THE BEAT OF MY HEART (VIDEO)

THE BEAT OF MY HEART is an art piece created by Radio Stevie


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I am excited to share a home project I created for my 30th birthday. I wrote, produced and recorded the project at home and I consider it to be a personal invitation into my creativity. It is a reminder that home, wherever that may be, is where I feel the freest to be as creative and imaginative as I want to be.

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For this song, which I wrote and produced, I wanted to once again speak to the strength of black queer people. I decided to include Bayard Rustin because he is a personal hero of mine. His unsung story is important to our culture and he is my go-to definition of what it means to be unapologetically black.

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Beautiful City: a tribute to São Paulo street art

I don’t think I could have learned to navigate my way around São Paulo without the street art. Artists like Eduardo Kobra, Os Gemeos, Paulo Ito, Cranio and many others were, in many ways, my tour guides. I learned a lot from their art and creative social commentary. Walking pass their artwork gave me a deeper connection to the people that live here. Their stories are right there on the walls.

It’s a shame that these talented artists are in a fight with the city’s new mayor, João Doria and his “Operation Beautiful City” initiative. Instead of trying to erase their work, he should listen to what the artists are saying. He should open his eyes and see the beauty it adds to an otherwise gray city. He should focus on the real issues that thousands of citizens have been flooding the streets to protest about. 

To honor the street artists, I’m sharing my collection of street art photos. 

Many of these have already been erased. 

“I believe that by using public spaces and talking about these issues [in São Paulo], we can create awareness in one person, one neighborhood, one city, or one country.”

– Eduardo Kobra on using street art to raise awareness about issues in São Paulo during our interview for Brasil Wire / Huffington Post in August 2015.

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NOTE: I have total respect for the work of these artists, and I do know many of the artists photographed here. However, since I could not ID them all, I decided not to include any names. If you want to help me ID them feel free to contact me.