This is the Winter 2017 course discussion blog for and by UCLA students enrolled in LGBTQ Studies 183: Queer Arts in LA.
This course includes a creative component. When this course was first offered during the Fall 2012 quarter, the students researched queer artists who have a significant connection to Los Angeles. Then created a collaborative website.
This piece by Terisa features another
spoken word artist by the name of Storm. In this poem Terisa and Storm join
together to eloquently deliver a lesson on race and how it is addressed in the
lives of individuals of color. They start out the poem by discussing racial events that took place on various University of California campuses. These particular events were specifically directed to Black students but it was a message that also impacted the lives of other racial minorities. They draw the similarities to the way race and racism
are viewed today as compared to in the past, and state that it is not much different. This poem is a touching piece because it forces listeners to face the problem of race and racial injustices, and it addresses all individuals of color, not just African Americans and Latios/ Latinas.