• The Madness Issue

    May Cameos: Raven Rakia, Sasha Geffen, Jasmine Gibson

    The Madness Issue
    May cameos

    Cameos: Jasmine Gibson, Raven Rakia, Sasha Geffen

    Three tough women make an appearance

    Raven Rakia

    Handles? @aintacrow on Twitter and Instagram, then I also have a work and fun Tumblr.

    Where did you grow up? I didn’t.

    How would you describe your signature style if you have one? My style depends a lot on how depressed I am at the moment and whether the weather is restricting me from wearing all black (fuck heat waves). But in general, I would say: all black androg.

    What’s your sign, and how does it apply to you? I’m a Leo. I’m loyal even when I shouldn’t be (but more importantly: when I should be) and I think showing vulnerability is a ponzi scheme. I probably have other Leo qualities but it’s hard for me to recognize them (read: admit I have them) because I’m a Leo.

    What’s on your bookshelf these days? Books on prisons, books on resistance in prisons, books on gender violence replicating state violence. Joy James, Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, Toni Morrison, Saidiya Hartman, W.E.B. DuBois. Right now, I’m most excited to read The New Abolitionists: Neo Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings, a book of essays edited by Joy James.

    Favorite cocktail? I’ve never understood why humans decided it was a good idea to drink poison at social gatherings. That being said, you’ll probably find me with a bottle of wine.

    Place bets on the next big internet trend. I know nothing about trends.

    What are you craving these days? A black feminist commune like the one I lived in during college.

    Sasha Geffen

    Handles? @sashageffen, sylmatil.tumblr.com.

    Where did you grow up? Boston, Massachusetts.

    How would you describe your signature style if you have one? Post-punk cyborg urchin. I scavenge a lot, clothes-wise. I’m usually wearing bruise colors (blue, purple, black, grey, the rare yellow or green). I just recently picked up a pair of Nike Airs that I love, but most of the year I’ve got 10-year-old steel-toed boots fixed to me like hooves.

    What’s your sign, and how does it apply to you? Aquarius. I am supposed to be stubborn and easily bored, and I am stubborn and easily bored.

    What’s on your bookshelf these days? A lot of neglected ‘classics’, an intro guide to music theory, The New Urban Frontier by Neil Smith, The YOLO Pages, and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely by Claudia Rankine.

    What’s your favorite drink? Oak-aged stout topped with a shot of Scotch.

    What do you think the next internet trend will be? I think there is significant capital already in the trend of feeding your face into bizarre body simulations (MyIdol) or algorithmic analysis apps (how-old). We will probably keep trying to get computers to see us.

    What have you been craving these days? Rainer cherries.

    Jasmine Gibson

    Handles? @Calibanthewitch is my Instagram handle.

    Where did you grow up? I’m from Philly – born and raised. The last working class city on the East Coast.

    How would you describe your signature style? It all depends on the day. Some days it’s all black, some days I like to wear color. Whatever feels good on my body.

    What’s your sign, and how does it apply to you? I’m a Leo, with a Scorpio rising with a Sagittarius moon. Apparently Leo is a struggle for the self, while Scorpio is a struggle for the soul. The combination is supposed to carry a heavy presence.

    What’s on your bookshelf these days? Too many books. Felix Guatarri's Chaosophy, Jennifer Tamayo's YOU DA ONE and Roberto Bolaño's Savage Detective.

    Favorite cocktail? Margaritas all day.

    Place bets on the next big internet trend. Video conferencing with your parole officer or an app that tracks your psychotic episodes.

    What have you been craving lately? I guess I’m craving liberation, in both a broad and small sense.

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