: Nowhere Better Than This Place by DJ Philippa (aka my teacher) What a wunderbar and exhausting week! It was my first week attending both German language and music production school. They are two very interesting and different worlds in which to be immersing myself. They are both very technical and require lots of…

The Sweet Spot

Writing to Function at Berghain 24.10.09. If you’re new to Berlin techno, give it time. It feels like I have been taking you along with me on this journey by the hand and lately it’s like we’ve lost each other through the crowd. Here I am, I found you, and I’m reaching out to you again. Classes…

Enjoy the Ride

Like techno music, I’m moving hard and fast at a steady rate. Guess what? I found a place to live!!! It was Thursday that I wrote that sad, lost, stuck in the rain post and the next day I received the text that I can live in Kreuzberg for six months! It’s crazy how things…