Cameos: Anjum Mubarak Asharia, Inga Hensing, and Yulan Grant
Where you from, where do you live now? Jamaican-born, New York-based.
Who is your style icon? Jamaican dancehall queens from the 90s. Jamaican “club” style from that era in general actually.
What’s your least favorite social media platform? Whichever takes up the most memory.
A trend you wish had caught on but sadly, didn’t? Book clubs.
Where do you see yourself in 2020? Fingers crossed with a new skeletal system. I’m in dire need of an upgrade.
What’s your guilty pleasure? The Nanny and Evacuate Earth.
In your eyes, what’s missing from culture right now? Space! I think “underground” culture in NYC in particular is super static right now. It’s too much of a financial gamble to do some crazy shit so things are pretty normal. Which speaks to the larger issue of New York’s unaffordability. The space to create and fail is necessary. The space to experiment and thrive is vital. All this talk about energy and adventurism... I really don’t see it. New York has no defining sound in the club scene. You go to London, Jersey, Philly, Bmore... you know you’re there. Right now things are a hodgepodge of voyeuristic international sound. How boring is that? Spaces are central for sanity.
What is your single favorite piece of clothing in your closet? This really amazing cotton blend yellow sports bra I got from Klub Kid Vintage.
What have you been craving lately? A place in the sun.
What are your handles/assorted profiles or websites? I tweet from @hostilehottie but that’s it.
Where you from, where do you live now? I grew up in Iowa, surrounded by cornfields and endless plains. These days I live in the Bay Area, and I plan to stay awhile.
Who is your style icon? I don’t know that she’s an icon, but right now I love Merritt Kopas’ work a pinebark.tumblr.com and scuzzyfem.me because she posts about her body dysphoria alongside selfies, and she reminds me that sometimes the best thing I can do for myself is to turn the camera off, to stop scrutinizing my body.
What’s your least favorite social media platform? TBH it’s probably Instagram. I’ve always been more affected by words than images, and that’s why I spend most of my social media time on Twitter.
A trend you wish had caught on but sadly, didn’t? I’m really into the book shields that protesters made for demonstrations in the 2009 UC students struggles, Italy, and other places to block police batons and projectiles. I guess I’m just a nerd that wants to fight the cops with a giant copy of Golden Gulag.
Where do you see yourself in 2020? I’ll be optimistic for once: at mass assemblies and on the barricades.
What’s your guilty pleasure? I feel guilty if I sleep in past 9.
In your eyes, what’s missing from culture right now? The queer/lesbian communities that I’ve come out in feel vapid and boring these days – they still worship white masculinity, are riddled with transmisogyny, and barely have better consent politics than straight scenes. So I’m dreaming of a dyke cruising and party culture that will help me, a femme trans lesbian, have a bunch of weird gay sex without incurring more trauma.
What is your single favorite piece of clothing in your closet? Probably the black, high-waisted shorts I just bought because I want to pretend that it might actually get hot in the Bay this summer.
What have you been craving lately? A life without work.
What’s something you regret? A few years ago I hooked up with someone I cared about after they’d been doped at a party we went to together. They had no memory of the event, and were in no position to consent – I seriously harmed them, and wish that the night had never happened. I was confronted about it after, and it was a firm reminder that we’re always capable of reproducing sexualized violence.
Anjum Mubarak Asharia
Where you from, where do you live now? Originally from Houston, TX; I’m in NYC right now.
Who is your style icon? Current style icon is the boxer Mary Kom as portrayed by Priyanka Chopra on the theatrical release poster for the 2014 film Mary Kom.
What’s your least favorite social media platform? Instagram reminds me A LOT of what it felt like to be put in time out #tbt #fbf #kindergarten.
A trend you wish had caught on but sadly, didn’t? I would not wish it upon anyone to catch these trends.
Where do you see yourself in 2020? The words “East Texas Slushie Empire” come to mind.
What’s your guilty pleasure? ”Reading” in languages I don’t understand.
In your eyes, what’s missing from culture right now? Reparations for black cultural labor. “Reparations [...] as a weapon that could precipitate a crisis in American institutionality,” as per Frank Wilderson.
What is your single favorite piece of clothing in your closet? Whichever sports bra is most fresh and tight.
What have you been craving lately? I’d like to remember how to de-obfuscate my desires!!