Counter culture: The curse of online status

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“Social media is life really. What’re you going to do without social media? How’re you going to connect with people?” These are the opening lines to Hamish Stephenson’s short film documentary, Counter Culture: The Curse of Online Status.” The documentary explores the exploitation of today’s social media, a subject that is especially relevant given Nike’s accusation of their ex-designers buying fake followers on Instagram to falsely boost their attractiveness as a part of their ongoing legal feud with adidas.

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I Wanted To Remind Us We Were People

No one is less or more human than another.

The Prison Arts Coalition

by Elana Pritchard

About the guest blogger: Elana Pritchard is a cartoonist in Los Angeles.  Before she landed in jail she worked as an animator on Ralph Bakshi’s film, Last Days of Coney Island.  She is currently doing a Kickstarter to finish her animated cartoon, The Circus:

It’s been about a week since the comics I did inside the LA County jail system were first published in the LA Weekly, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the response.  People from all over the world have written to me expressing their support for what I have done and their contempt for inhumane practices for incarcerated peoples everywhere.  I have been in communication with the LA County Sheriff’s department and they have told me that due to these comics they have issued a new policy that all inmates must be given showers within 24 hours of entering the jail.  We…

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Track 2 – Traffic


Traffic – Chinese Bamboo EP

The trafficking of people, particularly children is a lucrative and prolific trade today. The mere stats alone do not resonate enough motivation for calls to action, so I wrote this song.

The song “Traffic” has impacted the world in a positive way. It inspired an event titled  “Moving Traffic” – an interactive event using the arts to help and to heal survivors of human trafficking, held on June 12th, 2014. The event raised $5700 for The Mahima Home, a holistic center for minors who have been trafficked in Kolkata, India. #MovingTraffic featured performances by Musicians from Canada and The US, high calibre dance and spoken word. The event itself was also publicly endorsed by Mayor Pat Perkins. To see photos from the event go here



Madeleine the Artist

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Photo credit Jaylyn Todd
hair/make up/styling M. Twyman

‘Mary Madeleine”

They say the last 30 years of her life were spent in a desolate cave

and that seven times a day Angels took her to the summit of the mountain to pray

she wasnt really that bad

just interrupted that way

With eyes full of dangerous charms and always a different lover on her arm

she threw public opinion to the wind

let them call her actions sins

Because some kind of deeper love brewed within

women looked at her with curiosity and admiration

men with eyes only of temptation

they associated her with a cult they said was pagan

and all her called her a whore were greatly mistaken

and it could have just been a misinterpretation based on the seven stages of initiation

and some say she did use her charm for manipulation

but for all her sins she was forgiven

and from that point on the truth was no longer hidden that she had loved much

and those whom she touched knew it to be true

and those who didnt didnt really have a clue

because a daughter of wisdom is unknown to the foolish which means 85% will remain clueless

Now it is known that her bloodline is made of rose

and to seven devils her body was once an abode

until fountains of tears cleansed her soul

a nobody girl from the town of Magdala

who grew up to become the jewish Inanna

Luke 7:47

ultimately one of the most powerful women in Heaven

from whore to virgin

above all men

this is the woman behind the legend of

Mary Magdalene

Prison Art Series #3: “Joseph LeFever”

The Prison Art Series is a weekly series on in honor of #MrJailer (my new single), featuring talented artists hidden behind bars. Welcome to the visible manifestation of our invisible people.
May I introduce to you “Joseph LeFever”,’s third featured Artist!
I am in-love with the spiritual content of Mr. Lefever’s work and the references to his Native American Culture.
“The Visitation” is my favorite piece*, what’s yours?

Imprisoned Heart
Imprisoned Heart

The Visitation
The Visitation

Pawnee Medicine Man
Pawnee Medicine Man

Man = Wolf Mask
Wolf=Man Mask

Ceremonial Dancers
Ceremonial Dancers